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NJNA at Woodlawn 2020

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Hi Everyone —

During our August regular meeting on Zoom, we reviewed all of our Woodlawn entries, saw what prizes were won, and reviewed a few of the critiques.

It was too much to go into the meeting summary, so I thought I would try to capture the pieces in this quick (Ha!) blog post.

So here is a gallery of our first place pieces:

And the second place finishes:

And the third place pieces:

And the honorable mentions:

And last but not least, the rest of the NJNA entries:

Pretty spectacular representation, eh?  I hope even more of us will display next year!

Cheers, Rosie

NJNA At Woodlawn!

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Hi Everyone —

Sue and I visited the Woodlawn exhibit today and saw all of the wonderful NJNA exhibits including three by Nancy Brighton.  We have a total of 30 pieces in the exhibit!  Many of you have already seen Melita’s wonderful write-up.  We were thrilled to see so many more pieces than last year.

There were many special pieces (most of original design) that expressed the theme of “Celebrating 100 Years of Women Expressing their Rights Through Craftmaking.”  Of these, we were especially enchanted by this piece:

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and by this special youth exhibit:

I voted for this piece as best in show:

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I loved the 3-D effect of the curtains!  You should be able to get a better (and bigger) picture by clicking on it.

Sue voted for a small ribbon embroidery piece because it was so delicate.

I hadn’t planned to say much more than that we were disappointed by how high some of the pieces were hung.  I couldn’t even read the sayings on some of the samplers.

It’s always a surprise when you go on the scavenger hunt at Woodlawn to find the pieces that you recognize!  So I didn’t want to spoil that surprise for all of you.  But given that the exhibit will be closed until further notice (and perhaps for good), I’ve decided to post pictures of our group’s entries and, where possible, to give you a sense of the surroundings.

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The Woodlawn Mansion!

After a quick stop at the shop and picking up our tickets, we were greeted in the parlor by Margaret’s amazing American flag — in a place of honor above the fireplace.

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The center hall was overflowing with beautiful pieces.  Sue spotted the beautiful tiger maple box that holds Sharon B’s embroidery.

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High, high above this box was Cathryn’s Waterlilies — so high I didn’t get a picture.  Sorry, Cathryn.

Across the hall, we discovered both Cathryn’s other piece and Nancy B’s wheelbarrow of flowers!

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This year the dining room was filled with past year entries from Nelly Needlers.  While these were real beauties — I loved this tray and wanted to include the picture for Ellen S.

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As we walked into the music room, Linda’s prizewinning sampler greeted us at the top of the door!

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The music room held the completed tapestry that some of us stitched on at the ANG National Seminar in Washington DC.  It is covered with plexiglass so my photo was awful.

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I loved this original piece and thought that it was perfectly displayed!

My Rooftops of Paris was displayed right next to the window in this room — it’s a little lopsided!

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These pieces were hung to catch the rays of the sun.  The one directly above my Paris is all beaded and wow does it sparkle in the sun!

As we took the steps to the second floor, we found my “Avenue of the Giants”.

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On a shelf at the curve of the stairs, we found this duck,  I had to take the picture from afar, so it’s a little cloudy, but I wanted to include it because all of the black lines (making it look like stained glass) were cut into the mat.  I thought Rob would be impressed!

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At the top of the stairs, Linda and Noelle’s Autumn Kaleidoscopes in the original colorway were hung on either side of the first bedroom door.  It was very interesting to see how different they looked because of their frame treatment!  (Apparently I didn’t take a picture — Sorry!)

Also in the hall were Noelle’s 2019 SOTM and Janet P’s Kaleidoscope.  Sorry about the reflection Noelle.  The purse was gorgeous too.

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The hall seemed to be the location of autumn colored pieces — and, once again, we found Diane B’s Kaleidoscope in the Halloween stairway!

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I also wanted to call Cathryn’s attention to the vase of Halloween candy flowers in the center.  I know this is a finishing technique that you have also used to good effect.

We had good representation in the Christmas bedroom as well.

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Sylvia’s Beautiful Beaded Tree

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Joan’s Star — It was displayed among other snow scenes!

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And here’s Cindy’s “Santa Peeking!”

The small center upstairs room is what Sue and I call the Needlepoint Room.  We were well-represented in this room.

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Jill’s Kaleidoscope is at the top and took a First Prize ribbon.  Ellen B’s Medallion is directly below.

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Sue C’s Kaleidoscope at the top and Cindy’s beautiful Mermaid at the bottom.  I think this was the ocean row!

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So much in this picture!  Melita’s piece is at the top left.  Another entry by Nancy B in the middle at the bottom.  Sylvia’s beautiful Kaleidoscope at the bottom of the right column.

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The small wall in this room boasted Ellen B’s Mermaid!

Remember that you can always enlarge a picture by clicking on it.

Sue and I decided to call the big bedroom at the top of the stairs the Colorful Room!  My Kaleidoscope and Janet P’s Disco Ball made it to this room.  I loved the piece above the fireplace.  Janet’s was hung all by itself on the closet door!

The room next to the Halloween stairs had several themes, but mostly I would call it the “Other” Holiday room!   Janice’s Kaleidoscope seemed to be group with Valentine items — appropriate for her Cherry and Chocolate colors.  (Although I think a Christmas item snuck in there too!)

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Sue C’s Hooray for the Red, White, and Blue was also displayed in this room, along with several armed service themed canvases.  Note the flag — the same design as Margaret’s, but not as nicely framed.

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I’m generally not too fond of Bargello, but I liked this piece in this room.

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Finally we came to the last bedroom, filled with lace — and Barbara L’s perfume line-up!

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I thought this next piece made an interesting birth sampler — very different.

 

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So, I know I missed more than a few and offer my apologies to all.  Rather than individual pictures, I wanted you to get a feel for the flow of the house and the more overall arrangement.  I hope you enjoy.

Before I go, Woodlawn was encouraging us to read “A Single Thread” by Tracy Chevalier.  Sue and I listened to it on the way down, while there, and on the way home.  We are enjoying it tremendously.  It is about a woman who learns needlepoint just so that she can stitch a kneeler for the cathedral.  Woodlawn featured these kneelers as a special exhibit that tied to the book.

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We will keep everyone informed about the return of our pieces.  It appears that Woodlawn may try to extend the exhibit into April — but I wouldn’t hold my breath right now.

Cheers, Rosie

 

 

 

Houston Seminar

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August 15, 2019

Hi Everyone —

Greetings from Texas — we have eight NJNA members here this week so expect some great blog posts.

I’ll start by posting my SOTM piece finished through August!

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I have to agree with someone’s thought that it looks like a bunch of shape blots on a canvas!  Hard to imagine what will come next!

Sue and I flew to Houston on Tuesday because I have to help set up the Correspondence Course section of the exhibit.  Little did I expect that no one else was there to help (except the marvelous Sue C) with any of the distance learning exhibits and we ended up having to do all of them.  My gimpy leg was not much help!  We spent over four hours with unpacking and set-up.

Even with my bad leg, we managed to walk the perimeter of Texas multiple times!

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How’s this for a Texas-sized lazy river pool?  Plus our room has a view of Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros.  Sue thinks she will take in Monday night’s game!

Classes started today.  I am enrolled in a fabulous class with Jennifer Riefenberg called “Winter Lights”.   It is a collection of candles — not a menorah, but the same number of candles.  Here’s my progress at the end of Day 1.

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Five of the nine candles are complete!  No spaghetti!

Tonight we had our opening Fiesta banquet dinner buffet with a live band and Texas brisket in multiple forms.  It gave me a chance to show off my special earrings!

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These scissor earrings were my souvenir from Woodlawn this year!

Cheers to all!

Rosie

A Cold Day at Woodlawn

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Hi Everyone —

As Linda alluded to in her earlier e-mail, a quartet of NJNA members visited Woodlawn today.  All of us were exhibiting so our admission was free!  HA!

As usual, Woodlawn was decked out in needlework glory albeit with fewer entries than past years.  We were allowed to take pictures and I took pictures of all of the NJNA pieces.  I think I’ll hold most of those pictures until later because it is always a fun surprise to turn the corner and discover your own piece in its Woodlawn location.

Here we are with OUR pieces:

Unfortunately, our SOTM Stars pieces were not hung together.  And we saw one Stars that was not from our group!  Similarly, we were disappointed that Andrea’s beautiful butterflies were not together.  And, we found three versions of Holiday Patches — only one was holiday-themed — and the casual observer would not have realized that they were the same.  Clearly a missed opportunity for Woodlawn.

We saw a stitched version of Beachcomber’s Booty — the Ann Strite-Kurz piece that is being offered by Needleworkers in mid-May.   It was more beautiful than any of us imagined.

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Beachcomber’s Booty — the background is a lovely shade of aqua that none of the photos has quite captured.  One of our group signed up for it on the spot!

Another item that we found fascinating was this sun/moon piece that I know at least one of our members has stitched.

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Notice that the fillet is gold on the sun side and silver on the moon side!  Unusual, but apt treatment!

Of course we had lunch in the charming Nelly Needler’s cafe — Sue and I always do a turn around the exhibit, have lunch and compare notes, and then view it all again!  It was such a pleasure to have Ellen S and Janice M join us this year!

It is always a joy to meet so many other stitchers and to see some some amazing creations!  I hope you will have a chance to visit for yourself!

We stopped at Waste Knot in Arlington on the way down,  visited In Stitches in Alexandria today, and plan to stop at Hillside Needlepoint in Stevenson, MD on our way home tomorrow!   And, yes, the credit cards got a workout!

This is always one of my favorite needlepoint adventures of the year!

Cheers!

Rosie

 

 

2019 Woodlawn Drop-off

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Mr. M and I packed up the little Mazda 3 and set off on Friday. It’s actually quite remarkable how much can get stuffed into that car – we didn’t have an inch to spare!

Yes, we did manage to fit in some luggage.  And Mr. M didn’t have to travel with anything on his lap!

Our first stop was Starbucks in Mt. Laurel where we met Melita, who is also submitting a piece to Woodlawn so we added that to the inventory. Melita designs some fabulous pieces and blogs about her various projects at Melita Stitches 4 Fun. Be sure to check it out.

The rain eventually stopped as we were traveling through Maryland. We stopped for lunch at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse in Laurel. I do have a deal with Mr. M – whenever possible we try out a brew pub for lunch on a stitching field trip. BJ’s is a chain that we’ve been to in the past so we knew what to expect. But the food is good (I had a bowl of excellent vegetarian lentil soup that was quite filling) and Mr. M enjoyed the beer.

After lunch we headed to The Waste Knot in Arlington to see the new shop. Last year Lori moved a few blocks from her Lee Highway location to a larger and much brighter shop on Glebe Road. She carries quite a lot of threads and beads along with all the canvases. I did purchase one canvas as well as needles and a couple of small magnets. I had to buy those because I had brought two projects to work on in the evening but forgot needles and magnets.  What a disaster that could have been!

The Waste Knot’s new location

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Ho Ho Ho from Strictly Christmas

We stayed at the Embassy Suites in Old Town Alexandria, right near the King Street Metro Station. We did make quite a sight as we unpacked a few pieces of luggage and then started carrying in all the needlework pieces.

On Saturday our appointment at Woodlawn was 10:00. In years past we’ve had a 9:00 appointment, in advance of the general public (well, the general stitching public) bringing their pieces in. This year was different – and was probably the most efficient one yet. We were met by Debra K. who is one of the co-chairs of the show and a member of Nelly’s Needlers. Instead of checking in at the front desk, we were led to the other wing for a separate check-in. For those who have been to the Exhibit, we were in the room that houses the Cafe.

They had several tables set up for us; Mr. M and I unpacked all of the pieces and lined them up. Only after all the pieces were unpacked (which itself took about 30 minutes) did Debra start the check-in. She processed the paperwork and examined every piece so that she could note the condition of each, including slight marks on frames, buckling of canvas, etc. Debra was very thorough in her examination and we talked quite a bit about finishing techniques. As we were entering the pieces many of the other volunteers came through and looked at our submittals. As was expected, there were a lot of comments about all the different colorways for Stars for a New Millennium; several people were trying to decide which colorway was their favorite. By the way, we have 9 versions of Stars in the Exhibit.

While we were checking in we did chat with some of the other volunteers. We learned that almost half of the pieces that had been entered were from first-time exhibitors, and there is a notable increase in the number of men who entered this year. I think that’s a great sign for the continuation of our craft!

All in all, the check-in process took 2 hours to get our 27 pieces (by 19 NJNA exhibitors) fully checked in. By that time we felt we deserved a nice lunch, so we headed back to Old Town to The Wharf on King Street where Mr. M enjoyed a shrimp po’boy and I had a lovely she-crab soup and side salad.

We had an early dinner reservation at the Mt. Vernon Inn that evening so we returned to the hotel and sat in the atrium where the lighting was perfect for me to stitch. I managed to get quite a bit of Herringbone Happening stitched.

Dinner was fabulous and I enjoyed a brie appetizer, a large salad with shrimp, and a slice of cherry pie. Mr. M had the turkey pot pie and apple pie. We also were very pleased with a Virginia wine. This was the first time we had been to this restaurant, although we had visited the estate in years past, but it won’t be our last time.

We traveled home on Sunday and made good time – at least we arrived back in NJ early enough to get settled before facing the work week.

We’ll be heading to the Exhibit in early March when Nora is home for Spring Recess. I’m looking forward to seeing all of our pieces! I hope you’ll consider heading to Woodlawn to see the exhibit. It is open the entire month of March (except Tuesdays). There are quite a few events in conjunction with the Exhibit, so be sure to check them here.

Happy Stitching!

Linda

A visit to the Needlework Exhibit at Woodlawn

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Today Rosie and I went to Woodlawn as we have been doing for the past few years. We now have a system of going through the house once, having lunch in Nelly’s Cafe and then a second go around of the exhibit. At lunch we talk about what we have seen and what warrants a second visit. This year during our second trip around we picked our People’s Choice vote for a silk ribbon design that had special touches of embroidered felted wool small birds and tiny 3 D butterflies that had a shadow of the butterfly stitched behind it as well as all the beautiful silk ribbon flowers! We missed those details the first time around.

As usual we found some needlepoint counted designs that we particularly liked and wanted to know the designer. My job is to fill out a question sheet to be given to the stitcher requesting the name of the designer. Rosie’s job was expanded this year as photographs of rooms were permitted–not close ups where a design could be repeated by another stitcher without purchasing the design. So to entice you to come, here are a few room photos.

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An entry from Sue R and the silk embroidery with the butterflies!

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Joan S’s two ribbon-winning pieces were displayed on the same wall.

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Diane B’s and Barbara L’s SOTM along with Sue R’s second piece.

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Two pieces by Andrea B as well as Cathryn C’s and Ellen B’s entries.

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Rosie’s two collages by Debbie Stiehler, Imari collage won a ribbon!

We did not get photos of all the entries from NJNA, hopefully there will be a later post including others.

What we always enjoy is trying to identify the designer of pieces that we see. This year we identified eighteen different designers whose work we have either stitched or are familiar with! See what spending time with NJNA members will do! This year several members, who had stitched former president of NJNA Susan Hoekstra’s Stitch of the Month design for ANG in 2016, exhibited their completed piece either framed or as a pillow. Unfortunately for those of us who find the different color ways as well as variations of the design a great study of both design effect and color relationships, these pieces were exhibited in several different rooms. Another two (that I counted) exhibitors stitched this design with a very different center. One was at eye level so that we could see the center was beaded and three dimensional. That was one of the question sheets I filled out, who had designed the center. It made for a very different piece!

I felt that in this year’s exhibit there were many more original designs than I have ever seen exhibited before! Several were by teachers but most were not (or at least I don’t believe they are designers!). This seems to me to be a good sign that needlework is expanding and more people are creating their own work.

Each year I come away inspired to stitch more and a plan of what I want to complete for exhibit next year! If you have not come, plan a day in March–not a Tuesday–to come see the beautiful pieces and be inspired! If you have not yet exhibited, consider exhibiting next year to inspire others in this great hobby!

Sue

Woodlawn Delivery 2018

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Mr. M and I made the trip down to Alexandria, VA on Friday.  We loaded up the intrepid Mazda 3 with 17 (count ’em) pieces from our Chapter! Huge thanks to Diane, Sue C., Ellen, Andrea, Joan, Sue R., Marge, Rosie, Cathryn, and Barbara for contributing to this wonderful exhibit. And, if those weren’t enough, we stopped in Mt. Laurel to meet up with Melita whose pieces hitched a ride with us. In all, NJNA is represented by 19 pieces at the Woodlawn Needlework Exhibit this year! Woo Hoo!

For those of you who will make the trip to the exhibit in March – and I encourage you all to do so – we are #400 to 418 in the program.

We stopped in Stevenson, MD at Hillside Needlepoint. They have greatly expanded both the canvases and the threads that they carry. I picked up quite a bit of thread (I’m kitting another new project) as well as a small canvas. As I was checking out I was asked if I had been there before as I would already be in the system (and of course I had been). Mr. M started rolling his eyes when he heard Leslie mention that she knew my name through Facebook posts! Needlework is such a wonderful welcoming community.

Lunch was at Ellicott Mills Brewing in nearby (you guessed it) Ellicott City. This is one of Mr. M’s favorites for the beer and the food is really great.

The drop-off this morning went fairly smoothly although the ladies checking in the pieces did not know I had pre-arranged the time. But, as usual, they quickly got it sorted out and we were checked in with their usual efficiency. Once again NJNA was thanked profusely for our support of the exhibition and our pieces garnered lots of “oohs” and “aahs”.

Fortunately, we had the car unloaded before the torrential rains started. The local news reported that the rains were needed but there are areas that could see 2 to 4 inches over the weekend! Given the rain we did not make our usual trip into DC as we were not about to walk around during a monsoon. Instead I had a leisurely shop at In Stitches, near to Woodlawn. I added to the threads needed for my project and resisted with great difficulty purchasing any more projects. We then traveled up to Bethesda to have lunch at Rock Bottom and a quick visit to The Point of It All.

By then I was itching to get back to the room and work on some stitching so we spent the rest of the afternoon watching Olympic curling, which I am enjoying tremendously. I’m thinking of taking up the sport in retirement!

Tonight we’ll watch more Olympics and I’ll hopefully finish up Shell Game. Tomorrow will be the ride back to New Jersey.

And, for those who might be curious, my latest project to be started (along with the multitude already in the works) is Alice Peterson’s Winter Wonderland with a stitch guide by Laura Taylor. My wonderful friends Randi and Renee at Gone Stitching picked up the canvas for me at the TNNA in Las Vegas and I was able to get Laura’s stitch guide from Aristeia Needlepoint in Santa Monica.

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Happy Stitching!

Linda