Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Sign Up Deadline / May Meeting

Class: Design Your Own Garden

This class will be taught at the June Meeting

Design your own Garden: Please join us as we design are own gardens.
The class includes directions for stitches and designing the layout of your garden.
You will supply your own ground and fibers (great way to use up those odds and ends).

The class fee includes the directions for stitches and layouts.

Class Size:
Teacher: Karol J
Cost: $19.00
Sign Up Deadline: May 5th

Monday, April 27, 2009


A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte
painting by Georges Seurat

charted and kitted by:
Fine Arts Heritage Society
The kit & several others are available on their web site

JameeJ completed this needlework project for a friend
The finished piece is 19" x 13"

Per her daughter, BettiP, "it took forever to complete"
(BettiP helped with the stitching)

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Are Your Entries Ready???

Have you been thinking about entering your projects into the county fair(s) this Summer?

The general exhibit booklets are available

Did you get your books in the mail?

No? To request information:

Write to:
Lake County Fair
P O Box 327
Crown Point, IN 46308

Request Family Arts and Crafts Department Premium List
The $10.00 entry fee and form deadline is JULY 17, 2009

Premiums vary per category -- needlework are as follows:
1st Place - $5.00 + ribbon
2nd Place - $4.00 + ribbon
3rd Place - $3.00 + ribbon
(Sweepstakes rosette & Best of Show rosette)

Porter County Fair
e-mail mpralph@comcast.net

Request Home Economics Open Class Exhibits; Rules & Regulations
Pre-registration requested by July 17, 2009 (form only, no fee)

Premiums are as follows:
1st Place - $5.00 + Ribbon
2nd Place - $4.00 + Ribbon
3rd Place - $3.00 + Ribbon
4th Place - $2.00 + Ribbon
5th Place - $1.00 + Ribbon
(Best of Show rosette)

Friday, April 24, 2009

Jamee's WIP

Jamee is sharing a picture of her WIP. It is a Brazilian Embroidery piece.
The design is WELCOME by Sunshine
The W is done!
The ground is trigger cloth. The fibers used are Brazilian rayon threads and DMC Metallic Gold thread.

Click on the photo to enlarge & you will be able to see the detail in the "W"

If you would like more information on this technique:

The Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery International Guild, Inc. website has information on basic stitches, hints & tips, and there are a few free designs available.


Members are welcome to send information to share on this blog
E-mail: NeedleArtisans@gmail.com

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Our Members Share

BarbB, NancyH, PatL, CindyL, & CherylM took a week-end class sponsored by Tomorrow’s Heirlooms Needlework.

This was a Shepherd's Bush class. Teri & Tina designed a rather large sampler & a cute pincushion for the event.

More pictures can be found on the Bush Blog; Cindy's Blog, Random Stitching Ramblings; and Coni's Blog Spinster Stitcher.

Thx PatL for sharing your photo! Can hardly wait to see the needlework : )

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For those stitching, or thinking to stitch the Blackbird sampler, Petites Lettres Rouges, remember to send in your photo by April 27th.

If you are trying to decide what fibers to use, there are a couple on-line resources that might be helpful.
DMC Color Card and DMC Descriptions of Color Families
Digital Color Card for Anchor floss

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TIP: For those of you new to blogging, there are links in the sentences which take you directly to on-line web sites, blogs, etc. When you see different color print (on this blog it is bronze) - put your mouse arrow on the lettering & click.

If you are interested in creating your own blog, or enjoy reading needlework blogs, check out Big Blog of Stitching Blogs

Sunday, April 19, 2009

On-Line Needlework Show

The Needlework Show closes at Midnight, Monday, April 20th.
There are several links of sponsors, designers, & vendors. Pull up a chair, pour yourself some tea (or coffee) and enjoy the show on your home computer. Start at the home page, the fun page (contest), or general viewing link here

Saturday, April 18, 2009



BettiP has agreed to be our Editor for the Flying Fingers newsletter!

She is anxiously awaiting information / articles from the Board Members (Officers & Coordinators) AND chapter members.
Should you have tid-bits you'd like published in the bi-monthly newsletter, contact her by phone or e-mail.

Next time you see BettiP, let her know how much we appreciate her volunteering to coordinate the NANI activities

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A round of applause for our designer & teacher, JameeJ AND another round for the Indiana State Day Committee : )

Thx JameeJ for sharing your Saturday & providing the hands-on Hardanger Lesson. The web is awesome! Your design is fabulous : )

Get your needles moving .... looking forward to seeing more completed amulet bags and tin tops!

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Since stitchers gathered earlier this afternoon

The Stitch-In
which was schedule on Saturday, April 25th
has been CANCELLED

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Have something to share on this blog? Contact me!

I will put up a new post early next week about an On-going Community Outreach Program
ChrisR, Coordinator

Questions? Comments? Suggestions?
e-mail: NeedleArtisans@gmail.com

Friday, April 17, 2009

Fun stuff to share!

NANI Event

Saturday, April 18th
10am - 3pm
JameeJ instructing stitches for State Day projects

Georgetown Homes Clubhouse
3800 Georgetown Court
Hammond, IN
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Marjorie H is offering a fantastic giveaway on her blog.
Follow the link here for details!

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Blackbird Designs is hosting a contest thru April 27th.

(Thx to Blogging GF Myrna, for the heads-up on this free design and contest.)

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International Quilt Festival/Chicago
Show Dates: April 17-19, 2009

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 N. River Rd.
Rosemont, Illinois 60018

April 16 (Preview Night), 5-9 p.m.
April 17 & 18: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
April 19: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
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WANTED!!! Call out to NANI members!!! Should you have knowledge of an event or exhibit of interest to our group & would like to share, please send it to me & I'll post.

If you have needlework to share -- please send picture & I'll share on the blog : ) Example: Progress picture of our Drawn Thread SAL - My Favourite Things
E-mail to: NeedleArtisans@gmail.com

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First Photo: Stitching by Lelia
Second Photo: by MarjorieH

Looking forward to the stitching time on Saturday. C U There!!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Calendar Change / Our Members share

Calendar Update: the Cookbook Meeting scheduled on April 21st, has been cancelled. The next meeting will be May 19th.

sharing from DebbieL:
Star of India
Bracelet and earring set
made by DebbieL

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Grab your Datebook:

Please note change:

Tuesday, April 14th
State Day Committee meets

Saturday, April 18th
10am - 3pm
JameeJ instructing stitches for State Day projects
Georgetown Homes Clubhouse
3800 Georgetown Court
Hammond, IN

PLEASE NOTE: The cookbook meeting on April 21st has been cancelled. The next meeting will be May 19th.

Saturday, April 25th


Revised April 18 2009

Monday, April 6, 2009

State Day Information

message from Mel & Sue H (State Day): This year our guild is sponsoring the annual Indiana State Day. As with any guild project, there will be a need of many hands to have a successful event. This will be an ongoing process with many tasks to accomplish.
Web in an Autumn Garden
EGA/Indiana State Day
Saturday, October 17, 2009

State Day Registration is 8:00 to 8:45 a.m. Central Time
Class 9:00 - 3:00 Central Time

Westminister Presbyterian Church
8955 Columbia Ave; Munster, IN 46321

How You can Help (checklist)

___Donations/door prize baskets: ie. stitched items, handcrafted jewelry, small knit/crochet items, or complete theme baskets (ie coffee/tea, candy). Use your imagination!
___Door Prize Assembly: One evening Jun/Jul to assemble door prize baskets
___Kit Assembly: Anticipating 50+ participants
___Table Angels: Guild member to sit at a table with five participants. Assist participants with stitching process, answer questions, be familiar with stitches being used in project. (will have pattern & stitching instruction ahead of time)
___Baking: Baked goods for am / desserts for lunch. Need items plated on Friday night for serving Saturday morning. Goal is to promote cookbook purchases by using recipes published in the NANI cookbook.
___Friday Night Set Up: arrange tables for registration, stitching, lunch, service table(s), prizes. Plate food (see above)
___Friday Night Stitch-In: Hospitality room reserved 7-9pm at Hampton Inn and Suites(8936 Calumet Ave; Munster) for out-of-town participants. Need two hostesseses, refreshments served.
___Saturday Morning: Greeters, Registration, Hostess
___Lunch Helpers: Distribute pre-ordered box lunches. Set up dessert table.
___Needlework Display: Need hostesses to watch display area & answer questions. Probably in separate room with boutique
___Clean Up: every area used

Suggestions? Questions? Comments?
Sign up with Mel &/or Sue H.
State Day E-mail address: INStateDay2009@gmail.com

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above photo: State Day Project WIP
stitching by Lelia
WIP = Work in Progress

Friday, April 3, 2009

Sign Up Deadline: Tues Apr.7th

message from Karol (Education):
by Laura J. Perin Designs

This class will be taught at the May chapter meeting

Stitched on 18 ct. mono canvas, this geometric design lends itself to other colors than the blues and greens shown.
This design is a terrific beginners project if you haven’t stitched on canvas before and want to give it a try, the stitches are not hard to learn and the piece works up quickly.
Stitches are Diagonal Satin Stitch, Tent Stitch, Rhodes Stitch, and Rhodes Star.
Fibers are Overture, Ribbon Floss, Pebbly Perle and Nordic Gold.

You’ll need your regular stitching supplies for this piece plus a ruler, thumbtacks, pencil and a laying tool. The kit will include all fibers, canvas, needle and instructions. Your kit will include 8” X 8” stretcher bars at an additional cost if you need them.

Class Size Limited to Nine
Teacher: DebbieL
Sign Up Deadline:April 7th

Thursday, April 2, 2009

April 7th: Class Project

message from Karol, Mel, & DebbieL:

3D Beaded Pendant
Taught by Mel, Debbie L assisting

The class has a few openings

message from Mel: If you are interested in taking this class, contact Chris R to see if there is still room. You would need to buy 48 - 4mm bicone crystals. The rest of the supplies will be provided in the class fee.

3D Dazzle pendants made by DebbieL

message from DebbieL: The gold one is part of a set that also includes a bracelet & a pair of earrings that Debbie made for an opportunity drawing donation for State Day

Tip: To get a close-up -- click on the photo, it will enlarge on your computer screen

Edited to add: The pattern is 3-D Dazzle and is from Funky Hannah's Beads and Art.

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Special Thx to DebbieL's husband for the picture!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Meeting Location Change

message from Elaine H (Membership Chairman):


The NANI meeting next Tuesday will be at the Town Hall in Munster.

There was a mixup by the parks dept and we ended up changing the site

The Town Hall is in their government center on Ridge Road.


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Picture above is Bunny Scissor Weight
c.2001 Twisted Threads & Ruth A. Sparrow
Stitched by Lelia