Monday, December 19, 2011


Thank You

to Sue H

and Committee:  

Cathy W, Karen J, Renee R

for planning and
coordinating the NANI Holiday Party.

We all had a wonderful
time ; )

Betty Ring (Links)

Sharing some Betty Ring links today:   

On-Line, Digital Book

On-Line, Digital Book

On-Line, Digital Book

--- Not sure how long they will be on-line

Friday, December 16, 2011


Each Tuesday, Sharon B of Pin Tangle, will post a challenge / stitch for the week.   Participants will learn the stitch, work up an example (or examples) and put a photo on flickr or blog.   A comment is left on the Pin Tangle post with a link to your challenge picture (& info); what fun to share what you accomplished!

In the information below, there is  link to the TAST information page.   You are welcome to sign up using stitchin fingers page,  flickr album, or your own blog.

If you would like to participate, you don't have your own blog (yet), remember this blog space is open to NANI Members.   You are welcome to put up your pictures, information, and copy the link for Pin Tangle's post.

Take a Stitch Tuesday will begin on January 3rd, 2012.

Details can be found here:

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Erica Wilson

Erica Wilson passed away on December 13. 
Her embroidery designs were very popular--she seemed to be everywhere in the 1960s and 1970s. Her teaching, designs, kits, shops and books influenced generations of embroiderers.
I remember wanting to be Erica Wilson when I grew up.

Here's the New York Times article and a post on the DMC blog.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Embroiderers' Assoc of Canada, Inc.

I enjoy reading

thought you would be interested in her
post re.

or, you can go directly to their

Enjoy the day ; )

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Blanket Stitch Basics

has a THREE Part series
with beautiful photographs
and freebie patterns ---
on their web site.

Here are the links:

Enjoy browsing the patterns, applique, knitting, etc.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Get Stitching in the new year!

This looks like a really fun way to boost your creativity and take a whole bunch of classes online.
Twenty videos featuring twenty different teachers demonstrating twenty different techniques and projects all at one site for one sign-up fee.  Check out the projects and teachers here.  The fun begins January 1st. The classes and videos will all be accessible for six months and you can view them in any order and any number of times so you can work at your own pace.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Pattern Central (Resource)

is a site with almost 5,000 
links to tutorials, patterns, tips + resources.

They are partners with:

(nearly 2,000 links)

(over 6,000 links)

(over 14,000 links)

Pour yourself some coffee or tea and enjoy surfing these sites!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Fabric of a New Nation: American Needlework + Textiles, 1776-1840

American Needlework + Textiles:  1776-1840

December 16, 2011 -
 May 13, 2012
Galleries 57-59

The exhibition features 45 bedcovers, coverlets, needlework, printed handkerchiefs, and other household textiles from the permanent collection of the Institute's Department of Textiles. 

"The exhibition showcases over a dozen samplers and schoolgirl embroideries including a 1791 Mary Balch academy piece by Lucy Potter, a 1791 Marblehead, MA sampler by Polly Bedford, a 1795 Philadelphia whitework piece, and the 1822/1823 Clarissa Emerson sampler featured on the cover of "Samplings", Volume 40 (Fall, 2011). "

Art Institute of Chicago
111 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603-6404

M-W 10:30-5
Th 10:30-8
F-Sun 10:30-5:00