Wednesday, November 2, 2022

 November 2022 Show and Tell

A variety of needlework was exhibited by our members at the November meeting. Yes I said November, already! Christmas trees, quilts and sweaters are signals that the cool weather is coming. Here are some photos:

Sue H. sewed these cute, quilted trees and donated them to NANI to sell at the Quilters Plus Holiday Boutique, Nov 7-8, 2022 in Orland Park. NANI is participating as a vendor. More info here

Marjorie H. and her family are creating this heirloom quilt using cross stitching, tatting and fabrics from family members past and present. 

Jane C models this beautiful sweater she knitted.

Becky M. and Diana S. attended the Inspired Needle retreat in Shipshewanna in October and had a wonderful time. Each made a tomato pin cushion. And each made a gift for the other. Becky made the "Stitching Sisters" finished in the tart pan for Diana; and Diana her first time ever blackwork portraits of Becky's furry family. She finished it as a Flat Fold.

Well done everyone! 

Monday, September 19, 2022

 September 2022 Show and Tell

Members exhibited two items at the September general meeting:

Karen P. showed this surface embroidered ornament finished as a star by NANI friend Karen J. 

Marjorie H shared this piece which was a gift for her recent birthday. Fiber artist, Laurel Izard, from Michigan City Indiana, created this design using quilting and embroidery. Her work has focused on endangered species represented by the painted and embroidered macaw. Stitching provides wonderful texture in the bird's body and beak.

Thank you, ladies, for sharing these works.

Join Needle Artisans on Wednesday, September 21st, for a "sit and stitch" at Redar Park in Schererville from 10 am- 1 pm. This is an informal outdoor gathering under the shelter. Bring your project and stay as long as you like. This will be the final outdoor gathering of the year.

Monday, September 12, 2022

Sharing Summer Activities 2022 

Hello needle art friends! The Needle Artisans had an eventful summer. Here is an overview.

August brought a highlight of the summer with a field trip to Esther's Place and Lamb Farm in Big Rock, IL. A group of 6 stitchers took a felting class producing adorable Hedgehog figures pictured below, then held a picnic lunch in a park, followed by a tour of the lamb farm. A beautiful day was had by all. Diana S. reported that repeatedly stabbing the felt on this project earned her 5,000 steps on her Fit

The June and July general meetings were spent in fellowship and stitching. Show and Tell netted these beautiful pieces.

Becky M. showed her scissor fob of a tree pattern finished with lovely tassels. It is stitched one over one, one thread over one strand of fabric. Becky quips she probably won't do that again; one and done!

Jane C. participated in an EGA summer stitch along producing this layered project. "Coi Pond" is worked on three layers of netting in seperate hoops each carrying a different aspect of the stitchery. The hoops are stacked and sewn together resulting in a dimensional look.

Jane and Renee R shared their completed Dorset Buttons. The class was taught by member Marjorie H.

 Jane's button 
 Renee's button

Diana S. displayed a cat stitchery cleverly finished in a hoop displayed in a shadow box.

Marjorie H. finished a needlepoint UFO from her stash creating heart samplers on a band. The hearts were embellished with metalic threads and beads. She attached the band to a tote bag she purchased to make this unique carry all.

This is our table at the Creative Arts Summit at the Merrillville Central Library branch in May 2022. What a nice afternoon spent with other creatives and makers.

Saturday, May 21, 2022

 Happy Saturday all!

Needle Artisans are participating in the Creative Arts Summit at the Merrillville Public Library on U.S. 30 in Merrillville, from Noon-4 pm today. Stop by to visit local members of the creative community! Join us for a nice afternoon on a rainy day.


Several members displayed their needle art at our May 2022 meeting. 

This scissor fob was exhibited by Lynn U.

Becky M. stitched this beautiful motif on linen.

And finally, Angela M. shared her needlepoint piece of a bear in the woods.

Our next meeting is June 7th at the Social Center of Community Park in Munster. Doors open at 7 pm, meeting at 7:15 pm.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Welcome blog viewers. 

After a long hiatus from posting the Needle Artisans are resuming communication in the blogger neighborhood. As we are able updates will be posted monthly to the blog with photos of projects and events. May is membership month so renew or start anew in NANI, a chapter of the Embroiders' Guild of America. Contact us through email for information:

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

March Show & Tell

The following finished projects were displayed by our members at the March meeting:

Claudia stitched this pretty bargello piece.

Carol stitched these two lovelies.

Janet had a variety of cute pieces:
knitting, beaded embroidery and huck weaving!

Rebecca brought these sweet banners.

Becky stitched this cute sentiment
that many of us feel.

And finally, Renee brought a variety of colorful quilts 
and a dish cloth.

Until next time, keep stitching!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

November Show and Tell

Here are the finished projects made by our members that brightened up the dark, cold night of our November meeting...

Six intricate monochromatic motifs
stitched by Marge G.

A lovely stitcher's prayer stitched by Chris.

Two cute seasonal designs stitched by Becky,
this one for Halloween...

...and this one for Thanksgiving.

Janet knitted this adorable baby hat.

And finally, Renee brought this smartly-finished class piece.

Don't forget the Christmas Party on December 5th
at Cafe Borgia on Calumet Avenue.
Bring a stitched ornament for the exchange!
(optional, as always)
Contact Sue H before Thanksgiving
 to reserve a spot for yourself
and possibly a friend, too.

And by all means, keep on stitching!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

September Show and Tell

The following lovelies were brought by our members to share at the September general meeting.

Becky M stitched these lovely pieces,
all of which won ribbons at the
Lake County Fair.

Marj H brought these beautiful pieces.

Janet C brought these sweet ornaments
and lovely pillow.

Carol L stitched this pretty armchair caddy.

Renee R made these two lovely pieces.

And last but not least,
Karen J created this wonderful
quilt, with hand-embroidered panels.

Until next time, keep stitching!