Welcome to the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild (MANG) Website.
MANG MISSION STATEMENT
The object of this Guild is for educational and cultural development through participation in, and encouragement of, interest in the art of needlepoint.
As we are near the end of our stitching year my thoughts turn to my co-president Nancy
Ekross. How I miss her and her feisty spirit. Whenever Nancy arrived in a room it was
like a breath of fresh air. I feel she is with us in spirit.
When this newsletter is mailed we will be within days of our annual luncheon. Hopefully
many of you will be able to enjoy this event at the Wayside Inn. Our speaker will be Lois
Kershner with a slide presentation on Threadscapes. I'm anticipating a great day.
Now for just a quick comment on cell phone courtesy. Please turn off your phone or put
on vibrate and place on the table. Then take the call in the hall. Thank you for your
consideration on this matter.
An exciting and new endeavor will be taking place this fall as we try "to toot our own horn"
by having an ANG Christmas tree as part of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society's
Festival of Trees. We are hoping this will make people aware of our organization and
want to join us. Of course there will be information available just below this.
Our chapter has decided to participate in the Mass. Horticultural Society”s
“Festival of Trees” . We will be decorating a tree with needlepoint
ornaments. Members are asked to stitch and finish an ornament by our
October meeting. I know finishing is a scary word, but it need not be fancy;
cording, backing, maybe a little padding. We hope to have a few “finishing”
gatherings between now and the deadline. Hopefully, most of the ornaments
will be needlepoint as opposed to counted cross-stitch so that people can
see what we actually do. This is a way to get our presence and mission out to
the public. Please consider stitching an ornament or two.
Betsy Young, Outreach Program Chairperson
Have you been a lifelong stitcher? Has your interest in needlepoint waned a bit?
Or are you just wondering what to do with a needle, thread and some canvas?
Are you a friend of a needle pointer and curious as to what needle pointers do? Then you have come to the right website! We welcome all levels of stitchers to our chapter, and we have plenty of interesting activities planned for our members throughout the year.
Needlepoint is easy, fun and affordable. You can create wonderful designs to make for yourself, or to give as presents to friends and family, which will be treasured for many years. Whether it is a painted design or a charted counted canvas piece to more varied Needlepoint Design, all are of tremendous interest to see in progress or completed.
Programs at the regular monthly meetings range from stitching projects (usually taught by a chapter member) to lectures and social events. All of these are described in our chapter newsletter Needle Points, which is distributed to our members four times a year. A Special event luncheon and dinner is also planned for the winter holidays in December as well as a year-end celebration in May. We also encourage Stitch-ins at members’ homes and in public spaces to spread the joy of our craft.
In addition, the Chapter sponsors at least one multi-day workshop annually, taught by a nationally-known teacher, and offering a more complex project than is suitable for the shorter monthly meetings.
I invite you to come to our next meeting, and bring a friend, too. The MANG Chapter meets twice a month from September through May. Our day meetings are held on the third Thursday at the Wellesley Community Center, 219 Washington Street, Wellesley Hills, MA. Meetings begin at 10:00 a.m. The evening meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday at the Marriott Courtyard hotel at 270 Concord Road, Billerica, MA. Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. All meetings are open to potential members.
Please do join us!
The American Needlepoint Guild is an educational organization dedicated to promoting all forms of needlework on a readily counted ground fabric.
Stitch-ins are a time to get together with a small group to work on any project you have been wanting to start, complete or just share ideas on threads and stitches. Sometimes we just work along with some others who may been working on a similar project. Your hostess will provide coffee and tea, and often a breakfast item and or a dessert. Please notify the Hostess 24-49 hours in advance so she can plan on seating and other requirements. Attendees will need to bring their lunch and their project, along with any stitching tools they might require. Stitch-ins normally start between 9:30-10:00 AM. HOWEVER there is no reason that a Stitch-in could not be held in the evening or a weekend for those working gals who are unable to get away during the day. We would love to see an evening Stitch-in and we would be pleased to announce it in the Newsletter, and send out reminders. If you plan on attending a Stitch-in, please notify the hostess 48 hours in advance. Come and enjoy a fun day with friends who enjoy the same hobby. If you are new to the group, this is a great way to get to know everyone. If you would like to hold a Stitch-in please contact Karen McCafferty, stitch-in coordinator.
The bylaws are in the process of being updated. The current copy is available here bylaws.
Policies and Procedures
April 16 2016
The current policies and procedures of the Massachusetts Chapter are available here.
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