National ANG
Seminar 2014



Welcome to the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild (MANG) Website.

The object of this Guild is for educational and cultural development through participation in, and encouragement of, interest in the art of needlepoint.

Presidents' Message

We welcome you to a great new year of ANG meetings for both the day and evening  groups.  Mary Elliot and Jane Melick have an exciting array of varied projects.   With education being one of ANG's goals we plan to offer, over the next two years, something for every stitcher's interest and ability.  We are excited about the programs and really encourage you to participate in as many programs  as possible.

We have almost completed our 40th anniversary celebrations.  The wonderful mugs, in your choice of red or blue, are still available.  Remember these make great gifts!  Jane Melick has designed a special piece for our chapter as part of our 40th anniversary. For this project, featuring 40 stitches for our 40 years, please see  November's program.  NOTE: This will take the full day of stitching so we will start at 9:00am and stitch until 3:30pm with only a short break midday.  Afterall we do need to eat to have energy for all our stitching!

Some of you may recall that the evening group of ANG needed to relocate due to construction at the Billerica/Bedford Marriott.  For the months of February, March and April the Bedford Senior Center welcomed us. During the April meeting a list was made of those who preferred the Marriott and those who preferred the Bedford site.  Then when the members who regularly attend the evening group were polled it resulted in a tie vote.  Therefore, at the June board meeting and aftermuch discussion, we voted to return to the Marriott. Then we hit a snag.  When trying to reserve the space we learned the Marriott will be continuing with renovations, primarily their ballroom, and could not guarantee space for the year.

  Rather than return to the BedfordSenior Center and rather sheepishly ask for a room again for part of the year the executive board voted to return to the Bedford site for the 2015-2016 yearbut this time in a larger room.  Next June we will reassess the situation.

Karen McCafferty started the President's challenge with wonderful success.  We would like to continue this tradition so now is the time to start thinking of what you might include in your own list.  Remember this has to be pieces already begun but not completed.  If you are like so many members UFOs abound!

We look forward, as we hope you do, to a great year ofstitching and camaraderie.

Signing off as the Dynamic Duo, well maybe not dynamic  but duo for sure!


Nancy and Lois


About Us:
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!


Chapter Purpose

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 Judy Young, stitch-in coordinator.


The bylaws are in the process of being updated. The current copy is available here bylaws.


Policies and Procedures

The current policies and procedures of the Massachusetts Chapter are available here (TBD).









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