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All lectures are one to two hours in length, unless otherwise indicated. Some are accompanied by slides, in which case the slide projector and screen are provided by sponsoring group. Please contact me should you require further information.

Design Words
Design WordsWho cares about design and all those silly terms? If I just want to stitch painted canvases or charts, I don't need to know anything about designing. Right? Wrong! Anyone who stitches needs at least a basic understanding of what makes a good design. Knowing will help you make an effective decision when you purchase that painted canvas or chart. It will help you avoid the inevitable disappointment that comes when you finish stitching a project, but know that there's just something wrong with it.

You really don't need a degree in art theory. Come spend three hours with Sandy as she explains in words and ways you can understand, what all those Design Words mean.

This non-stitching, interactive discussion will cover basic design terminology and how it's used with relation to needlework. You'll receive a multiple page hand-out that will help jog your memory on all these terms, their meaning, and just why they're important.

Join us for three fun-filled, interesting hours — and painlessly learn why your painted canvas or chart needs to have the proper perspective as well as a focal area, plus lots more!

Color Words
Color Words Have you ever wondered just what's up with all the hype about color? Ever think that learning just a little bit about color might, just might improve your needlepoint? But are you a bit embarrassed because everyone else seems to know what they're talking about and you're just not sure? Come spend three hours with Sandy as she explains in ways you can understand, what all those Color Words mean.

This non-stitching, interactive discussion will cover the basic color terms and how they're used with relation to needlework. You'll receive a color wheel and value finder, learn what they can do for you, plus most importantly, how to use them. You'll also receive a multiple page hand-out which will help jog your memory on all these terms.

Join us for three fun-filled, interesting hours and painlessly learn why it probably won't work to use purple where there's yellow on your painted canvas, plus lots more!


Embroidery Potpourri

A slide, lecture, question, commentary composed of material the instructor has gathered while studying advanced embroidery techniques. Slides are of museum items as well as contemporary work done by many instructors in the field today. This presentation will change as new material is secured. Slides of needlepoint Christmas stockings from both EGA and ANG that were on display at the White House in 1995 are part of this presentation. White House officials gave special permission for me to take these detailed, close-up slides before the pieces were hung.

Color Through The Eye Of Your Needle
Not intended to be a course in color, rather this is a lecture program which provides BASIC information of interest to the needle artist. Slides are not used with this program, however, large, easy-to-see charts will illustrate the various theories, and hand-out sheets are provided. There is a $2.00 per person charge to cover hand-out materials.

What Judges Really Look For
Ever wonder why one composition wins rather than another one in a needlework show? What's the difference between a juried and judged display? These and many more topics are covered in this lecture. Several types of needlework will be discussed, and the important judging particulars of each will be emphasized. Learn what to look for when you enter a piece of canvas, crewel, blackwork, hardanger, counted thread (including counted cross stitch), silk and metal on fabric, smocking or quilting. More important, know what the judges look for. Learn all these from this experienced teacher, designer, and Certified Judge. Time will be allotted for questions. This has been a very popular lecture. There is a $1.50 per person charge for hand-outs relating to this topic.


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