Highlights from our meeting of Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Attendance prizes were won by Barbara, C. J., Belle, and Joanne.

Carley Linn is making progress on a seminar piece, Tulips and Butterfly by Margaret Kinsey, which focuses on silk and metal techniques.

Tonight's presentation was David McCaskill's new Halloween piece, One Flew over the Pumpkin Patch. This delightful stand-up is composed of two canvases connected with a flexible wire. As always, David's directions and charts are meticulous, and he offered some very good pointers about dealing with compensation and encroachment (different stitches that share holes). The canvases are line-drawn in color for easier placement, and the thread kit offers a variety of colors and textures. This looks like a really fun stitch!

In other seminar news, Belle Sprague was surprised and delighted to receive a third-place ribbon in her exhibit category for Libby Sturdy's Blue and Gold Angel, which Belle finished as a Christmas tree topper.

David illustrates a thread anchoring technique by using Carley's finger to stand in for a canvas thread.

We're especially proud of our chapter member (and the presenter of tonight's program) David McCaskill, who was given a special award at the closing banquet of the ANG Seminar in Anaheim on September 1. Here, from the seminar booklet, is the award presentation text:

David McCaskill, 2017 Literary Award Recipient

David has been needlepointing since 1983 and within a few years began his career in Needlepoint as an artist, designer and teacher. After joining an ANG Chapter he started a needlepoint wholesale line, which led to writing stitch guides. David has owned a needlepoint shop, traveled extensively across the country teaching at various shops, guilds and seminars and managed Needle Nook of La Jolla until 2015. Today, David continues to market his designs and stitch guides as well as teaching groups and individuals at his home in Hemet, California. "Happily, I have not retired, and hopefully, as long as I can hold a needle, have a magnifier and be able to speak, I plan to continue 'til death do us part."

C. J. Frye is also working on a seminar piece, Nancy Cucci's Mini-Embellishment Project #2, which features a lot of Nancy's trademark beading.

Denise Moreno has finished two more Christmas stockings (designer unknown) for lucky family members!



























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