The January/February issue is currently being printed. It will drop in the mail on the 6th of January so be on the look out.
We are very proud of this next issue. There are five projects featured. Two are painted canvas designs and three are charted designs.
You will also find a very moving article about Netty Vanderpol a needlepoint artist and Holocaust survivor who “bears witness” to her experience in a Nazi concentration camp through the art of needlepoint.
The needlepoint world is blessed with many amazing people who go the extra yard to help others. Nancy Cucci and her ANG chapter help to raise awareness about heart disease through selling their needlepoint designs for fundraising. Dr. Rita Galloway and Debbie Rowley help women to rebuild their lives after addiction and mental health issues have torn them apart. Debbie and Rita provide jobs and training creating needlepoint accessories.
You will find all of our regular articles in the Jan/Feb issue except one. I am very sad to announce that Ann Blalock, aka The Stitching Fool, will no longer be with us. Her final note of farewell stated that it was time to pursue other opportunities.
“As they say in the business world, I am leaving to pursue other opportunities.
And, while I’ll never totally abandon canvas, I find that my interests are evolving, too. I have fallen into the 17th century and can’t seem to climb out–so I’m exploring different techniques and materials. Now I’m figuring out the mysteries of diagonal Montenegrin and detached buttonhole in the round, while working with Silk Purl and Gilt Silke Twist. I suppose I should do this while the baby boomer eyes will allow me to work on 45 count linen and the baby boomer eyes and hands can deal with new techniques!
Meanwhile, the Stitching Fool is not vanishing completely. I have several speaking engagements lined up for the next year, and there is a blog in my future. Meanwhile, I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s been truly a pleasure–and will be again–just in a different venue.”— Ann Blalock
I will miss working with Ann. I could count on her for advice and honest answers. I know that she will do well in her new format. Please make sure to check out her new blog.
With the January/February issue out I can take a few days to enjoy the holidays before I jump into production of the March/April issue. I wish all of you a very happy holiday. Be sure to take sometime for yourself and stitch.