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.
Here is our long awaited August newsletter. At least that is how I feel. It's so much fun to see what our program chairs, both day and evening, have planned for us. It really is quite a project for Mary and Jane and we value the time it has taken them.
For many of the past meetings Violet has mentioned our dwindling membership and the need to recruit new members. Two events this year will address that goal. In September's meeting, as part of the program, we would like to have a "brainstorming" session. This is when people can call out whatever comes to mind and it will be listed on an easel. Discussion follows, some ideas rise to the top and we proceed from there. To stay a healthy organization we do need new members so I'm hopeful all of you will don thinking caps and come to the September meeting with numerous ideas.
To that end we have decided to contribute a Christmas tree to the Festival of Trees sponsored by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. Our goal is to have our name better known. Last April during the Clean Sweep sale many of you took ornaments for free with the proviso that they be completed for the tree. I hope you are busy stitching!!! There is more information on this later in the newsletter from Betsy Young who graciously volunteered to chair this committee.
Now to volunteering, please don't duck you head or hide your eyes! In November I will be asking some of you to be on a nominating committee and they will in turn be asking for help with finding people to fill the elective offices. No commitments are needed now but please consider how each of you may contribute to the well being of our guild.
I'm really looking forward to seeing many of you in September. The Show 'n Tell table abounds with wonderful finished projects that inspire us all.
Outreach Program Festival of Trees
Just a reminder that the September day program will be finishing our ornaments for the tree we are donating to Festival of Trees. A session for evening people is being planned. More information to follow. Remember, the more ornaments we have and the variety of stitching may generate interest in our Guild.
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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