…I like to hang out. I have already shared with you my favorite blogs (see below). In addition to those few I have many others that I love to visit. A good way to broaden your stitchy blog reading is to look at the sidebars of the blogs I’ve listed. Here other blogs with similar subject matter are listed. By clicking on those links, you can start your own group of favorites. I use Google, I have folders for embroidery, quilting, knitting and sewing and I save the URL’s of the blogs I like in their respective folders.
In addition to blogs, there are two very important websites that needleworkers everywhere should have bookmarked: First is the Embroiderer’s Guild of America. Membership in this organization (national, but local and cyberstitcher’s groups are also available) gets you a wonderful magazine called Needle Arts, access to both group and individual correspondence courses, merchandise, master craftsman programs and so much more. (No—I am not being paid anything from any of the groups I discuss here—I just really believe in them.) The cost of membership is small when compared to the educational and networking opportunities this organization offers.
Second is the American Needlepoint Guild. This organization operates in much the same way as the EGA discussed in the preceding paragraph. You can sign up as a national member and also—as an option—join a local group or, if there is no local group nearby, as a cyberstitcher. Needlepointers is their quarterly magazine and it is filled with needlework eye candy, projects to work on and educational opportunities. ANG also offers correspondence courses and many other projects to help all of us learn new techniques.
Both organizations have a wonderful National Seminar. It is my goal to get to at least one before I go home to stitch in my Heavenly mansion. These seminars offer courses ranging from 1/2 day to 4 days with well-known national teachers. Even if you are not able to attend, the seminar brochure photos are enough to inspire all of us to keep plying our needles.
Check out the links to the two organizations. Enjoy! If you have questions for me, feel free to post them in the comments.