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American Needlepoint Guild

CyberPointers is an the Internet based chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild with an international membership, offering many different on-line and print-based needlepoint, bargello, tapestry & canvaswork educational offerings.

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Outreach

By definition, outreach activities represent a reaching out to the community we serve. Since we are an educational non-profit, our outreach activities encompass both educational activities and community service.

Education

A wealth of information is available via the internet about needlepoint, learning how to needlepoint, demonstrations of various needlepoint stitches, and answers to needlepoint questions.

One resource for learning needlepoint stitches is the American Needlepoint Guild’s “Stitch of the Month.” Each year the ANG develops a different year-long project that encompasses different stitches. Feel free to check out the ANG’s “Stitch of the Month”

Another educational effort undertaken by members is to “Stitch in Public.” Individual members, or groups of members, designate a day and place/event at which to participate.
Locations such as libraries, shopping mall food courts, or events such as needlework exhibits, offer opportunities to demonstrate needlepoint to non-stitchers.

Community Service

Another aspect of outreach is doing good works with our needlepoint talents and skills.

Recently, our chapter assembled a resource list for those wanting to donate or sell needlework fabric, threads, patterns and accessories.

*This resource list was compiled from information supplied by a number of different sources. If you have updated information to relay, please email: outreach@cyberpointers.org. As additional information is obtained, the resource list will be updated.

Neither CyberPointers nor the American Needlepoint Guild makes any recommendations about any particular vendors. If you wish to pursue working with any particular vendor, please contact them for further detailed information and for any fees associated with their services.

Currently, our chapter sponsors community service in these areas:

  • Kissing Pillows These are small cross-stitched pillows that say “I Love You” and are given to deploying soldiers and their families.
  • Auction to Support Breast Cancer Research Foundation: Each November, Attic Needlework in Mesa, AZ sponsors an auction of ornaments and other items to support the BCRF. Ornaments can be done in a wide variety of needlework: needlepoint, cross-stitch, beading, counted thread, hardanger, quilting, etc. Ornaments need to be completed by October each year.
  • Bookmarks to Promote Literacy: A number of local libraries sponsor summer and winter reading programs for both children and adults. Many libraries are delighted to accept stitched bookmarks to give out to people. Bookmarks are a good way to use leftover threads and bits of canvas/fabric from other projects and can encompass a variety of needlework techniques. Bookmarks are accepted at any time.
  • Stitching Kits for Hospitalized Patients: The University of Iowa Hospitals (and likely other hospitals as well) accepts “individual craft sets” to distribute to hospitalized patients, either children or adults. Stitching kits need to be complete and appropriate for beginners. Stitching kits are accepted at any time.

Information about where to send completed kissing pillows, bookmarks, ornaments or stitching kits can be found in the  Where to send document.

For further information about any of these community service projects, please contact us at: outreach@cyberpointers.org

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