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Why Knot Stitch? American Needlepoint Guild Chapter

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By Brian Slattery

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President: Peggy Campbell,

Vice president: Gretchen Piazza,

Secretary: Pat Grosline,

Treasurer: Anne Peacock

Historian: April Murphy

Internet and newsletter: Karen Dixon

Contact

Karen Dixon at (336) 337-4973 or email whyknotstitchchapter@needlepoint.org

Information

needlepoint.org; a Why Knot Stitch? Facebook page is in the works

Like many of the clubs and organizations in Brunswick County, the Why Knot Stitch? Needlepoint American Needlepoint Guild Chapter was formed when needlepoint enthusiasts moved here, joined a chapter meeting across the county line and decided why not form their own chapter?

Why Knot Stitch? Needlepoint Chapter is part of the American Needlepoint Guild (ANG), a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit that formed in 1972.

Susie Lupton, a founding member of Why Knot Stitch? Needlepoint Guild Chapter, has been a member of the national organization and chapters in Greensboro, Raleigh and Wilmington, joining the Cape Fear Chapter when she moved here.

But the Wilmington chapter met Saturday mornings and Lupton said she “missed more meetings than I made.”

In 2009, Ann White and Lupton decided to form a new chapter in Southport. With the permission of the ANG, they held the first meeting Sept. 10, 2009.

“We had to have 10 members,” Lupton said. “We had 20.”

They had enough members to quickly outgrow their first location. After a few early locations, they found a regular home for their meetings at the Margaret and James Harper Jr. Library, 109 W. Moore St. in Southport.

“It’s been a great partnership there. They have a great room with big windows for our stitchers,” Lupton said.

Why Knot Stitch? Needlepoint Chapter meets from 1 to 4 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month except for June, July and August at the library.

They also meet there at 9 a.m. every other Tuesday, all year long, to host stitch-ins.

And now they meet at 9 a.m. the fourth Monday of each month at Southwest Brunswick Branch Library, 9400 Ocean Highway W. in Carolina Shores. “We travel to the new library because we have two members who come from South Carolina,” Lupton said.

Although people come and go, moving in and out of the area, Lupton said the club always has more than 20 stitchers attend meetings and get-togethers.

“Southport is a good location. There are a lot of retirees who stitched where they used to live,” she said.

Lupton said having a group made up of retirees or others who weren’t working meant they could set their unique times compared with other chapters that have night or weekend meetings.

“We formed because we were retirees or not working. We hate to keep those who work (from joining), but we come from all over the county and a lot of us don’t like to drive at night,” Lupton said. “We have three or four new members this year. When they move to the area they find out about us.”

There are annual dues of $15 for members. But Lupton said visitors can attend two events before they have to join.

“We want people to learn what we’re about,” she said.

Meetings can include a member who has created a design teaching it to the others, or the group working a stitching project based on a design from the ANG project book and sometimes national teachers attend the meetings to lead projects.

“There’s also show and tell where we see everyone’s finished pieces,” Lupton said.

The stitch-ins are less organized. Everyone comes to work on their current project.

“There’s a lot of camaraderie. We get together and then go to lunch,” Lupton said.

Lupton said needlepoint was added to the most recent Brunswick County Senior Games for the first time.

Lupton and two others submitted pieces.

“I won first place in the Senior Games. It was fun to do and I think people enjoyed seeing the needlepoint pieces displayed,” Lupton said.

The club members’ pieces are also displayed twice a year at Franklin Art Gallery in Southport.

“What’s attractive about needlepoint is it’s so soothing to me,” Lupton said.

“It’s relaxing. There’s a sense of accomplishment. And there are so many different, pretty fibers. Formerly, they were threads. The fibers are what talk to you. You don’t need fancy stitches.”

For more information on the Why Knot Stitch? American Needlepoint Guild Chapter, call Karen Dixon at (336) 337-4973.

 

Brian Slattery is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or bslattery@brunswickbeacon.com.