Category: Teacher Certification


Weaving Hope: Kem Iye’bal

By Dianne Herrmann, NAN-Certified Master Teacher This article first appeared in the spring 2022 issue of NANthology. For more information about NAN’s Teacher Certification programs, go to https://needleart.org/certification-programs/teaching/. When I visited Guatemala in 2020 to lead an embroidery workshop for…

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It’s Not Your Mother’s Gaming

By Denise Beusen, NAN Website and Social Media Editor First published in the Winter 2022 issue of NANthology. For each of us, there comes a defining moment when you realize you may have exceeded your shelf life…that you might have…

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Creating a Teaching Piece: All that goes on behind the scenes. Part 2 – Materials Preparation

by Lois Kershner, NAN Director of Teachers’ Certification This article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in fall 2021. Part I described the planning activities that go into turning an idea into a design developed as a teaching piece. Yet to…

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Creating a Teaching Piece: All that goes on behind the scenes. Part 1 – Planning

by Lois Kershner, NAN Director of Teachers’ Certification This article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in summer 2021. Sometimes I have an idea that I think would be lovely to stitch, but as a teacher, I have to think…

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True Confession: I’m a Mid-Life Teachers’ Certification Dropout

By Denise Beusen, NAN Website and Facebook Editor This article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in fall 2020. Back in 2003, one of my St. Louis friends – fellow NAN member Felicite Pollnow – showed me what she was…

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Copyright or Copy Wrong? Issues Hiding in Plain Sight

By Denise Beusen, Website and Facebook EditorThis article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in winter 2020. Click here to see the original publication. All of us – probably on several occasions – have been on the receiving end of admonishments to…

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THE BEST NEEDLEARTS CLASS… EVER!!! (Part 2)

By Diane Herrmann, NAN-Certified Teacher and Assistant Director of Teachers’ Certification This article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in winter 2019. Last issue we focused on the way that a teacher’s behavior and attitude can make or break the…

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THE BEST NEEDLEARTS CLASS… EVER!!! (Part 1)

By Diane Herrmann, NAN-Certified Teacher and Assistant Director of Teachers’ Certification This article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in fall 2018. Isn’t it great to attend a seminar or workshop and come away feeling that your class was the…

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Three Ways To See the NAN Permanent Collection

By Patricia Tector, NAN-Certified Master Judge This article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in fall 2018. The National Academy of Needlearts (NAN) is very fortunate to have an admirable collection of needleart. The collection is housed at the Gregg…

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Why Enter The Exemplary?

By Cheryl Christian, 2018 Exemplary Administrator and NAN-certified Judge This article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in winter 2018. The Exemplary, the NAN national exhibition, is a highlight of Assembly in the spring. All manner of work is displayed,…

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