Category: Teacher Certification


Creativity and the Needleartist

By Dolores AndrewThis article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in summer 2002. A needleworker who selects a project to stitch makes an artistic decision. This decision can take several directions. It can be an original design or it can…

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Chi Whiz

by Peg LaflamThis article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in fall 1999. Peg: Feng shui (pronounced fung shway) is the ancient Chinese art of promoting balance and harmony in one’s environment; it is a cross between art and science….

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Questions You Were Afraid to Ask About Color: Part 2

By Susan Ettl, NAN-Certified Teacher This article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in summer 1999. What is Value? Value is the amount of lightness or darkness measured in a color. A value scale consisting of neutral grays equally spaced…

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Questions You Were Afraid to Ask About Color: Part 1

By Susan Ettl, NAN-Certified Teacher This article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in spring 1999. What is a Hue? Hue is the name of a pure color (nothing has been added to alter its purity) which represents colors within…

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Developing Your Artistic Eyes

By R. Llewellyn Jordan This article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in winter 1996.  Becoming a gallery-goer can provide endless opportunities to sensitize your eyes to art. It is a provocative experience for each and every individual who attends…

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Packing and Shipping Embroidery

By Susan Dawson This article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in fall 1995. One of the hardest parts of becoming a professional embroiderer, or an exhibiting needle artist, is facing the reality that embroidery must be entrusted to strangers….

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The Essence of Teaching Embroidery

By Kathleen F. Mackie This article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in fall 1995. Some years ago, the Director of a recreational program where I was applying for a job asked me about the essence of my approach to…

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What Are The Characteristics Of A Good Teacher?

By Peg Laflam This article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in winter 1992. There are three things that really stand out. First, they glow with enthusiasm about their subjects and they spark similar enthusiasm in their students. They respect…

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Don’t Get Framed By Your Framer

By Anita Spitzhoff This article first appeared in the NAN newsletter in summer 1990. You have worked for weeks to complete your latest needlework masterpiece, and finally – it is finished! You decide to have the piece framed and you…

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Why Do I Need A Certification Program?

By Jeanne Thomas Howard, NAN-Certified Teacher This article first appeared in the NAN newsletter, in winter 1990. “What in the world am I doing in a Certification Program?” This must be a question that every candidate asks at least once. I…

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