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My First ANG Correspondence Course, ”First Steps”, with Nanette Costa
January 27, 2010, 11:23 pm
Filed under: First Steps

I took this basic course in 2003 to create 4 samplers (6”x6”). Nanette taught everything from preparing canvases to color terminology to 31 different stitches. Right from the start I was impressed by the packet of materials, the option to contact her by email, & her responsiveness when I did.

Then, I made my first visit to Fireside Stitchery for canvas & stretcher bars (glad I saved my AC Moore receipt b/c frames are different from bars). There, I was overwhelmed by the variety of threads. So, I stayed with DMC Cotton Perle which I knew I could get at my closer AC Moore. But, I knew I would return!

I read through the lesson, worked up the assignment, & sent it for review. Each set of Nanette’s comments were detailed & thorough! And, by lesson 3’s review, she had worked through improving my technique enough that she talked to me about how to use the stitches in future projects or alter stitches for different effects.

Both “First Steps” & Nanette made for a pleasurable introduction to ANG. I had begun the year-long course in November 2002 & was finished by July 2003. And, I was so enthralled by the course, I immediately began to design a piece using the 31 stitches – which you’ll see posted tomorrow night!

No doubt many of you will recognize this project:

All 4 block of "First Steps""

And, a little closer:

Lesson 1

Lesson 2

Lesson 3 - Block C

Lesson 4 - Block D