Tuesday, September 22, 2020

September 2020 Zoom Meeting

 

We did some Guild Business before launching into this month's program.   An Agenda was prepared but sharing it on the Zoom Meeting proved to be a challenge.   I am sure each month we will be better at what is new technology to many of us.  I give everyone an A+ for effort.


The Treasurer's Report was read.  All deposits and payments are up to date.   Stacy S. will check our Post Office Box for any incoming mail.

Programs

  • The Betsy Morgan kits from the canceled April class have been distributed to all who signed up.
  • October Program - We will have a tour of Kathy R.'s home all decked out for Halloween.  
  • December - The Board will meet to decide if we should commit to the Holiday Exchange and how we will accomplish it.  We should have a decision at the October Zoom Meeting.
  • DVHSG October Retreat - There will be a Zoom Meeting on September 24th for those who have signed up.   What to expect during the pandemic and available options for those attending will be shared.  
  • Blackbird Designs - Don't forget, Blackbird Designs is our featured designer of the year.   

Today's Program
    
    For today, we showcased two of our members, Caryl C. and Linda D.  

    Caryl provided a powerpoint that listed her 'history'.   She narrated while the slide show shared some of her past hobbies and projects as well as some of her current works.  The PowerPoint presentation has been link in the file section on our FB page.

   Next up, Linda had a video that started with a  lovely welcome out front of her home and then she welcomed us inside.  She shared her home, her needlework and her quilting.
Both ladies provided insight into their history.   Whether we also do quilting or do stained glass work or not, we can all appreciate the workmanship and the effort they each put into their various crafts.   Nice job ladies.

Other updates of interest -
  •     How's everyone like our needlework Facebook questions?   A big thank you to Stacy S. for putting them out there each time.   It is fun to see the different responses.   I don't know how she hasn't run out of questions yet!
  •     The Nimble Needle in Merchantville, NJ is now in a bigger location.  The store is not open for business but the owner will be glad to fill your pre-order at curbside.  
  •     Winterthur is holding a virtual conference on October 23rd.  It is called "The Inspired Needle: Embroidery Past and Present".   See their website for more details and information on registration. 
  •      Don't forget to keep track of your finishes for the 20 in 2020 Challenge.
  •      In August, we held a Zoom-Styled Stitch-In and will be doing it again.   The date for the next stitch-in is September 26 at 9:45. 

And we got a special treat while zooming along.  Some participants noticed Kathy R. was in different surroundings.   When we asked where she was, she treated us to the view of the beautiful setting and scenery at her husband's family cabin in Maine.   What an unexpected treat.  

We will continue our Zoom Meeting format until we can meet again in person.  A link will be sent prior to each meeting.    If you would like to submit photos for the slideshow, please forward to President Linda D.    You should include your name, the designer and the name of the piece when you submit your photos.  Limit your photos to one or two please.   Linda will need them no later than Tuesday before the meeting and would welcome any submitted earlier.  

Thank you to Evalyn and her husband for coordinating our Zoom Meeting.  Thank you as well Linda and everyone else who made the meeting a success.  Looks like this is the way we will continue to 'see' each other for the foreseeable future.  

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Zooming into August 2020

It has been awhile fellow stitchers so let me try to catch you up.

Many members have been adding their WIP's and finished pieces to the DVHSG Facebook page which is good but it is not the same as getting together.    (This page is open to anyone but you will need to get moderator approval.)  So what did we do......we had a Zoom Meeting this morning.

First, many thanks to Evalyn G. and her tech savvy husband for working with President Linda D. to get this meeting set-up and make it happen.   I think we had close to 40 participate this morning and it was great to see all the smiling faces we haven't seen for awhile.   Not only the regular meeting attendees but we also had participants from Tennessee, Kansas, Connecticut and Luxemburg!   We went international!  Wahoo!  That part of the Zoom meeting was a nice bonus for all of us.

To say the least it was a bit of a learning curve for some of us, myself included.   Everyone was so helpful and guided those of us who were first-time users to the necessary menus.    We learned to "raise our hands" when we had something to say, learned to use voting buttons and only had two or three cat sightings as pets walked in front of their owner's screens.  

President Linda D. opened the meeting and welcomed all.   She shared a powerpoint that started with an agenda for the meeting and moved into a Show N' Tell slide show where stitchers spoke about their pieces.  Thank you to all who provided Linda with photos prior to the meeting.   Watch for emails about future Zoom meetings dates with instructions and deadlines for submitting photos. Caryl will be uploading today's powerpoint to Facebook.

First on the agenda, elections are scheduled for this fall.   The two offices on this fall's ballot are Vice President/Program Director and Treasurer.   Linda shared two options for the upcoming elections.

    a.  Due to Covid, we can vote to waive the required elections and extend the office terms by one year; or

    b.  We can select a Nominating Committee and continue with the elections as scheduled.

Both members currently holding offices have agreed to stay on for the next term.   A motion was made and voting was done by using the "yes" or "no" voting boxes in Zoom.   (Aren't we getting snazzy?)  Themotion was carried to have the current officers extend their current terms by one year.

Programming

Betsy Morgan Class - If you signed up to participate in the Betsy Morgan class that was scheduled for April 2020, Stacy sent you an email yesterday regarding how you would like to handle getting your kit.   Please reply to Stacy in the next couple of days so she can arrange to meet you or will mail your kit to you.


Fall Retreat - Stacy will be following up with an email to those who have signed up.  She will provide cost and payment due date.    This year, because of Covid, the Retreat will be in the Lodge.  There will be no stitching in the Lobby of the Lankford.  Masks must be worn, hand sanitizing will be necessary, etc.   Stacy will provide all the details in her email to those attending.




Holiday Smalls Exchange - The exchange is still on for 2020 whether we are meeting or not in December.   In the event we are still unable to meet in person, ideas were discussed about either exchanging names and mailing your items to the person who's name you get or delaying the exchange until we meet again and hold it as a program at a future meeting.  No final decision was made.  

Anniversary Event - No date has been set forthe 20th Anniversary Event.  Stacy has been in touch with the designer and the designer has agreed to hold the design as exclusive to DVHSG for one year after she presents it at our Anniversary Celebration.  

Stacy asked if anyone has a hobby or collection they would like to share at an upcoming Zoom meeting.  Please let her know.    A video can be made in advance of the meeting and then forwarded to Linda D. to put on the agenda.  Details can be arranged if you decide to share a collection.

Other Class Opportunities

Purple Thread - Sharon Verbos - Sharon is teaching a 3-day Zoom Class in association with Winterthur.   The class cost is $60 for the kit and an additional $30 for the 3 days of Zoom classes.   The classes will be three consecutive Saturdays.   See DVHGS Facebook page or Sharon's Facebook page for more information.

Sassy Jack's - Kim Young - Sassy Jack's is scheduling a Zoom Retreat.   It is a three-day event on a Friday-Satruday-Sunday in September.   The sessions can be watched live and will be recorded to be available to watch when convenient to you.   See Sassy Jack's website for more information.

Great news!   Linda has spoken to Cokesbury and AFTER restrictions are lifted at Cokesbury we are still able to have the use of the room at Cokesbury for our monthly meetings.

Conservation Fund - Ann S. has suggested our Conservation Fund donation this year be made to Winterthur and  be earmarked towards the purchase of the antique sampler in memory of Gloria Seaman Allen.  This was approved by members attending.

Membership - Caryl C. will be sending a membership roster with the next newsletter.  Please check your information for correctness and let Caryl know if there are any errors.   All newsletters are now available in the file section on our Facebook page.   The membership roster WILL NOT be filed on Facebook for privacy reasons.


2020 Challenge - Patrick reminded everyone to maintain their list of completed projects in 2020 and be ready to add them to the list in the binder when we finally do meet again.   Maybe you can find a piece of 3-holed notebook paper for your list and you will be able to slip it right in the binder when the time comes.

Upcoming - We discussed having a Zoom Stitch-in.  Information will be sent when details are worked out.   If you have any other Zoom meeting ideas while we remain under the pandemic restrictions, please pass them to Linda D.

The Zoom meeting was so well attended and with such positive feedback that there is a tentative Zoom meeting for September.  Watch your email for a notice closer to the date.  

Thank you tot he Board for deciding to have the Zoom meeting. Thank you again to Evalyn and her hubby for making this happen.  And for Linda for running the meeting and creating the slide show.  Great job.

Hope all are keeping well and continue to stay healthy.  

Sunday, March 1, 2020

February 2020 Meeting

This month's meeting was held at the Public Library on Kirkwood Highway with guest speaker Cynthia Steinhoff.    We were pleased to welcome Cynthia Steinhoff (and her husband) to give a presentation on Quaker samplers stitched by Delaware girls. She brought some of her own collection and discussed a number of different styles of samplers (i.e. marking, darning, band, genealogical, family record, extract and verse and wreath). She also discussed several different schools such as Brandywine, Wilmington Boarding School, Westtown School and Southern Boarding School. Thank you so much to Cynthia and her husband for sharing this information with us! We will be looking to bring her back to share more information with us!

Cynthia is the director of the Anne-Arundel Library Community College in Baltimore, MD.    She is the co-author with Gloria Seaman Allen of Delaware Discoveries:  Girlhood Embroidery book.  It is an illustrated history of girlhood embroidery in the state of Delaware from 1750 to 1850.   There are beautiful photographs of 190 samplers.  The book was well researched with biographical information on the young stitchers and their families.   A must have book for the dedicated sampler stitcher.  As with everything, this book is available through Amazon.


Dr. Seaman Allen recently passed away.  There is a Facebook group raising funds to gift a sampler (The Mary Orr sampler) to Winterthur Museum in her honor. You can read more about the fundraiser and make an individual donation at the website http://samplings.com/announcement. The guild will be also be discussing a donation at our next board meeting in March.

Guild Announcements and Upcoming Schedule 
    

  • Just a note on our meeting locations for 2020. Due to Cokesbury’s construction projects and scheduling conflicts, we will be relocated  for two upcoming meetings, specifically July and September meetings. We will let everyone know our meeting location/s for July and September once a location is secured.
  • A reminder that the annuals dues payment was due in January. If you haven’t already paid for this year, please send it in a.s.a.p. The dues are $25.  Dues can be paid at the March meeting or made by mailing your check and information to:   

DVHSG
PO Box 1292
Hockessin, DE  19707



  • This year we are spotlighting Blackbird Designs.    You are encouraged to stitch any Blackbird pattern and to bring in any pieces as you complete them during the year.
  • We are also continuing our project completion challenge from last year.   In 2019 is was 19 projects.   This year it is 20 in 2020.  Remember to add your finishes to the green binder that is circulated at each meeting. 
  • March - Theresa Baird will present a project utilizing the spiral trellis stitch. Members should bring a small piece of 28 or 32 count linen, a needle and #12 perle cotton to practice the stitch.  A hoop or Q-snaps are recommended if you prefer to not stitch in hand.  Theresa has created a pattern specifically for this stitch.   The design has not yet been released and is available for purchase for $15 cash/check only.    
  • April - Betsy Morgan will be with us to teach a new project (“Christmas Etui”). This will be the last opportunity for us to have her as a teacher since she is retiring in 2020. Even if you are not taking the class, we welcome you to attend the meeting as Betsy will be giving a lesson on her joining technique, etc.  Participants please bring your completed pre-stitch as well as a photocopy of your finished pre-stitch.   New member Meg L. has an extra copy of Betsy Morgan’s book (Willing Hands). If you are interested in purchasing it from her, please reach out to her at the next monthly meeting.

  •  Our spring retreat at Salty Yarns is the last weekend in April. The cost for the weekend is $145. The registration form is attached, and your deposit is due by the March guild meeting.  This is a MEMBERS ONLY event.
  • May - In May we will celebrate our 20th Anniversary. Needlework Press will be with us and will give us a talk during our meeting. There will be a luncheon with speakers and an afternoon class. There will also be an all-day class on Sunday.  Information and sign up sheets will be provided at the March meeting and sign-ups are due no later than the April meeting.  Away Stitchers are permitted but there will be any additional fee for postage.   This is a members only event.   Guests can become a member for the $25 Annual Membership fee.
  • June - to be determined
  • July - We will have a Christmas in July project.    REMINDER - this meeting will be at a different location.
  • August: Our Stash Re-Allocation Event.  The Guild encourages you provide a percentage of any sales to the Guild Conservation Fund.    Any items not sold, owners have the option to donate to the Guilds eBay sales which benefit the Conservation Fund.
  • September - to be determined.   REMINDER - this meeting will be at a different location.

  • Our fall retreat will be the first weekend in October and we will have to register early as there are other events occurring that weekend. As soon as we are ready to accept registrations, we will let you know

See everyone on March 7 back at DuPont Pavilion at Cokesbury!

Monday, January 20, 2020

January 2020 Meeting

Business Meeting
New President Linda D. welcomed everyone to the meeting and started with a few announcements from the different Officers.  Guests were acknowledged and welcomed.

Our Yahoo and website accounts have been renewed for 2020.

Our Post Office Box rental for 2020 has been paid.

Dues for the 2020 year are now due.   Please make sure you are paid by March 1st at the latest.

The Officers wanted to thank those who helped make 2019 successful

  • Thank you to the outgoing officers and Board for their efforts in 2019.
  • Thank You to member Susan D. for her efforts to deliver unwanted stash to Fireside Stitchery for their eBay sales.   We have received another check in the amount of $400 for recent sales.
  • Thank you to Ann S. for her work with the Conservation Fund and coordinating our annual gifts.  Ann shared a Thank Note from Westtown School for our Conservation Fund Donation to their project.
  • Thank you to all the covered a meeting program during 2019.
  • Thank you to this blogger for the blog posts and uploading photos to Facebook.
Newsletter Reminder
Yahoo has a restriction on the number of emails addresses you can include in one email.  Because of this, Secretary Caryl C. has seven different electronic mailing lists.   This means you may sometimes receive information twice.  It is far easier for Caryl to resend to an entire group than pick and choose and end up having to make a new one-time email group.   Could get confusing real fast.    In addition, if an email is sent and not delivered, Caryl gets no notice from Yahoo that the email was not delivered.   If you are not receiving her notices, please let Caryl know at a meeting.   Routinely within a couple days of each meeting Caryl will send a followup out.   Also, usually the Sunday before a meeting, Caryl sends an email to all members as a reminder.    Caryl will also send a new member package to all new members.

2019 Challenge
The 'challenge' was finish 19 in 19. As a group, we completed 438 projects.  The top three finishers received a special laying tool.  Other top recipients also received laying tools.  Thank you Patrick B. for coordinating this for DVHSG.

2019 SAL
Several members have been stitching the iStitch band sampler.   Several brought their pieces to the meeting.






2020 SAL
Members choose from a list of five designers to select a designer to spot light in 2020.   Blackbird Designs was the winner.   There is no one design to be required to SAL.  Members are encouraged to stitch any Blackbird (or several) of their choice during 2020.

Meetings

  • February - WILL NOT BE AT Cokesbury.   The February meeting will be held at the Kirkwood Highway Library, 5000 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington DE.   We will have guest speaker, Cynthia Steinhoff giving a discussion on Quaker samplers.  Cynthia is co-author of Delaware Discoveries Girlhood Embroidery book as well as other historical sampler books.  Due to the room size and the meeting format, there will be NO SHOW and TELL at the February Meeting.



  • March - Theresa Baird of Hearts Ease Exemplar Workes will teach us the spiral trellis stitch.
  • April - Class with Betsy Morgan for her latest design - Christmas Etui.   Sign ups are due by FEBRUARY 1st.   Ghost stitchers are permitted.

  • April - Salty Yarns Retreat - Last weekend in April.   Sign-ups and deposit are due by the March Meeting.
  • May - Our 20th Anniversary Celebration.   A committee is working on a weekend full of celebration and events.  There were will a morning lecture and Saturday afternoon class and an all day Sunday class.   More information will follow.
  • June - TBA
  • July - Christmas in July
  • August - Stash Reallocation Sale
  • September - TBA
  • October - Salty Yarns Retreat - Date to be determined
Special Show and Tell

We had three special Show and Tells at our January Meeting.   First, Nancy F. purchased this 1818 sampler for herself.    She believes the "Germantown" in the sampler is for "New Germantown" in Burlington County, NJ.

 Member Melanie found these antique doll clothes to add to her collection.   The bead work and trims are very detailed.
 The little doll corset even has bones!

Our very own member, designer Theresa Baird debuted her latest creation.   This is the Virginia Sampler and is number 6 in her series of samplers for the 13 original colonies.    Virginia is a big one!     It is stitched on 40 count and still dwarfs the wind chair behind it.
If you have seen any of her pieces, you know she creates beautiful borders and well written original verses.    This piece will be an online class.    See her work under Hearts Ease as Exemplar Workes.



Shout Out to DVHSG
In the Sampler Consortium Press Release from the Delaware Historical Society, Delaware Valley Historic Sampler Guild was mentioned twice!

Show and Tell

 Stitch and Zip dragon bag by Patrick B.

 Assorted Christmas ornaments, KarenAnn M.

The 12 Days of Christmas Basket full of Strawberries, Marnie B.

 Catherine Theron Needle book, Linda D

Tray of finishes by Debi S.   On the left, Aztec stitch Betsy Morgan Needle book; Center C A Wells Acorn; right, Quaker Scissors Pocket

 Foreground, Hands on Design Chalk Christmas; center Barbara Jackson Christmas ornament and Hands on Design Cranberry Christmas Ornament; and back center, Winter Wonderland Drum from The Primitive Hare.   Stitched and finished by Caryl C.

 Shepherd's Bush Christmas Stocking by Patty H.

 Hooray for the Red-White and Blue, EGA canvas piece stitched by KarenAnn M.

 Moose ornament, stitched by Ellen P.

 40 count, silk gauze watch face, by Amy G.

 St. Nick by Beth D.

 Pumpkins from our November class, by Amy G.

 Ghost from Not Forgotten Farms, by Amy G.

 Snowman pillow from Homespun Elegance, by Ellen P.

 Merry Christmas pillow by Susan H.

 Time for Tea by Amy G.

 Basket full of Christmas pillows, stitched and finished by Ellen P.

Pumpkin Box from Jamboree at Salty Yarns, stitched and finished by Linda D.

 Gloria Noel, by Madame Chantilly, stitched by Ellen P.

Christmas Advent, stitched by Linda D.

 Bristol Sampler, stitched by Carol M.

 Ruler Holder, stitched by Linda D.

 Heart String Samplers, stitched by Carolyn N.

 Drawn Thread Band Sampler, by Carolyn N.

 Crowning Glory from Summer House Stitche Workes, by Evalyn G.

 Workbasket cross stitch fox by Beth D.


 Sled with frame from Joanne's with Santa stitched and finished by Stacy S.

 Scarecrow by Beth D.

 Turn-Turn-Turn from November Class with Janis Note of Noteworthy Needle, by Jean T.

 Spider by Beth D.

 Next meeting - February 8th, at the Kirkwood Highway Library, 6000 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE