Thursday, October 13, 2016

October 2016 Meeting

 Business Meeting
We will be voting for Vice President/Program Chair and Treasurer at our November meeting. Stacy S. has agreed to run again for Vice President and Patrick B. will assist. Nancy F. has agreed to run for Treasurer. We will also take nominations from the floor. Thank you to the Nominating Committee (Lynn D., Robin T. and Ann S.) and those who are willing to take offices!

October Program 
Seems we had a bit of a mix up with our program for October but we were quick to recover and move on.  Our originally scheduled Button Program needed to be rescheduled to a future meeting and guild member Kathy R. was gracious enough to jump in at the last minute.  She brought  her wonderful Halloween collection to share. 

Just to give you some ideas of size......the first piece on the left in that back - a piece dedicated to Edgar Allen Poe - measures approximately 18 by 24.  

 She has an amazing collection and we all wonder how she will fit all of the items in her house! Kathy was a real champ for filling in at the last minute!   Thank you!

Upcoming Programs
November: Cynthia Steinhoff will give a presentation on antique samplers. Cynthia will discuss samplers in her collection from around the state of Pennsylvania. Examples range from Quaker samplers made in Chester County and near Pittsburgh to samplers made in small towns throughout the state. She will also bring a Delaware sampler that will be discussed in the upcoming book by Gloria Seaman Allen, “Delaware Discoveries”. Her samplers will be on view during the meeting.

Cynthia is the director of the Andrew G. Truxal Library at Anne Arundel Community College near Annapolis, where she has worked for 33 years. She is editor of “Delaware Discoveries” and also researched some of the samplers that are featured in the book. Cynthia, originally from the Pittsburgh area, graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania when it was still called Edinboro State College and earned a master of science degree in library science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master of business administration degree from the University of Baltimore.

December: Our annual holiday exchange and luncheon. The guild will provide the wraps and paper goods and members are asked to bring a dessert or side dish to share. We will have a sign-up sheet next month. It’s not too early to get started on your exchange piece! It does not have to have a holiday theme, but should be some type of needlework accessory, preferably with a sampler theme.

January: We will review the results of the 2016 needlework challenge and members will share all of the cool needlework items they receive for Christmas.

February: Pat L. will give a presentation on her beautiful Japanese embroidery. Also, Patrick B. will tell us about the Shinto “Broken Needle” ceremony.

March: TBD

April: Betsy Morgan will be with us again for our meeting and will be teaching a project in the afternoon. Members will have the opportunity to make a tassel during the program that will be used for the scissor fob in the class project. If you are not going to take the class, we will let you know what supplies to bring and you can make a cord and tassel for use in one of your own projects.  The design will be modified slightly as it was created for the Louden Sampler Guild. Our design will feature a blue hen, a different flower, and blue fabric for the lining. We will start taking registrations in November and accept them until January. We will have the forms available at the meeting and will also send them with next month’s newsletter.  Details will also be added to our "Classes" tab above.


Fall of 2017: Lauren Sauer will be here to teach two samplers. This will be held on the weekend after our September meeting.
Upcoming Needlework Events
Winterthur will be holding a needlework symposium October 14 and 15, 2016. Registration is now open. Check their website for details to see what is still available.

Exhibit: The Instruction of Young Ladies—Arts from Private Girls’ Schools and Academies in Early America (September 24-December 31) at the Fenimore Art Museum (

Show and Tell
Members were encouraged to bring their own Halloween items.   It is always fun to see the variety of pieces and finishing.   And it was great to gush over the variety. We also got some great ideas for decorating and searching out new projects. Hands On Designs, Cricket Collection and Heartstring Samplary are some great sources for Halloween patterns. 
Stitched by Evalyn G.

Stitched by Jean T.

Stitched by Marnie B.

Stitched by Stacy S.

Stitched by Carolyn N.
Stitched by Carolyn N.

 Stitched by Deb S.

 Stitched by Ellen P.
Stitched by Ellen P.

And some non-Halloween Show 'n Tell

 Stitched by Stacy S.

Stitched by Stacy S.

Stitched by Caryl C.  Part of the Beatles Series.   Guess which song represents?

Stitched by Caryl C.

Stitched by Caryl C.

 A huge THANK YOU to our very competent and thorough Caryl C. who, as always emails a fabulous newsletter and also emailed me the photos since I missed this month's meeting.  
See everyone in November!

As always, please let me know of any edits....especially this month as I was absent from the meeting.   

Saturday, September 10, 2016

September 2016 Meeting

June Peterson, resident of Cokesbury, joined our meeting.   June has some lovely stitched and fiber arts pieces on display in the showcase for the month of September.   Due to the construction, we don't walk past the display case on our way in.   It is worth a side trip to see the pieces she had on display.  We hope June joins our meeting again.

Upcoming Meetings
For the October Meeting, Jennifer L. will provide a talk on buttons.   She will share a history of buttons, talk about her collection and how she got into button collecting.   She will have buttons for sale.  

For the November Meeting, Cynthia Steinholt will discuss Pennsylvania Samplers.  

For the December Meeting, it will be our Annual Holiday Luncheon and Exchange and covered dish luncheon.   Your small should be sampler themed and must be a stitched piece.   If you bring a wrapped small, you get to participate in the exchange.   Whether you bring a piece to exchange or not, it is always a great meeting and a real treat to see the beautiful stitched exchange items.  More details on the luncheon and sign up sheets will follow.

For January 2017 (what how did we get to 2017!  I remember Y2K!), please bring in any holiday stitching related items you received.  We will also be wrapping up the 2016 Challenge.   

DVHSG Business
The revisions to the By-Law and the Standing Rules were introduced at the August Meeting.  The revisions were also shared via email to all members.  The By-Laws and Standing Rules were discussed again at the September Meeting.   The main changes include the alternating terms of officers.   President and Secretary will be elected in odd years; Vice President and Treasurer will be elected in even years.   This will lend continuity to the leadership of our organization.   In addition, some Committees were changed to better reflect the current direction of DVHSG.  Copies of the new laws and rules will be added to the new member pack.

     Member, Marney B, moved to accepted the new By-Laws and Standing Rules as presents.   Seconded by            Pat L.    All in favor.

Upcoming Events
The Mancuso Quilt Show - Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, will be at the Philadelphia Convention Center in Oaks, PA from September 15th through 18th.

Embroidery: The Language of Art and needlework symposium will be October 14th and 15th.  Please go to www.winterthur.org for more information.  

The Instruction of Young Ladies: Arts from Private Girls Schools and Academies in Early America  will be at the James Fenimore Cooper Museum in Coopertowns NY starting on September 24th through December 31, 2016.  

Show and Tell
 Jean T. found this danish bell pull in an antique shop.   What a great find!

Jean T. stitched this sampler from Shakespeare's Peddler.   It is the Jane Philpott Sampler

B. J. S. stitched Day Into Night by designed by Judy Soliolus.

Carol W. has been on the hunt for the polish pottery pieces featured in an Olde Colonial Design series of patterns.   The egg cup on the right in the next in the series.    The cheese/butter dish on the left is an e-Bay find for another piece in the set.   Designer, Pat Reed, stopped selling these because the pottery was no longer available.   Great find Carol.

Mary Rita stitched the doll below.  It is one of the series by Julia Manfredini.   This was one that was taught in Williamsburg.

Just love her sweet little purse.

This is also stitched by Mary Rita.   It is a Laura Perrin design.  The colors are so vibrant.

Robin T. shared her Pining to Stitch set of smalls.   This was an EGA pattern designed by a guild in Maine.

Ellen P. stitched up and finished these little cuties.
Kathy R. did a fabulous job on Snooty Parrots by Barbara Ana Designs......but I didn't get a photo  :-( 

And here's a lovely collection of  the Grace Mason Sampler from Of Female Worth.   The 'Jersey Girls' saw Susan D. stitching this a while back and eight of them jumped on the bandwagon to do it as a stitch-a-long among themselves.  
More Grace Mason.......I am one of the stitcher's and I have to say it was an enjoyable piece to stitch and I for one was very happy when I got down to the bottom corner that the border met!  The one on the top left is really not that dark, it was in the shadow.

Although eight of us stitched Grace, first Susan and then the seven from Jersey, only six were photographed today.   One of the girls had to leave early and another has transplanted herself to Tennessee.   Image that!   It was fun to see them all together.   Different count fabrics were used.   Above, top center is Pat L. on 40 count.   Robin T. to the left of her on 36 count and the rest seem to be on 32 count.   Color changes were made with the floss as well.  Stitchers used different reds and greens and golds.

Below, Karen M. on the left might have stitched on 30 count.

 And then were were changes to the was originally charted with a verse from Proverbs.

Carol W. and Pat L. changed their verse to the following.

And Karen M. removed the verse altogether adding birds and trees instead.

It was fun to work on together and encourage each other along the way.    The Jersey Girls are off embarking on finding a new piece as a stitch-a-long.  

Carla Bates from The Frame Shop in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania was our guest speaker for today's meeting.  She led a discussion on framing and  conducted a tutorial on pinning your needlework rather than lacing it.  She comes to us with 30 years of framing experience.

Carla strongly suggests to never use masking tape to bind edges!  Even once the tape is removed, residue of the adhesive it still there.  Also the glue will attract bugs which will eat the grain based glues.  When the bugs are done with the remains of the glue.....they could move to your fabric!    

Glass selection is important and a personal choice.    Conservation glass will reduce fading.  One side of the glass is coated and the framer needs to be sure to have the coated side towards the fabric.   If left  facing outward, it could become scratched and leave a visible marking on the glass.  Museum glass is a good option.   Your glass however should never rest directly on your fabric.  Space between the glass and the fabric allows for airflow.   Matting and spacers can accomplish this.  

Frames are decorative as well as functional   Dust covers should always be added to the back of a framed piece.   This will also deter insects.   Frames should have enough depth and weight to support the weight of the project.  Carla also used aluminum barrier tape to keep fabric away from the wood of the frame to seal off the acid migration from the wood to the fabric.  

For lacing, you start at one end working stitches a quarter of an inch apart toward the other end with one long long thread  ( I use #5 perle cotton) Work horizontally on your piece as shown above.   Once completed, turn your piece 90 degrees and repeat the stitch every quarter inch.   You than pull an excess in the lacing tighten and to ensure a taunt, flat, centered, stretched piece of needlework.  

Pinning has the flexibility to undo and fix a missed stitch.  Foam core and straight pins are used.   The center of each side of both the cut foam core and your needlework are measured out.  Then the center of the fabric is mounted  to the center of the foam core.  Alternating side to side and top to bottom working your way out from the center to the corners.   Stainless steel straight pins can be used but climate control issues and head of the pin may still rust and leave marks on your fabric.   Carla prefers the use of rust proof pins. 

Carla provided us each with a piece of foam core and a selection of frames to choose from and we were off to the races.

This is how much I was able to get down in class.   Should be EZ-PZ to finish up.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

August 2016 Monthly Meeting

Could you ever imagine it would be too hot to stitch?   Well here on the east coast of the good ole' US of A it sure is quickly approaching that point.   Heat indices higher than they have in a long time or ever, depending on what TV station you listen to.   But enough of that and on to our monthly meeting.

We had a well attended meeting that started with a short business meeting, some Show and Tell and then we enjoyed our guest speaker, Barbara Hutson, Queenstown Samplers.

Upcoming events and information

Fall retreat at Salty Yarns.   Sign up and deposit due by September 1st to Stacy S.   $135 for the Members Only retreat; $40 for those who wish to arrive on Thursday.

Winterthur Symposium, October 13th and 14th.   There will be lectures and classes.   For more information please go to

By-Laws - The proposed changes to the by-laws have been circulated to members.   The proposed changes are:    
      - elimination of the position/title of "Hospitality"
      - Terms of the officers will be staggered.  In odd numbered years, the November election will elect the President and Secretary.   In even numbered years, the November election will elect Vice-President and Treasurer.

Last month at the Stash Exchange, Jean T. took some stitched Periwinkle Promises smalls home.   She returned them this month as completed pin cushions.   There will be given to the gift shop at Cokesbury for them to sell as a 'thank you' for housing our meetings.

Conservation Fund - There is now a tab on the Blog and a page on the Website for our Conservation Fund.  A couple of organizations have already shown interest for this year's DVHSG donation.  Please contact Ann S. if you are interested in helping her work on the Conservation Fund.

Reminder to work on your small exchange piece for the Annual Holiday Exchange at the December Meeting.

September Meeting - Carla Bates will be at our meeting to teach us how to pin needlework for framing.    Sign up with Stacy S. NO LATER THAN 8/14.  The cost will be approximately $15 per person, payable at the September meeting.  Your 'kit' will include mat board, pinning and a frame.    Please provide a piece of needlework with a  5 x 7 design - or - bring an unstitched piece of linen on which you have stitched a vertical and a horizontal line at the center (a plus sign).   This will allow you to center your piece.  Carla is the owner of The Frame Shoppe in Conshohocken, PA.

October 1st - There will be another Sampler ID Day in New Castle.

October Meeting - We will have a speaker on buttons.   There will be show and tell and sales! 

November Meeting - Cindy Steinboken will be bringing samplers and will talk on samplers.   She is currently co-authoring a book on Delaware Samplers.   Once the book is published, we will ask Cindy to return.  

April 2017 - Betsy Morgan class.   She is modifying a design she made for the Louden Guild to fit DVHSG.

September 2017 - Stacy S. is working out the details for a class with Lauren Sauer.

Show and Tell

 How about this piece by Patrick to put thoughts of cooler weather in your mind?  

The ever innovative Patrick used some speciality wood, turned it and added an antique silver handle to create a custom laying tool.

And Patrick also stitched this little dress for his son's girl friend.   He stitched it in the colors and with the letters of her college sorority.   Clever

Francine C. stitched the cutest button bag from Jackie Duplessis.   I intended to circle back and get a picture but didn't.   I have looked on the internet and cannot find an image.   Francine!  Please send me a pic so I can add it here.  Thank you!!

Stitched by Ann S.   This is a Queenstown Sampler pattern.   Ann also stitched the 'Comfort' sampler from Queenstown Samplers, see that below with others from Barbara Hutson.

 Lynn D. finished her pansy from the painted thread class in June.

 Ellen P. has been busy with first, above,  bag from Lindsay Lane.
This heart from Little House Needleworks

 The thread fob from Olde Colonial Designs, our Spring Retreat gift.
 And last from Ellen, Paris but Country Cottage.

Edgar Allen Poe from Cricket Designs. stitched by Carol W.  It is fun to see the different book references:   The Tell Tale Heart, the Raven, the Masque of the Red Death, The Pit and the Pendulum.....

 By Jean T.  a Hands On Design - Block Party - Wool

Jean stitched up this basket of pin cushions.   These are the Birds of the Month by Cherished Stitches.    

And now for something completely different from Pat L.   She is stitching pillows for her grandchildren.   James like dinosaurs.

Barbara G. stitched another beautiful baby sampler.   This is completed except for the due in a few weeks.

 Carolyn N. had a basket of finishes from items she had at her County Fair.

And last but not least, Chessie & Me, stitched and finished by Stacy S.

Program - Barbara Hutson, Queenstown Samplers

Barbara gave her history.   She has stitched since a young child and has always liked foreign samplers.   She is intrigued with finding out the history of the stitcher and the sampler.   Queenstown Samplers does charting of old samplers and original design.  A portion of each museum reproduction chart sale, goes to the museum that houses that sampler.  A history of each piece is included with each chart.   How very thorough Barbara and Queenstown Samplers are!

This is what is called a Convent Sampler.   Stitched all in red, french motifs,  a running stitch alphabet, stitched in 1863.   Research has uncovered that this was stitched by Mercedes Ospina,  daughter of the president of Columbia. The Ospina family are part of the coffee industry in Columbia who generations after Mercedes has moved to South Carolina.   Barbara reached out to the family through their coffee website for verifying family history and was treated with a call from the President and direct descendent of the stitcher who was able to put Barbara in contact with the family historian.   How cool!    

Portuguese Sampler - 

Westtown School Sampler - Martha Pettit

Jane Davis, 1811 Sampler

Sarah Comfort Sampler - Ann S. brought her stitched piece to share as well

Mary Reese Sampler with a very pretty bottom band.

Fanny Covell Sampler

Jane Davis, 1811 Sampler

Mary Bullock, Pin Pillow

Two naughty sailors is the name given this English sampler.

This is Corsica River.   This was center stage and a favorite of mine.   And yes, I picked up the chart!

Smaller sampler

Ruth Pafsmore's  Wilmington sampler from the "B" School or Brandywine school, stitched in 1804.  She was a teacher from Chester County taught out of her home which was near the  Quaker meeting house in Wilmington.  This sampler was featured in the Biggs museum book.

New York State Sampler stitched by Emeline Vanderbilt, cousin of the Vanderbilt's.   She was from the Tappen area of New York.   This is a lot of open one this sampler.   

Cousin of Emeline Vanderbilt, Maria Blauvelt from upstate New Jersey close to the Tappan NY area. 
English Sampler

This is a South Jersey Sampler from Caroline Woodman of Burlington County.  Barbara generously gifted all in attendance with this chart.

Landscape sampler.  The original was stitched on 9 pieces of paper.  

Hope you enjoyed your pictorial review of our meeting.   Please feel free to submit any corrections!   Keep on stitching everyone and stay hydrated and cool!