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

Helping Australia

I want to share information about a pattern from Hands Across the Sea.

The Jane Marshal 1857 Sampler.


It is a sweet sampler that you can stitch from stash.  The sampler is being offered as a PDF download for 10 pounds ($12 US), with the proceeds going to help two fire brigades in Australia.  I am told their original goal was $3,000 and to date they have raised almost $40,000!   The power of stitchers!   Please click on the link above to read more about the fundraiser and consider joining in stitching this sampler.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

December 2019 Meeting

Business Meeting

  • Guests to our December Meeting were introduced.   We hope they return and become members.
  • Dues - Dues is due for 2020 at the January Meeting.   Renewing members do not need to fill out a form.  New members are requested to complete the member form so we can gather contact information.  Also, if paying in cash, please make sure to HAND the money directly to Nancy F. so she can accurately record your payment.
  • Conservation Fund - Ann shared the recipients and amounts given for the conservation awards for 2019.
  • 19 in 19 - Patrick passed the binder to record members completions for the month.   He will have rewards for the top finishers at the January Meeting.
  • Upcoming Meetings
    • **There are some upcoming meetings that will be held in different rooms or even at different locations.   Please be sure to make sure you read your meeting reminder email from Caryl C. each month.
    • January - Share any stitching related Christmas gifts.   Two members will be showcased.
    • February - Cindy Steinhoff, author, with speak on Quaker samplers.  THIS MEETING MAY be held at a different location.   Watch for updates.
    • March - Theresa Baird will teach the spiral trellis stitch
    • April - Betsy Morgan Class - Christmas Etui.   More information and sign-ups will follow.
    • May - 20th Anniversary Celebration - more details to follow.  This will be a two day event with lectures, Saturday afternoon class, Sunday class and more.
    • June - LOCATION TBD and program to be announced
    • July - tentative Christmas in July
    • August - Stash Reallocation Meeting
    • September - LOCATION TBD  
    • For either June or September since we have no room at Cokesbury for the meeting we may consider a field trip to a local site of needlework interest.   More information will follow once availability at site(s) it determined.
Holiday Exchange
We all enjoyed great food and a visual feast of all the beautiful smalls that were exchanged.   Thank you Michele A. for coordinating the exchange.