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!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

July 2016 Meeting

A quick recap....this blogger was not there but can post because of our very capable Secretary who shares copious notes from the meeting with us.....

Courtesy of cut and paste from out newsletter.   Thank you Caryl C.

July Meeting - This month, we enjoyed a little shopping time with our annual garage sale. Most, if not all of us, left with some new items, while at the same time letting some other stash items go.

August Meeting - Barbara Hutson will join us for a presentation on some of her newer sampler reproductions. There will also be a free graph for anyone who attends the meeting.            Barbara will also have some of her charts for sale. 

September Meeting -  Carla Bates will show us how to pin our projects in preparation for framing. We will be able to bring a project to use for the program. Kits will include an 8” x 10” piece of foam core and a frame. She suggests a design size of 5” x 7” and a fabric size of 11” x 13” to allow for pinning. Cost will be in the neighborhood of $15-20 and you will need to sign up by the August meeting. Payment will be collected at the September 

October Meeting - A presentation on buttons. Some retail items will be available for purchase.

November Meeting - Cynthia Steinhoff will give a presentation on antique samplers.

December Meeting - Our annual holiday exchange and luncheon. The guild will provide the wraps and members are asked to bring a dessert or side dish to share. 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 Meeting - 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 and March Meeting TBD

April Meeting - 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 an item in the class project (or can be used for another project, if you choose).

Fall of 2017: Lauren Sauer will be here to teach two samplers. This will more than likely be at a separate time from our regular meeting.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

June Meeting

We started our meeting with a few announcements.....
  • Wintherthur Symposium, October 13 and 14, Lectures and Classes.   Please go to for more information.
  • Fall Retreat dates set - MEMBERS ONLY - Salty Yarns, September 30, October 1 & 3.   $135 per person and $40 extra per person for additional night(s)
  • Start working on your holiday exchange piece for the December meeting.   This should be a stitched piece, typically a small or needlework tool with a Sampler theme

2016 Stitching Challenge
June is the month to change one item on your list for another.   Also, make sure during Show & Tell you let Stacy S. know if your completed piece is a challenge piece.

Show 'n Tell
Again this month our members do not disappoint.

Large needlepoint rabbit stitched by Patrick.   (Sorry Patrick - I didn't get a good pix of 
the whole piece!)   This guy is beautifully stitched and particularly heavy as he is filled with shot.

Grace Mason from Of Female Worth stitched by Carol W.

Look forward to more pictures of Grace Mason.   Eight stitchers did this piece as a stitch along among themselves.   We hope to get all eight together for a picture.  It is always interesting to see the different looks by using different counts, different linens and different colors.

Above Blackbird Designs stockings stitched and finished by Marnie B. 
Below Periwinkle Promises pillows stitched and finished by Marnie B.

Two sweet finishes by Jean T.

Sampler by Kathy R.    Kathy took this one on a recent trip to

China and stitched part of it while there.  

Four Season's Pin Cube from Betsy Morgan stitched by Pat L.

Jeannette Douglas's My Stitching Treasures, stitched by Robin T. 

Lizzie Kate's Things Unseen Mystery Sampler, stitched by Robin T.

Above and below, stitched by Caryl C.   Above is part of the Ladies Prim Society stitching pieces.   Below is a sewing bird pocket with a pocket for scissors on the back.

Sandy J. is ready for the fall season with Halloween quilted table runner she made.

This is called Pumpkin Harvest Nests Easier from Praiseworthy Stitches, stitched by Francine. 

Jean T.  stitched this patriotic project bag.  
I understand there is a tutorial for this.   Here's a link to a YouTube tutorial by Vonna Pfeiffer, "The Twisted Stitcher". 

Carol W. stitched and finished My Beaded Garden by Jackie Du Plessis

Nancy F. shared a find she snagged at the Penn Market Days vendor booths.

And now on to our class for today.

We were delighted to have fellow stitcher and EGA-Lamplighters member, Joan T. join us for the day to demonstrate needle painting.  Joan is not a needle work teacher but rather a retired 1st grade teacher and as she pointed out, the only difference between us and her 1st graders, was our size.   It must have been a great experience to have Joan as your first grader teacher.   You know those children were started off with a good foundation for second grade.

 Joan's first needle painting piece.

This picture pales to how beautiful this was in person.  Joan received  first place ribbon for this when she had it at Woodlawn.   Joan is modest and doesn't consider herself a fabulous stitcher BUT she is.     Her stitching and finishing is impeccable and we are lucky to have her stitch with us.
Joan gave us a brief over view of needle painting and shared a video from Trish Burr.   (once the newsletter comes out, I hope to share some links to Trish's site) Then we were off to the races.   It was easy to get right to work with the beautifully kitted bags Joan had.   And bless her little stitching heart, she had traced all the patterns on to the ground cloth for all of us.  
(When I find where I have stashed mine - taught by Joan as my EGA Chapter -  I will post a picture of the finished pansy)

What a treasure and a pleasure it was to have Joan join us.   I think everyone who participated enjoyed the project and feels far less intimidated by this sort of stitching then we did before.

As always, please let me know if I have misidentified a project or stitcher!

Until next month, may your needle be flying and your stitches be plentiful.