Sunday, October 15, 2017

October 2017 Meeting

New members were welcomed and special hello was said to Nan Benson visiting from Arizona.   FYI to new members and a reminder to existing members, a stitched name tag must be worn at all meetings.   New members have a two month grace period.   Member's attending a meeting without a name tag must pay a $1 fee which is dedicated to our Conservation Fund.  

Ann S. shared information about a lecture from 9 to 1 on November 4th.   The speaker is from Early Southern Decorative Arts of Winston-Salem, NC.  (See link above.)  Maryland Quilts will be shared and discussed.    
Upcoming at Winterthur
Natalie Brown shared information on a needlework seminar in March at Wintherthur.   It will be mostly canvas work.   More information to follow.

Ann S. and Lynn D. worked together on the Nominating Committee for this year's election of officers.  Two positions are open:   President and Secretary.   Before reviewing the slate and proceeding with the elections, Ann S.  shared all our appreciation to Susan D. our current DVHSG President for her hard work and efforts for our group.  Only the President's position is open on the ballot as Caryl C. has agreed to continue as our Secretary.   MaryRita M. is on the ballot for President.    Nominations requested from the floor but there were none.   A vote was called for MaryRita M and MR was elected our new President taking office January 1st.   Congratulations MR!

Insuring your needlework
In light of the hurricane disasters and fires on the west coast it makes you think about losing your needlework.  A value should be put on it.   A recent podcast by On Gary Parr entitled "Fiber Talk" there was a short discussion about valuing needlework for insurance purposes.  This episode aired on October 11, 2018.  For more information go to The Needles Worth.    To access the podcast, download an app such as "Podcasts" for Apple (or similar for Smart Phones/Droids)  You can also access via YouTube searching for "fiber Talks" or on "Flosstube"  

  • Our SAL for completing WIP's continues.   The binder for recording your completed stitched pieces was circulated for any new entries.
  • November - Our November meeting will take place at the Sheraton Wilmingon South, 365 Airport Road, Wilmington.   We will have a lecture from Doug Krenik of Krenik Fibers.  Sample packages of floss are available for pre-order.   The package consists of 32 spools and skeins and patterns for $70.   It is a $200 value.  Contact Caryl C. if you are interested in pre-ordering.  Admission is free for DVHSG members; guest entry fee will be $25 which will include  a one-year membership to DVHSG.  There is also a Webcast on Fiber Talk featuring an interview with Doug Krenik that is worth listening to.   
  • December - holiday gift exchange and luncheon
  • January -  share holiday related stitching gifts. 2018 SAL announcements
  • February -  Pat Yergey of Samplers Revisited will be our guest speaker.
  • March -  Nikki’s Creations from Italy Flower Pot needleroll.  See the project below; more info on sign-ups, etc. will follow.

 By Francine - Summer House Worked completed and mounted in a shadow box.

Above - Francine obtained this vintage rocker pincushion from eBay and used some existing smalls as seat covers!  Below - Francine repurposed existing smalls on this wooden block for a cute holiday cube.
12 Days of Christmas from Prairie Schooler by new member Eileen

BJ S. stitched this 'embroiderer's notebook' from A Mon Ami Pierre, called Reves Broduere

 Lisa has already completed the goodie bag treat from our October Retreat last weekend at Salty Yarns.  It is Spirits & Spells from Brenda Gervais.

 Patrick shared the three dolls he has completed.

Three more from Eileen.   
 First, above 
 Second, a Sweetheart Tree design
And third, a Shepherd's Bush Christmas stocking.

 Our ever-innovative Patrick created these chatelaines

This month's program was a discussion and exhibit of Japanese Embroidery by DVHSG member Pat L.    Pat provided us an overview of Japanese Embroidery.   Pat started her journey into Japanese Embroidery after seeing works on display at the Annual Woodlawn Exhibit.   While there, she picked up a card from teacher Toni Evans and they rest is history.   Pat travels monthly to Maryland for her classes.   Each phase consists of several options to choose from for the students.  Each phase introduces a new technique or skill with each lesson building on the instructions of the previous lessons.    After the first ten phases of instructions are completed, Pat can receive a certificate as an instructor.   

Pat is on Phase IX currently.  Phase X requires she travel to Atlanta GA to the Japanese Embroidery Center.   Her nine prior phase pieces will be evaluated to assure she has perfected each before she stitches Phase X and is awarded the certificate.   Following certificate after Phase X, there are 10 more Phases to perfect your skills!  

Japanese Embroidery is all stitched in silk and on silk.   Of course, there is a gold work element as well.   The Japanese Embroidery is a journey of Zen and Art.  It is different then any other type of embroidery.  There are a lot of rules on the path to acquire technical skills and knowledge, understanding the world and the art, and accepting tranquility.  

 Phase I - featuring flat silk, twisting silk, cords and spacing.


Phase II/III - featuring padding, cords, tassels, super imposed work and gold work.
Phase III - featuring Gold work...not really gold.  Real gold would be so expensive.  

Phase IV - featuring gold work.  While some may stitch this in real gold, using real gold would only be done by the "Rich and Famous" shall we say.   Much too costly to use.

Phase V - featuring cords.  There are 18 different types of cords used.  Pat says this was her most intimidating piece to date.

Phase VI - featuring allternating long and short stitches, realistic stitching, more gold work and working with metallic background fabrics.  

Phase VII - This is Pat's favorite piece.   Japanese embroidery is so strict she needed to get approval from the Japanese Embroidery Center in Atlanta to stitch these pansies on the black background.   What if they didn't approve?   They would not have provided the pattern for the work.  

Phase VII - featuring fuzzy work....stretching the silk with each stitch laid in the valley.

Phase IX - Pat is currently working on Phase IX, super imposed work.  

 Above - tissue paper pattern is held in place with tiny magnets.

Japanese Embroidery comes with it's own set of tools.  According to historians, this type of stitching is from early Japan when it was used for decorative stitching on costumes for the ladies of court.  During early times, it was only done by a select group and only the highest of society could afford to do this work.  Japanese Embroidery is now available to a wider audience while continuing with its underlying spiritual purpose.  
 Pat must use authentic Japanese tools such as hand milled needles ranging in price from $8 to $20 per needle and a tachabari, Japanese laying tool.   Below is her floor stand.   Much like a slate frame and a requirement for Japanese Embroidery.  Work my be held flat to for stitching.

  Twelve strands of silk across Nan's fingers....thinning than a fine hair!
Thank you Pat!   I have seen Pat's display before but each time I come away with more knowledge and a deeper appreciation of Japanese Embroidery.  

Sunday, September 10, 2017

September 2017 Monthly Meeting

This month, as well as August, were stitch-ins.   While some may not have attended because it was just a stitch-in, it was a nice day to be able to stitch and chat with follow members.   Something we can't usually do at a regular month meeting.

Ann S., with the help of Lynn D., has been working on Nominations for our upcoming election of officers.   Our officers have staggered terms and this year we will elect a new President and a new Secretary.    Mary Rita (MR) has agreed to be on the slate of officers in the President's position.   Caryl C. has agreed to continue and will be on the ballot as Secretary.  Elections will be OCTOBER, not in November as originally scheduled.   A few months back, elections we approved to be moved up one month so as to not conflict with the guest speaker and presentation in November.  

Conservation Fund
The Committee has received three requests for our 2017 donation towards conservation efforts on samplers.   The Committee is reviewing the three applications and will make a recommendation at the next monthly meeting.

Our Treasurer reported we now have 110 Members!   Holy Moly is all I can say.   We know some join to be able to take part in Guild sponsored classes.   We welcome each and every member for however long they are with us.  

The Membership roster circulated and we were asked to make corrections as needed.   Caryl C. will make all the necessary edits and will distributed the lists at a future meeting.

Salty Yarns  Retreat
Registration and deposit were due September 9th to Stacy.  If you'd like to go and missed the meeting, please  call The Lankford BEFORE 9/15.   This is a MEMBERS ONLY event.

The Mancuso Quilt Show will be at the Convention Center in Oaks, PA starting on September 14th and will run for four days.   There are many vendors in the market place with tools, supplies, wool, fabric, patterns and more available.   This is all in addition to the traveling display of hundreds are quilts.  It's a great day out to shop and to be inspired.   

2017 Challenge
The binder for recording completed pieces for the 2017 Challenge was circulated.  Many were adding completed projects to their pages. 

Class - Lauren Sauer
Next weekend are the two classes with Lauren Sauer.   Each day will start at 9:30 a.m.   Lunch is provided as part of your registration.  It is suggested, you bring lighting and a surge protector.   Outlets in the room are limited so sharing a surge protector will help.   There are about 20 attending each of the classes with many away stitchers joining in as well.

Coming up.....
October - Guild elections and a demonstration on Japanese Embroidery by Pat Lerch.
November - Our November Meeting has been opened to other guilds and because of the number attending, our meeting will be at the Sheraton South.   This Sheraton is location just of I95 south of Wilmington in the Churchmans Marsh area.   Coming north on I95, there is a exit; traveling south, you can access either via Airport Road (behind the New Castle County Airport) or from an I95 exit as well.   (I will do a little reconnaissance and add the exact exit numbers to this post.)
December - Annual Holiday Exchange and Covered Dish Luncheon
January - Show and Tell of stitching related holiday gifts.

Show and Tell

Without me giving it away, I bet most members that attend meetings will be able to guess who stitched this one.   Yes, Patrick.   He has the ability to see the wire egg and stitch an adorable bunny on it.   It was cross stitched in wool.

From Marnie B. some Christmas Ornaments.   The first three are from JBW, followed by two from Little House.  

Marnie also stitched and finished this little bunny box from a project kitted up by Evelyn C.

Evelyn C. stitched these.   The violets were part a a challenge.   The Bunny Humbug was too cute as were the other two pieces.   One of which I recognize as a Shepard's Bush.  

Moulin Rouge from Long Dog Samplers was stitched by Carla.  

Carla also stitched this Maura Blackburn sampler.  

Lisa stitched and framed The Ravens Roost from The Good Huswif.

And last but surely not least, Jean T. stitched Rag-a-muffin One from Shakespeare's Peddler.

And now for something completely different.  Pat L. shared with us a lap frame she found at a stitching store while in Florida.  Similar to how q-snaps work, this frame sits nicely on your lap or the table.  The name on the clip section is "R and R Crafts" and is available on Amazon in the neighborhood of $50.00.   It is shipped from England arriving in two to three weeks.   Many plan to check it out and possibly order this accessory for stitching.     

It can be turned around to have either the larger frame on the top or bottom.

 Until next month, keep on stitching.....

Sunday, July 9, 2017

July 2017 Meeting

Business and Announcements

We had two new members attend today's meeting.   That brings our membership to 95!   Wow!   Now don't think we have a room big enough for all these stitchers at a once.   Many are "out of towners" or those who live too far to commute to a monthly meeting but are stitching enthusiasts just the same.   We welcome them one and all.   I wonder if our founding members ever anticipated membership near one hundred as they sat around a table, stitching in hand and decided to form the Guild!   Well done ladies!

Amy G. is still collecting donations of anything "bee" for the annual Bee Lovers Convention in Dover at the end of July.    We need those bestsellers to keep pollinating!  If you have an item you wish to donate, contact Marnie B. 

At the August Meeting, after the "Stash Reduction Sale", Susan D. has offered to take any items left to Fireside to sell on eBay.   Keep this in mind when you are sorting closets and baskets of items you wish to sell.  If you don't want to take anything home at the end of the meeting, this is a good way to benefit you AND the Treasury of the Guild.  

We are taking applications  for our annual Conservation Fund Donation.   A portion of your dues is dedicated towards conservation of samplers.   Applications will be accepted until the end of August 2017.  They will then be reviewed and the announcement of the award will be made in the fall.   Please contact Ann S. if you are interested in helping her review the applications and assist in deciding the recipient.  Please see the tab above - Conservation - for more information and the application.

Salty Yarns Fall Retreat will be October 6th to 8th.   The cost will be $140; deposits are due to Stacy S. at the September Meeting.  (This is a Members Only Event.)

Registration DEADLINE for the Lauren Saurer classes was July 8th.  Classes will be September 16th and 17th.   The Band Sampler one day and the darning sampler the next.  Hope you got your registration in if you are interested!

Elections will be held in October instead of November.   President and Secretary are the offices to be voted on.   Ann S. is chairing the Nominating Committee.   Please contact Ann S. if you would like to help her.   The elections have been moved up to October from November because of our November Program.  

The November Program will be dedicated to our guest speaker, Doug Krenik.  Doug Krenik's visit is being co-sponsored by The Brandywiners EGA and the Lamplighter's EGA.  He will be bring countless samples or works and threads and I believe  even have threads and thread packs for sale.   (I need to confirm the items for sale part.   Not sure I am remembering that correctly or it is wishful thinking!) We anticipate a large crowd.   We will share the venue information as soon as we have it firmed up.  

Don't forget to keep working on your 2017 Challenge Pieces - completing projects started before 2017.

Show and Tell

A Stitcher's Notebook. by Mon Ami Pierre, stitched by Robin T.

 The 'ugly' bird as she called it....stitched by Caryl C.

 Smalls stitched by Carol W.    Clockwise, from top left, Betsy Morgan, Shepherd's Bush, Ole Colonial Designs and Shepherd's Bush
 Seaside Sampler by Rosewood Manor, stitched by Pat L.

 Several pieces from Jean T.    Above is Autumn by the Delaware by The Purple Thread.  Sorry this one is sideways  :-(

 Look at this from Jean T.   Baby JUST born on 7/4 and it is 7/8 and all stitched and framed already!
By Jean T. worked in wool.

Beautiful, beautiful glove stitched as a correspondence course of Trish Nuygent by (new member in a the pretty flowered sweater!! - can anyone help me with a name?)

 A variety of smalls stitched by Francine C.

Just to give you an idea of the scale!    Tiny, tiny, tiny!

Guild member Pat Y. lead a Christmas in July Program.   She shared she love of stitching nativities in a variety of mediums, styles and sizes.    She said she has always been drawn to the mother and child connection since a young girl.  This is evidenced by her celebrating 50 years as a La Leche Society coordinator.  She presented a slide show and discusses the patterns, when she stitched the pieces and details about each set. 

(some of the photos below were taken from the slideshow - the blue border is the project from the laptop)

 And she shared some Christmas stitching along the way.

The stuff tree, another 'find' of Pat's.   Just proves that one persons trash is another persons treasure.

 She found this beautiful piece at Goodwill and made the necessary repairs.  

 Fillet crochet, not stitched by Pat, but mounted over blue by Pat.

 The dolls were from a class Pat took in Detroit.
 Mirabellia or Lavendar and Lace?

 One of Pat's current nativity works.   Beautiful variety of stitches.

 Pat Y. holds an annual open house at Christmas displaying all her many nativity scenes and stitching.   It is really worth the trip to see her display.   Thank you Pat for sharing!

 Some members brought in their holiday stitching as well.
Punch needle work by Cinda
Santa by Cinda

Two beauties, above and below, by Patty H.
Patrick's collection of stitched pieces.

 A nativity strawberry by Jean T.

 As always, please let me know if I have identified something wrong.   It is often hard to catch all the names of the stitchers and designers while taking notes....and then there is that darned auto correct feature that changes my abbreviating into something unrecognizable!   Until next month.....