Sunday, August 11, 2019

August 2019 Meeting

Our August Meeting is dedicated to a Stash Re-allocation Sale.   Members brought in items from patterns, fabric, trims, frames, etc. that they wished to purge from their closets and stash.   Many walked out with bargains and several walked out with less than they came in with.   Member Susan D. has been generous enough to take all the remaining items to FireSide Stitchery in PA to be auctioned on eBay.  The eBays sales will be a nice addition to our treasury.  Many thanks to Susan D. 

For our Business Meeting
- The Challenge Binder was circulated for members to add their finishes.    Patrick promises a nifty prize at our January Meeting for the top finishers.

- Upcoming
     - September Meeting - We will be creating seasonal tea towels.   Finished tea towels will be provided.   Members have selected one (or all three) of the patterns available.    Supplies needed are a #2 pencil, Crayola Crayons (must be Crayola for best results), large eyed needle suitable for 6-strands of floss, hoop, coordinating floss for the design you selected, paper towels and scissors.  Caryl will share the supply list in the meeting notice.  The cost is $5 per design and sign-ups closed at the August meeting.

    - October Meeting - Patrick will teach the bullion knot.

    - November Meeting - Classes with Beth Seal and Janice Note.  (More information is available under our July Meeting post)

    - Anniversary Committee - Anyone wishing to help with the Guild Anniversary Celebration is invited to lunch at The Well following the September Meeting.

    - Nominations - Pat L., Carol W. and Robin T. are serving on the Nominating Committee.    If you wish to nominate or be nominated for the Office of President or Secretary for the next term, please let Carol, Pat or Robin know.

    - Retreat - Our Fall Retreat will again be at the Lankford in Ocean City, MD.    This is a MEMBERS ONLY event.   The cost is the same at the spring cost.    Caryl will circulate the registration paperwork via event.

Items of interest
    -  Carol Ridyard of iStitch will be offering three new band sampler stitch-a-longs.    The first is an Advent SAL.   Each day in December a new band will be shared.    Second, she will host a Christmas Needle Roll SAL.    And third, in January her new Burgundy Band Sampler SAL.     Please see her FB page for all the details.  

    -  Delaware Discover Book The collaborative book by Gloria Seaman-Allen and Cynthia Steinhoff will be the subject of a lecture at the Dover Public Library on Lockerman Street, Dover DE.    Cynthia Steinhoff will host the talk on September 20 at 6:30 pm.  Admission is free.  Recently KittenStitcher/Floss Tube (Shakesphere's Peddler) spoke about this book.

Guild Sampler - 
This project was started in 2005.   A large piece of linen has been circulated among members for each to add their band or motif.    A journal travels with the sampler and the stitcher enters a brief recap on who they are and what they added to the sampler.     

It was decided to finish off the stitching and have the piece finished by our Anniversary Celebration in May 2020.  

Sunday, July 14, 2019

July 2019 Meeting

All were welcomed to the meeting.

We conducted a short business meeting before we got to our program.    A motion was made and seconded to purchase a new floor easel for use by teachers and demonstrators.   The current easel is flimsy and needs updating!   

Pat L., Carol W. and Robin T. will serve on the Nominating Committee for this year's upcoming election of Officers.   

Membership - Caryl shared we have 120 members with one of our newest editions being from Luxembourg!   How's that for stitching having no boundaries!

Upcoming meetings and dates to remember - 
  • August Meeting - Stash Reallocation Meeting.   We ask all stitchers who sell to consider donating a portion of the sales to our Conservsation Fund.   Following the meeting, any items brought that the owner does not want to take back home, will be taken to Fireside Stitchery to be put on sale on eBay with the funds coming back to our Conservation Fund.
  • Rehoboth Needlework Show - Bring any items to the August Meeting and give to Robin.   Robin will get these to Stacy and Stacy will deliver to Rehoboth.   
  • September Meeting - "Lennie" from the quilt shop will be teaching us a crayon technique on muslin.    Caryl will provide a list of supplies needed.  (Crayons MUST BE Crayola) There are three designs to choose from.   The cost is $5 per design.   Sign-up by August meeting.
  • September - Our 20th Anniversary will be celebrated in May 2020.   There will be a brief meeting for those wishing to serve on the Anniversary Committee after our monthly September guild meeting.
  • October Meeting - Patrick will teach us Bullion Knots 
  • November Meeting - We will have three classes on Saturday and Sunday of our meeting weekend.   On Saturday, during our regular meeting, Janice Note of Noteworthy Needle will teach us how to drill a foam pumpkin so it can be cross stitched.    In the afternoon, Beth Seal of Summer House Stitche Workes will teach a pin cushion class called "The Crown".    Pre-stitch will be handed out at the September Meeting.  On Sunday, Janice Note will teach the piece called "Turn-Turn-Turn".    There is no pre-stitching for the Sunday class as the class will work with muslin and explain the finishing process.  Deadline for sign up is the September Meeting.   Pumpkin class is $25 (plus the pumpkin - price to be determined); The Crown class is $     .   Turn-Turn-Turn class is $     .
  • December Meeting - Annual Holiday Exchange and Luncheon.    A sampler related, needlework stitched small is suggested.   The exchange is volunteer and whether participating or not, you should attend to see all the beautiful work. More info to follow as we get closer to December.
  • January Meeting - Sharing of your needlework haul you got over the holidays.
  • April Meeting - Betsy Morgan Class - a yet to be released etui.    The piece will be debuted in the October issue of Inspirations Magazine.   
  • May Meeting - 20th Anniversary - please please plan to attend and sharing the joy of needlework.   More information will follow after the first of the year. 

Show and Tell

Because of our class, we didn't have a formal Show 'n Tell where members would identify their stitching.    Finished pieces were laid out on the table for all to take a peek at.  Because we did it this way, I don't have all the names of stitchers and designs.

Noah's Ark, stitched by Susan H. who said is was a project in the making for 20 years!

Sampler by Andrea C.

Sarah Comfort Sampler by Susan D.

From With Thy Needle and Thread stitched by Lynn D.

Steam engine stitched by Barb C. for her son as a graduation from college present.   Seems he has always loved trains.   Congratulations to mom and son!

Water's Edge canvas piece stitched by Lynn D.

La-D-Da ABCD stitched by Robin T.

Patriotic ornaments stitched by Robin T.

Easter Peep Parade from With Thy Needle and Thread, stitched by Robin T.
Needleroll by Patty H.

Pin cushion, stitched and finished by Patty H.
Tiny little waxer bag, or scissors keep, stitched by Stacy S.

 Above and below, lotus box, stitched and finished by Caryl C.

With Thy Needle and Thread, stitched and finished by Stacy S.

 Corsica River from Queenstown Samplers, stitched by Pat L.    Below, close up of the Assisi work in the blue band.    Fabulous accomplishment Pat!

Program -  Perforated Paper PinClass taught by Francine C.

Francine was so organized and did such a lot of advanced work.   She had an ample variety to choose from of prepped packages.   All we need to bring were sharp paper scissors and our patience!
Our 'kits' included the perforated paper, colored card stock, holiday motif, floss, batting and instructions.   We also got a small motif already mounted on the cut paper to keep as an example.    Look at the cutting diagram she provided!  Each one was individually drawn by Francine.   I can't imagine the number of hours it took her to prep for this class.

Samples above and below from Francine.   Is there anything she  can't do?      I never thought I had any desire to stitch on perforated paper but after seeing the variety of  what Francine shared.....hmmmm......I may consider it.

Thank you Francine.

Thank you for stopping by and see you at our next meeting - August 10th.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

June 2019 Meeting

This member was not able to make the June Meeting - missing a DVHSG Meeting is always a bummer.   Many thanks to Caryl C. for sharing her notes from the meeting.

June Program: Patti Hrynenko represented DVHSG at the Bergen County Historical Society on Super Bowl Sunday with a presentation on samplers. She gave that presentation at our June Meeting.   It was wonderful to see a compilation of all the activities of our guild and hopefully that type of outreach will result in some new members. Her presentation also reviewed some of the lovely samplers on display at the Gloucester County Historical Society, including the items that our donations are helping to conserve. Thank you to Patti and her husband for the presentation!
Upcoming Programs

           July: “Victorian Christmas in July” Francine C. will lead us in stitching a Victorian    
           style Christmas pin keep, utilizing perforated paper, fabric, and stitching     
           embellishments. Kits will be provided if you signed up in advance. Registration is 
           now closed for this project. Extra kits MAY be available for purchase at the meeting. 
           If you sign up but cannot be at the July meeting, please make arrangements to get 
           your kit. 

For those participating in the class, please bring the following:
·       Small paper scissors with a sharp point.  You can use embroidery scissors, but it will be hard on them;
·       Glue stick for paper or craft glue (such as Aleene’s) but not liquid glue;
·       Size 26 or 24 needle;
·       Sewing needle and a bit of sewing thread for tacking the corners;
·       4 or more medium plastic clips (or large paper clips) to hold the layers together while assembling; and
·       If you have a Christmas-themed fabric or floss in your stash that you want to use, you are more than welcome to bring it—a 6 x 6 piece of fabric would be sufficient—however there will be backing fabric in the kit
August: We will have our Annual Stash Relocation Event.  Members are asked to consider donating a portion of any profits to our Conservation Fund.   Also, for any items not sold or exchanged, there is the option to donate those items to taken to Fireside Stitchery to be sold for the Guild.
September: Tinted tea towels ($5) The presenter has asked for participants to bring the following items:
·       #2 pencil
·       A pack of Crayola Crayons (16-32 colors works best)
·       Embroidery needle with an eye large enough to 3-5 strands of floss
·       Embroidery hoop
·       Scissors for cutting thread
·       A roll of paper towels or “lotion-free” tissues
·       1 skein of black embroidery floss (or you can choose to use colors that match the projects—sunflower and Santa)
October: Patrick B. will lead us in a small pumpkin project with bullion knots.
November: Beth Seal (of Summerhouse Stitchworkes) and Janice Conley Note (of Noteworthy Needle) will be with us for a 1 ½ day event. We will be learning how to prepare an artificial pumpkin to cross-stitch on during the meeting. Lunch will be available if you choose to sign up. We will have an afternoon class with a needlebook design—Crowning Glory (some pre-stitching will be required). On Sunday, we will work on a project entitled “Turn, Turn, Turn”. This project is also being taught at Williamsburg this year—check out the website for photos.
Registration is due by the August meeting. 
December: Our annual exchange and luncheon.
Other News:
Our annual dues run from January to December ($25) and you must be a dues paying member to attend guild events (ie. retreats, classes, etc.). If you have not paid your dues for 2019, please send it in a.s.a.p. Checks should be made out to D.V.H.S.G. and mailed to our post office box—DVHSG, PO Box 1292, Hockessin, DE, 19707.

The conservation fund committee will be sending out postcards to organizations who may be interested in applying. If you know of an organization in the mid-Atlantic region that might be interested, contact Ann Skeans.

The guild is working on the iStitch Amethyst Band Sampler as our stitch-a-long this year. If you are participating, please bring your sampler to our July meeting so we can see everyone’s progress.

Our 20th anniversary will be in May 2020. If you are interested in serving on the committee to plan the event, please contact Stacy S.

The Rehoboth Exhibit runs from September 14-October 27. Items for display will be accepted between August 23-September 8. More information in July as to who may be collecting and delivering items for the exhibit.

Our “guild sampler” was at the meeting today. Members are stitching motifs and Mary Rita took the sampler this month. There will be opportunities for others to stitch on it before it is finished.

Since I was not at the meeting, please see our Facebook page for this month's Show and Tell.

Next meeting - July 13th

Monday, May 20, 2019

May 2019 Meeting

All members and visitors were welcomed to the meeting.   Our Treasurer's Report was presented, discussed and accepted.

A reminder was given regarding memberships.   Our Membership Year is from January 1 to December 31.   If you joined mid-year last year,  please be reminded that January 1 your dues was due again.   Our dues remains at $25 per person per calendar year.   If you have not paid your dues for 2019, please send it in a.s.a.p. Checks should be made out to D.V.H.S.G. and mailed to our post office box—DVHSG, PO Box 1292, Hockessin, DE, 19707.

$10 of each membership goes to our Conservation Fund.  Each year we select a recipient(s) from applications submitted to receive our donation towards their efforts in sampler restoration.  (See our Conservation Fund page above)

Member Joanne P. brought in more 'stash' she is trying to liquidate.   Donations were accepted for the DVHSG Treasury for patterns or fabric selected.

Events of interest

Greenbriar Historical Society in Lewisburg, VA has an exhibit between now and December 2019 with samplers, quilts and coverlets. The exhibit is entitled Mothers of Material: Women and Textile Production. The exhibit is open Monday through Saturday, 10-4. (

The Historical Society of Cocalico Valley in Ephrata, PA has an exhibit between now and December 2020 with a wide range of ephemera, including an 1838 sampler completed by Amanda Heitler. The exhibit is open on Saturdays between 10 and 4. (

The Charleston Museum has acquired a sampler completed by Jane Kugley in 1822 when she was just 7 ½ years old. You can view the sampler on their website. (

We had 38 attend this past April.   It is the largest group to date.   I think everyone had a good time and shopping at Salty Yarns was done by all.


  • June - Patty Hyrnecko of the Gloucester County Historical Society will share a presentation on samplers. She recently was a guest speaker at the Bergen County Historical Society.   Bergen County was a recipient of a DVHSG Conservation Fund for sampler restoration and invited our guild to attend the unveiling of the sampler they had restored.   Patty attended and represented us well!  
  • July - Christmas in July - Francine will teach a Victorian paper project.   Members need to bring sharp paper scissors to the meeting.   There is a sign-up but no charge for the class. Watch you email for a reminder from Caryl C. of supplies needed for the meeting.
  • August - Annual Stash Re-Allocation Sale.   Members are urged to clean out their closets of unwanted patterns and supplies.  Prices are set by the seller and we ask that each member donate a portion of any proceeds to our Conservation Fund.   If there are items left that you do not want to keep, they can be gathered up and inventoried for sale at Fireside Stitchery.   We have been very fortunate with the amount we have earned from our sales at Fireside.
  • September - We will have a lecture on a crayon and stitching craft  popular in the 1920'2 and 1930's.  The cost will be $5 per person and you will need to bring your own crayons.   More information will follow.
  • October - Member Patrick B. will teach a class in bullion knots.  There is small project associated with the lecture.  Sign up in advance is necessary.
  • November 9th and 10th - Meeting day and the day after
    • During our meeting, Janice Note of Noteworthy Needle will teach us how to drill pumpkins that we will then cross stitch.  Sign-up will be in August.   The price is $25 per person plus the cost of the pumpkins.   Stacy is trying to get a good price on a bulk purchase of pumpkins.   More information will follow.
    • After the regularly scheduled and a break for lunch ($10), Beth Seal of Summer House Stitche Workes will teach Crowning Glory.   This is pin cushion shaped like a crown.  The cost for this class is $60
    • On Sunday, Janice Note will teach Turn-Turn-Turn.   (See this link for a photo -   There is no pre-stitching.   The class will teach the finishing technique.   This class is $50.
  • December - Annual Holiday Luncheon and Exchange.   A stitched needlework small should be brought in wrapped to the meeting.  
  • 2020 - The guild will celebrate its 20th anniversary in May 2020.   Work has already begun to make the May 2020 meeting a special event.
Watch your Newsletter for updates on all of the above.

Show and Tell
Cute bunnies, stitched by Ellen P.

Adorable little zippered pouch, stitched by Ellen P.

Needlepoint ornament, stitched by Beth D.

Halloween piece, stitched by Beth D.

Antique needlework pieced shared.

Buckleberry Sampler from Rosewood Manor, stitched by Vicki.

Garden at Givency, all peyote beading, stitched by Pat L.

Pillow by Lisa B.

Basket trim and smalls, stitched by Patty H.

Two class pieces from the Prim Stitchers Society Retreat, stitched and finished by Stacy S.

Wedding gift, stitched and finished by Stacy S.

Pillow stitched by Lisa B.

The Diligent Needle from Needlework Press, stitched by Stacy S.

Halloween Postage Stamp, stitched by Kathy R.

Lydia Wharton Millsboro DE Sampler, stitched by Jean T.

Basket full of pretty pillows, stitched and finished by Jean T.

Pretty pillows and strawberries, stitched and finished by Jean T.
Ann S. progress on Queenstown Samplers's Corsica River.

Ann S.'s version of Lydia Wharton Millsboro DE Sampler.

Samplers Revisited, stitched by Ann S.

In keeping with our discussion at today's meeting, Marnie B. brought in her collection of sewing kits.

We had another full meeting with an interesting topic for discussion.   We were tasked with bringing our 'tool kit' we take to a class.   Program Chair, Stacy S. and member Linda D. moderated the meeting.  Linda shared her tool bag and all the things that she carries to a class.   Linda's bag was quite extensive considering the variety of crafts she may do.   She does not opt for a different tool bag for each craft but rather one central bag that handles it all.    It was interesting to see how much and how little some people bring and to pick up some tips along the way.   I never thought to include floss bobbins or floss bags when I go to a class.....but what better way to tame the floss provided in a class kit.   Things like stitcher fixers and boo sticks to Purple Thangs, Snag Grabbits, glue sticks, invisible thread, bandaids to a Halo-Bolt were some of the must have stitchers include in their tool bags.   It was a good discussion and it gave some of a shopping list of new must have items.

Next meeting, June 8th.