Sunday, May 28, 2017

May 2017 Meeting

We opened with a quick business meeting before Show & Tell.

Please check out both our sidebar of Calendar of Events and our "Classes" tab above for more info on the Lauren Sauer Classes in September 2017.  And be sure to see Salty Yarns website for upcoming classes.

New members, please see Caryl C.  for a membership card.

Rehoboth Beach Museum will host Delores Andrew entitled "Capturing the scene in embroidery" needlepoint. The lecture is FREE but you will need to pre-register.

Volunteers are being coordinated for work to transfer data from Chester County to the sampler archive project.   Please contact Marnie B.   The training day is Sunday, May 21st.

Show & Tell from our members

Lynn D. stitched AND finished the Betsy Morgan class piece

Caryl C. stitched and finished these three ornaments from 2014 Just Cross Stitch ornament edition.

This tea cup is form Jean T.   The stitched pin cushion is taken from the design which actually is shown on a graph-like background of the design on the cup.

Jean was also busy with the Hands On Design pin cushions.  

Ann S. stitched this beautiful stitchers roll.

Kathy R. stitched her SAL etui and had it finished.   It is a beauty.  Kathy said Evelyn Gant of Vermont did the finishing.   Let me look around and add Mrs. Gant's contact information.   I know several stitchers who have used her and been more than pleased with her finishing.

Deborah S. stitched this Merry Cox class piece.  So pretty!

Patrick B. never disappoints with his finishes.    Here is his finch.

A turtle also by Patrick.  Below, left a nativity scene that is stitches on all four sides. And right, a singer sewing box that Patrick outfitted as a stitcher's etui.

And if that is not enough, Patrick stitched this dragon frame weight.

Amy G. just back from a visit to the Royal school of Needlework shared with us from her experiences.  She also shared this Mill Hill old world gentleman.

BJ S. just back from Florida shared these pieces.
The palm tree is a piece by Gail Serna and below, the Iris is by Joan Thomason 

Barbara G. shared two finishes.    First the pansies.   (she has since backstitched around the white which makes it show more.)  Below the pansies, Winter, from Butternut Road.   Barbara substituted DMC and Silks for the called for wool.  (sorry for the glare in the lower is sometimes hard to get a good photo without it.)

Barbara G. and Carol W. also each finished Uncle Sam.   He is from an Alma Lynn Pattern for duplicate stitch on a sweater from 1992!    They plan to finish him as a stand up and will be attaching a flag to him.   We look forward to seeing the finish (and hopefully mine will be finished right next to theirs!)

Deb S. never one to disappoint shared these pieces.   I believe they are Sherry Jones of Patrick's Wood.


We were treated to have Susan G. of Ewe and Us do our program.  (her name may be changing to "Sheepshead Designs".....check out Esty for her)  Sue - who claimed to be nervous about speaking in front of people - was a great speaker to our group.   We were quick to realize like that she was so knowledgeable about working with wool and she offered countless tips.

Sue works at the Little Country Shop, Quilt store on Route 896 in Middletown DE.   Her designs and so much more are available at the store.   She has always been creative working in drawings and painting first.   She has cross stitched and finds great enjoyment working with color and helping pick and match fabrics for quilts for herself and customers.   She also does and teaches punch needle.

For now, she is working mostly with wool but is drawing on her other crafting skills to help her in her designs.   She dyes the wool and explained the process and how difficult it is to achieve the same blue or green each and every time.  Wool work is a very forgiving art form.   Typically, wool does not have a right or wrong side.  And the best tip I learned.....if your wool frays and shreds while you work on it, you need to felt it.  This will save having to iron on interfacing to keep it intact.

When assembling a piece, Sue staples, yes staples, her pieces in place before she does her button hole stitch.   Talk about a forgiving art form.  Your buttonhole stitchings can be done in a color to match your fabric or stiched all in black depending on the look you want to achieve.  On the mice and cheese above, you can see she stitched with colors similar to the wool color.

"Bunny Bottoms" was a favorite of many at the meeting.
Sue also used floss and linen threads for highlights as seen below.   

Sue also shared a variety of finishing ideas.  She uses SF101 Pellon on the back of her pieces for stability.  This is the same interfacing quilters use on the back of t-shirts to provide stability when making a t-shirt quilt.  She buys blank prestretched artist canvas.  Sue pointed out to make sure you  purchase the kind of canvas that is stapled on the back and not the sides.   She then paints the canvas her desired color and attaches her finished wool piece used a Avery Micro Stitcher (available at A. C. Moore and similar stores) It attaches the wool to the canvas with little plastic ties that are similar to how a price tag is attached to a garment in the store.  Sue recommend using freezer paper for patterns and using Press 'n Seal clear wrap to lay across a finish piece to clean it.   Works much like a lint roller would work.

There is no way Sue should have been nervous.   It was obvious she knows what she is doing and her love of her chosen art form really shows.   She was so generous with all the tips and knowledge she shared.   She even offered to help you if you are struggling when a piece.....just stop into the quilt store and she will guide you on your way.  We all enjoyed the program and learned a lot.

Highlights of stitching in white on the sheets help show that movement of laundry on the line.

The "Parade Day" piece was finished with a quilt type backing and binding.

The cardinal and bunny below are an example of how she attached a wool piece to artist canvas.

And last but not least. Amy G. is supporting an upcoming event for the Delaware Beekeeper's Associations.   There is an festival July 30 to August 4th and she is seeking bee-like stitch items or bee anything to donate to the Silent Auction.   The Beekeepers Association is a 503c/non-profit and donations are tax deductible.   More information will follow.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

April 2017 Meeting

It was a full house for our meeting day.   We had attendees as far as from Winchester VA and Gettysburg PA!  The meeting started with announcements,  Show and Tell and then we were treated to a demonstration from Betsy Morgan.  


Winners have been announced for the Annual Rehoboth Needlework Show.   This is their Seventh Annual Needlework Exhibit. The exhibit will be on display March 18, 2017 through May 21 at the Rehoboth Beach Museum.  Many of our members submitted pieces and received ribbons.   (a complete listed to be added when available)

Nancy F. reported we have 88 members.   


In September, Lauren Sauer will be teaching a class.  The date is the weekend AFTER our regularly scheduled meeting.  She will be teaching two reproduction samplers.   You can sign up for either sampler or both and Away Stitchers are welcomed.  Our Program Chair is considering the band sampler as a 2018 stitch along.   More information, photos and sign-up will be provided when available. 

For other 'things to come' please see our Calendar of Events in the sidebar on the right.  

Show and Tell
Stacy S. shared these four little pillows.   She said she followed the tuturials of Vonna at the Twisted Stitcher and picked up a lot of good hints that helped her tackle her finishing pile.  Visit Vonna's blog and click on the "Tutorials" tab or check her out on YouTube or FlossTube.

Liz C. completed this needle book featuring the Aztec stitch from our Betsy Morgan class in April 2016.

More from Liz C.   She adapted this from the deep cranberry red floss from the pattern.  The beaded scissors fob she designed herself.  I like her changes!  I think this is called Icelandic Christmas (heck I should know-I stitched it too!)

Evelyn C shared these adorable pieces.

????  My notes don't say who did this.   Anyone?

Debbie S. shared the Strawberry Book, a Catherine Theron project.   We were lucky enough to have Catherine Theron at our meeting as she was taking the afternoon class with us.   How cool!

Patty H. shared her Catherine Theron piece - just lovely!

Pat L. stitched up two hand towels with an Hawaiian theme.

Every year Pat Y. generously takes our Woodlawn entries to Virginia and makes the return trip to pick up our pieces after the event.   She also delivers and picks up pieces for her NJ EGA Chapter.   Below are some of the pieces from her EGA

Marion S./Lamplighter's EGA  An anniversary sampler she stitched.

Another Marion S., Lamplighters EGA

This was stitched by a 91 year old who uses NO magnification!

Karen K. DVHSG and Lamplighters Member, with a ribbon.

Karen K. DVHSG and Lamplighters, Woodlawn piece.  Sorry for the glare.

Designer Betsy Morgan spoke to the group sharing with us she started stitching as a child of 6 or 7 when she would do a blanket stitch around felt for her dolls.   Around 11 or 12 she was taken by a family member/family friend who was stitching and asked if she would teach her.   The friend bought Betsy her first kit and the rest, shall we say, is history.   Betsy never planned to be a designer.   She started in the 90's by designing a piece for her EGA Chapter.   She entered that piece in a show and won first place.  Quickly people were asking if she had charted it for sale.   Soon came another piece and another and another.   She has traveled and taught in Australia, New Zealand, England, Canada and all over the United States.   She says she has the best job!

Betsy had a bit of Show and Tell herself.   The pieces were beyond lovely.   She shared her design process on each.   Look for her newest piece, the Swans Bower, a soon to be announced class piece.
  Sorry, but out of respect for her designs and copyrights, we are only posting photos of the class and free designs.

This is Betsy's 100 Day Project Piece.    The hundred project is a New Zealand project in its 7th year.
Visit:  100 Days   The newest 100 Project starts on May 17th and runs.....for, you guessed it, 100 days.  I remember following some of the posts last year and it was so very interesting to see the different creative things people were doing.

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The concept is to commit to do something creative every day for 100 days.   It could be photography, it could be writing a verse, it could be drawing.   Betsy chose to stitch a blackwork motif every day for 100 days.   First she collected all the motifs and put the little slips of pattern with the design in a bag to carry along with her.   Each day she would reach in and pull out the random design of the day.   She offers this pattern free.   Visit her blog to request a copy.  I think this could make a great stitch-a-long!

Betsy taught us her method for making twisted cord and tassel making.   The hints she shared absolutely assure you will succeed.....making with practice, but you will be able to make great cord and beautiful, consistent tassels.

The meeting was over, we took time for a lunch break - which was quite tasty! - and then those who had enrolled, took part in the Betsy Morgan class.

Our class piece was the Virgin Queen Stitching Pocket.   Originally designed her her guild, The Louden Sampler Guild, she adapted the pattern to fit our Delaware Guild.  Instead of foxes, our design has the Delaware Blue Hen.

It was ANOTHER great meeting/great day.   Thank you so much to our officers that continue to make DVHSG the greatest!