Saturday, April 9, 2016

March Meeting

Announcements and upcoming events - 

Everyone who toured Westtown School and visited the Chester County Historical Society on the Friday before our regular meeting had high praise for a great day.  For those who were not able to attend, it was a wonderful day at Westtown School and the Chester County Historical Society.  The tours were fabulous and the day enjoyable.    (see the March Madness post for more information) Stacy S. really put together a great outing.  Thank you Stacy for making the arrangements.

  • We will continue to meet at Cokesbury but other sites are being explored in case it is necessary to move.   Please let Susan know if you know of a suitable location - just in case.   It is always good to have options.  The guild will be making a donation in memory of Jean Milliken to a local organization—the conservation committee will be making the choice of recipient. More information will follow if you would like to make a personal donation in her memory.
  • Rehoboth Needlework - accepting exhibit items until Monday, 3/14.   Exhibit opens 3/19 and continues until May.   They are open Thursday through Sunday.
  • We received a Thank You from Historical Odessa Foundation for our donation towards restoration work of their samplers.
  • Woodlawn Exhibit ran the month of March.   Karen Kayzer won a 2nd place.  A list of winners can be found at - )
  • April Loudon Sampler Guild - A presentation by Margriet Hogue on April 9th and 10th.  She will host a lecture on the history of samplers.   For information on workshops on the queen stitch pinball keep and  the Norfolk Sampler see their website.
  • April Meeting  - Our April meeting will be a discussion by Mary Brooks.   Pre-order her book or bring your copy for signing.  For those who wish to, there will be a trip to the Gloucester County Historical Society.   You will be traveling on your own to Woodbury NJ.  Lunch will be enjoyed at Charlie Brown's Restaurant followed by a quick walk across the street to the Gloucester County Historical Society.   Lunch is at your own expense and a $10 donation is suggested for the historical society.  In addition to a great sampler collection, the historical society is running a Downton Abbey-like style clothing exhibit with 116 pieces on display.  For your GPS, the historical society is located at 58 North Broad Street, Woodbury, NJ
  • April Salty Yarns -  Sherrie Jones Class.   Check their website for more information
  • April Retreat at Salty Yarns - Members Only Event - Deadline to sign up is April 1st.   The retreat is the weekend of April 22-23-24.
  • April 28th - Tooth Fairies of Delaware are sponsoring a fundraiser to benefit Children's Leukemia.   The event is a Ladies Night Out, with a three course dinner, auction items, 50/50 starting a 6 pm. at the Cavaliers County Club, Addison Drive, Newark.  Cost is $25 per person.  Proceeds will go to Be Positive
  • May meeting - Donna A. will lead us in making a beaded scissors sheath.   Sign ups and final cost will be shared at the April Meeting.   The cost will be approximately $10. 
  • June - Betsy Morgan class at Salty Yarns in June.  Pioneer Sampler Girl and the Mexican Reticule.
  • June Meeting - TBA
  • July Meeting  - Annual Stash Garage Sale - Stash Reallocation
  • August Meeting - Stitch In
  • September Meeting - TBA
  • September Retreat at Salty Yarns - September 30, October 1 and 2 
  • Winterthur Symposium October 14th and 15th.  DVHSG donated $1,000 towards the symposium.   We received a Thank You and will be acknowledged in the program.  Upcoming events, including  There are several upcoming exhibits there, including “Made in the Americas” and “Embroidery: The Language of Arts”  can be found their website 
  • October - Jamboree at Salty Yarns, October 14 -15 -16.  For 2016 we will have Needlemade Designs, Summer House Stitche Workes, and Noteworthy Needle! Registration is open!
Beautiful Betsy Morgan pieces - some she brought with her and some stitched by our members.  

This is the stitch she taught in the afternoon class.

 The Mexican Reticule - being taught at Salty Yarns in June

Stacy's favorite 

 Pioneer Sampler Girl - being taught in June at Salty Yarns

March Meeting  -  We welcomed Betsy Morgan! (see her patterns above)  Some of us were lucky enough to spend the day before with her while we toured Westtown and the Chester Co. Historical Society.  At the meeting, she demonstrated her techniques for joining and constructing smalls. She also demonstrated how to make twisted cord and tassels. 

Betsy recommended two books on cording.
Jackie Carey, Round the Twist and Round the Beaded Twist.  Betsy suggest it  is better to order through her website and rather than through Amazon.  $90 versus $29.  Website is   

Betsy gifted Stacy S. with this beautiful hand turned pin cushion.   It is the creation of Mike and Maggie Fraser of Wood turned pin cushion.

In the afternoon, she led a group in how to do the Aztec stitch and a needle book project that she designed especially for our guild. 

Thanks to Betsy for sharing her talents with us. 
A possible future class project - Betsy Morgan Name Tag

And now for Show and Tell - but first, my disclaimer - it is sometimes difficult to capture all the stitcher names and designer names and still participate in the meeting.  Please email me if I have labeled a piece incorrectly with the wrong name or pattern or worse, had no label on your stitching treasure.  Thank you!

 Two Band Samplers, shared by Evelyn G.  These were her Mother-in-Law's pieces

 Stitched by Evalyn G.

Stitched by Caryl C.  I recognize the one on the right as a Jeannette Douglas design.

Girls of the Guild - Caryl C. 

 Stitched by Susan D. personalized with family initials.

 Brick - by Patrick
 Gingerbread House - by Patrick

 Periwinkle Promises, by Lynn D.

 Class piece stitched by Deb. S.

 Cherished Stitches needle rolls, Francine C.

 Envelope stitched by Caryl C.


 Hopp Easter, stitched by Patty H.

 Maureen Appleton Scissors Fob stitched (over one on 40 count!) by Pat. L.

And that't is......better late than never!

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