Sunday, September 9, 2018

September 2018 Meeting

Meeting Notes

  • Take note - change of venue for the rest of the year.  Due to the ongoing construction at Cokesbury we will be in different meetings rooms until the end of 2018.   For the October Meeting, we will be in the Atrium Room.   For older (no, not older age -wise  but members who have been members a long time) this is the original room we meet in.   Enter through the main entrance and it is at the entry level directly one floor up from our normal meeting room.   For November and December, we will be meeting in the DuPont Pavilion.  Upon entering the grounds, take the first right, park in the second lot on the right and walk down the hill and across the street.   This is the room we have met in several times in the last few months.   Keep your eyes posted to any last minute email with a location change that Caryl C. may need to share.
  • Secretary Caryl C. will be emailing all members the latest and greatest member's list shortly.   Watch your email inbox for it.
  • Conservation Fund - Members were voluntary asked to donate a portion of their profits from the annual Stash Reallocation Sale of our August Meeting.   Treasurer Nancy F. noted we collected $150 for our treasury from the sales.
  • Salty Yarns Retreat - Today was the deadline for sign-ups for this semi-annual retreat.  The retreat is the weekend of October 5-6-7, 2018 at the Lankford Hotel/Salty Yarns in Ocean City, Maryland.   This is a GUILD MEMBERS ONLY event.  
  • October Meeting - Francine and Marnie will share their Maulkline Collections
  • November - Sharon Verbos of The Purple Thread will teach a small during the  meeting.   The cost is $10.   There is no pre-stitch involved and the instructions will be done during the regularly scheduled meeting.    There are a limited number of spaces. Watch your newsletter for a photo of the piece.  
  • December - Our annual Holiday Exchange/Covered Dish luncheon.  More information will follow.
  • January - Show and Tell of any holiday stitching related gift items received.

Show and Tell

This beautiful mirror is the Eleanor Parr Sampler stitched by Pat L.   Pat had the vision to eliminate the center portion of the sampler and working with Rensel Studios in Utah had the stitching mounted as matting around the mirror.   She has a special recipient in mind, her granddaughter!

 MJ stitched this beautiful cathedral window quilt.   We all loved the whimsy of the buttons at the intersections.
Pat L. also stitched and finished these pieces from a Celebrations in Needlework class in 2008.   The shaker box was from a Marsha Smith-Brown class, the smalls are from Old Colonial Designs.

Inside of the box, above and close up of the inside of the lid below.

 Close up of the smalls.   While not part of the box, the coloring allows them to be included nicely.

 Sunshine on a Stem by Hands On Designs stitched and finished by Robin T.

 Project Bag with stitching by Amy G. and bag by Carolina Stitcher

 Gold work leaf from the May Class with Deborah Merritt Wilson, stitched by Amy G.
 Smalls by Amy G.
 More smalls by Amy G.   The scissors fob is part of a class project by Betsy Morgan and the tiny flag, an EGA free project piece.  Below a bell stitched by Amy G.

 And more from Amy G.   Amy has been busy!  Below a Christmas ornament on left and name tag on the right.

 Above and below, two WIP samplers by member Vicki P.

Bell pull by Pat Y.

Cute Mill Hill Kit picked up at the Stash Reallocation Sale in August.   Stitched by one of our newer members who's name I didn't get.    Sorry  ;-(

 Fall pinkeep sized pillow

 Two more band samplers stitched by Pat Y.   Sorry for the sideways view......fussing with blogger to correct!
 Halloween pillow from SamSarah Designs stitched and finished by Deb E.

 Another Stash Reallocation remake.   Deb E. got this wooden piece and then added a small fall themed stitched piece to the front and embellished with fall foliage.
 Above and below, beautiful bell pull from Stoney Creek Designs, stitched by Deb E.
 And more from Deb E........what a clever finish for her Fresh Eggs stitched piece.   That is real chicken wire, wrapped and stapled to the whitewashed barn board.


We were treated to a peyote bead demonstration by member Liz C.  She gave all present a little starter kit and provided a starter card and instructions on how to do the work.   Her instructions were great and while I got the concept, my beading needs to be neatened a bit....the design I choose, a spool of thread, quickly began to look more like a Frankenstein head!  They all said the first three or four rows are the hardest and after that is is easy.  Well I did and redid mine first four rows several times.   It certainly was not Liz's was stitcher's error.   It was great to get the introduction for peyote beading and maybe, maybe some of us with work to perfect our new skill set.  
 Above, previously finished peyote pieces by Carol W.

 Above and below, peyote pieces stitched by BJ S.

Above and below also stitched by BJ S.   Above, the Girl with the Pearl Earring.  Below, Monet's Givenchy's Garden.   BJ said the piece below contains 40,000 beads!  This one actually looks better the further away you are from it.   Both are entirely of beads and are incredible.
Thank you Liz for instructing and Carol and BJ for sharing your pieces.   

Next meeting, October 13.   Watch your email for any last minute location changes.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

August 2018 Meeting

Oops!    I only just realized two days before our September meeting that I never posted the August Meeting notes and photos!    OK, let's get caught up.   

Meeting notes -

  • The log book for listing project finishes was passed around.  Members list their finishes for an ongoing record of accomplishments!  It is amazing how the finished projects add up.
  • August is our Stash Reallocation Meeting.   Members bought in all kinds of stitching related items they no longer want and the trading and selling begins.  
  • A draft listing of member names and contact information was circulated.  The list was reviewed for edits and returned to the Secretary.   Updates will be made and the list will be provided to everyone once completed.
  • Conservation Fund - Part of membership dues is delegated to the conservation fund.   Each year the guild donates money to an organization dedicated to sampler preservation.   Applications for this year's funds are due by August 31st.   See the tab above, Conservation Fund, for the application and criteria.   Please see Ann S. if you would like to help on the selection committee.
  • Nominating Committee - 
Upcoming -
  • Semi-Annual Guild Retreat - This fall's retreat will be the first weekend in October at Lankford Hotel/Salty Yarns in Ocean City, NJ  Registration is due by the September Meeting.  The cost will be $140 for the weekend which will include two nights, two breakfasts and a welcome cocktail reception on Friday evening.   This is a MEMBERS ONLY event.    
  • Programs
    • In September - Member Liz C. will teach everyone Peyote beading.   Her instruction session will include a smart starter kit for all members present.
    • October - Members Francine and Marnie will share their collections of Maulkland ware.
    • November - Designer Sharon Verbos will teach a small.   Sign-ups will be at the September meeting.
    • December - Annual Holiday Covered Dish Luncheon.   We will hold our annual gift exchange.  Members who wish to participate will bring a wrapped, small, stitched sampler themed gift for the exchange.   Whether you participate or not in the exchange is it always one of our more popular meetings.   The items are always something to behold!
    • January - Members bring in and share any gift items received over the holidays.
    • March - Pam Darney will be teaching a sampler class.   She will instruct a piece that will include joining two different pieces of linen.   The class will be limited to 25 attendees.   More information will be provided when available.
  • Show and Tell

Gold leaf stitched by Stacy S.   This was from the gold work class with Deborah Merritt Wilson held by the guild.
Also a guild class piece finished by Stacy S.  This is the stitch along from the Lauren Sauer Class in the fall of 2017.

Belt with doggies, scissors sheath and strawberries by Patrick B.

Sampler stitched by Barbara

More birds stitched by Barbara

This is the red band sampler by Carol of I-Stitch/FB group.   Stitched by Caryl C. but not in red.

More finishes by Caryl C.   This is Pokeberry from Fern Ridge
The shaker box is also a finish by Caryl C.   It is a Merry Cox piece

Heritage Sampler from Plum Street, stitched by Dennis S.

Jean T.'s completed Lauren Sauer Sampler.

Above, from Hands on Designs, stitched by Jean T.    The small (with pine ric-rac) on the bottom right is from The Purple Thread, also stitched by Jean T.
Basket full so smalls, A Fragment in Time from Summer House, stitched by Jean T.

Halloween from Ursula Michaels, stitched by Barbara G. And below, also stitched by Barbara G. is All Hallows Eve from Sam Sarah Designs.

Next meeting, September 8th
Watch your email updates for pending room changes due to ongoing construction at Cokesbury Village.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

July 2018 Meeting

Following a brief business meeting we were treated to a presentation on Angels by member Pat Y.   But first the business -

- August - Stash Re-Allocation Event.   Bring in any items you no longer want and wish to sell.   The Guild is suggesting that 10% of any profit from sales be donated to the Conservation Fund.   This is just a suggestion and not mandatory.   Also, if you truly want to get rid of items, you have the option of leaving any unsold items that will be collected and taken to Fireside for their eBay sales.   Over the last year, we have collected in the neighborhood of $1,000 from these eBay sales.  Again, this is a suggestion and not mandatory.   Money from the eBay sales also goes into our Conservation Fund.   This past year we were able to make 3 separate gifts of $1,000 each for deserving organizations for the purpose of sampler conservation.  

  • August - The deadline for organizations to file for our 2018 Conservation Grant is August 31, 2018. Please see our "Conservation Fund" tab above for more information and an applications.
  • September - Member Liz C. will be teaching peyote beading.
  • October -  Salty Yarns Retreat - This is a MEMBERS ONLY event and will be the weekend of October 5-7, 2018.   The price is the same as it was in the spring ($140 I think?) and Stacy would like your registration no later than the September meeting on September 8th.
  • October - Members  Marnie B. and Francine C. will talk about Maulkland wear and will share their collections.
  • October - We are looking for members to volunteer for the Nominating Committee. The Committee will need to present a slate of officers for Programming and Treasurer at the October Meeting.   Elections will be at the November Meeting.
  • November - Election of Officers.
  • November - Beth Seal of Summer House Stitche Works will be teaching a class.
  • December - Annual Covered Dish Luncheon and holiday exchange of a sampler themed stitched piece.
  • January - Share you holiday needlework related gifts
  • There are several potential classes in the the works and other fun things planned for 2019.   Please stay tuned!

Other events

  • The Delaware State Fair starts next week in Harrington DE.  The needlework display is in the Dover Building.  
  • The display at the Biggs Museum in Dover, DE, ends next week.  It's worth the trip.
  • ANG - ANG is holding an event in Washington DC from August 22 - 27.   You don't have to belong to ANG to attend.
  • Bobby M. of Tomorrow's Stitches in New Castle is liquidating her supply of scissors.   Watch for more info in your newsletter.
  • August/September/October Meetings -  will be in the Dupont Pavilion Room (July's location)
  • November/December Meetings - will be in the Atrium Meeting Room (directly one floor above our normal meeting room.)

Show 'n Tell
  The Delaware Sampler from Heart's Ease Examplar stitched by Lynn D.

 Ring-bearer's pillow from Stoney Creek stitched by Caryl C. and finished by Faye Rigsby, The Carolina Stitcher

 Huck embroidery tea towel stitched by Caryl C.

 Little House Needleworks Box of Chocolates stitched by Robin T.

 Blackbird designed stitched by Lisa C.

 Tray stitched by Patrick B.

 Baseball pillow above and butterfly pillow below, stitched by Evalyn G.

 Carnation Sampler by Darlene O'Steen stitched by KarenAnn M.

 Above and below, Lauren Sauer Band Sampler from our guild stitch-a-long.   Deb S. in on the left above and in the foreground below.   On the right above and the background below is Marnie B.  The pictures don't do these justice!

 Quaker motifs stitched by Deb. S.

 Presentation - Member Pat Y. spoke to us about angels for a Christmas in July themed presentation.   She shared with us some tidbits about angels across all religions and beliefs.   She had on display her large angel collection and provided some info on many of the items on display.

 Pat saw this design on the cover of a Reader's Digest in the 1970's and she charted and stitched it herself.

 Cute idea for an angel (sorry Blogger won't let me rotate it).   Stitched on banding which was then folded in half.
 Definitely a stitcher's angel with the needlework motifs and buttons.

 Angels from Uganda

 A "nurse" angel.

 The angel in the center, Pat stitched for her mother.  She then stitched the dress in the front so her mother could display all year rather than just at Christmastime.

 A macrame angel.

Lavender and Lace angel

 You can see Pat has a vast collection of stitched angels.   Thank you Pat for sharing.

Pat also share with each of us, a small kit to make our own angel.

 The finished sample above and below, ideas for the stitching.

 Member stitched angels which they brought in to share.
 Stitched by MJ

Below, the next four are stitched by Jean T.

Stitched by BJ S., front and back
 A Joan Thomason design

 Two Miribilia designed angels, stitched by BJ S.

Miribilia's Angel in the Morning, stitched by Lisa.

Garden Angel that was Evalyn's mother-in-law

Below, also from Evalyn

 Above, angels stitched by Barb's mother-in-law and below, Barb's stitched angel

Barbara Jackson class angel stitched by.........