Monday, February 15, 2021

February 2021 Meeting

Continued BIG THANK YOU to Linda, Caryl, Evalyn and Jon who organize, coordinate and make our Zoom Meeting possible.   A big Gold Star for your guys!

President Linda D. welcomed everyone.   The Treasurer's Report was reviewed and  discussion on current and pending bills was had.

Membership - Membership is now PAST DUE.   Dues is $25 annually.  Please complete and return the MEMBERSHIP FORM.   

20 in 2020 Challenge  Patrick shared the tally of projects compleled.   There were a total of 651 projects reported as completed in 2020.   Keeping in mind that only 24 people turned in a list.   The top six winners are:

1. Stacy S. with 43

2. Pat Y. with 42

3.  Ellen P with 38

4. Caryl C. with 35

5. Patrick with 34

6. Ann S. and Jean T. tied with 33

Your needles were on fire stitchers!  Each will be receiving a 6 x 6 tablet with the DVHSG Logo.

Designer of the year - For the winners of the 2020 participation in the Blackbird stitching, Sara at Salty Yarns has DOUBLED the prize.  Instead of $10 gift cards, each winner will be receiving a $20 gift card.  Our CONTINUED THANKS to Salty Yarns and their great staff!

2021 Designer La-D-Da - Members are encouraged to stitch charts from La-D-Da in 2021.  La-D-Da Designs in Counted Cross Stitch

Winterthur - If anyone is taking the 2nd class with Sharon Verbos at Winterthur, please contact President Linda D.   The 2nd class is at the same time as today's meeting and Sharon will rebroadcast it for those who will miss it.   Linda needs to give her the number of participants.  Please message Linda if you are part of the class.

Upcoming Programs

March Meeting - Cindy Steinhoff will hold a discussion via Zoom on two Delaware Samplers and one Maryland sampler

April Meeting - Possible member showcase

Spring Retreat - There has been no decision on a spring retreat in OCMD

May Meeting - Sheryl DeJohn of the Smithsonian will lead a discussion on samplers

June Meeting - Susan Greening Davis will lead a discussion on needles, sizes, uses, etc.   The program is free.   There is a brochure available for $12 ($10 and $2 postage).   Please complete flyer that will be sent with your newsletter.  Sign up is due by April 30.

June - The annual in-person NASHVILLE MARKET has been canceled but will be available virtually.  Use the link to Needlework Expo.   You are not able to buy from this site but can see the new releases and contact your LNS.   There is also a Facebook page for Needlework Expo.

Programming - A continued THANKS  to our Program Coordinator!  It is not easy to come up with virtual meeting ideas.   If you have a suggestion, please let Stacy S. or any Board Member know.

February 2021 Program

Linda Stolz creator of Erica Michael's Designs joined us via Zoom.  Originally from Kansas, she now resides in Tennessee.   She has been designing for the past 21 years and since retiring three years ago, she now can focus all her energy to her designs.  

Twelve years ago she started designing for silk gauze.  As for strawberry designs, she created her first strawberry chart about 5 years ago.  She quickly picked up on stitchers being intimidating on finishing a strawberry.  

Her design process is that she first designs the silk berry.  These are one over one on 40 count.  The linen berry is not an identical chart but rather is a compliment.   She includes both charts in her patterns.  Linda said that she learned a lot about perfecting strawberries by simply just doing them and learning what worked and what did not.  

Linda worked her way through the pattern, kit and instructions and gave us a complete outline on how to assemble our stitched strawberry.  She discussed using her templates; options for filling the strawberry; closing the top of the strawberry.  

Linda shared with us the variety of strawberry top finishes that she has done and explained how we could do each.   She also gave us a 'sneak peak' of her new designs to be released this spring.

Tips to remember - 
  • Use one strand of button/craft thread for your gathering stitch
  • Use stencil plastic or comic board to create stiffer, reusable templates for the strawberries
  • Mark a center at the top and bottom of your stitched design to ad in lining it up when you assemble the strawberry
  • The templates DO NOT INCLUDE seam allowance
  • The template is the size of the interfacing
  • Iron on the interfacing BEFORE cutting the linen
  • Cut a length of yarn and unply it to stuff into the pointed end of the strawberry
  • Pull gathering thread to leave a one inch diameter opening.   This will allow you to continue to stuff the top and work out the wrinkles and will be covered by the topping.
  • Use freezer paper to create/trace patterns to top
  • Complete top with all embellishments first and then attach the completed top to the strawberry
All starter kits were mailed by Linda S. directly to the stitcher.   If you have not received your starter kit yet, contact Linda D. or Stacy and they will get the tracking number from Linda S.

In addition to everything Linda shared today, she has a tutorial on her website, Erica Michaels Designs.

Any Erica Michael's Designs chart ordered from Salty Yarns in February will receive a 15% discount - Let Salty Yarns know you are a DVHSG member when ordering.   

Just a reminder, if you are participating in our Zoom Meeting and you are NOT the speaking or making a comment, please put your device on mute.     Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

January 2021 Meeting

We welcomed in 2021 with our first meeting of the year via Zoom.  

Continued thanks to the Officers and all those who help with the slide shows, gathering the info, sending the notices and creating our Zoom meetings.   You are guys are the rock stars of stitching.  

Please, please, please.....if you are participating in our Zoom Meeting and you are NOT the speaking or making a comment, please put your device on mute.   Many of us watch the meeting using the "speaker view" instead of "gallery view".  Speaker view allows the active speaker to be the only person you see on your screen.   When members do not mute their device, every sneeze, rustle, every noise in their background, etc., activates them as the speaker.    Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

President Linda D. welcomed everyone.  We had 48 members who joined in the meeting.  The Treasurer's Report was reviewed and  discussion on current and pending bills was had.  

Membership - Don't forget to renew your membership for 2021 by the end of January.   Complete and mail this MEMBERSHIP FORM.  Dues is $25.00 annually.    If you have already sent your check and it has not cleared, Stacy batches up the mail to send to Nancy and will be preparing a package containing the registrations and membership renewals this week.

2020 Challenge - Send your list of completed 2020 needlework projects to Linda no later than January 18, 2021.   She will print and forward all the individual lists to Patrick for the book and for him to tally for any Challenge Surprises there may be.

Meeting Suggestions - It is difficult to come up with new and interesting ideas that are Zoomable (hmm, I wonder if that is a word)   If you have any ideas or suggestions for things you like to see, please email Linda.

Blackbird 2020 Challenge - Members shared any finished Blackbird Designs projects they completed in 2020.   Ellen P. and Evalyn G. were chosen randomly as winners of a Salty Yarns gift card from all the projects submitted. 

2021 Featured Designer -  La-D-Da will be our showcased designer for 2021.  Members are urged to stitch designs from La-D-Da and share their completions next January.
Stitch-Ins - Stitch ins via Zoom will continue the 4th Saturday of each month.  The time is from 10 to 12.  

Today's Program - For today's program, members shared the different stitchy Christmas gifts they received or they gifted to themselves.

February Meeting - Our meeting will be a talk from Linda of Erica Michael's Designs.  She will be discussing strawberries, how to stitch, how to finished, etc.  There are 76 signed up.   Your kits will be mailed directly from Linda at Erica Micheals.   Completing the stitching PRIOR to the meeting is not necessary.   The meeting is more of a lecture than an actual class-setting.    You can participate in the meeting even if you have not purchased the commemorative strawberry kit.  

March Meeting - Cindy Steinhoff will be speaking on two Delaware and one Maryland sampler.

April Meeting - TBD

May Meeting - Sheryl DeJohn of the Smithsonian Institute will present a discussion on samplers.  

Anniversary Meeting - There has been no decision of when the Anniversary celebration will be scheduled.  Ample notice will be given to those who will be traveling when a date is determined.  

Thursday, December 31, 2020

December 2020 Zoom Meeting

We closed out 2020 in not the same way we have closed out year's in the past.  Good thing we all know how to 'compensate' our stitching and we are able to 'compensate' for our meetings.

First off, a continued BIG THANK to the ladies (and gentleman) who organize, coordinate and make our Zoom Meeting possible.  

Please, please, please.....if you are participating in our Zoom Meeting and you are NOT the speaking or making a comment, please put your device on mute.   Many of us watch the meeting using the "speaker"view" instead of "gallery view".  Speaker view allows the active speaker to be the only person you see on your screen.   When members do not mute their device, every sneeze, rustle, every noise in their background, etc., activates them as the speaker.    Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

President Linda D. welcomed everyone.   The Treasurer's Report was reviewed and  discussion on current and pending bills was had.

Linda welcomed new members who then introduced themselves.  We had new members from New York Delaware and Pennsylvania, not to mention existing members from Tennessee, Luxembourg, Florida and all over participating in the meeting.   I think there were 44 in attendance.

Membership - Sign up now!   We already had 50 renewals received by the December meeting.  Dues for 2021 is due by the end of January.   Complete and mail this MEMBERSHIP FORM

Upcoming -
January Meeting
  • For our January 2021 Meeting will we will reviewing all Blackbird Design pieces STITCHED in 2020.   Send any pictures to Linda D. no later than January 6th.   
  • Members will also share any stitching related gifts they received over the holidays. - No pictures need to be send of your gift items; individuals will be able to hold up and share during the Zoom meeting. 
  • And last but not least, we will be electing which designer we wish to showcase during 2021.

Designer Showcase for 2020 - Blackbird Designs

Designers on the list for the 2021 Designer Showcase 

February Meeting - Zoom Class with Linda of Erica Michaels Designs.  Deadline for sign-up was December 15th.   Your kits will be mailed to you directly from Linda.

March Meeting - Cindy Steinhoff will hold a discussion via Zoom on two Delaware Samplers and one Maryland sampler.

April Meeting - TBD

Spring Retreat - There has been no decision on a spring retreat in OCMD.

May Meeting - Sheryl DeYoung of the Smithsonian will lead a discussion on samplers.

June - The annual NASHVILLE MARKET has been re-scheduled for sometime in June 2021

A great thank you also to our Program Coordinator!  Is is not easy to come up with virtual meeting ideas.   If you have a suggestion, please let Stacy S. know.

December 2020 Program

Barbara Hutson of Queenstown Samplers joined our meeting via Zoom.  Barbara gave us an overview of her history.  She shared her knowledge of what different sampler motifs indicate and also what origin the motifs are indicative of.   Before purchasing any sampler, she researches the girl who stitched the sampler.   Her process for creating a reproduction is first to research, then to stitch and to chart. When charting from an original sampler, she selects the colors she will use based on the color of the floss on the back of the original sampler.  Members had sent photos to Barbara prior to the meeting and she discussed the individual samplers and share what her knowledge about each.  

She also shared with us many of her own samplers and gave tidbits of information on each.  She discussed her process for charting a sampler.  Although she usually is stitching on only one sampler at a time, she often has three or more in various stages of being reproduced.  Some may in the charting phase or being stitched by model stitchers.    For her samplers, she has them stored as "Charted" or "Uncharted".   Each type is stored in archival/air tight boxes.   They are store together, unless a particular sampler is fragile.  It is then stored separately.  

Barbara gave some tips on buying a sampler -
  • When buying on line, make sure to read the description thoroughly; verify what is being sold is NOT a poster;
  • In person buys are best; 
  • Make sure you have name and phone number of seller;
  • Check out Amy Finkels website and review her tab on Fraud/Finding an Antique sampler;
  • Fraud has been found by sellers adding or removing stitches; 
  • Rely on an Auction House or sell that monitors eBay.
Barbara has several new releases and several she is working on.  As with all her charts, Barbara includes the history of the stitcher and any other information of interest she uncovered while doing her research.   Any Queenstown Sampler chart ordered from Salty Yarns in December will receive a 15% discount - Let Salty Yarns know you are a DVHSG member when ordering.   Barbara took information on a couple of member's samplers and will be getting back to them with more detail on each.  

What a wealth of knowledge Barbara is and how lovely of her to share it with us.   Thank you Barbara!

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

November 2020 Zoom Meeting

First of all, we would like to reach out with a BIG thank you to all the techie people that are setting up and running our Zoom Meetings.   Caryl, Linda, Evalyn and Jon we can't thank you enough.  It is so nice to 'see' everyone and to hear about their new projects and just share the fellowship.   Just like missing an in-person meeting, we have all grown to hate to miss a  Zoom Meeting.     Not only are our monthly meetings done via Zoom, a monthly stitch-in via Zoom continues.  The Stitch-in is the fourth Saturday of each month from 10 am to 12-noon.  Future scheduled dates are 12/26, 1/23/21 and 2/27/21.   

Business Meeting 

  • For each meeting, we ask members to continue to submit photos of any finishes to Linda D.  Photos need to be submitted to Linda no later than the Tuesday prior the second Saturday of the month.  (Reminds me of the school problem - If a train left Chicago at 10 pm traveling at 65 mpg when.......) This will allow Linda and Caryl the time to work their magic to incorporate your photos into the slide show that will be shared at the meeting.  Please remember to include your name and the designer name in your email.  Following the meetings, the slide shows will be uploaded to the Facebook page.
  • Treasury Report was read.
  • Those darned germs!
    The current updated membership roster was shared by Caryl C. 
  • The Annual Holiday Exchange will be rescheduled once we can again meet in person.
  • The Anniversary Event is still in the wings.  It is too special to be done virtually!  This event will also be rescheduled once we can again meet in person.
  • Membership renewals are due January 1st for the 2021 year.  Please print, complete and submit your membership form found at this link.  


December Meeting - Barbara Hutson, Queenstown Samplers, will be joining our Zoom Meeting.   She will show and discuss some of her designs.  If you have an antique sampler, she is willing to provide you will any information she can on the piece.   Send a photo of your sampler to Linda D. and she will make sure Barbara gets the photo to research prior to the meeting.   Photos can be sent between now and December 9th.   During the meeting Barbara will provide any information she can about your sampler.

As a special treat, Salty Yarns will be offering a 15% discount on any of Barbara's designs in December.   

January Meeting - January will be the end of our 2020 Designer Showcase.   For 2020 Blackbird Designs was the designer chosen.   Please send photos of any pieces your stitched in 2020.  Send your Blackbird photos to Linda anytime between now and January 6th and let her know they are for the January Blackbird Showcase.  

Also at the January Meeting we will be sharing any stitchy gifts received over the holidays.  There is no need to send photos of any gifts to Linda.   We will have a Show 'n Tell of all the goodies with each member holding up their gift(s) in turn.

FOR 2021 will are going to continue to Showcase a Designer.   The choices for 2021 and links to their sites are:

Start checking our their charts and thinking about what designer you would like to see showcased in 2021.

February Meeting - We will be having a virtual class with Linda Stolz of Erica Michaels Needleart Designs.  She has designed a strawberry especially for our guild.   The cost of the kit is $30.   Please print and complete and return the registration form.

And as a special treat, Salty Yarns will be offering a 15% discount on any Erica Michaels Needlearts Designs charts in February.

The November program was a discussion of your go-to tools and accessories for stitching.    We all have our 'favorites' that we can't stitch without.  

Here are some of the things some stitchers don't like to do without -

  • Fiber Finder/DoLolly (available from Salty Yarns or Grip It Plus on Amazon)
  • Ginger Tweezers
  • Marian Needles
  • "Frogger" from Sweet N Round/Word Art by Art (Arthur Miller at or search Facebook for "SweetNRound"
  • Wonder Clips (Joann's, Amazon, Salty Yarns)

Next meeting - 10 a.m., December 12, 2020.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

September 2020 Zoom Meeting


We did some Guild Business before launching into this month's program.   An Agenda was prepared but sharing it on the Zoom Meeting proved to be a challenge.   I am sure each month we will be better at what is new technology to many of us.  I give everyone an A+ for effort.

The Treasurer's Report was read.  All deposits and payments are up to date.   Stacy S. will check our Post Office Box for any incoming mail.


  • The Betsy Morgan kits from the canceled April class have been distributed to all who signed up.
  • October Program - We will have a tour of Kathy R.'s home all decked out for Halloween.  
  • December - The Board will meet to decide if we should commit to the Holiday Exchange and how we will accomplish it.  We should have a decision at the October Zoom Meeting.
  • DVHSG October Retreat - There will be a Zoom Meeting on September 24th for those who have signed up.   What to expect during the pandemic and available options for those attending will be shared.  
  • Blackbird Designs - Don't forget, Blackbird Designs is our featured designer of the year.   

Today's Program
    For today, we showcased two of our members, Caryl C. and Linda D.  

    Caryl provided a powerpoint that listed her 'history'.   She narrated while the slide show shared some of her past hobbies and projects as well as some of her current works.  The PowerPoint presentation has been link in the file section on our FB page.

   Next up, Linda had a video that started with a  lovely welcome out front of her home and then she welcomed us inside.  She shared her home, her needlework and her quilting.
Both ladies provided insight into their history.   Whether we also do quilting or do stained glass work or not, we can all appreciate the workmanship and the effort they each put into their various crafts.   Nice job ladies.

Other updates of interest -
  •     How's everyone like our needlework Facebook questions?   A big thank you to Stacy S. for putting them out there each time.   It is fun to see the different responses.   I don't know how she hasn't run out of questions yet!
  •     The Nimble Needle in Merchantville, NJ is now in a bigger location.  The store is not open for business but the owner will be glad to fill your pre-order at curbside.  
  •     Winterthur is holding a virtual conference on October 23rd.  It is called "The Inspired Needle: Embroidery Past and Present".   See their website for more details and information on registration. 
  •      Don't forget to keep track of your finishes for the 20 in 2020 Challenge.
  •      In August, we held a Zoom-Styled Stitch-In and will be doing it again.   The date for the next stitch-in is September 26 at 9:45. 

And we got a special treat while zooming along.  Some participants noticed Kathy R. was in different surroundings.   When we asked where she was, she treated us to the view of the beautiful setting and scenery at her husband's family cabin in Maine.   What an unexpected treat.  

We will continue our Zoom Meeting format until we can meet again in person.  A link will be sent prior to each meeting.    If you would like to submit photos for the slideshow, please forward to President Linda D.    You should include your name, the designer and the name of the piece when you submit your photos.  Limit your photos to one or two please.   Linda will need them no later than Tuesday before the meeting and would welcome any submitted earlier.  

Thank you to Evalyn and her husband for coordinating our Zoom Meeting.  Thank you as well Linda and everyone else who made the meeting a success.  Looks like this is the way we will continue to 'see' each other for the foreseeable future.  

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Zooming into August 2020

It has been awhile fellow stitchers so let me try to catch you up.

Many members have been adding their WIP's and finished pieces to the DVHSG Facebook page which is good but it is not the same as getting together.    (This page is open to anyone but you will need to get moderator approval.)  So what did we do......we had a Zoom Meeting this morning.

First, many thanks to Evalyn G. and her tech savvy husband for working with President Linda D. to get this meeting set-up and make it happen.   I think we had close to 40 participate this morning and it was great to see all the smiling faces we haven't seen for awhile.   Not only the regular meeting attendees but we also had participants from Tennessee, Kansas, Connecticut and Luxemburg!   We went international!  Wahoo!  That part of the Zoom meeting was a nice bonus for all of us.

To say the least it was a bit of a learning curve for some of us, myself included.   Everyone was so helpful and guided those of us who were first-time users to the necessary menus.    We learned to "raise our hands" when we had something to say, learned to use voting buttons and only had two or three cat sightings as pets walked in front of their owner's screens.  

President Linda D. opened the meeting and welcomed all.   She shared a powerpoint that started with an agenda for the meeting and moved into a Show N' Tell slide show where stitchers spoke about their pieces.  Thank you to all who provided Linda with photos prior to the meeting.   Watch for emails about future Zoom meetings dates with instructions and deadlines for submitting photos. Caryl will be uploading today's powerpoint to Facebook.

First on the agenda, elections are scheduled for this fall.   The two offices on this fall's ballot are Vice President/Program Director and Treasurer.   Linda shared two options for the upcoming elections.

    a.  Due to Covid, we can vote to waive the required elections and extend the office terms by one year; or

    b.  We can select a Nominating Committee and continue with the elections as scheduled.

Both members currently holding offices have agreed to stay on for the next term.   A motion was made and voting was done by using the "yes" or "no" voting boxes in Zoom.   (Aren't we getting snazzy?)  Themotion was carried to have the current officers extend their current terms by one year.


Betsy Morgan Class - If you signed up to participate in the Betsy Morgan class that was scheduled for April 2020, Stacy sent you an email yesterday regarding how you would like to handle getting your kit.   Please reply to Stacy in the next couple of days so she can arrange to meet you or will mail your kit to you.

Fall Retreat - Stacy will be following up with an email to those who have signed up.  She will provide cost and payment due date.    This year, because of Covid, the Retreat will be in the Lodge.  There will be no stitching in the Lobby of the Lankford.  Masks must be worn, hand sanitizing will be necessary, etc.   Stacy will provide all the details in her email to those attending.

Holiday Smalls Exchange - The exchange is still on for 2020 whether we are meeting or not in December.   In the event we are still unable to meet in person, ideas were discussed about either exchanging names and mailing your items to the person who's name you get or delaying the exchange until we meet again and hold it as a program at a future meeting.  No final decision was made.  

Anniversary Event - No date has been set forthe 20th Anniversary Event.  Stacy has been in touch with the designer and the designer has agreed to hold the design as exclusive to DVHSG for one year after she presents it at our Anniversary Celebration.  

Stacy asked if anyone has a hobby or collection they would like to share at an upcoming Zoom meeting.  Please let her know.    A video can be made in advance of the meeting and then forwarded to Linda D. to put on the agenda.  Details can be arranged if you decide to share a collection.

Other Class Opportunities

Purple Thread - Sharon Verbos - Sharon is teaching a 3-day Zoom Class in association with Winterthur.   The class cost is $60 for the kit and an additional $30 for the 3 days of Zoom classes.   The classes will be three consecutive Saturdays.   See DVHGS Facebook page or Sharon's Facebook page for more information.

Sassy Jack's - Kim Young - Sassy Jack's is scheduling a Zoom Retreat.   It is a three-day event on a Friday-Satruday-Sunday in September.   The sessions can be watched live and will be recorded to be available to watch when convenient to you.   See Sassy Jack's website for more information.

Great news!   Linda has spoken to Cokesbury and AFTER restrictions are lifted at Cokesbury we are still able to have the use of the room at Cokesbury for our monthly meetings.

Conservation Fund - Ann S. has suggested our Conservation Fund donation this year be made to Winterthur and  be earmarked towards the purchase of the antique sampler in memory of Gloria Seaman Allen.  This was approved by members attending.

Membership - Caryl C. will be sending a membership roster with the next newsletter.  Please check your information for correctness and let Caryl know if there are any errors.   All newsletters are now available in the file section on our Facebook page.   The membership roster WILL NOT be filed on Facebook for privacy reasons.

2020 Challenge - Patrick reminded everyone to maintain their list of completed projects in 2020 and be ready to add them to the list in the binder when we finally do meet again.   Maybe you can find a piece of 3-holed notebook paper for your list and you will be able to slip it right in the binder when the time comes.

Upcoming - We discussed having a Zoom Stitch-in.  Information will be sent when details are worked out.   If you have any other Zoom meeting ideas while we remain under the pandemic restrictions, please pass them to Linda D.

The Zoom meeting was so well attended and with such positive feedback that there is a tentative Zoom meeting for September.  Watch your email for a notice closer to the date.  

Thank you tot he Board for deciding to have the Zoom meeting. Thank you again to Evalyn and her hubby for making this happen.  And for Linda for running the meeting and creating the slide show.  Great job.

Hope all are keeping well and continue to stay healthy.  

Sunday, March 1, 2020

February 2020 Meeting

This month's meeting was held at the Public Library on Kirkwood Highway with guest speaker Cynthia Steinhoff.    We were pleased to welcome Cynthia Steinhoff (and her husband) to give a presentation on Quaker samplers stitched by Delaware girls. She brought some of her own collection and discussed a number of different styles of samplers (i.e. marking, darning, band, genealogical, family record, extract and verse and wreath). She also discussed several different schools such as Brandywine, Wilmington Boarding School, Westtown School and Southern Boarding School. Thank you so much to Cynthia and her husband for sharing this information with us! We will be looking to bring her back to share more information with us!

Cynthia is the director of the Anne-Arundel Library Community College in Baltimore, MD.    She is the co-author with Gloria Seaman Allen of Delaware Discoveries:  Girlhood Embroidery book.  It is an illustrated history of girlhood embroidery in the state of Delaware from 1750 to 1850.   There are beautiful photographs of 190 samplers.  The book was well researched with biographical information on the young stitchers and their families.   A must have book for the dedicated sampler stitcher.  As with everything, this book is available through Amazon.

Dr. Seaman Allen recently passed away.  There is a Facebook group raising funds to gift a sampler (The Mary Orr sampler) to Winterthur Museum in her honor. You can read more about the fundraiser and make an individual donation at the website The guild will be also be discussing a donation at our next board meeting in March.

Guild Announcements and Upcoming Schedule 

  • Just a note on our meeting locations for 2020. Due to Cokesbury’s construction projects and scheduling conflicts, we will be relocated  for two upcoming meetings, specifically July and September meetings. We will let everyone know our meeting location/s for July and September once a location is secured.
  • A reminder that the annuals dues payment was due in January. If you haven’t already paid for this year, please send it in a.s.a.p. The dues are $25.  Dues can be paid at the March meeting or made by mailing your check and information to:   

PO Box 1292
Hockessin, DE  19707

  • This year we are spotlighting Blackbird Designs.    You are encouraged to stitch any Blackbird pattern and to bring in any pieces as you complete them during the year.
  • We are also continuing our project completion challenge from last year.   In 2019 is was 19 projects.   This year it is 20 in 2020.  Remember to add your finishes to the green binder that is circulated at each meeting. 
  • March - Theresa Baird will present a project utilizing the spiral trellis stitch. Members should bring a small piece of 28 or 32 count linen, a needle and #12 perle cotton to practice the stitch.  A hoop or Q-snaps are recommended if you prefer to not stitch in hand.  Theresa has created a pattern specifically for this stitch.   The design has not yet been released and is available for purchase for $15 cash/check only.    
  • April - Betsy Morgan will be with us to teach a new project (“Christmas Etui”). This will be the last opportunity for us to have her as a teacher since she is retiring in 2020. Even if you are not taking the class, we welcome you to attend the meeting as Betsy will be giving a lesson on her joining technique, etc.  Participants please bring your completed pre-stitch as well as a photocopy of your finished pre-stitch.   New member Meg L. has an extra copy of Betsy Morgan’s book (Willing Hands). If you are interested in purchasing it from her, please reach out to her at the next monthly meeting.

  •  Our spring retreat at Salty Yarns is the last weekend in April. The cost for the weekend is $145. The registration form is attached, and your deposit is due by the March guild meeting.  This is a MEMBERS ONLY event.
  • May - In May we will celebrate our 20th Anniversary. Needlework Press will be with us and will give us a talk during our meeting. There will be a luncheon with speakers and an afternoon class. There will also be an all-day class on Sunday.  Information and sign up sheets will be provided at the March meeting and sign-ups are due no later than the April meeting.  Away Stitchers are permitted but there will be any additional fee for postage.   This is a members only event.   Guests can become a member for the $25 Annual Membership fee.
  • June - to be determined
  • July - We will have a Christmas in July project.    REMINDER - this meeting will be at a different location.
  • August: Our Stash Re-Allocation Event.  The Guild encourages you provide a percentage of any sales to the Guild Conservation Fund.    Any items not sold, owners have the option to donate to the Guilds eBay sales which benefit the Conservation Fund.
  • September - to be determined.   REMINDER - this meeting will be at a different location.

  • Our fall retreat will be the first weekend in October and we will have to register early as there are other events occurring that weekend. As soon as we are ready to accept registrations, we will let you know

See everyone on March 7 back at DuPont Pavilion at Cokesbury!