Saturday, October 31, 2015

October Meeting

In October we celebrating our 15th year as a guild!  

This is Evalyn G. one of the original members of the group.   We are about 60 to 70 members and going strong from all walks of life and far as far away as Connecticut to Tennessee and Wyoming!  

For our program this month we had members demonstrate some specialty stitches.  Sali C-P taught everyone the Bullion Knot.   Teresa B. demonstrated the Spiral Trelli. Thanks to both ladies for sharing this information with us. 

For an online demo of the bullion knots, check this website: 

Check out the work of our hands......
 Ann Grant of Shakespeare's Peddler, stitched by Kathy R.

Joan Thomason Needlepoint, stitched by BJ S.

 Delaware Inspiration by Heart's Ease Examplar Workes stitched by BJ S.

 Eileen Bennet Whitework stitched by Francine C.

 Squareology Pin Cushion by Hands On Design, stitched by Francine C.

Smalls stitched by Caryl C. including, on the right, the Can't See the Forest by Betsy Morgan.

The Pumpkin and the Crow by Barbara Ana Designs, stitched by Jane G. A nice way to incorporate another hand work method by including the wool pennies around the edge.

 Last by by no means least is Patrick's creation from a needlepoint 
valance he picked up in an estate sale.

Coming up in November we will have a “Guess the Smalls Designer” challenge. Members will bring their smalls (stitched, finished or not) and we will try guess the designer. Prizes will be given for the most correctly  guessed designers.  Prizes have been graciously donated by Salty Yarns. Thank you Sally!

For our Girls in the Guild SA the October assigned was to complete rows 16 and 17. In November, participants should complete rows 18 and 19 to stay on schedule for completion by the January meeting.
In March, Betsy Morgan will be at our meeting. She will demonstrate her cord and tassel techniques during the regular meeting. In the afternoon, she will lead a 3 hour class on a Needlebook design using the Aztec stitch. Cost for the afternoon class plus lunch will be $65 which includes lunch.  More information will be shared at a future meeting.  •    Lauren Sauer (of Forget-Me-Nots In Stitches) will be hosting a needlework weekend in Ohio’s Amish country from Wednesday, May 11, 2016 through Sunday, May 15, 2016. See the attached for more information.

In December will be hold our Annual Holiday Luncheon and gift exchange.   This is always a popular meeting and attendance is always high.

Some things that are happening (somewhat and not) locally:
•    The Cape May Museum is having an exhibition that opened on August 21 and runs until mid-December. The samplers date from 1796 to 1860. Their website is: 
•    Montpelier Mansion in Laurel, Maryland is hosting a exhibition on needlework in November. More information can be found at:

Until next month, yours in stitches, DVHSG.
(Thank you Caryl and Susan for your help with forwarding the info for the October meeting. R.)

Friday, October 2, 2015

September Meeting

Caryl C., our secretary has been faithful in keeping all members up to date.....unlike your blog writer. I missed the September Meeting and will not be at the October Meeting either so I will share Caryl's information......

  • Member Patti H. gave a presentation on Gloucester County Samplers.  I saw her presentation at the Morven Museum last year and it was a good one!  Patti has charted several of the samplers for stitching and they are available at the Gloucester County Historical Society.
  • September SAL Assignment - Complete rows 14 and 15 of Girls of the Guild by September Meeting to stay on course!
  • Fall Guild Retreat - October 2 - 4.   This is a Members Only event.  
  • Annual Donation - Our planning committee will make a decision on the recipient of our annual sampler restoration donation for 2015 in early 2016.   More information will follow.  Past recipients have been:   Winterthur Museum, The Plimouth Jacket Foundation,  The Biggs Museum, The Chester County Historical Society, Lewes Historical Society and Odessa Historical Society.  
Girls having fun at OCMD Retreat.....I mean you do have to stop stitching to eat.

Lynn D. shared what is normally our beautiful view of the ocean from those 
wonderful rockers we like to sit and stitch from.   This weekend is was a view of Hurricane Joachin!

Coming in October   
  • Our October program will be a demonstration of speciality stitches by members Sali and Teresa.  For Sali's stitch demo, bring a doodle cloth, with fabric of your choice, small hoop and floss from stash.  For Teresa's stitch demo, bring a piece of 28 or 32 count linen, a hoop if you choose and #12 perle cotton.  Of course, all your normal stitching supplies (needles, scissors, magnification, etc.)
  • October SAL Assignment - Complete rows 16 and 17 by the October Meeting

Upcoming Needlework Events

  • The Pennsylvania Button Society will be sponsoring two shows.   In Myerstown, PA, October 17 and in Fraser, PA, October 31.  See their website:
  • The Cape May Museum is holding an exhibit that opened in August and will run until mid-December.   The samplers on display write in date from 1796 to 1860.   Their website is
  • Fae Kuhn, Grantville, PA is sponsoring a Cross Stitch Retreat.   Grantville is near Hershey PA.  The dates are October 16 - 18 and will be held at the Granville Holiday Inn.    There will be designers attending.   Check out the Facebook page:   Stitcher's Escapes to find this and all other stitching events!
  • In November, the Montpelier Mansion, Laurel, MD will host an expedition on needlework.   More information is available at their website:

Members!  Please email any Show and Tell you would like me to share here!!  See you all in November!