Saturday, December 10, 2016

December 2016 Meeting

Many annoucements were made before we got into Show 'N Tell and our annual holiday exchange.

Thank you
The Guild received a Thank You from Walter Reed Hospital for the kits we donated.   Donations of the complete kits for families and patients at the hospital were coordinated through the Red Cross.   Caryl C. will share the contact information in the newsletter.  We are sure there are military hospitals in other areas that also have the similar project.  Contact your local Red Cross for information.                      


Theresa Baird of Heart's Ease Exemplar Workes has offered her design as a fundraiser prior to making it available for the public.  Members please contact an officer if you would like to purchase this pattern.   The money raised from sales to our guild will go to our Conservation Fund.   

The ornament is stitched on 40-count. 

Nativity Display
Pat Y. will hold an Open House tomorrow.  On display will be her many nativity stitched pieces.   Her address is in the newsletter.   

Catherine Theron 

Deb S. is taking orders for the Pot of Posies design from Catherine Theron.   Orders are due by January 14, 2017.   Visit Catherine Theron's website for this and other designs she has available.  Also, Catherine is teaching at Salty Yarns in March.

Betsy Morgan Class
Betsy Morgan class in April.  The cost of the kit and class is $100.   Registration is due to Stacy S. at the January meeting. Away stitchers  are welcomed.   See our "classes" tab above for more information.  

Woodlawn Needlework Show
Woodlawn will be holding their 54th Annual Needlework exhibit.   It will run March 1st to March 31st, 2017.  Woodlawn is open every day but Tuesday.  Please see their site for the entry form and information.   The cost to enter is $20 per piece; smalls in a set are $10 each piece to enter.   Pat Y. will be taking your items to Woodlawn. Please bring your stitched piece to the January Meeting.  Include your completed entry form, fee, self-addressed envelope and $5 for gas/tolls for Pat.  

Drawing for Free Memberships
We held the drawing for a free membership.   The names entered were guild members who taught a class during the year.   Oops!  We forgot to pull a name for 2015 so this year we selected two.  

2015 winner for free membership for 2017 - Patty H.
2016 winner for free membership for 2017 - Jean T.

2017 Challenge
Our 2017 Challenge will be a UFO Challenge.   Your project must be started before January 1, 2017 and can be no more than 50% completed.   Patrick B. will keep a record of your projects and finishes.   Smalls can be included but please bring your items to the January meeting for Committee approval.   Prizes will be awarded.

Spring Retreat
Spring Retreat at Salty Yarns will be April 28, 29, 30.   The registration form will follow.   The price is expected to be in the same range of $130-$135.   Remember, this is a MEMBERS ONLY event.

Lauren Sauer Class
This class will be in September and on a non-meeting weekend.  We don't have a picture or price yet but we can tell you this will be the choice of a Band Sampler or a Darning Sampler.   We may wish to make this our 2018 Stitch-A-Long

Show 'N Tell
Our stitchers are so prolific!   And do beautiful work on a vast variety of patterns.   For you viewing pleasure.....

This beautiful piece from Blackbird Designs was stitched by Ann S. who adapted it as a wedding sampler of her daughter and son-in-law.

Lynn D. stitched these little cuties.   She took motifs from a variety of patterns.   These are mounted in 'watch fob' frames available from Michael's or on Amazon.

Carol W. has been busy finishing.  First, this adorable little stocking.

Another from Carol W.  This Santa is from Heartstrings Samplery, Pat Thode Designs.

Carol W. finished the limited edition Bee Keeper from Plum Street as part of her 2016 Challenge.  She added beads to the border and flowers. 

Carol also finished Boo to You also from Pat Thode.

And last but not least from Carol W. is this peyote beaded Santa.

Caryl C. stitched this Australia pillow for her niece who is currently living there.

KarenAnn M. shared these three finishes.   The stocking is one of her 2016 Challenge pieces.  The pattern is from a 2015 Just Cross Stitch Magazine.

Newer member Evelyn C. took part in the FB Stitch-A-Long for And Heaven and Earth by Kathy Barrick.  She also took part in the Cupcake Challenge seen to the right.   She also completed the beading project at a recent Strawberry Sampler Class and the Noel below.

Patty H. completed  Catherine Theron's Peaceable Kingdom. 

Stacy S. completed this cute holiday pillow.

Holiday Exchange

Our stitchers out did themselves.   Each hand-stitched gift was a true treasure to receive.

Look at Jean T's embellishing stitches over the rick-rack.   Cute!

And then we ate and enjoyed each other's company!   As always, we had a wide variety of tasty treats to enjoy.  Please bring your recipes to the January meeting and Caryl C. will create a collection of all the recipes we enjoyed today.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

November 2016 Meeting

First I must apologize to my fellow guild members.   This month's post has given me fits and starts to try to complete.   First, finding the time and second the content jumping all over the page.   Usually this kind of fussing means there must have been an upgrade or  some kind of 'improvement' to blogspot......but enough......

The November meeting was called to order and we held our elections.   Following the recent changes to our by-laws, we elect officers on alternating years.  

Election Results
Stacy S. was elected for another two-year term at Vice President/Program Coordinator.  Patrick B. will be assisting Stacy.  

Nancy F. was elected Treasurer for a two year term

Dues are due!  They are due January 1st for 2017 and remain at $25 per year.   Please make your check payable to DVHSG.   If you pay in cash.....please place in envelope with your name, etc. on it.  

Upcoming at your LNS

Salty Yarns
Check out Salty Yarns Facebook page for info on designers coming in the Spring of 2017.   Catherine Theron will be at Salty Yarns in March.  Sherry Jones will be teaching the Lounging Hare in April at Salty Yarns.

Strawberry Sampler
Strawberry Sampler will offering beading and finishing classes. 

Follow the links above for more information.

Upcoming Classes at DVHSG
Betsy Morgan
Stacy S. shared flyers for the April 2017 Betsy Morgan class.   Registration is due at the January meeting.  The kits will be distributed at the February meeting.  All guild members can participate in the tassel and cording demonstration during the regularly scheduled meeting.   The scissors fob will be assembled during an afternoon class.   A day trip with Betsy Morgan on the day prior to the class  is being arranged.   More details and signup to is available under our "classes" tab above.

Our project will be similar to what is pictured with a few changes to the motifs.   The lining will be in blue and not green.   The cost is $100 for the afternoon class and lunch will be provided.   Away stitchers can participate at the same cost of  $100.   Non-DVHSG members need to add an additional $25 membership fee.

Heart's Ease Examplar Workes 
Our own Theresa Baird created a holiday ornament pattern.  She has donated the pattern to the Guild for use as a fundraiser before she publishes it for sale to the general public.    The pattern is $15 and the proceeds from sales will go to our Conservation Fund.  - see the Conservation tab above for more information on the fund.   Caryl C. will conduct a finishing class at our May monthly meeting to demonstrate how to add the finished piece to the top of a box.

Gift Shop
The gift shop at Cokesbury will be open to Guild members for shopping on Saturday of our next meeting.   Sales are CASH ONLY at the gift shop.

Coming in January
The results of our 2016 Completion Challenge will be announced.    Members are also encouraged to bring any needlework related gift they received for the holidays to share with the group.

Show and Tell

A bit of Halloween and fall, stitched by Jean T. 

No you are not seeing double.    Jean stitched this for little Logan and one it at each grandmother's house.  

This is Jean T.'s finish from our Goodie Bag gift from the fall retreat at Salty Yarns.   This is a complete kit from Cherished Stitches.

I think this is a Drawn Thread piece.   Stitched by Carolyn N.

A Bent Creek design, stitched by Carolyn N.

More stitched by Carolyn N. 

And another by Carolyn N. 

Pumpkin, Pumpkin stitched by Ann S.

Smalls by Betsy Morgan from an Inspiration Magazine, stitched by Ann S.

Adorable pages and coordinating fabric stitched by Sandy J.

Random Thoughts from Drawn Thread, stitched by Robin T.

Catherine Theron's Examplaire I, stitched by Mary Rita

Doll stitched by Mary Rita

Brought in my Ellen P., stitched by Mary Jane Miller 

Seashore (?) class at Stitcher's Hideaway in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, stitched by Amy G.   Stitched in bargello with specialty stitches.  Sorry I didn't get the full view of the ribbons.   But an award winner to be sure.

Also stitched by Amy G.  this witch pendant from Roveris (?).   

And what a stunning design with have here....

Another beautiful piece designed and stitched by Theresa Baird of Hearts Ease Exemplar Workes.    This collection is a Fraktur inspired needle book, pin cushion, huswif and assorted smalls.   Each one is more gorgeous than the one before, all stitched on 40 count.

A Delaware Inspiration, Heart's Ease Exemplaire Workes stitched by Marney B.  (so sorry it is blurry)

 The above four smalls and "Gather" pillow and "each other" pillow stitched by Stacy S.

 12 Month bell pull stitched by KarenAnn M.  Pattern from Stoney Creek.

 Birds, brought to us by Evalyn, stitched by her mother.

Pumpkins by ???

BJ S. shared with us her completely stitched and assembled Country House Home Sweet Home.   She has a tiny bit of finishing on one of the smalls.  But alas, she wrapped it up and stowed it away before I could photograph it.  Below is an image from the internet.  

Ann S. is almost done with Eye on the Sparrow.

Sali shared a tote that had pictures of her needlework projects. She created the bag using    Another site for do similar is   These sites allow you to  upload pictures to be printed on various items.

And can you believe it...we are only halfway through our meeting, and now on to the program............

Guest Speaker - Cindy Steinhoff

Stitched by Louisa Poupenay, late 1870'2,  on penelope cloth
Cindy gave a presentation on antique samplers. She brought a number of Pennsylvania samplers from her collection and a map to show the locations where they each were stitched from across state. Cindy had a vast knowledge and much in depth history for each piece.  She started her collection about 12 years ago.   Her introduction to stitching was when she was about 12 and she stitched pillow cases.  She uses Google and sites like to help in her research on the samplers.

Cynthia is the director of Truxal Library at Anne Arundel County, Maryland, where she has worked for 33 years. In addition, she is editor of “Delaware Discoveries” and also researched some of the samplers that are featured in the book. Originally from the Pittsburgh area, she graduated from what is now known as Edinboro University of Pennsylvania earning a master of science degree in library science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master of business administration degree from the University of Baltimore.

It was a great presentation with tons of great background information about her samplers! 

Elizabeth Nimon, 1823

Margaret DeWalt, 1828

Amy Cadwalader, 1800

Isabella Keenan, 1839

Anna Catherine Reinemann

Jane Mitchell Deane Waterhouse, 1836

Ann Smith, Westtown School, 1809

Mary Ann Baily, 1842

Cynthia also brought a Delaware sampler that will be discussed in the upcoming book by Gloria Seaman Allen, “Delaware Discoveries”.
Elizabeth Chalk, Southern Boarding School, Smyrna, Delaware

Thanks to Cynthia for a great presentation and lots of great information about her samplers!

Ladies and Gentlemen that's a lot of info and a lot of photos.   Please forward any edits to me.