Sunday, January 10, 2016

January Meeting

Look at this guest!  A member brought a service dog.  These
dogs are so amazingly trained. 
Happy New Year!  We started out the year with a great meeting.

We had some visitors; (Welcome Elizabeth and Kristy) we hope you will be joining us again.

Also designer Sharon Verbos, of The Purple Thread, joined us.  Sharon was on hand for the completion of our Girls of the Guild challenge but more about that later on.

Guild President Susan D. shared a long list of upcoming events....

  • The Kaffe Fasset exhibit will be on view at the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA through February 21, 2016.
  • Gloucester County Historical Society Downton Abbey Tribute Exhibit display continues.  Over 100 Downton Abbey period pieces on display. (These are not actual Downtown wardrobe pieces but pieces of the period.)
  • Winterthur - Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia Exhibit - March 26, 2016 through January 8, 2017.    Also at Winterthur, Embroidery:The Language of Art will be opening May 7, 2016.
  • Annual Woodland Exhibit opens March 2 through March 31, 2016.   The exhibit is open Wednesdays through Mondays.  Pat Y. is collecting pieces or pieces can be delivered to Karen's Needlework store by February 1st.   Please have your paperwork completed and include $5 transportation fee.
  • Rehoboth Historical Society - This exhibit will happen again this year but no dates have been set yet.
  • Salty Yarns has posted their 2016 classes on their website.
  • Stitch-by-Stitch, Cape May, will host a Halloween in May retreat. (please share if you have more info - I could not find any on their website)
  • Louden Sampler Guild will host Margaret Hogue April 9th and 10th.
  • DVHSG Retreat will be April 22nd - 24th at Salty Yarns (Members Only event)
  • Celebrations of Needlework, first weekend of May in Nashua, NH
  • Biggs Museum in Dover is exhibiting a calligraphy bible with artwork.  We are told it is beautiful to see by members who have already made the visit.
  • Elegant Stitch, Modesto, CA will participate in a pilot stitch for Betsy Morgan in September 2016.   Betsy Morgan will teach the same piece at Salty Yarns in 2017.
  • Francine C. bought this from eBay.  She
    added the pins, scissors, and trims.  
  • The DVHSG Anniversary Sampler is with Liz and Deb.   They will be finishing up shortly and passing it on to the next person.

Next up, members shared their stitching related Christmas gifts as well as Show 'n Tell of their finishes.  There was a huge variety from antique samplers to gift cards to favorite needlework shops to stitched pieces to stash enhancement!  Here are a few photos of some of the goodies and forgive me for the ones I didn't capture as well as if I confuse gifts from finishes!   We are a prolific group and it is hard to keep up!

This is a finish of Francine's.   It is a one of Guilia Manfredini Cornali's
half-dolls similar to what she taught this past December in Williamsburg.                                                                                                                                   
Patty H. received this fabulous tablecloth stitched by her daughter-in-law. 
Natalie B. was gifted this antique awl.  It is made from sheep bone.  It separates into two pieces so
you can cover the point like you would cap a pen.   It has a small hole on
one end so you can hand it on a cord or ribbon.   
Donna shared her "Frosting Club" fibers from the Trish N.'s series.  For more information see her blog, Thistle Threads

Some health and welfare updates:
  • Jean M. is expected home shortly from a stay in Christiana Hospital.  
  • Pat Y. is recovering from carpel tunnel surgery.
  • Karen K. is scheduled for surgery in March.
Please keep these ladies in your thoughts for quick recoveries.   I am sure cards of well wishes and encouragement will be appreciated.

Some business updates:
  • DVHSG donated $1,000 to Winterthur for our 2014 and 2015 sampler restoration gift.
  • Today's meeting was the last day to sign up for both the Catherine Theron Needleroll Kit and the Betsy Morgan Class in March.
  • Dues are due.   Sali provided a brief overview of our finances.
Technique sharing:
And now, for our 2015 Challenge

The Girls of the Guild Stitch A Long
We were lucky to have the designer, Sharon Verbos, at the meeting to see all the finishes and all the variations that our stitchers incorporated to make the piece their own.   Sharon echoed that same sentiment that she was honored we all made the piece our own with our different personalizations.

Sharon Verbos joined us for a group photo.   Sharon is on the right in the back row.  I think 29
participated and there are 19 photographed here.  Great job ladies!
 It is ashamed the camera cannot catch how pretty these are.
Jean T. made her's Christmasy but adding Merry Christmas to all at the bottom.
Stacy's in shades of blue and green 
Several side by side.
Gwynne's finish
Close up of Carol W.'s finish
Look at how Karen K. mixed it up.   

Karen composed this verse and stitched it instead of one of the alphabets

Pat H.'s version - sorry to get the glare off the glass I turned the camera sideways!

Pat L.'s cruise inspired blues and whites

Close up of Karen K.'s color changes and heart charm

Patty H.  really changed it up!
MaryRita M stitched in shades of browns and yellow
Robin T.'s blues and greens
Carolyn N.'s 

Some stitchers put their pieces away before the camera came out so I apologize if I didn't get a photo of your completed work.   Not pictured - Diane H. since it is in Tennessee with her.   She stitched hers in a shade of purple and sage.  Karen M. completed her's in blues, yellows and some green; Caryl C. used blue and gold.   Diane H. was the winner of the participate award.   She will receive $50.   Some ladies have uploaded their photos to our FB page.   You can see some more of the variations there.  Everyone did a great job!

And now, as if that is not enough......our 2016 Challenge.   For 2016, we are to select up to five different pieces we would like to finish in 2016.   These can be new pieces or WIP's.   If your piece has already been started, it must be less than 50% completed to qualify.   If you wish to join in, please complete the form Caryl C. included in the meeting reminder email.   If you didn't sign up at the January meeting, please bring your pieces and the patterns to the next meeting.   Susan and Stacy did a great job checking out everyone's stitching plans and have final say on inclusion of smalls.  Participants have a one time chance to switch out a project in June.  Away stitchers you can also participate by emailing the guild your information.

Whew.......I'm done.  

As always, please let me know of any corrections or revisions to this post.   Have a great month in stitching.

Next meeting - February 13th.   We will have a needlework exhibition judge at our meeting to share tips on completely award winning pieces.   She will share what judges look for when judging.

1 comment:

  1. Great job Robin! I almost feel like I was at the meeting!