Saturday, October 12, 2019

October 2019 Meeting

Business Meeting -

Patrick discussed the 19 in 2019 Challenge.  Patrick said he has recently reviewed all our entries.   He is pleased with the number of stitchers making entries.   He promises a great prize for the top winners at the end of the challenge.

Upcoming -
November - We will have our regular meeting on Saturday, November 9th meeting.   For those who signed up, we will taught by Janice Note of Noteworthy Needle how to drill a foam pumpkin from an assortment of patterns.   Once drilled, we will be able to cross stitch the pumpkins once drilled!  

In the afternoon, is a class with Beth Seal called Crowning Glory.  Pre-registration and pre-stitching a must.  On Sunday, a third class.   Sunday's class is with Janice.   She will teach the assembly of Turn-Turn-Turn.  

Each class requires pre-registration - which is now closed.

December - Annual Holiday Luncheon and Exchange.   The Guild will provide wraps and bottled water.   Members should bring a covered dish of either a salad or dessert type.   There is no sign up.   We seem to always have a good variety.   Please bring your own drink to the luncheon.

January - Members will share any stitching related items they received over the holidays.   We will also have two members showcase there 'stitching' story.

February - Cindy Steinhoff will be out guest speaker.

Chester County Historical Society - We received a request from the Chester County Historical Society.   They are competing for a grant from the National Geographic Society.  Currently they are in fourth place.     Supporters can vote up to five times each day from now until October 28th.   Among the many other treasures they have, the Chester County Historical Society has such a beautiful sampler collection, please consider logging in and showing your support. 

Show and Tell
 Tinted linen towel from last meeting by Mary Rita

 Falling Leaves Sampler, from Threadworks Primitives, by Ellen P

Look what Ellen did?    What a great idea and so very helpful to identify the pattern and stitcher!   Thank you Ellen.

 More Prairie Schooler motifs above 
and below Mr.and Mrs. Delicous by Lindy Stitches

 Above and below, stitched beauties from Patrick.

Kathy Read's completion of the Pam Darney Sampler

 Martha Davis Sampler by Barbara.

Robin shared an idea.   She took her Christmas Cross Stitch magazines to Staples and had them bound.   The cost was $5.15

 Look how nicely they open and live flat.

Program - A lesson in bullion knows.

Patrick shared doodle clothes, milliner's needles and floss for everyone.    He walked us through perfecting not only bullion knots but also french and colonial knots.    Patrick even included little known 'sound effects' that help you complete the knots perfectly.  

From bottom up, each bullion knot got better.

 Knots made easy by Patrick!  Thank you for the lesson.

Monday, September 30, 2019

September 2019 Meeting

Lots to share this month fellow stitchers but let's congratulate our Rehoboth Needlework Exhibition award winning members!  We are so proud of these stitchers and their accomplishment!

A big congratulations to all the participants and to our winners:
Best of Show—Stacy Stinson (Common Threads II)
Canvaswork/Needlepoint—3rd place-Patrick Barron (pumpkin)
Counted Thread—2nd place-Amy Gilley (Hometown Holiday Series-Train Station)
Miniature—1st place-Stacy Stinson (Spools)
Miniature—3rd place-Carolyn Newman (A Fair Maiden’s Etui)
Miniature—Honorable Mention—Patrick Barron (Miss Mitchell Pin Keep)
Miniature—Honorable Mention—Amy Gilley (Alice Blue Footstool)
Mixed Media—2nd place-Carolyn Newman (Christmas Thoughts)
Sampler—1st place-Stacy Stinson (Common Threads II)
Sampler—3rd place-Marnie Brodoway (Summer Sampler)

Now onto the business portion of our meeting.

Membership - Caryl C. will share via email an updated, complete listing of our membership.  

ElectionsElection for the offices of President and Secretary will take place in November.     The Nominating Committee will present the slate of candidates in October.   Voting will take place in November and those two new officers will take over at the December meeting.  If anyone would like their name added to the ballot, contact Pat L. or Robin T. of the Nominating Committee.

Treasury - Members donated to the guild a portion of their profits from sales at the August Stash Reallocation Sale.  Items left after the meeting were taken to Fireside Stitchery by Susan D. for eBay sales.   Any profits from the sales will be added to the treasury.   The eBay sales usually take several months after drop off to be cataloged, photographed and put up for auction.  Nancy F. will let us know when we receive payment.

SAL - Work on the iStitch Amethyst Band Sampler continues.   If you are part of the SAL, please bring your sampler to the next meeting. It is always fun to see every one's progress and to see all the variations stitchers have  done.  There are some new projects from Carol Ridyard for another sampler and some holiday offerings. Congratulations to Linda Daeleman for winning the recent iStitch raffle.

Stitchy Day - Members Liz and Deb, also known as Flosstube's - The Country Stitchers - are partnering with two of their local needlework shops to schedule some one-day Stitching Retreats at these shops.   First up is September 24 at Hodge Podge in Strasburg.   Second in the series will be on October 17 at Stitches Unlimited in Lancaster. They are doing this to promote local “brick and mortar” businesses. Check out the drop-down box on their most recent Flosstube video for details and shop contact information.

Events - Cynthia Steinhoff will be giving a lecture/presentation on the Delaware Sampler book she co-authored on September 20th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Dover Public Library.

October - Patrick B. will teach members the bullion knot. The guild will provide the pattern, needle, fabric and threads. It is recommended that you use stretcher bars (6 x 6) or a hoop (4”).  Bullion knots require using two hands.  A frame weight would be helpful too.

November - Beth Seal, Summer House Stitche Workes and Janice Conley Note,  Noteworthy Needle,  will be teaching classes on Saturday and Sunday.  As part of our meeting on Saturday, Janice will teach us to drill an artificial pumpkin with a cross-stitch pattern for us to stitch.   

There will be an afternoon class with Beth Seal called Crowning Glory.   There is pre-stitch required.  

On Saturday, there will be a sign-up for lunch.  

On Sunday, we will work with Janice Note on a project called “Turn, Turn, Turn”. 

There will probably be a day trip planned for Beth and Janice on Friday—more information will follow. On Saturday evening we will be taking the designers for dinner and members are welcome to join us.

December - Our December Meeting is our annual holiday exchange and covered dish luncheon.   If you are a new member, check out prior Facebook and Blogposts for photos of exchange items.   Exchange pieces should be sampler-related and must be hand stitched. More information will follow on the luncheon.  

January -  Our January Meeting focuses on sharing all things stitchy received for the holidays. We will also have two members share their individual stories about stitching.

February -  Cynthia Steinhoff will join us to give a presentation on Quaker samplers.

March - TBD

April - Betsy Morgan will be with us to teach a new project.  It is called the “Christmas Etui”. This will be the last opportunity for us to have a class with Betsy as she is retiring in 2020. More information on the class will follow.

May: Our 20th Guild Anniversary event—more information will follow!

Show and Tell 

Above is the Mary Clayton sampler from Hands Across the Sea.   Below, is the Priscilla  Talley Sampler from Samplers Revisited.  Both were stitched by Jean T.

Halloween Quaker, stitched by Kathy R.

Needlework name tag, stitched by Beth......

This beauty is called the Flame Sampler by Scarlet House.   It was stitched by Pat L.   It is a stunner!

From Brenda Gervais, The Herb Garden, stitched by Carol W.

Below, I believe is Drawn Thread, stitched by Carolyn N.

The Patriotic Crab was stitched by Carolyn N.   The pattern is from Samplers Revisited and a portion of the proceeds from the purchase of the pattern goes to charity.

Halloween tray is from Notforgotten Farm and stitched by Lisa

The tufted stool is by Patrick B.

Needlerolls by Patty H.

Caryl C. stitched and finished these three holiday ornaments.

Lisa B. stitched this cat-o-lantern.

Caryl C. stitched and finished this piece.   It is part of a quarterly series that focuses on french cooking from Hands On Design.

Caryl also stitched the tribute to a favorite movie.

The beaded crab was stitched by Stacy S.

This is a new piece designed and stitched by Theresa Baird.

This beauty is the New Jersey Sampler designed and stitched by Theresa Beard
It is a stunner!

Linda D. stitched this needle book from a pattern in the NeedleArts magazine.

Sweet little punch needle done by Cinda.

This is from With Thy Needle and Thread and was stitched by Lynn D.

Above and below are pi

Today's Program
We welcomed Lenny Truitt of Serendipity Quilt Shop in Dagsboro to share her knowledge on  tinted linens. This is a technique that has been around since the 1880’s but was especially popular with homemakers in the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. Lenny provided details on what homemakers stitched and shared her many examples of the vintage technique.  

She provided us with three designs to choose from and we were off to tint some linens on our own. We traced the designs onto tea towels, sat down with our Crayolas and added color with crayons.  Once satisfied w and ironed to heat-set the designs. Thank you to Lenny for sharing this fun, quick and easy craft with us.  

Other News:
 “Tooth Fairies With a Purpose” are holding another dinner/auction on October 24th  at Cavalier County Club, Churchman's Road, Newark, DE.    This is always a great event with many wonderful baskets being auctioned, a great meal for a great cause.  The proceeds this year will benefit the Down’s Syndrome Association of Delaware. Tickets available at: Tooth Fairies with Purpose #FUNdraiser to benefit Down Syndrome Association of Delaware

Sunday, August 11, 2019

August 2019 Meeting

Our August Meeting is dedicated to a Stash Re-allocation Sale.   Members brought in items from patterns, fabric, trims, frames, etc. that they wished to purge from their closets and stash.   Many walked out with bargains and several walked out with less than they came in with.   Member Susan D. has been generous enough to take all the remaining items to FireSide Stitchery in PA to be auctioned on eBay.  The eBays sales will be a nice addition to our treasury.  Many thanks to Susan D. 

For our Business Meeting
- The Challenge Binder was circulated for members to add their finishes.    Patrick promises a nifty prize at our January Meeting for the top finishers.

- Upcoming
     - September Meeting - We will be creating seasonal tea towels.   Finished tea towels will be provided.   Members have selected one (or all three) of the patterns available.    Supplies needed are a #2 pencil, Crayola Crayons (must be Crayola for best results), large eyed needle suitable for 6-strands of floss, hoop, coordinating floss for the design you selected, paper towels and scissors.  Caryl will share the supply list in the meeting notice.  The cost is $5 per design and sign-ups closed at the August meeting.

    - October Meeting - Patrick will teach the bullion knot.

    - November Meeting - Classes with Beth Seal and Janice Note.  (More information is available under our July Meeting post)

    - Anniversary Committee - Anyone wishing to help with the Guild Anniversary Celebration is invited to lunch at The Well following the September Meeting.

    - Nominations - Pat L., Carol W. and Robin T. are serving on the Nominating Committee.    If you wish to nominate or be nominated for the Office of President or Secretary for the next term, please let Carol, Pat or Robin know.

    - Retreat - Our Fall Retreat will again be at the Lankford in Ocean City, MD.    This is a MEMBERS ONLY event.   The cost is the same at the spring cost.    Caryl will circulate the registration paperwork via event.

Items of interest
    -  Carol Ridyard of iStitch will be offering three new band sampler stitch-a-longs.    The first is an Advent SAL.   Each day in December a new band will be shared.    Second, she will host a Christmas Needle Roll SAL.    And third, in January her new Burgundy Band Sampler SAL.     Please see her FB page for all the details.  

    -  Delaware Discover Book The collaborative book by Gloria Seaman-Allen and Cynthia Steinhoff will be the subject of a lecture at the Dover Public Library on Lockerman Street, Dover DE.    Cynthia Steinhoff will host the talk on September 20 at 6:30 pm.  Admission is free.  Recently KittenStitcher/Floss Tube (Shakesphere's Peddler) spoke about this book.

Guild Sampler - 
This project was started in 2005.   A large piece of linen has been circulated among members for each to add their band or motif.    A journal travels with the sampler and the stitcher enters a brief recap on who they are and what they added to the sampler.     

It was decided to finish off the stitching and have the piece finished by our Anniversary Celebration in May 2020.