Saturday, February 9, 2019

February 2019 Meeting

Vice-President Stacy S. welcomed and everyone and got right to business---

- Annual Dues are now due.   The cost is $25 for 2019.   Please make checks payable to DHVSG.

- Retreat - Our semi-annual retreat will be April 26-27-28 at Salty Yarns in OCMD.   The price is $145 and includes 2 nights, 2 continental breakfasts, a cocktail reception and a goodie bag.  $40 additional charge per each additional night.   A $50 non-refundable deposit is required.  This is a MEMBERS ONLY event.

- Name Tags  - Reminder that members should wear a name tag at all meetings.  If you forget your name tag a $1.00 "fine" is collected.   The monies go towards our conservation fund.

- Conservation - Patty H. shared information about her recent presentation at the Bergen County Historical Society earlier in the month.   They unveiled two samplers recently restored in part with funds from DVHSG Conservation Committee.   The historical society expressed their gratitude to DVHSG.   They have a nice collection of mostly marking samplers.   They are housed in a building that was once where George Washington was headquartered.  

We received a Thank You note from Winterthur for our donation to their Erica Wilson program.

- Classes - There are openings for the Catherine Theron Class at Salty Yarns in March.   Call Salty Yarns for information and to sign up.

- Programs -
March - Pam Darney will give a talk on samplers along with her 'color throw-down' for color selection at our March Meeting.   In the afternoon, there will be an afternoon class (sign-ups have closed)
April - Member Linda will teach us how to make a fabric ort container.    All the materials will be provided.
May - TBD
June - Patty H. will share her powerpoint and discussion on samplers that she recently presented to the Bergen County Historical Society.  
July - Christmas in July - Francine will instruct us on a Victorian Christmas Ornament stitched on perforated paper.
August - Stash Re-Allocation/Garage Sale
September  - TBD
October - Bullion knot class and pumpkin project to be taught by Patrick B.
November - Two teachers and three different sessions between the regular meeting, a Saturday afternoon class and Sunday class.   Participate in one, two or all three. During our regular meeting, Janice Note of Noteworthy Needle will demo and share how to drill a foam pumpkin with patterns to be cross stitched.  (follow this link to see a sample).  In the afternoon class, Beth Seal of Summer House Stitch Workes will teach a needle book class.    Pre-stitching will be required.  On Sunday, Janice Note will teach the "Trees and Seasons" pattern.   More information will follow.
December - Annual Holiday Exchange and Luncheon

In 2020, we will celebrate our 20th year as a guild.   A committee has been formed and work is starting to get underway.  More details will follow.  

Meeting Program -
Members received that chart for a Valentine Humbug for pre-stitching.    Carolyn Newman provided instructions on how to assemble the pre-stitched humbug.    Thank you Carolyn!  They turned out cute and it is always amazing how the same pattern can look so different.

Show and Tell -
 Santa stitched by Loretta.   Pattern by Needles Notions.

 Fall pillow, stitched by Carolyn N.

 Spool Pin Cushion, from My Ladies Needle, stitched by Carolyn N.

 Lydia Wharton, Delaware Sampler, from Samplers Revisited stitched by Carolyn N.

 Stitched by Carolyn N.

 Shakespeare's Peddler, stitched by Carolyn N.

 Rosewood Manor, Three Butterflies, stitched by Lynn D.

 With Thy Needle and Thread, stitched and finished by Lynn D.

 Needlepoint piece, stitched by Beth D.

 Pin cushion, stitched and finished by Patrick B.
 Pin cushion by Patrick, mounted on antique faucet handle

 Brass box above, turned into a needle and scissors case stitched by Patrick B.

 Two yellow birds, stitched by Beth D.

 Tarts above and below, stitched by Beth D.

 Pillow by Stacy and Strawberry stitched by Jean T.

 Tart pans above and below stitched by Jean T.

 Forget me not, stitched by Linda.

 Welcome, stitched by Donna
 Peace on Earth, from Cottage Garden Samplers, stitched by Donna
 Snowman, stitched by Donna
 Stitched by Donna

 Canvas pieces stitched by Joanne

 Catherine Theron Class piece stitched by Francine C.

 Humbugs, above and below stitched by Jean T.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

January 2019 Meeting

In January we shared stitching related items we received for Christmas.  Such fun to see the other wonderful goodies stitchers received and maybe even got a few ideas of things to add to our own wish lists.  

Patrick recounted the 2018 Stitching Challenge and awarded the top 20 stitchers who were the top finishers in 2018 with tape measures!    32 members participated completing 295 projects in 2018.  Patrick  challenged members to complete 19 projects in 2019.

 Our Conservation Committee awarded funds to both the Gloucester County Historical Society and to Winterthur for 2018.    Gloucester County will be restoring two samplers that will complete the restoration of their set of six family samplers.     Winterthur will use the funds towards the creation of a catalog for the Erica Wilson Exhibit.  The Erica Wilson Exhibit will be sometime in 2020.  

The Conservation Committee Chair, Ann S. will be creating and sending out post cards to potential applicants earlier in the year this year to allow more time for applicants to submit their applications for funds. 

- Reminder - Dues for 2019 membership is now due.   Please make your check payable to DVHSG and give to Treasurer Nancy F.    If mailing, please address to DVHSG, PO Box 1292, Hockessin, DE 19707.

- Upcoming Meetings - 
February:  We will be assembling a Valentine's Humbug.  Secretary Caryl C. has emailed members the pattern for the Valentine’s Humbug.  Stitcher's are to use linen and fibers from your stash.  Bring your completed pre-stitch to the February Meeting.  Also bring to the February Meeting ribbon or cording for hanging, tassel (optional), and charms or embellishments (also optional).   Stuffing will be provided.  Member Carolyn N. will teach us how to assemble our humbug.  Carolyn suggests when backstitching around the piece for joining, use two threads rather than the one as noted in the pattern. Two stands will be easier to see, especially if you decide to use a thread that matches the color of your background fabric.

Stitch-a-long:  This year our SAL will be the iStitch Amethyst Band Sampler.   The pattern is available through the iStitch page on Facebook.   The  cost is $27.   Each week a new portion of the pattern is delivery via email.  The band sampler is 73 stitches wide by 1,000 stitches long.   Sassy Jacks Stitchery has the banding but fabric choice is your option.  Although it is the 'Amethyst' sampler, you can stitch it in any color on any color linen.  Caryl C. is working on a section to personalize for DVHSG.

On February 3rd, Bergen County Historical Society will unveil the two samplers restored using Conservation Funds from DVHSG.  

On February 9th, member Theresa Baird will be formally revealing her Burlington County, NJ sampler at Needleworker's Delight in Metuchen, NJ   See their website for more information.  

Woodlawn:  Member Pat Y. has again offered to take any member pieces to Woodland.  Please contact Pat to make arrangements to deliver your needlework.   See the Woodlawn's website  for the brochure and entry form.
March: Teacher Pamela Darney will share her "color throw-down" technique for selecting thread colors during the regularly scheduled meeting. Pamela will bring a trunk show to the meeting.

There is an afternoon class which required sign-up by the January Meeting.    The class consists of a quaker motif sampler with a section that will be personalized for DVHSG.   Also as part of the sampler, Pam will demonstrate her  technique for joining two pieces of linen together. 

Stacy is hoping to incorporate a field trip with Pamela on the Friday prior to the meeting and a lecture on samplers for Friday evening.  Watch the newsletter for details as they are confirmed.
April:  At the April meeting we will make an ort box out of fabric.  More details will be provided at the February meeting.  

April: Semi-annual retreat at Salty Yarns will be April 26-28.   There is a $50 non-refundable deposit necessary.  More details will follow.
July:  Francine C. will be teaching a Victorian style Christmas ornament.  The ornaments will be made using perforated paper and stitching embellishments.  More info will follow.
August: Our annual stash relocation event.
November: For November, we will have two designers.  Beth Steele of Summerhouse Stitch Workes, and Janice Note of Noteworthy Needle will be with us for a day and a half of classes. 

During the meeting, we will learning how to drill a foam pumpkin to prepare it for cross stitching during our regularly scheduled meeting.  More information will follow on the afternoon class and the Sunday half-day class.  

20th Anniversary:  We will be celebrating our 20th Anniversary in 2020. Please let any officer know if you would like to be on the committee to plan the event.  

Show and Tell

Older Stoney Creek pattern.   Old WIP finished by Pat L.

Phase 9 Japanese Embroidery stitched by Pat L.

 Hands On Design Celebrations January and February

Stitching bag by Francine C.

WIP of a Lauren Sauer by Ann S.

WIP on Corsica River by Ann S.

More finishes by Francine C.


Hands On Design, My Stitcher's Heart

Finishes by Francine C.

Nikki's Creations Class piece stitched by Francine C.

 Band Samplers by Francine C.

 Cherished Stitches pillow stitched by Francine C.

More from Francine

Tiny sleds, peyote beading and My Grandmother's Needlebook by Liz C

Church banner stitched by Pat Y.

Theresa Baird's New Jersey Sampler, Heart's Ease Exemplar Workes

Members who participated in the Lauren Sauer SAL in 2018 brought in their pieces to share.

Next meeting, February 9th.