Monday, May 20, 2019

May 2019 Meeting

All members and visitors were welcomed to the meeting.   Our Treasurer's Report was presented, discussed and accepted.

A reminder was given regarding memberships.   Our Membership Year is from January 1 to December 31.   If you joined mid-year last year,  please be reminded that January 1 your dues was due again.   Our dues remains at $25 per person per calendar year.   If you have not paid your dues for 2019, please send it in a.s.a.p. Checks should be made out to D.V.H.S.G. and mailed to our post office box—DVHSG, PO Box 1292, Hockessin, DE, 19707.

$10 of each membership goes to our Conservation Fund.  Each year we select a recipient(s) from applications submitted to receive our donation towards their efforts in sampler restoration.  (See our Conservation Fund page above)

Member Joanne P. brought in more 'stash' she is trying to liquidate.   Donations were accepted for the DVHSG Treasury for patterns or fabric selected.

Events of interest

Greenbriar Historical Society in Lewisburg, VA has an exhibit between now and December 2019 with samplers, quilts and coverlets. The exhibit is entitled Mothers of Material: Women and Textile Production. The exhibit is open Monday through Saturday, 10-4. (

The Historical Society of Cocalico Valley in Ephrata, PA has an exhibit between now and December 2020 with a wide range of ephemera, including an 1838 sampler completed by Amanda Heitler. The exhibit is open on Saturdays between 10 and 4. (

The Charleston Museum has acquired a sampler completed by Jane Kugley in 1822 when she was just 7 ½ years old. You can view the sampler on their website. (

We had 38 attend this past April.   It is the largest group to date.   I think everyone had a good time and shopping at Salty Yarns was done by all.


  • June - Patty Hyrnecko of the Gloucester County Historical Society will share a presentation on samplers. She recently was a guest speaker at the Bergen County Historical Society.   Bergen County was a recipient of a DVHSG Conservation Fund for sampler restoration and invited our guild to attend the unveiling of the sampler they had restored.   Patty attended and represented us well!  
  • July - Christmas in July - Francine will teach a Victorian paper project.   Members need to bring sharp paper scissors to the meeting.   There is a sign-up but no charge for the class. Watch you email for a reminder from Caryl C. of supplies needed for the meeting.
  • August - Annual Stash Re-Allocation Sale.   Members are urged to clean out their closets of unwanted patterns and supplies.  Prices are set by the seller and we ask that each member donate a portion of any proceeds to our Conservation Fund.   If there are items left that you do not want to keep, they can be gathered up and inventoried for sale at Fireside Stitchery.   We have been very fortunate with the amount we have earned from our sales at Fireside.
  • September - We will have a lecture on a crayon and stitching craft  popular in the 1920'2 and 1930's.  The cost will be $5 per person and you will need to bring your own crayons.   More information will follow.
  • October - Member Patrick B. will teach a class in bullion knots.  There is small project associated with the lecture.  Sign up in advance is necessary.
  • November 9th and 10th - Meeting day and the day after
    • During our meeting, Janice Note of Noteworthy Needle will teach us how to drill pumpkins that we will then cross stitch.  Sign-up will be in August.   The price is $25 per person plus the cost of the pumpkins.   Stacy is trying to get a good price on a bulk purchase of pumpkins.   More information will follow.
    • After the regularly scheduled and a break for lunch ($10), Beth Seal of Summer House Stitche Workes will teach Crowning Glory.   This is pin cushion shaped like a crown.  The cost for this class is $60
    • On Sunday, Janice Note will teach Turn-Turn-Turn.   (See this link for a photo -   There is no pre-stitching.   The class will teach the finishing technique.   This class is $50.
  • December - Annual Holiday Luncheon and Exchange.   A stitched needlework small should be brought in wrapped to the meeting.  
  • 2020 - The guild will celebrate its 20th anniversary in May 2020.   Work has already begun to make the May 2020 meeting a special event.
Watch your Newsletter for updates on all of the above.

Show and Tell
Cute bunnies, stitched by Ellen P.

Adorable little zippered pouch, stitched by Ellen P.

Needlepoint ornament, stitched by Beth D.

Halloween piece, stitched by Beth D.

Antique needlework pieced shared.

Buckleberry Sampler from Rosewood Manor, stitched by Vicki.

Garden at Givency, all peyote beading, stitched by Pat L.

Pillow by Lisa B.

Basket trim and smalls, stitched by Patty H.

Two class pieces from the Prim Stitchers Society Retreat, stitched and finished by Stacy S.

Wedding gift, stitched and finished by Stacy S.

Pillow stitched by Lisa B.

The Diligent Needle from Needlework Press, stitched by Stacy S.

Halloween Postage Stamp, stitched by Kathy R.

Lydia Wharton Millsboro DE Sampler, stitched by Jean T.

Basket full of pretty pillows, stitched and finished by Jean T.

Pretty pillows and strawberries, stitched and finished by Jean T.
Ann S. progress on Queenstown Samplers's Corsica River.

Ann S.'s version of Lydia Wharton Millsboro DE Sampler.

Samplers Revisited, stitched by Ann S.

In keeping with our discussion at today's meeting, Marnie B. brought in her collection of sewing kits.

We had another full meeting with an interesting topic for discussion.   We were tasked with bringing our 'tool kit' we take to a class.   Program Chair, Stacy S. and member Linda D. moderated the meeting.  Linda shared her tool bag and all the things that she carries to a class.   Linda's bag was quite extensive considering the variety of crafts she may do.   She does not opt for a different tool bag for each craft but rather one central bag that handles it all.    It was interesting to see how much and how little some people bring and to pick up some tips along the way.   I never thought to include floss bobbins or floss bags when I go to a class.....but what better way to tame the floss provided in a class kit.   Things like stitcher fixers and boo sticks to Purple Thangs, Snag Grabbits, glue sticks, invisible thread, bandaids to a Halo-Bolt were some of the must have stitchers include in their tool bags.   It was a good discussion and it gave some of a shopping list of new must have items.

Next meeting, June 8th.

1 comment:

  1. This is Carol from iStitch Designs. I just popped in to see how your iStitch Designs Amethyste Band Sampler SAL is going? Also to let you know there are two new SALs coming up: Sew Advent 2019 SAL which runs from Dec 1-24. Tiny bitesize motifs surrounded by 4-sided stitch boxes and a new Burgundy Band Sampler which starts on the first Friday in January 2020.