Tuesday, March 16, 2021

March 2021 Meeting

Sorry to be a broken record but......continued THANKS to Linda, Caryl, Evalyn, Jon and all who organize, coordinate and make our Zoom Meetings possible.   

President Linda D. welcomed everyone.   The Treasurer's Report was reviewed and  it was noted there are no outstanding bills.   More recent Membership payments and payments for the Susan Greening Davis class should be deposited this week.   

Membership - If you have not yet paid your dues.......you are PAST DUE.   Dues is $25 annually.  Please complete and return the MEMBERSHIP FORM asap.   

2020 Challenge - Patrick has received the note pads for the 25 winners of the 20 in 2020 Challenge.   He will discuss with the Board how to proceed for delivering these to the winners of the challenge.    Patrick received a late submission from Mary Rita who finished 54 pieces in 2020.  Her additional finishes changes the total of completed projects for 2020 to 705 projects from 25 stitchers.

Programs -
  • April Meeting - Patty H. will share samplers from her collection and answer sampler questions
  • May Meeting - Sheryl DeJong of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, will narrate a presentation on samplers.
  • June Meeting - Susan Greening Davis will host a discussion on needles.  Sizes, types and uses.   The discussion is free but if interested you can purchase her booklet for $12 - ADVANCED orders only up to APRIL 1st.  The flyer will be in your March Meeting newsletter.   Complete and mail your $12 to Stacy S.
If anyone has a collection they would like to share or has an idea for a meeting presentation, please contact Stacy S.

Also in June is the Penn Dry Goods Day at the Schwenfelder Museum in Schwenfelder, PA.   While the market is virtual this year, there is still a good series of lectures that are scheduled.

Linda D. shared two books that might be of interest to members.   A Maryland Tradition - Quilts in Maryland, by Gloria Seaman Allen  and Nancy Gibson Tuckhorn


And Delaware Discoveries:  Girlhood Embroidery 1750-1850   by Gloria Seaman Allen and Cynthia Shank Steinhoff, today's speaker.

Cynthia Steinhoff comes to DVHSG with a vast resume.   She is a Professor and Director of the Andrew Truxal Library at Anne Arundel Community College.   She collects antique samplers from the mid-Atlantic area, researching the stitchers, schools and their teachers.  She is a frequent speaker at needlework seminars.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Edinboro University, a Master of Library Science from Clarion Universey and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Baltimore.   She is an EGA member, a member of the Loudoun County Sampler Guild and the Annapolis Historical Society.  

Cynthia started with a Thank You to DVHSG for our support and donation towards Winterthur's purchase of the Mary Orr Sampler in memory of Gloria Seaman Allen.  The Mary Orr sampler was stitched in 1831 by Mary Orr who was from the Wilmington Area.  


Today's program was entitled, Three Stitchers/Two Towns.  Annapolis, Maryland and New Castle, Delaware.

Although the samplers are not related, Cynthia pointed out that the towns are similar.   Both cities were port cities and both ports were replaced by larger ports.  Annapolis by Baltimore and New Castle by Philadelphia.  Annapolis was settled in 1649 and New Castle in 1651.  Both were early seats of government.   Both cites still have many colonial buildings and homes that still remain. And each had residents that were signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Baltimore, Maryland
Henrietta Maria Hall* was from Baltimore, sampler dated 1827.   The Hall family were among the earliest settlers of the county.   They had a large family having 10 children.  During the 1800's most people married into other families in the same area.  Even if the head of the household was a professional, the majority of the families were also farmers and some of these farms remain in the families and are still active today.  Henriettta was born in (approx) in 1813 and was a descendent of Henry Hall, Reverend of the Episcopal Church having arrived in Annapolis in 1698.  Henrietta was married in 1842 to her cousin, Henry Hall.

Sarah Sands* was from Anne Arundel County MD.   Her sampler is similar in style to Henrietta's  The similar borders indicate she likely studied under the same teacher as Henrietta but ten years later.  


Rachel Sophia Waters* also from Anne Arundel County in Maryland, most likely attended school in Annapolis.  She is related to the Hall (Henrietta) Family both through birth and through marriage.  Her sampler is stitched mostly in cross stitch, with some eyelets.  Rachel is buried in the cemetery started by Henrietta Hall's grandfather, Rev. Henry Hall.


New Castle, Delaware
Dorcas Bolden* was a difficult girl to research.  There are a number of different spellings of both her first and her last name.   Dorcas used a variety of colors and stitches in what is basically a marking sampler.   She stitched the text in black.  What is known is that the Bolden Family left England in the early 1600's settling first in Jamestown, VA.   Some of the family moved north to New Castle County by the early 1800's.  Poplar Hill, in western New Castle County is the family home.  

 A marriage bond, dated 3/7/1808, between Richard Bolden (perspective groom) and Elijah Bolden (Dorcas' father) pledging that Richard would marry Dorcas as some time in the future has been located and most likely is the same Dorcas Bolden.  

Dorcas was probably about 20 years old when she stitched this sampler.  It is very well stitched on a high count linen.   Cynthia continues her research on Dorcas.





Rachel Wiley, 1815, New Castle, DE.   Her sampler is similar to the Dorcas Bolden sampler.   The layout the same with the verse on the lower left and the attribution on the lower right and the alphabets are very similar.  (No picture available)    Rachel's father was an attorney or a judge and the family left New Castle shortly after the sampler was stitched.  It is likely both Dorcas and Rachel were taught by the same teacher, perhaps at the Deborah Hicks Mundel School.   
 
Cynthia opened the floor for questions and shared her vast knowledge with the group.   She became interested in documentation of samplers in 2011 when the University of Oregon and the University of Delaware worked together to document samples for the Sampler Archive Project.

None of the samplers Cynthia shared at the meeting have been graphed yet.  Cynthia works with both Barbara Hudson of Queenstown Samplers and Patty Yergey of Samplers Revisted for charting samplers.  

If you own an antique sampler and are interested in getting it restored, contact a museum for who they use or do an internet search.

Researching takes as longs as it takes.   Early records did not include women's names.  Cynthia always researches a sampler before she buys one.  She uses Google, books on samplers of the era, county records, cemetery records, and compares the works to other samplers of similar style.   Researching a sampler is two-fold as she researches the sampler and the family.  For family history she used Ancestry.com, local genealogical society, online, libraries, archives.     There are free sites for family records and some states are now digitizing the state records on births, deaths, marriages.   Cynthia will let a seller know if she finds out something about a sampler that is other than what the seller may be saying.   e.g. stating the sampler was a Lancaster Co., PA sampler when her research may indicate it was a Burlington Co., NJ sampler.  

Cynthia has a great wealth of knowledge and provided in a very relatable way.  Cynthia's presentation provided a great deal of in-depth information about each stitcher, what times were like, the area where they lived, their families that Cynthia made the girls come to life for us.  Thank you Cynthia!

 
*  Photos are courtesy of Cynthia Steinhoff.

Monday, February 15, 2021

February 2021 Meeting


Continued BIG THANK YOU to Linda, Caryl, Evalyn and Jon who organize, coordinate and make our Zoom Meeting possible.   A big Gold Star for your guys!


President Linda D. welcomed everyone.   The Treasurer's Report was reviewed and  discussion on current and pending bills was had.

Membership - Membership is now PAST DUE.   Dues is $25 annually.  Please complete and return the MEMBERSHIP FORM.   

20 in 2020 Challenge  Patrick shared the tally of projects compleled.   There were a total of 651 projects reported as completed in 2020.   Keeping in mind that only 24 people turned in a list.   The top six winners are:

1. Stacy S. with 43

2. Pat Y. with 42

3.  Ellen P with 38

4. Caryl C. with 35

5. Patrick with 34

6. Ann S. and Jean T. tied with 33

Your needles were on fire stitchers!  Each will be receiving a 6 x 6 tablet with the DVHSG Logo.

Designer of the year - For the winners of the 2020 participation in the Blackbird stitching, Sara at Salty Yarns has DOUBLED the prize.  Instead of $10 gift cards, each winner will be receiving a $20 gift card.  Our CONTINUED THANKS to Salty Yarns and their great staff!

2021 Designer La-D-Da - Members are encouraged to stitch charts from La-D-Da in 2021.  La-D-Da Designs in Counted Cross Stitch

Winterthur - If anyone is taking the 2nd class with Sharon Verbos at Winterthur, please contact President Linda D.   The 2nd class is at the same time as today's meeting and Sharon will rebroadcast it for those who will miss it.   Linda needs to give her the number of participants.  Please message Linda if you are part of the class.

Upcoming Programs

March Meeting - Cindy Steinhoff will hold a discussion via Zoom on two Delaware Samplers and one Maryland sampler

April Meeting - Possible member showcase

Spring Retreat - There has been no decision on a spring retreat in OCMD

May Meeting - Sheryl DeJohn of the Smithsonian will lead a discussion on samplers

June Meeting - Susan Greening Davis will lead a discussion on needles, sizes, uses, etc.   The program is free.   There is a brochure available for $12 ($10 and $2 postage).   Please complete flyer that will be sent with your newsletter.  Sign up is due by April 30.

June - The annual in-person NASHVILLE MARKET has been canceled but will be available virtually.  Use the link to Needlework Expo.   You are not able to buy from this site but can see the new releases and contact your LNS.   There is also a Facebook page for Needlework Expo.

Programming - A continued THANKS  to our Program Coordinator!  It is not easy to come up with virtual meeting ideas.   If you have a suggestion, please let Stacy S. or any Board Member know.

February 2021 Program

Linda Stolz creator of Erica Michael's Designs joined us via Zoom.  Originally from Kansas, she now resides in Tennessee.   She has been designing for the past 21 years and since retiring three years ago, she now can focus all her energy to her designs.  

Twelve years ago she started designing for silk gauze.  As for strawberry designs, she created her first strawberry chart about 5 years ago.  She quickly picked up on stitchers being intimidating on finishing a strawberry.  

Her design process is that she first designs the silk berry.  These are one over one on 40 count.  The linen berry is not an identical chart but rather is a compliment.   She includes both charts in her patterns.  Linda said that she learned a lot about perfecting strawberries by simply just doing them and learning what worked and what did not.  

Linda worked her way through the pattern, kit and instructions and gave us a complete outline on how to assemble our stitched strawberry.  She discussed using her templates; options for filling the strawberry; closing the top of the strawberry.  

Linda shared with us the variety of strawberry top finishes that she has done and explained how we could do each.   She also gave us a 'sneak peak' of her new designs to be released this spring.



Tips to remember - 
  • Use one strand of button/craft thread for your gathering stitch
  • Use stencil plastic or comic board to create stiffer, reusable templates for the strawberries
  • Mark a center at the top and bottom of your stitched design to ad in lining it up when you assemble the strawberry
  • The templates DO NOT INCLUDE seam allowance
  • The template is the size of the interfacing
  • Iron on the interfacing BEFORE cutting the linen
  • Cut a length of yarn and unply it to stuff into the pointed end of the strawberry
  • Pull gathering thread to leave a one inch diameter opening.   This will allow you to continue to stuff the top and work out the wrinkles and will be covered by the topping.
  • Use freezer paper to create/trace patterns to top
  • Complete top with all embellishments first and then attach the completed top to the strawberry
All starter kits were mailed by Linda S. directly to the stitcher.   If you have not received your starter kit yet, contact Linda D. or Stacy and they will get the tracking number from Linda S.

In addition to everything Linda shared today, she has a tutorial on her website, Erica Michaels Designs.

Any Erica Michael's Designs chart ordered from Salty Yarns in February will receive a 15% discount - Let Salty Yarns know you are a DVHSG member when ordering.   

Just a reminder, if you are participating in our Zoom Meeting and you are NOT the speaking or making a comment, please put your device on mute.     Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

January 2021 Meeting

We welcomed in 2021 with our first meeting of the year via Zoom.  


Continued thanks to the Officers and all those who help with the slide shows, gathering the info, sending the notices and creating our Zoom meetings.   You are guys are the rock stars of stitching.  

Please, please, please.....if you are participating in our Zoom Meeting and you are NOT the speaking or making a comment, please put your device on mute.   Many of us watch the meeting using the "speaker view" instead of "gallery view".  Speaker view allows the active speaker to be the only person you see on your screen.   When members do not mute their device, every sneeze, rustle, every noise in their background, etc., activates them as the speaker.    Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

President Linda D. welcomed everyone.  We had 48 members who joined in the meeting.  The Treasurer's Report was reviewed and  discussion on current and pending bills was had.  

Membership - Don't forget to renew your membership for 2021 by the end of January.   Complete and mail this MEMBERSHIP FORM.  Dues is $25.00 annually.    If you have already sent your check and it has not cleared, Stacy batches up the mail to send to Nancy and will be preparing a package containing the registrations and membership renewals this week.

2020 Challenge - Send your list of completed 2020 needlework projects to Linda no later than January 18, 2021.   She will print and forward all the individual lists to Patrick for the book and for him to tally for any Challenge Surprises there may be.


Meeting Suggestions - It is difficult to come up with new and interesting ideas that are Zoomable (hmm, I wonder if that is a word)   If you have any ideas or suggestions for things you like to see, please email Linda.

Blackbird 2020 Challenge - Members shared any finished Blackbird Designs projects they completed in 2020.   Ellen P. and Evalyn G. were chosen randomly as winners of a Salty Yarns gift card from all the projects submitted. 

2021 Featured Designer -  La-D-Da will be our showcased designer for 2021.  Members are urged to stitch designs from La-D-Da and share their completions next January.
 
Stitch-Ins - Stitch ins via Zoom will continue the 4th Saturday of each month.  The time is from 10 to 12.  

Today's Program - For today's program, members shared the different stitchy Christmas gifts they received or they gifted to themselves.

Calendar
February Meeting - Our meeting will be a talk from Linda of Erica Michael's Designs.  She will be discussing strawberries, how to stitch, how to finished, etc.  There are 76 signed up.   Your kits will be mailed directly from Linda at Erica Micheals.   Completing the stitching PRIOR to the meeting is not necessary.   The meeting is more of a lecture than an actual class-setting.    You can participate in the meeting even if you have not purchased the commemorative strawberry kit.  

March Meeting - Cindy Steinhoff will be speaking on two Delaware and one Maryland sampler.

April Meeting - TBD

May Meeting - Sheryl DeJohn of the Smithsonian Institute will present a discussion on samplers.  

Anniversary Meeting - There has been no decision of when the Anniversary celebration will be scheduled.  Ample notice will be given to those who will be traveling when a date is determined.