Wednesday, June 15, 2022

June 2022 Meeting

We were welcomed to the ZOOM Meeting by President Linda D.  She welcomed new members and guests.

Linda spoke of recognition and respect of late member Patti H.   Patti was our Historian and provided us a wonderful recap of our history at our Anniversary Event.   Patti's knowledge of samplers was only matched by her dedication to the art and her ability to chart historic samplers.  The Conservation Committee will be researching a New Jersey Sampler to conserve in Patti's honor.   DVHSG is accepting donations in Patti's memory towards this conservation project.    Patti's husband has the large collection of back issues of Just Cross Stitch magazines.   If you are be interested in the magazines, contact Nancy F.  

In light of Patti's passing, DVHSG will be creating a committee to act as the Guild Historians.    The Guild is looking for two or three people.   The committee will be asked to be responsible but not limited to the following:  for posting announcements and activities online; reporting to the Board monthly; attend meetings in person;  taking photos of projects and Show and Tell; document Guild projects with photos and words; maintain a list of members who do programs and coordinate a drawing each January for a gift; use of current technology to have information available, including Facebook; document and keeping a timeline. providing a once a year re-cap each January. Please contact Linda D. is you are interested in working on the committee.

Our Conservation Committee for this year will be Marnie B. as Chairperson, Pat L, Cinda Crane, Mary H., and Susan H. will coordinate the Zoom Meetings for the group.

Holiday Smalls Exchange - Susan Hyedt will coordination a hybrid Holiday Exchange.   

SAL - Garden of Stitches from Samplers Not Forgotten

This month's assignment is to complete Bands 10 and 11.   Members shared their progress.


July - Civil War Huswif with Linda Vinson of Needlemade Designs.   Sign-up directly through Salty Yarns.  A 15% discount on the kit will be in effect until July 30th.    The registration form was sent with the monthly newsletter.  Members only class - become a member for $25.

August - Silk Gauze Finishing Class - Linda D.

October - Ocean City Fall Retreat.  The dates at October 7 - 9, 2022.  Sign up forms will be sent out shortly.   It is a two part registration.   You must sign up with Salty Yarns for the retreat and book your room separately with the Lankford.  Your retreat includes a Friday night cocktail reception; a goody bag and a Saturday night dessert reception.

November - Finishing class from Hello from Liz Matthews.  Liz Matthews has designed a tree for DVHSG.    Registration form was sent with the Newsletter.   Registrations are to be mailed to Stacy S.   Liz Matthews will send out the kits directly to each stitcher late August/early September for the pre-stitching.  Registration deadline line is August 1st.  Members only class - become a member for $25.

November - Election of officers.   We will be electing new officers for the  positions of Vice President/Programming and Treasurer in November 2022 each for a two year term.   Please let Linda D. know if you wish to serve on the Nominating Committee.

December - Holiday Exchange - The Guild is looking for a location for a holiday brunch for our meeting.   More information to follow.

Today's Program Silk Gauze Class

Linda D. discussed the history of silk gauze work.  First done in the 1200's in the Town of Paisley (famous for the lovely paisley patterns we know), in Scotland.  In the early 1700's, England and Scotland united.  Paisley was a border town and the sale of linens and silks flourished until the 1790's.

We will be working on the "leno" style of weaving, it is a stronger weave the interlocks the warp and the weft to keep the weave from shifting.  Counts of silk gauze range from 18 count to 90 count!  The needle size is important.  40 count is the most popular.   A No. 28 needle is suitable for 40 count.  Many silk projects are full coverage.  It is not necessary, just more common.   Work on silk by stitching to attach your gauze in the center of a larger piece of fabric.  CAREFULLY cut away a 'window' of fabric to expose the silk and use a hoop to hold taunt by only the fabric.   See Erica Michael's page for tips on working on silk gauze.  Silk gauze can also be mounted on a cardboard frame using tape - also shown on Erica's Michael's page.  Work with something dark on your lap or work area to help see the silk threads.   For this project, we will be using the Tent Stitch.  Stitching is starting with an away knot.

Stitch the project for assembling at the August meeting.   Some things to 'gather' to use in finishing are kraft paper, Mod Podge, ribbons, laces, coordinating fabrics, stickers, buttons, Folk Art (or similar) paints, tissue paper, scrapbook paper, fronts of greeting cards, felt, hole punch.

Next Meeting - July 9th - Civil War Huswif discussion.

Monday, May 30, 2022

May 2022

 We had a fabulous weekend commemorating our 20th Anniversary, albeit 2 years late thanks to the pandemic!

The weekend started with field trips to The Westtown School, in operation since 1799, they have a vast collection of Quaker needlework.  They are known as the 'sister' school to the Ackworth School in England.   Lunch was at the Couch Tomato in West Chester and  then an afternoon at the Chester County History Center.  

On Saturday morning we started at 9 a.m., entering the room to find a stuffed full good bag.     Below is the sampler from the weekend.   All the smalls that we worked on in class were based on motifs from this sampler.

Above, the complete set of weekend projects completed by member Marnie B.  Below is Caryl C.'s completed book.

Below, a beautiful tribute created by one of our founder members, Patti H.  It is truly a treasure as is she.

Look what else greeted us on arrival!  See that far wall.....there were over 50 items we received and raffled off to attendees.   We made $900 to add to our Conservation Fund for restoring an antique sampler.  

Members enjoying seeing each other in person again!

Original member and guild founder, Marsha C.

Our 5th Year Anniversary Sampler, where members each add a row.

Our President and Master of Ceremonies, Linda D.

Guest speaker, Vicki LoPiccolo Jannett, Needlework Press

Fantastic presentation of our Guild history by historian Patti H.

Here's the best little person in charge of programs this side of the Mississippi!

Someone was clever enough to think to have everyone sign a mat and then frame some beach smalls to commemorate our first Retreat at Salty Yarns and the Lankford Hotel.

Here's a group photo we took at the end of the event on Sunday......silly stitchers, we were so busy enjoying the weekend we forgot to take a group photo on Saturday when there were twice as many stitchers!

Hmm.....wonder what the debate is about......40 ct. versus 46 ct., silks versus overdyed.....

All in all, it was a great weekend and a fantastic celebration of how far we have come as an organization.   Everyone who attended enjoyed the event and I have heard nothing but rave reviews.   Thank you much for the hard work of the Anniversary Committee as well as the Board of the Delaware Valley Historic Sampler Guild.  Here's to the next 20 years!

Monday, April 4, 2022

March 2022

President Linda D. welcomed everyone to the ZOOM meeting.   

  • Registration for the Anniversary Event was announced.   The 3-day event will be the weekend of May 13, 14 and 15, 2022.   Saturday and Sunday will both start at 9 a.m.   It will be held at the Embassy Suites, Route 896, Newark DE.    Information will follow regarding rooms at the Embassy Suites.  The event will consist of Tours to Westtown School and Chester County History Center on Friday.   Space will be limited and preference will be given to out of town members attending the weekend.   If there is enough interest, a second tour will be scheduled sometime in June.    Saturday will consisted of recognition and review of the first 20 years of DVHSG.  A lecture by guest speaker, Vickie LoPiccolo Jannett of Needlework Press will follow.   We will then have a hot buffet luncheon  and an afternoon class.  On Sunday, there will be a morning class and the event will end at approximately 1 pm on Sunday.   Registration forms will be distributed with this meetings Newsletter.
  • Today's Guest Speaker is Jenny Garwood of MESDA.   MESDA is the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.   Go to to see some of the items in their collection.   Some of the samplers are charted and available from The  
        Jenny provided a slideshow and shared a vast knowledge of the samplers that can be found at the museum.  This presentation was recorded and will be made available for members to view if not in attendance to the ZOOM meeting.   

DVHSG did donate to the conservation of a silk glaze map of the United States, circa 1800's.


  • April Meeting  - Stitch in
  • April Spring Retreat at Salty Yarns, last weekend of April.   $150 for 2 nights, 2 breakfasts, a cocktail reception and a good bag.
  • May - Anniversary Event   Events are broken down.   Signing up for the classes is optional.
  • June - Silk Gauze Class.    Linda D. will instruct everyone on tips for working with silk gauze.  Kits will be mailed directly from Salty Yarns to the stitcher.
  • July - Civil War Huswif.  Registration form will be forthcoming.   Salty Yarns will be assembling and mailing the kits directly to each stitcher participating.  Linda Vinson is the instructor.  There is no pre-stitch for this class.   It is recommended that even if you do no plan to purchase the kit, that you attend the class.  There is a lot of history and information that will be shared.   Kits will be available at a discounted rate until July 30, 2022.
  • August - Linda will lead everyone in a finishing class for the silk gauze piece
  • Garden of Stitches SAL continues.   March Bands are # 3, # 4, and # 5.   Also, begin Band # 24 putting in only the cross stitches - saving the satin stitches until a later month.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

February 2022 Meeting

 Linda D. welcomed everyone to the meeting.   This meeting was recorded and links will be shared in the Newsletter.

Treasurers Report - the Embassy Suites (hotel for Anniversary event) and the PO Box annual fee have been paid.

Linda recognized Ann S. for her many years of dedication and tireless efforts in chairing our Conservation Committee.   Ann has done a fabulous job reviewing applicants and making a recommendation on each year's recipient of our donation towards the conservation of a sampler in their collection.   Not only has Ann's commitment to this benefitted our Guild but also it has helped with the conservation of countless antique samplers up and down the east coast.   We are sorry you are stepping down but understand other duties are calling you.  Thank you Ann for your dedication and great work in this worthy cause.  Ann will be receiving a one year membership and a certificate as a Thank You for her hard work.

2021 - Patrick will be sending out the prizes for the winners of the 2021 Challenge.    We will be again continuing the Challenge in 2022.   Keep in stitching and completing projects and add those to the our green binder for a tally.   (due to Covid, we have been sending an email to Linda at the end of the year with a listing of projects completed in that year.)

Paypal/Venmo - At this time, DVHSG will not be pursuing getting a Paypal or Venmo account for payments.    The current logistics of not meeting in person as well as the cost and fees incurred make it not feasible at this time.   This can be revisited at a future date.

By-Laws - We will be reviewing and editing our existing By-Laws.   Once completed, they will be emailed to all members and will become part of the new member package.  

Programming -

March - Discussion by Program Director of MESDA, Winston-Salem, NC

April - Retreat and Stitch in

May - 20th Anniversary Celebration - sign up information will be sent out shortly

June - Stitching on gauze.  

July - Linda Vinson of Needlework Designs will be providing a discussion on a Cival War Huswif.   Salty Yarns will be kitting up this piece for anyone who signs up for the class.

August - Completion/finishing of the silk gauze piece

This month's program  - A Garden of Stitches

We welcomed Kimberly Nugent of Samplers Not Forgotten.   Our 2022 SAL will be her piece, Garden of Stitches.   She told us a little about herself and then began to discuss the sampler.   She review each band and the speciality stitches required for each.  It is a beautiful piece that came kitted with linen and floss.   The pattern includes 13 speciality stitches.   A schedule for completion has been drafted and will be shared in the newsletter.   We should be completed by February 2023.

Sunday, January 9, 2022

January 2022 Meeting

Happy New Year.  Here we go again with a Zoom Meeting rather than meeting in person.   I know it is not February but I am beginning to feel like it we are in the Groundhog Day movie.  Who would have ever thought when we were watching “The Jetsons” as children that we would be talking to each other the way we are today?

Guild Business

President Linda D welcomed all members and had new members introduce themselves.  Designer Lori Markovic of La-D-Da was introduced.  She is our designer of the year for 2021 and joined us for the meeting.

Linda offered much gratitude and special thanks to all that continue to make our meetings happen during these times of the pandemic.  

Holiday GiftsMembers took turns sharing patterns and stitching related gifts they received for the holidays.  There were some great patterns and pieces shared.

Advent Exchanges - Several members shared details on the exchanges they participated in.   Pat L. took part in Kitten Stitchers Advent Exchange and was not disappointed.   She said all the item she received were fabulous and included 16 charts.   These charts will be release by designers next year.  Unfortunately we understand Kitten Stitcher is planning on doing an advent exchange in 2022.

A more unique Advent Exchanges was an advent tree.   It was a SAL from Moonfeathers of Denmark. It was a small tree to be stitched.   Each day you opened a package that had the floss or embellisment and instructions enclosed.   There were You-Tube videos to help with the stitching.   This one sounds like fun!

Designer Showcase - Our designer of the year for 2021 was La-D-Da.   Lori Markovic joined our the meeting and was able to see all the challenge pieces that were completed.  Guild members completed 63 La-D-Da projects in 2021.   Lori generously donated 10 charts to be given as prizes to those who participated.  

Holiday ExchangeMembers who participated shared their exchange pieces.  Although Covid required this was done by mail, all who participated were thrilled.

Membership Dues - Dues for 2022 is now due.   The annual fee is $25. Forms can be found our our Facebook page.

20 in 21 Challenge - Fourteen members have turned in lists of their completed items for 2021.  Top finisher Barbara N. completed 53 projects!    It is still not too late to turn your list in to Linda for it to be added to the record book Patrick maintains.  

Designer Showcase 2022

It is time to vote on our what designer we will showcase for 2022.   The choices are:   

Please email Linda D. by Friday, January 21st with your choice.


February - Samplers Not Forgotten - Kim Nugent will discuss her history and process and will kick off our 2022 SAL piece,  Garden of Stitches.

February - Salty Yarns offers a discount of 30% on orders over $50 on Super Bowl Weekend.  

March - TBD

April - Stitch in

April - Guild Retreat OCMD

May - Anniversary - May 13 - 14 - 15.  Plans are being finalized for our Anniversary Celebration.   It will be a three day event.   A day trip on Friday to a local place of interest.   Saturday morning lecture from Vicki LoPiccolo Jennett of Needlework Press.   She has designed a sampler for DVHSG that will be available for purchase - pattern only.    A luncheon with speakers showing  recognition to our founder members, past officers, etc.  The afternoon will be a class with Vicki.   The piece will be using motifs from the sampler she designed for the  guild.   Sunday morning another class with Vicki.    A block of rooms are being reserved with the Embassy Suites in Newark DE for the weekend.  There is a limited number being reserved.   Please alert Stacy S. ASAP if you plan on getting a room NOT LATER than Friday, January 14th.  More details on the Guild Anniversary will be shared in the coming months.

June - Silk Gauze Class - The project has been designed by Erica Michaels.  Registration for this project is due by the February meeting.  

July - Linda Vinson of Needlemade Delights will be teaching a Civil War huswife.

August - Finishing for the Silk Gauze piece

September - TBD

October - Guild Retreat OCMD

As always, necessary forms for members (membership, class registrations, etc.) can be found under "files" on our Facebook page.

Next Meeting, February 12, 2022