Friday, May 19, 2023

May 2023 Meeting

Our May Meeting was in person as well as on Zoom.

VP Stacy S. ran the meeting.

New members in attendance were welcomed and shared their stitching story with us.

Treasurer’s Report was given with the balances in the General Fund as well as in the Conservation Fund provided.

Conservation Committee - The Committee is tying up the loose ends on the dedication at the Salem County Historic Society.

A Gift Card was presented to Evalyn G. for the work her and her husband do with hosting the Zoom meetings.

Stacy reviewed upcoming programs -

  • June - Kim Young of Sassy Jack’s will join us by Zoom to discuss Bristol Samplers.  She will be sending a pdf pattern in advance of the meeting
  • July - Linda Stolz of Erica Michael’s Designs will lead a discussion on samplers and a tour of her studio and collection
  • August - Jennifer Richardson of Violets & Verses with share her knowledge of Shaker Villages and will discuss an 1847 Shaker Sampler.  The Sampler and supplies will be offered at a discount from Salty Yarns.   More information will follow.
  • September - Michelle of Michelle Ink Designs will conduct a workshop using reclaimed high quality silver to mold into charms, needle minders or strawberry toppers
  • October - Garage Sale - bring in your unwanted stash to sell, trade, donate.
  • Fall Retreat in Ocean City, MD will be the weekend of November 10-11-12.
  • November - Janis Note of Noteworthy Needle will be teaching a Thimble Box designed specially for DVHSG. More information and an order form will follow in a future Newsletter
  • December - Our Annual Holiday Brunch will take place.   Members are encouraged to stitch a   sampler themed small with their initials and Guild initials as an exchange piece.   Participation in optional and you don’t need to have an exchange piece to come and enjoy the meeting.
  • January - The Designer of the Year pieces will be shared.   We hope that Paulette of Plum Street will be able to join us.   We will also share any needlework related holiday gifts we received
  • February - The SAL of the Hummingbird Sampler from Samplers Not Forgotten will be launched.   The SAL will last a year and a schedule for monthly goals will be shared.   More information will follow for sign-ups and cost.
  • March - TBD
  • April - Jackie de Plessis will be teaching a sampler to the Guild.  More information will follow
Watch your Newsletters for more information and sign up flyers to the upcoming events.

Stacy is also working on starting a Secret Stitcher club.   Again, participation will be voluntary.   Guidelines will be set as to dollar limits and the number of times you will send ‘treats’ to your Secret Stitching Pal.   Susan H. will coordinate the Pals.   We hope to have the details planned and available at the June Meeting.

Today’s Program

We treated to having Cynthia Steinhoff via Zoom and Patty Yergey from Samplers Revisted in person.  Cynthia walked us through a slideshow of several Delaware Samplers.   

First us, Elizabeth Shockley, 1821

Elizabeth Shockley has been charted by Patty Yergey.   This is a marking sampler from Georgetown, Sussex County, Delaware.   She was the daughter of a watchmaker and a brother who served as Governor of Delaware.

Rebecca Craig, 1844.   This has also been charted by Patty Yergey.  Rebecca included the initials of family members of the marking sampler.  Rebecca is from Hazlettville, Kent County, Delaware.  She married Elisa Wright and had 7 children.   Only two of their children survived to adulthood.

Dorcas Bolden 1807 Sampler, charted by Patty Yergey.   It is an alphabet sampler with a variation of the The Universal Prayer by Alexander Pope.   There are variations in the spelling of Bolden/Boldin/Boldan so it is difficult to track the lineage of Dorcas.   The closet match geographically has us assume the she stitched this piece at 21 years of age.  She was married to Richard Boldin in 1808 and may be connected to Poplar Hill in the Pencader Hundred.

Rachel Wiley, 1807, a marking sampler with verse.  It is similar to Dorcas Bolden.  She used a verse from Woods and Dales of Derbyshire by Reverend James Stone.  She is likely the daughter of prominent attorney John Wiley.

Maria Aull, 1809.   This sampler is an alphabet sampler with numbers and a cartouche at the bottom.   White lace was added around the border for added interest.

Sarah Shields, stitched between 1822-1825.  The dating was determined by the initials she included on her alphabet and number sampler.  Her blame can be found at the end of the second row.   She was from a Quaker family in the Brandywine Hundred.  She married Joseph Baldwin, moving to Harrison County, Ohio.

Lydia Wharton, 1821, charted by Patty Yergey.  Lydia was from Sussex County, Delaware.  Her marking sampler has fifteen bands and has been stitched in cross stitch over one and over two.  Queen stitch, Algerian eyes, double backstitch and rice stitch  She included her family initials.  The Wharton’s came to Sussex County in the 1600’s.  Lydia was married to Robert Houston in 1831.  They had 9 children.  The Houston family has always been a family involved in civic and community affairs. 



Elizabeth Caulk, 1802.   Elizabeth was a Quaker and attended the Southern Boarding School in Duck Creek, Kent County, DE.   She was married to Samuel Cox in 1821 and later dismissed from the Quaker faith because if dissent.    Prominent in her sampler is the “An Emblem of Love” motif.  

Blanche Welch, 1819    This is a Maryland Sampler.  Her teacher most likely was Mary Cloud show taught in Delaware for five years.  This is called and Fruit and Flower Sampler.  Blanche married Joshua Rutledge in Hartford County, MD.  

There was a brief question and answer period with Cynthia.  Patty Yergey had a brief discussion as well as a fabulous trunk show for our shopping desires.   Much knowledge was shared by both of these lovely women.

WIPGO for the next month will be Number 2.

Attendance - 29 in person and 30 via Zoom

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

April 2023 Meeting

 President Linda D. welcome those present as well as those on Zoom.   Three new members were introduced.   Linda also introduced her son, Kyle, who has been instrumental in creating and editing our PowerPoint presentations.  We much appreciate Kyle’s efforts for the group.

Upcoming -

Elections - A Nominating Committee is needed for the Fall elections.   The positions of President and Secretary will be on the ballot.    So far, Linda D., Stacy S. and Robin T. will be on the Nominating Committee.   Please reach out to anyone on the Board if you would like to help with the nominations or would like to be considered for one of the positions.  Elections will be in November and Officers will take on their roles in January 2024. 

A new position/committee was also discussed.   This committee would be Technical Support.   The committee would help with PowerPoint presentations, help with Zoom meetings, etc.   For today’s meeting, Kelly E. helped by monitoring the Chat on the Zoom call while Caryl did the recording.  

Newsletter - The Holiday Exchange will be outlined in an upcoming Newsletter.  Participation is voluntary.   The exchange  consists of stitching a sampler themed small that includes DVHSG initials, the date and your initials.   Participation can be in-person as well as for away stitchers.   Susan H. will again take the lead.   The actual exchange will be during our Holiday Luncheon in December.   Watch your in-box for more details.  

Conservation - The committee is working on a date that will work for all parties for the dedication of the sampler at the Salem County Historical Society restored in memory of member Patti Hyrnecko. 

Secretary - An  updated member roster will be circulated in the coming weeks.   A revised roster will not be re-issued during the year.    An updated roster will be issued about this same time every year with the most current list of members as of that mailing date.


For 2024, it is planned to have six in-person with Zoom available (hybrid meetings) and six Zoom only meetings.   Caryl will notify everyone approximately one week before each meeting when she provides the link to the Zoom.

Of interest - Salty Yarns will be hosting a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Celebration on April 22, 2023 at 11 a.m. at their new location, 10452 Old Ocean City Blvd, Berlin, Maryland.

Retreat - The flyers have been distributed via the Newsletter.   The Retreat is April 28, 29 and 30.   This is a MEMBERS ONLY Event.   Currently +/- 24 are signed up.  Since the Lankford has been sold, you are on your own for room reservations.    A survey will be circulated during the Retreat to discuss options for future retreats.  

May - Patty Yergey and Cynthia Steinhoff of Samplers Revisited and Delaware Discoveries, respectively, will host a discussion Delaware Samplers.  There will be three new charts discussed, one chart for each county in Delaware.   If you would like to pre-order these charts which will be delivered to you at the May meeting, please do so as soon as possible.   Information was provided in your newsletter.  You can order 1, 2, or all 3.   If your charts are delivered to you at the meeting, the cost is 15% off of list price.   However, if your chart is mailed, you will pay full price but the shipping costs will be waived.

June - TBD - Zoom Only

July - Zoom Only - Erica Michael’s Discussion and Tour of her home and studio.

August - Zoom Only - Jennifer Richardson of Violets and Verses will discuss Shaker life and Shaker samplers.   We will work with Salty Yarns for a discount for the month of August for purchasing this sampler.  More information will follow in an upcoming newsletter.

September - In-person/Zoom - Michelle Ink Designs - You will be making you own sterling strawberry topper, needle minder or charm.   Watch for a flyer via email shortly.   

October - In person/Zoom - Garage Sale - Clean out your STASH and bring it in to barter and sell.   We ask that each member consider donating a portion of their sales to our Conservation Fund.   In that past, after the Garage Sale, there was an option to leave your items which would be boxed and taken to Fireside Stitchery for eBay sales to benefit the Conservation Fund.   I cannot guarantee that will be the case for this year’s Garage Sale as we are looking for a volunteer to handle the arrangements with Fireside as well as taking the items to Fireside.  

WIPGO - The WIPGO number for this month is - 5. 


For today’s program we were fortunate to have designer THERESA BAIRD of Heart’s Ease Exemplar Works with us.   Theresa has so many beautiful samplers she has designed not the least of which are her 13 colonies series.   I think she is on number 8.   She had a lovely display of some of her stitched pieces bringing with her one where the spiral trellis stitch was used.  

Prior to the meeting, Theresa had provided a handout that was an excellent tutorial on the spiral trellis.   She answered all our questions and provided some entertainment as well as teaching the stitch.   She made it easy to do - albeit you do need to practice them and each time they get better.  A tip to remember was to do all the cross stitching in a project first and then come back and lay in the spiral trellis stitches.  

Guild members also brought in their finishes of Theresa’s patterns.   We are so lucky to have such a talent as a member of our Guild!

Member tip - New member Audrey B. shared a nifty little tip - you know those erasers you get that you pop on the end of your pencil once the pencil erase is gone?   Well Audrey puts them over the thumb screw on her embroider hoop to help grasp and tighten the screw!  Cool idea.  

For today’s meeting there were 33 present and 26 attending via Zoom.

Saturday, March 11, 2023

March 2023 Meeting

 Linda welcomed everyone to our live meeting.   Two new members and one guest were introduced.  

Linda explained about the names tags and the Name Tag Tin was passed.   Members who do not wear a name tag are to donate $1 to the Conservation Fund.  New members have a two meeting grace period.

- Treasurer’s report was shared and membership was discussed.    To date we have 148 active members.   Today (March 11, 2023) is the deadline for membership renewal.   In en effort to help cleanup our email list, if membership is not renewed by the March meeting, the you contact info and name will be removed from the mailing list.    Membership forms are available on the Facebook page.  

- Website - Robin T. has updated the website but experienced problems with launching the changes.   She will continue to work on it and will share when she has been successful.

- Scarlett House chart give-away - Tanya Brockmyer of The Scarlett House in recognition of having The Scarlett House our Designer of the Year for 2022, donated 20 charts.   Charts were distributed randomly to those who participated in the Designer of the Year stitching and who did not already win one of the three grand prizes.

- Green Book - Patrick passed out snips and charms to members who participated in logging their finishes in the green book.    Unlike in 2020 when you had to complete 20 projects to qualify, the criteria now is just to participate, no minimum number required.


- 2022 Stitch-along.  Members who participated in the 2022 SAL with Garden of Stitches from Samplers Not Forgotten assembled for a group picture.  

Kimberly Nugent of Samplers Not Forgotten has a companion piece to Garden of Stitches.   It is called Hummingbird Garden.   We are working out the details for it to be our 2024 SAL.   Like Garden of Stitches, it will feature several specialty stitches.  Watch for more details.

- Spring Retreat - Stacy explained the Spring Retreat and passed out flyers for the event.

- WIPGO number of the month - #3

- Upcoming 

  April - Theresa Baird of Hearts Ease Exemplar will be at our LIVE meeting to demonstrate the spiral trellis stitch.   She will have a small kit for purchase.   Hopefully she will be bringing a trunk show.   Members will need to bring a doodle cloth, hoop and floss to practice the stitch.

  May - Patty Yergey of Samplers Revisits and Cynthia Steinhoff of Deleware Discoveries will host a sampler talk at a LIVE meeting.   A flyer was handed out for pre-order of the samplers they will discuss.   Photos of the samplers can be found on our Facebook page.

  June - TBD - Zoom Meeting

  July - Zoom - Erica Michaels tour of her home and studio

  August - Zoom - Jennifer Richardson of Violets & Verses will host a talk about the Shakers and Shaker Samplers.    A small sampler will be featured.   More information will follow.

  September - LIVE - Michelle Ink will do silver molding with us.   You can make needle minders, strawberry toppers, charms, etc.  More info will be coming.

  October - LIVE - Garage Sale 

  November - TBD

  December - Holiday Exchange and Luncheon

Stacy has several irons in the fire for other future programs.   If you have an idea for a program, please feel to share it with Stacy.

- Show ‘N Tell - Because of today’s program, we did not do a formal Show ‘n Tell.   Members were able to check out the 3 - three! - tables of finishes brought to share.   Also, through this Blog and our Facebook pages, pictures are available to check out.  

Goldfish in a pocket watch - Patrick B.

Beautiful hardanger by Becky G.

Shaker Sampler from Violets & Verses and the accompanying smalls, Robin T.

Pin cushion, Patrick B.

 Hands Across the Sea sampler by Linda D.

Assorted smalls from Francine C.

Small cube but Francine C.

Betsy Morgan etui stitched and finished by Patrick B.

Pin pillow in a box and tape measure scissors fob from Dames of the Needle, by Stacy S.

Tiny Strawberries by Francine C.

Red samplers by Jean T.

Pin pillow, Francine C.

On the left, basket of pin pillows using Jeanette Douglas Designs Year of Floral Baskets by Jean T.
On the right, Liz Matthews Tree by Debbie B.

Huswif by Patrick B.

Hand mirror now with a mermaid theme.   Patrick B.

I-Stitch Band sampler by Francine C.

Red February Sampler from Sassy Jacks, stitched by Jean T.

Red sampler by Jean T.

Framed mermaid and spring pillow by Stacy S.

Red sampler by Stacy S.

Red samplers by Jean T.

Look at all those Garden of Stitches Samplers!   Members enjoyed Show ‘N Tell

North, East, South, West - Patrick B.

More red samplers by Jean T.

Liz Matthews Flowers of Friendship by Patrick B.

Pillow by Stacy S.

From Red Barn Sampler by Loretta O.

From Red Barn Samplers by Kelly E.

Pin Cushion by Patrick B

Mickey Mouse in a cookie cutter, Patrick B.

Quaker Spring from Rosewood Manor by Ellen P.

Liz Matthews tree, Jeannette Douglas Designs pin cushion, and Jamboree project by Debbie B.

Jeannette Douglas Designs, stitched and finished by Stacy S.

Smalls in an Altoid tin, Francine C.

Sampler by Francine C.

Jeannette Douglas Designs Year of Floral Baskets by Stacy S.

basket full of strawberries, pin pillows, biscournu and tart pans by Jean T.

Stitched and finsihed by Robin T.

Pillow stitched and finished by Stacy S.

Adorable little bag by Francine C>

Anniversary Perforated Paper Tray by Jean C.

Jeannette Douglas Designs, 2023 SAL, Baskets of Flowers

Two pear, needlebooks, Francine C.

Berry Vase from Catherine Theron, by Evalyn G.

Strawberry pillow by Stacy S.

Francine C.

Todays’ Progam

We had a fabulous program from member Patrick B.   He showcased many of his finishes and his inspiration for his projects and finishes.    Here is a sample of just some of the pieces he brought and shared.   A thoroughly wonderful program.  

Thank you Patrick for the inspiration!