Woodstown, New Jersey EGA Chapter
Mid-Atlantic Region

Sunday, July 15, 2018

June 2018 Meeting

The June meeting was our last meeting of the season.   Our next meeting will be in September.


  • The UFO Challenge has been extended to September 2018.   For your piece to be eligible, you have to have started stitched in before January of 2017.
  • September - For September we will start the Pine Tree featured in the 2017 December NeedleArts Magazine.  Canvas was handed out to those who signed up.   You should have your 'grid' drawn on the canvas and have your canvas mounted on stretcher bars for the September meeting.
  • October - We will work on completing the Pine Tree
  • November - We will work on finishing techniques.  Please feel free to share your tricks and tips and special finishing tools.   We will work on finishing the crazy quilt ornament and the pine tree ornament.    Here's a finished trick - when you are finished the stitching and ready to assemble an ornament, such as the crazy quilt piece, take a photo copy of the piece.   It will allow you to cut it out and assemble it to get an idea of when stitches fall and how the assemble it will look when completed.  For the crazy quilt piece, it will help you get an idea of where you want to place your specialty stitches. Great idea!
  • Katie K. is retiring as membership chair person.  The duties are fairly simple.  See an officer if you are interested in taking on membership.
  • The Biggs Museum will continue its exhibit "Delaware Discoveries: Girlhood Embroidery, 1750-1850" until July 22.  For more information  http://www.biggsmuseum.org 

For our meeting class this month, member BJ S. taught us how to make calorie free chocolates!   They were fun and EZ-PZ to do.  Thank you BJ.  Make sure you check out the box of chocolates Linda W. added to our FB page!

We will again host Christmas in July!   An all day session with three different classes.   Please bring a packed lunch and maybe some snacks to share as well as your usual stitching supplies.   Some extra supplies needed for these classes are PAPER SCISSORS and a 6-INCH HOOP.   The date is July 21st from 9 to 3.  Hope you have signed up!  Check out our Facebook page for a teaser I posted about the project I will be teaching!

Show 'n Tell
 Scissors case stitched by Robin T.

 Embroidered heart class piece stitched by Caryl C.

 Gold work piece from DVHSG class stitched by Stacy S.

 This doll dress was crocheted by Caryl C.'s great-grandmother and was her mother's doll.   What a neat heirloom to have!

 This is a SAL band sampler by Lauren Sauer.   Stitched by Stacy S.           (Sorry - Blogger won't let me rotate!!  :-(

See you are Christmas in July or in September!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

May 2018 Meeting


President Joan T. announced that Membership Chair Katie K. will be stepping down.   Joan outlined the duties of Membership Chair and asked all to consider taking the post.  Please let Joan know at the September Meeting if you would like to take on the position.

Our 2017/2018 Challenge will end in June.  Any WIP's that you have complete during this year should be listed and shared.

Since we received the $500 grant from National dedicated to teaching, we were asked to think of teachers for a future class.  Many ideas were shared and suggestions offered.   Put your thinking caps on and bring your suggestions to the next meeting.  Some are doing the background work on teachers, classes and cost.   Information will be shared and a decision made next fall for who class/teacher we will bring in.

We agreed we will again do a display at the Gloucester County Library.   More information will follow at future meetings.   As for our last display, information was sent to NeedleArts Magazine.   Look for an article in an upcoming NeedleArts Magazine featuring Lamplighters!

Marion shared information on the Regional Meeting.   Our Guild had TWO winners of the basket raffle.   Marion and Karen K. each won baskets.

This is part of what was in Marion's basket.   

Marion also shared this cute wool pattern that she made at Regional.  Could be a future meeting project!

At next month's meeting BJ S. will teach us how to make stitched candy pieces.   BJ will provide the necessary ribbon and threads.   Stitchers should bring sharp needles, scissors, beads for embellishing, and fiberfill.  No calorie chocolates.  There is no charge for this class.

Christmas in July will be Saturday, July 21st.   We will have three teachers and three holiday themed projects.  Sign-up by the June meeting.  The cost is $20.   The class is all day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

In September we will start the Christmas Tree featured in the December 2017 NeedleArts Magazine.   Make sure you sign up by the June Meeting and bring your December 2017 magazine to the September meeting.  This should be a fun stitch and a great introduction to canvas work for some.  

Show and Tell

Gold work stitched by BJ.  

Canvas work stitched by Joan T.


Victoria Sampler, stitched by Linda W.

 ......maybe stitched by BJ but maybe stitched by Marion.   Sorry, hard to catch the names sometimes will all the side chatter!

Stitched by BJ

GayAnn Rogers piece stitched by BJ

More from BJ.  Tins that open to reveal pin cushions and scissors with fobs.

 Reticello by BJ.   BJ sure was a stitching wonder while in Florida this year.

From Inspirations Magazine, another finish from BJ

Caryl C. knitted this cute set for an upcoming shower.  She told us she knitted up the same pattern years (31) ago for the dad of this soon to be born precious one.

Caryl also stitched this baby blanket for one special little baby.

Deb N. had a couple of cute finishes.

This was also stitched by Deb N.   I think we all remember watching Bob Ross on PBS!   How cool.

Another great meeting ladies!  Looking forward to next month and those no calorie chocolates!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

April 2018 Meeting

This month's meeting was our Annual Business Meeting.  It started with our covered dish dinner.   Oops! I didn't get any photos of the spread.   It is amazing how with little to no coordination of who is bringing what, we always end up with a great buffet and a delicious dinner.  Thank you to Karen K. for our goodie bags!

First let's cover the business of the meeting -
Committee Reports

  • Treasurer's Report - Our report was read, approved and accepted.   It has been filed with National.  Thanks to our members for the donations that have been sold at Fireside.   They are really helping the bottom line.  We also voted and approved two motions regarding membership dues.   We approved to eliminate the senior discount.   All memberships will now be $46 annually.   We also approved an increase to the cost for plural members.   Plural memberships will now be $15.  In addition we received the MAR grant. We are taking suggestions for teaching and education for the grant.
  • Upcoming programs were announced.
    • May - Carol C. and Linda W. will instruct the Crazy Quilt Pyramid ornament.   Canvas in blue or white was provided to participants at today's meeting.  Those participating should bring the canvas, mounted on stretcher bars and with the outline stitched to the May meeting.  
    • June - BJ S. will teach us to make some 'no calorie' chocolates.  Don't they look good enough to eat!  
    • July 21 - Christmas in July - Deadline to sign up at the May meeting.  Three projects for $20.
    • July and August - No monthly meetings
    • September  and October - Linda will teach the Christmas Tree project from the December 2017 NeedleArts magazine.  Kit cost will be $10.   Sign up at the May meeting.
    • October 26 & 27 - Smart Day, Virginia Beach.  Beachcomber's Booty will be taught by Ann Strite Kurz.  The cost will be $50.  It is a beautiful sand dollar stitched on canvas.  
    • November - Finishing Class
    • December - Annual Holiday Meeting.   The exchange piece this year is a needlework accessory.   This can be a pin cushion, a scissors fob, a needlebook or other small.
    • January 18 -21, 2019  Camp Wannasew, Ocean City, MD
    • 2020 - The Regional EGA Seminar is scheduled for Gettysburg, PA   It is a great opportunity to us....so close.
    • Ongoing - we continue to collect items for the Paraclete Project or for Fireside sales.  Please continue to bring your donations to the monthly meeting.
Next up is our Show and Tell and there was a lot!  I will need to come back and identify the stitcher and the project later.  I wanted to get this post up asap.

Program:  Member Elizabeth V. spoke to the group about her  collection.  She brought fellow doll club member, Carol with her to help.  Elizabeth provided a history of Mary Hoyer as well as Elizabeth's own history with Mary Hoyer Dolls.  You can tell Elizabeth is passionate about her doll collection.    She has a large collection and brought several dolls to share.  The doll company is still producing dolls under the direction of Mary's granddaughter.   The company was founded and it located in the Reading. PA area.  https://www.maryhoyerdoll.com/.     Mary Hoyer set up a cottage industry of sorts by having a small group of woman stitch and crochet dolls clothes and accessories from their homes.  Elizabeth shared her scrapbook where she documents the information on each of her dolls. Thank you to Elizabeth for sharing your knowledge and collection with us

Things are happening at Lamplighter's.   Every month we not only enjoy each other's company and sharing our work, but we are learning new things.   If you live in the South Jersey area, stop by on the second Thursday of the month and see with we are up to!