Woodstown, New Jersey EGA Chapter
Mid-Atlantic Region

Saturday, March 25, 2017

March 2017 Monthly Meeting

Announcements and discussions started our monthly meeting.

  • Elections are coming.  Marion S. will be leading the Nominating Committee. Nominations will be accepted in May and elections will be in June.
  • Following the Treasurer's Report, a discussion on finances was held.  A future fundraiser, possibly moving to a rent free location and the sale of unwanted stash at Fireside Stitchery were all discussed.   Please bring your ideas on possible location and fundraising opportunities for further discussion at the April Business Meeting.
  • Lamplighters will continue to reimburse stitchers $30 towards the cost of an EGA sponsored course.  Check out the latest edition of the Needlearts magazine for the list of courses offered.  If you take an EGA sponsored course, make your request for a once-a-year reimbursement towards the cost. 
  • Our next meeting will be April 20th.  This is not the usually 2nd Thursday of the month.   This will be our Annual Covered Dish Dinner.   The room will be available at 5 pm and our dinner will start at 6 pm.  Following our dinner, Katie K. will lead us in a project called "Interpretative Shape Stitching".   This is meant to be a stash busting project.   The results will be a varied as the number of stitches participating.
  • Christmas in July will be held on July 22, 2017. Linda W. already has some projects chosen—she just needs a couple volunteers to teach and kit the projects. Please consider volunteering. Linda has already accomplished the tough part—making the choices!
  • Sign up for the "The Christmas Rose Project" from the December NeedleArts should be done by the June meeting.   Joan T. will teach the class over three monthly meetings starting in September 2016. 
  • We discussed participation in a stitch in public day in conjunction with Arts in Bloom, May 20-21, 2017. The brochures for 2017 have already been printed and it is too late to be included this year.   If we want to be included in the brochure for next year, we will need to find a location and finalize plans in the fall.  You can read more about the event on their website at www.artsinblooknj.com. Brochures are available at local stores (The Find, Woodstown Dinner, etc.) 
Show and Tell for this month - 

Beautiful piece by Joan T.

Joan T.'s collapsing ort box.
Mill Hill Turkey - maybe by Caryl C.

Caryl C.'s patriotic pillow.

Another of Caryl C.'s pretty finishes.

KarenAnne M.'s stocking from cross stitch magazine.

Robin T.'s Miss Mary Mack by La-D-Da

Robin T.'s Love Birds by Drawn Thread

Joan T.'s  beautiful work.   The colors are gorgeous.

Linda W.'s canvas collapsing ort box from our guild SAL.

Linda W.'s Victoria Sampler inspired cupcakes completed in silicone cupcake 'papers'.

  • Lynn B. led a project.  Calling all random threads from your stash.   Lynn shared the “Believe” pattern, along with her suggestions for color choices, as well as key things to look out for when working on the project.   The sample is stitched on canvas but you can stitch on Aida or even linen if you chose.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

February Meeting

We canceled our meeting for February because of threatened black ice after sunset.

Here is an updated to the blog based on our Wick Newsletter -

** The UFO Challenge -  For our Challenge, a UFO is any project started before 1/1/2017.  This Challenge begins February 2017 and will be completed at the June 2018 meeting.   The minimum size must be 6 x 6.   Sorry, this does eliminate Christmas ornaments.  A set of smalls, with a minimum of three pieces, that are finished can be submitted.  Large pieces do not have to be framed and pillows do not need to be finished.   Any technique can be used:  crewel, counted cross stitch, needlepoint or blackwork.  Bring you list of "challenge" pieces (8 1/2" x 11" notebook paper) to the March Meeting.  You can bring your finishes to the monthly meeting or wait and bring them all at the end.   For each finish a member accomplishes, the member will receive a ticket.   At the June 2018 Meeting, the winner will be chosen from the tickets issued.

**At the March Meeting, Lynn B. will help us with a stash buster project.  She will provide the pattern for a canvas work ornament.   The design size is 64 x 80 stitches and is designed for 18 count white canvas but you can stitch it on any fabric or color.

**April Meeting will be our Covered Dish Dinner.  The meeting will be on April 20 and not the normal second Thursday.  The Nominating Committee for elections will be selected.  Katie Chrysler will introduce a interpretive shape stitching project.  Completed pieces should be bright to the September meeting to share.

**May Meeting - A Presentation on Gloucester County Samplers by Patti Hryenko of the Gloucester County Historical Society.

**May - We may be having a Stitch in Public Day in association with Arts In Bloom Salem County.   More information will follow.

**Christmas in July - Linda W. will coordinate Christmas in July.   Date will be Saturday, July 22.   Sign up information in the April Newsletter.

**December Meeting - Our Holiday Gift Exchange will be a stitched pin cushion or biscournu.    Start stitching now!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

January 2017 Meeting

The meeting was called to order, minutes and reports were read and approved.
The Committee Reports were as follows:
     Education – none
     Historian – none
     Library – members set up a Christmas display at Woodstown Library
     Membership – 26 members
     Outreach – bookmarks with Lamplighters EGA information have been left at local quilt shop
     Sunshine - none
     Programming and Education:
  • The February meeting will be to work on the Ort Box and a stitch-in for those not participating in the Ort Box Challenge.
  • Pat Y. will set guidelines for a year long challenge that will run March 2017 to March 2018.    Details will be provided at the February meeting.  
  • A Facebook page is being developed by Caryl C.   More information will be provided as updates occur.  
  • Katie C. will share a project on interpretive stitching at a future meeting.
  • Lynn B. will teach a stash buster at the March meeting.
  • The Woodlawn Needlework Show is being held again this March. Members who wish to  exhibit pieces should have them to Karen's Needlework Shop by January 31. There is a $20 fee for each piece exhibited.
  • We will continue the $30 educational reimbursement to any member who enrolls in an EGA sponsored class fin 2017. 
  • The Annual Covered Dish Dinner Meeting with be April 20th.
  • We will look into a possible places to stitch in conjunction with the Salem County Arts in Bloom in May. 
  • Patti H. of Gloucester County Historical Society will present a program on historical samplers at our May meeting.
  • Linda W. will coordinate Christmas in July   She is looking for volunteers to help her with the projects.
  • In September, October and November, Joan T. will teach the Christmas Rose project from the NeedleArts Magazine   Sign up will be required by June meeting.  The guild will provide the wire, beads and fabric.
  • Stitch in Public Day will be combined with our display in October at the Gloucester County Library. 
  • Lamplighters will contribute $150 to Delaware Valley Historic Sampler Guild towards the program by  Doug Kreinik at their November 11 meeting. 
  • Possible future class will be a punch needle demonstration/class.
  • The 2017 Christmas gift exchange will be a pincushion or biscournu.
This month's picture walk of our finishes.   Some may be from our December meeting.

On the left I believe is an adaptation of the book of stitches by Jeannette Douglas.

This looks like a Drawn Thread pattern.

I am not sure about all three pieces but I believe the center one is a Cherished Stitches piece by Caryl C.

Part of the Beatles series from Blackbird Designs, stitched by Caryl C.

A finish of a Christmas in July project.

A Mill Hill but Karolin R. (?)
 Pat Y. found this old, sweet cross stitched piece.

 The patriotic ball, stitched by Pat Y. is a GCC piece.

Since this is a new endeavor for Lamplighter's, we are still working out the kinks with this blog.    Please let me know at the next week of any corrections.  Also, if I have shared a picture of your finished work, it would be nice if you shared the name of your pattern so I can post that information.

Sunday, January 22, 2017


Welcome to the Lamplighters Chapter of the Embroiderer's Guild of America.   We are part of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the guild.    We meet the second Tuesday of each month from September to June at St. Joseph's Church, Woodstown, NJ.   The room is available at 7 p.m. and meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.    We do not meet in July and August.    Membership is open to all who are interested in supportive needlework organization.

After each meeting I will post updates and photos of our show and tell.    Please comment to this post (or any future post) for information of Woodstown Lamplighters.

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