This was the first meeting for new President Joan T. After welcoming everyone, Joan thanked outgoing President KarenAnne for her years of service and presented her with a 'thank you' gift. KarenAnne checked her notes and she has been our President for 10 years. Thank you KarenAnne for your dedication to Lamplighters and EGA!
Our Treasurers Report was provided. Caryl C. reviewed the report. A new feature Caryl has added to the monthly report is to keep a tally of the programs we sponsor and their specific costs. This will help us in the future to determine pricing for programs and projects and if they are a good financial choice for Lamplighters. Motion was made, all in favor of accepting the report.
Katie circulated the list of names and addresses as well as the list of email addresses. Corrections were made and shared. Katie will update her master lists for future handouts. Caryl C. will include copies of the updated list with the Members Meeting Minutes.
As decided at the Executive Board Meeting, items brought for Opportunity and NOT bought by a member, need to be taken home by the person who brought them. The EXCEPTION is any items that are to be forwarded to Fireside Stitchery. REMEMBER - Fireside WILL NOT take any opened floss, any started projects, any free patterns.
We have three community events upcoming. First, Linda W. is collecting items for the Gloucester County Library Display. Our needlework will be featured during the month of October. Please contact Linda if you have an item you'd like to add to the display. Even though it is October, your item does not need to be Fall or Halloween themed.
Our second community, Stitch in Public, the location and details are still being worked out. The Library does not have a room available for us to use. Linda will continue to search for a venue. More info will follow.
Third, is our annual holiday display at the Woodstown Library. We are on their calendar to again decorate the tree and display cases. More information and the date will follow at future meetings.
Blog and Facebook
Not so many visitors to our blog yet....but we will keep at it. Our Facebook page is seeing activity. Some former members have left comments on our posts. After each meeting, I do upload to FB the pictures of Show 'n Tell.
Marion is our Regional Representative and will be attending the seminar in October. She will be taking a class on finishing. There were three choices: a biscournu, a pin cushion or a frame weight. Prestitching was required and the class description says....'be prepared to finish"...whichever you chose to stitch. Looking forward to see what Marion has to share after the seminar!
As a result of a decision at the Executive Board Meeting, the Senior Rate for dues will be eliminated. All memberships will be the same cost. There was a discussion about the rate plural members should pay but no decision was made.
|Sampler package of Krenik threads available to pre-order.|
As sponsors, members of DVHSG, Lamplighters and Brandywiners can attend at no cost. Non-members can attend with an admission price of $25 (cost of a membership) to DVHSG.
Pat L. has made two deliveries to Fireside of items to be auctioned on eBay. None of our items are actively on the auction site yet. Hopefully we will get a nice check for our treasury once the items come up for auction.
Christmas in July
July 2018 is a bit away but we can tell you this much. We will hold Christmas in July on either the 3rd or 4th Saturday of July. Robin T. has two Gingerbread patterns left from last July's Christmas in July. The kits are $6 each. She will bring them to the monthly meetings until sold.
Gingerbread Guy and Gal are seen here with the two other Christmas in July 2017 projects.
For September-October-November, Joan T. will teach the Christmas Rose stump work ornament from the December 2016 NeedleArts Magazine. Once completed, Joan will teach us how to turn the ornament into a name tag. The kits were distributed. Our assignment this month is to complete the stem stitching for the stems of the leaves. Then we should do the fern stitch for the leaves. All the directions are in NeedleArts. If you have never done stump work, this is a great introductory project. This month's work can be complete in about an hour! We should all be able to keep on schedule for October!
December Meeting will be our holiday exchange. This year's theme is a biscournu or pin cushion. If you wish to participate in the exchange, bring a stitched and wrapped biscournu or pin cushion to the December meeting and be part of the fun! Bring a gift/get a gift!
January Meeting will be Show 'n Tell of your stitched Christmas ornaments.
Our Program Chair was absent but we were told she has a number of ideas in the works that she will share at the next meeting.
Show 'n Tell
|"Sunflowers......" by Joan T.|
|"Rosito" by Joan T.|
|Several stitchers brought in their completed Christmas in July projects.|
|Stitched and finished by Caryl C. This is part of the Prim Stitchers Society by|
Dying to Stitch. This is called the "Clustered Starts" from Blackbird Designs. Nice job Caryl!
|Deb N. has been busy with this scary due above.|
|Also from Deb N. the finish of a prior year's Christmas in July|
|Heart in a Box also by Deb N.|
|A Mill Hill holiday stitch by Deb N.|
|And last by not least by Deb N. the stitched cat mounted in the tart pan. The pattern is|
from Plum Street Samplers and is mounted in a 4-inch tart pan.
|Katie K. brought home a ribbon from this year's county fair. Great job Katie!|
|Katie completed the Apple Challenge by stitching her apple on a sweatshirt.|
If you are reading this and are in the South Jersey area, we'd love to have to attend a meeting. Until next month.......keep on stitching.