Woodstown, New Jersey EGA Chapter
Mid-Atlantic Region

Monday, July 24, 2017

EGA and Facebook

EGA has a new page on Facebook.

EGA Stitch-a-Long  

Go to Facebook and search "EGA Stitch-a-long" and ask to be a member!  It is that easy.   Their current stitch-a-long is an American flag, stitched with a variety of finishes.  It looks like a quick project stitched on your choice of background fabric and using floss and fibers from your stash. 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Christmas in July 2017

It was a great day to get together and think of the chill in the air at Christmastime considering we were expecting a heat index of the upper 90's with high humidity.

The day started as everyone arrived and had a few quick minutes to catch up before class started.   First, we were treated to a nice goody bag.

And then the three projects for Christmas in July were shared.....

The first class was lead by member Robin T.   It was a gingerbread man stitched on DMC switchable cork.   Stitching on cork was something none of us had done before.   The piece consisted of stem stitch, french knows, adding buttons and then making your 'quilt' sandwich of backing, batting and stitched piece.  Finally it was stitched together with the buttonhole stitch.  The gingerbread man was finished with a tie to hang as an ornament.  The kit also included a pattern for the gingerbread girl.

The second class was lead by Lynn B.    She  provided instructions for a  snowflake humbug.   Lynn had a variety of blue flosses to stitch with and included variegated blue perle cotton to make twisted cord and tassel for turning the completed humbug into a scissors fob.   Beads were also part of the kit.

The third and last class was lead by KarenAnn M.   She shared a hot cocoa mug complete with cookies and cinnamon sticks!  (stitched cookies that is!)  The gray linen made a pretty background for the red mug and gingerbread cookies.  KarenAnn will be finishing hers as a Christmas Card.   Another way to finish would be as a flat-fold or mounted on felt.

Thank you ladies for teaching the classes for the rest of us.

It was a fun day and it was nice to learn methods or finishes we may have never done before.  It was also fun to have some quick little projects.

Extra kits will be available for purchase at the September meeting.   The cost will be $6.

Friday, July 7, 2017

June 2017 Meeting

Check out your latest edition of NeedleArts for Lightning Round Classes.   Sign up before August!

Linda is taking names of anyone who may be interested in doing a group project.   

Christmas in July will be July 22nd.   The cost is $20 for three projects.   The room will be open at 8:30 and instructions will start at 9.   Please bring a packed lunch.   Water, tea and ice will be provided.   Class size is limited to 22; there are still a few spots open.   Deadline to sign up is June 15th.   If you wish to bring a dessert to share, please do.

Fireside Stitchery - Pat L. has sorted and taken the first collection of patterns and supplies to Fireside to be auctioned on eBay.   Fireside will give us a cash percentage of the sales. Pat doesn't expect our items to start to be auctioned for at least eight weeks.   She may be able to share a check for the sales at our September meeting!  Please reminder when sorting your stash, this is an option for  stash reduction.   It helps you and helps the Guild too!

Elections for the next term were held.   The slate of officers was announced at the May Meeting.  
The slate is:
     Joan Teirno, President
     Karen Kayser, Vice President
     Pat Lerch, Secretary
     Caryl Carthew, Treasurer
Having no nominations from the floor, the members present at the meeting voted unanimously for the slate as presented.    Thank you ladies for your service to our Guild.  

Arts In Bloom
We have been considering participating in the Salem County Arts In Bloom in some capacity.  Marian S. attended this year to get an idea of the venues available that might work for us to use as a stitch in public.   It is a juried event and an application for participation will need to be completed in the fall.    Katie C. will get information on the deadline for sign-up.  If we do participate, we will need to set a schedule of members to attend the two day function.  We will discuss and make a decision at our September Meeting.  It could be a great way to share our love of stitching and get the word out about our group.   Maybe we cold generate a few new members.

Stump Work Class
The class will be lead by Joan T.    The stump work piece will be taught at the September, October and November meetings.   If you have never done stump work, this is a great introduction.  The pattern is in the December 2016 NeedleArts Magazine.   The cost has not been determined yet but is estimated to be under $10.00 per person.  Instead of adding the year, we will personalize with our own names.

In October ,Linda W. will be arranging a needlework display at the Gloucester County Library for Lamplighters.   She is hoping each member will bring one or two pieces to be displayed.  The items will be on display for the entire month of October but she is not looking for Halloween themed stitching.  You should include your name and the technique used to do the piece.  Linda will send a reminder in August and will have more details.  

Show and Tell
The first two pieces are canvas work stitched by Linda W.  She is stitching these as a ghost stitcher through a guild in California. 

Photos don't do these justice.  

Seaside Sampler from Rosewood Manor, stitched by Pat L.   The color palette is just gorgeous.

 From Blackbird Designs, The Octopus' Garden, part of the tribute to the Beatles series, stitched by Caryl C.

Crazy Dog Lady also stitched by Caryl C.

The design below is from Theresa Baird of Hearts Ease Exemplar.   Stitched and finished on a box lid by Caryl C.

Next meeting - Second Thursday of September.   Happy Summer everyone.

Friday, May 12, 2017

May 2017 Meeting

Our meeting was called to order and several announcements were made.

Meeting Location
We had a brief update to our ongoing discussion about a possible new meeting location.  Linda W. learned the Gloucester County Library is not available on the second Thursday of the month.  Also, the Pitman Methodist Church is available but not for the second Thursday.  The Swedesboro Library has a parking issue.    There was discussion on other possible locations as well as the suggestion from the floor to increase the dues to cover the cost of the room rental and the suggestion that we each pay $2 per meeting to help with the cost of the room.  Members were tasked with coming back to the June meeting with suggestions as well as concerns regarding the change in venue and change in day for our monthly meetings.

Christmas in July
The sign-up for Christmas in July was circulated.  There are three projects chosen and three volunteers to teach.

Stumpwork Name Tag Project
The sign-up sheet for the stump work name tag was also circulated.   The project will be broken done into three meetings (Sept., Oct., Nov. 2017)  The cost will be approximately $5.  The fabric, wire, beads, padding and gold threads will be in the kits.   The pattern is in the December 2016 NeedleArts Magazine.   Joan T. will share her talents and teach us.

Nominating Committee Report
The Nominating Committee, consisting of Marion S., Pat L., and Robin T.  presented a full slate of officers for the next term.
President - Joan T.
Vice President - Karen K.
Secretary - Pat L.
Treasurer - Caryl C.

Elections will be at the June meeting.   

Old Business
     Stash reduction items were brought in by members.   Pat L. quickly sorted and divided into $1, $2, and $5 groupings.  Members were welcomed to 'shop' the patterns and supplies making a donation to our "Room Rental" fund.   The items that remained, were taken home by Pat L. She will sort and then delivery to Fireside Stitchery in Frazer, PA.   Fireside will auction items on eBay and return a percentage of the sales to us in cash.   This project was undertaken to help defray the cost of room rental.  Bring out your unwanted patterns and supplies to the June meeting and Pat can add it to the treasure trove of items she has already collected.  Thank you Pat for taking this task on!

     Arts in Bloom
     Arts in Bloom will be May 20th and 21st.   There is no cost to attend.   Members were encouraged to attend the event which consists of visiting the many artisans and shops in the area at a county-wide open house.  We are considering participating next year as a stitch in public day.  Please check out the event and help scout a suitable location where we may wish to set up a table and show our handiwork.   This can be an excellent way to gain visibility and perhaps attract new members.

Show and Tell

Seaside Sampler by Rosewood Manor, stitched by Pat L.

Christmas Scene by Dorothy Lescher, stitched by Marion S.   So sorry these are sideways!

The embellishments are this piece, as was the entire piece, we stunning.

Look the wallpaper above and the bell pull below.  It was stitched separately and then attached.

Oreanna by Gay Ann Rodgers, stitched by Marion S. (sorry for the glare from the overhead light)

Ornament from a monthly meeting project, stitched by Marion S.

Bee Tray and Smalls by Barbara Jackson, stitched by Marion S.

Ort Box, EGA Project, stitched by Marion S.

Seminar piece by Gary Clark, stitched by Linda W.

Biscournu, by Sweetheart Tree, stitched by BJ S.

Florida Palm by Gail Sernus, stitched by BJ S.

Iris by Joan Thomason, stitched by BJ S.

Sampler-like piece with verse, stitched by Jane P.

Blackwood correspondence course, stitched by KarenAnn M.

Ornament from Just Cross Stitch 2014 Ornaments, stitched by Caryl C.

     We were fortunate to have Patty H. of the Gloucester County Historical Society as a guest speaker.   She has a vast knowledge of Gloucester County as well as south Jersey samplers.  She does extensive research and has some gems in the museum's collection.  The museum, founded in 1903, is housed in the Hunter-Lawrence-Jessup Museum, c. 1765.   It moved to this current location, 58 North Broad Street, Woodbury, NJ, in 1924.  There are more than 60 samplers in their collection.   Patty painstakingly charts many of these antique samplers which are for sale at the museum.  Patty's knowledge of the samplers and the families they came from is only surpassed by her enthusiasm and love of her work.

Please visit the Historical Society if you are ever in the area.   Currently they are featuring a display of weddings gowns which is quite lovely.   See this link for another post on the wedding gown display.

Details of two of the lovely treasures she brought to our meeting.

Next Meeting - June 9th 
     Elections will be held
     Pat Y. with help with stitching bookmarks
     Marion S. will assist with assembling the ort box project.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

April 2017 Business Meeting

Things happening at Lamplighters EGA
  • The Minutes from our previous Business Meeting with read and approved as provided.
  • Membership Dues is due in May.  Payment slips were provided for your convenience.  Dues will be $46 for regular members; $43 for senior members.
  • Treasurer provided a verbal report.   There has been no change to our account since the fall meeting.

Committee Reports
  • Programming - Please review your NeedleArts Magazine for lightning round classes you may be interested in taking.  
  • 2017-2018 Challenge - If you have not already done so, please provide Pat Y. with your list of challenge projects for 2017-18.  The goal is to complete as many WIP's as possible by June 2018.
  • Publicity - Both the Facebook page and the blog are up and running.  
  • Regional Report - Marion S. provided a lot of information that she brought back from the Regional Meeting.   
    • The seminars were a grant success, both in attendance and financially, for EGA.   Some of the proceeds could find their way to our region.  
    • Overall, EGA membership is declining.  Regional is conducting a poll:   Why did you join EGA?   A brief answer would be helpful to EGA as they evaluate membership and how to attract new members.   See the Regional Webpage.    
    • The By-Laws Committee is drafting a proposal on the record retention policy for past meeting minutes.   We will need to stay tuned for updates.
    • Regional has money available for scholarships.   An application must be completed with your reason for taking the class.  Sometimes a brief paragraph is required as a follow up after the class.   The main point is....money is available.   See the Regional Website. 
    • Smart Day will be in Charlottesville, VA this year.    All the stitching for the project is all pre-work. The finishing will be demonstrated at Smart Day.   The workshop costs has been subsidized by Regional.   The cost to attend is $10.50
Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • May -  
    • Patty H. of Gloucester County Historical Society will speak to the group about antique samplers. 
    • The slate of officers for the coming term will be announced.
    • Bring in your unwanted stash!   Pat L. has volunteered to sort and package unwanted stash  and delivery it to Fireside Stitchery.   Fireside will auction the items on eBay.   After taking their percentage, they will issue a check to Lamplighters EGA.   What is acceptable:  complete kits, floss - unopened; fabric, patterns.  Pat will let members 'shop'  before taking the items home to sort and prep for sale.  
    • Please bring any items for the October display at the Gloucester County Library for Linda W. to get an idea of the variety and the number of pieces she will have.  (See October below.)
    • Arts in Bloom - Katie shared brochures for Arts in Bloom.   It is the weekend of May 20-21.  Members are encouraged to attend as many of the sites as possible.   We may consider participating next year.   If so, we will want to contact Kathy Mills in September.
  • June - Election of officers will be held.   Following e business portion of the meeting, we will work on one of two projects.   Pat Y. will bring her supply of bookmarks for anyone who wishes to stitch bookmarks for the literacy project.   For members who are working on the collapsible out box, assistance in assembly will be available.
  • July 22 - Linda W. announce she has three teachers for the Christmas in July.   Sign up by the May meeting.  The cost is $20 for the day.
  • Sept-Oct-Nov - Joan T. will be teaching a stump-work name tag.   It can be found in the December 2016 NeedleArts magazine on page 12.  Joan is going to help us stitch and finish  piece.   We will be able to add our names so we can use it as a name tag.
  • October - Linda W. reminded everyone we have the display case at the Gloucester County Library in October.   Linda would like a variety of items to display that will show the range of the work we can do.  Please find any items you would like to be part of the display to the May meeting.   For large framed pieces, the display case size is an issue.
  • December - Holiday Exchange - This year the exchange is a biscournu or a pin cushion.   Get stitching now!
Linda W. researched and found a location that will provide a meeting room at no COST!   After discussion on the pros (free) and cons (location), Linda was authorized to complete the application for the Gloucester County Library to apply for the second Thursday of each month, from 6:30 to 8:30.   She will ask for the room to be available at 6 and our meeting will start at 6:30.  We will keep you posted

Show and Tell
This beautiful piece was stitched by Marion S.   She received a wonderful First Place ribbon from Woodlawn.

Look at this beautiful detail work.

Below, another beauty from Marion.   Her 'paper dolls' received an Honorable Mention ribbon from Woodlawn.   We don't know what the judges were looking at.....we all think this is a winner for sure!

Caryl C. stitched this pretty snowman.  This was an ornament pattern from a Just Cross Stitch Christmas edition.  Not only did she stitch the snowman, she painted, lined and covered the box lid.

Another Just Cross Stitch ornament from Caryl C.  Caryl changed it up a bit but adding beads to the design area.  
Another beauty from Caryl.   This is from Heartstrings Samplery as part of the Prim Stitchers Society.   Those letters are stitched over one to give you an idea of the size of this cutie.

A quadril ornament also stitched by Caryl C., aka turbo stitcher/finisher!
Pat L.'s folding ort box from the guild stitch-a-long project.

Pat Y. shared two whitework pieces she recently had framed.

Linda W. is getting ready for Memorial Day and the 4th of July with this pretty ornament.

Caryl C. will bring in some comic board to the May meeting.   She uses it to stabilize her stitching when finishing instead of skirtex.

Stash Busting
Katie provided us with a shape to use for our interpretive stitching.   Her idea came from the December NeedleArt issue, page 18, the Stitch Your Brain Project.   She choose an apple as our shape.  (pix to follow).   You are to use your stash only and whatever stitches you want.   We are anxious to see the various ways the stitchers interpret the assignment.  Hopefully many will have something to share at our September Meeting.

Add I almost forgot!  This was our covered dish dinner meeting.   As always, everything was delicious and somehow without even coordinating our efforts, we end up with a great variety of some tasty food.

Don't forget to visit our Facebook page and add pictures of your latest stitching and to add information about projects, etc.
Keep on stitching and you in May!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

A spot of tea

Please stop by the DVHSG page to enjoy a hidden south Jersey treasure.

Gloucester County Historical Society visit

and checkout their latest meeting post for some Lamplighter EGA stitched pieces that were shared.

Updated - Sunday, April 9th

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.