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.
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.
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.