Save The Date! – Fall Retreat

San Antonio Needlework Guild is moving it’s annual retreat to a new location — Inn of the Hills, in Kerrville, TX. Once again, we’re planning a hauntingly good time. The retreat will be held from October 29th through November 2nd. Additional information and a registration form will be in next month’s newsletter. Spaces will be limited so you won’t want to delay!

Stitch and Pitch


Stitch N’ Pitch brings together two wonderful traditions — Baseball and the NeedleArts. Come to the ball game and knit, crochet, embroider, cross-stitch and needlepoint. Sit among friends, family and colleagues and cheer on the Missions. Beginners, intermediate and experts are all welcome. coupon is on the Coupon Corner page.

Community Outreach

We have a very special community outreach program planned for our November program — but it requires a bit of early planning. We’ll be kitting comfort kits for the San Antonio District Homeless Student Program. Please start collecting the following items: (Travel size is preferable)

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Washcloths
  • Tooth paste
  • Tooth brush
  • Comb
  • Brush

You can turn the items in to Mary Hodges or any Board Member at any program or stitch-in. We’d prefer you bring the items (or let us know what you’ll be bringing) prior to the November program so that we can plan how many kits to make.

SCR Group Correspondence Courses 

This year’s finalists are:

Bargello Challenge ($35.00) Make a Joyful Stitch ($32.50) Needlework Tool Case ($28.00) Poppies ($35.00)

The text fee is shown above, all supplies to be provided by the student. South Central Region absorbs all shipping and handling costs. National adds shipping and handling to the text fee in their Lightening Rounds so SCR is a better deal!

As always, SCR will sponsor all classes that get 8 members enrolled. To enroll, please fill out the registration document and send a check for the text fee sooner than later! Deadline is March 31st so get those checks in the mail by St Patrick’s Day.

For those of you really ambitious stitchers who want to enroll for more than one class, please fill out a separate check and form for each class. This way if a class doesn’t make I can send you back the check a lot faster, since I don’t have to get a reimbursement done.

Registration forms can be found on the SCR website: Please do not hesitate to email Beth if you have any questions. Have fun!

Beth Newton
SCR GCC Coordinator 10715 Albury Dr Houston, TX 77096


The National EGA Seminar 2015 Committee is looking for a few good needleworkers to replicate our beautiful logo above in a stitched piece. The piece will be featured on the cover of NeedleArts. We may also kit the piece and sell it at upcoming events as part of seminar merchandise. So, take all of your great ideas, beautiful fibers and fascinating fabric and create your one of a kind piece to celebrate Stitchin’ Fiesta in San Antonio, TX in 2015!

DUE DATE: The submitted pieces will be displayed at SCR Seminar 2014 in Baton Rouge.
If mailing: Send to Carol Parker, 6125 Sheridan Oaks Drive, Beaumont, TX 77706 to arrive no later than May 31, 2014
If coming to SCR Seminar 2014: Must deliver it to the Registration Desk no later than 5:00 PM June 10 JUDGING: SCR Seminar 2014 attendees will be casting ballots for the winning design
PRIZE: The winner will receive a check for $100.00 and have their winning piece featured on the front of the NeedleArts magazine.


Here are the rules:

  • There is no specific size requirement, but if we will be kitting it, smaller would be better than really large
  • While the stitching has to be completed, the edges of your piece do not have to be finished when you submit it. It is up to you.
  • Pieces that have a great deal of height and/or dimension are more difficult to photograph
  • The color of the fabric you use does not matter as the colors of the design will stand out against almost any fabric
  • Beads, metals, shiny surfaces and fabric can be somewhat difficult to photograph well because they reflect the light, but use your judgment here
  • Since we may be kitting this, please keep good notes that we can turn into instructions
  • The EGA Logo, the letters EGA or Embroiderers’ Guild of America must appear on the piece


National Seminar 2015 News and Events

EGA Seminar 2015 Wants You!

The EGA Seminar 2015 committee is looking for someone living in theSan Antonio area to be hospitality liaison for next year’s national seminar in San Antonio. This person will work with the San Antonio Visitors and Convention Bureau and other organizations in the hospitality industry to explore activities that might interest our seminar participants. San Antonio is a tourist town, and we have a lot to offer our visitors. The participants in this seminar will be staying at the Marriott River Center, just minutes away from many tourist attractions. Our seminar in 2015 will be the first held in the new shortened format. There
will be no organized tours offered as part of the seminar. So participants will be relying on us to provide them with information on where to go and what to see. That’s where you come in. We need a person (or persons!) to seek out opportunities and get information (maybe work a deal?) for things like the double-decker bus tour, or the river barge, or discount tickets to the wax museum. (Did you know VIA offers special rates for one-day and multi-day passes? And in some cases they could be free?) A contact at the Visitors Bureau is already in place, so a big step in the process has already been taken.

If you are interested in participating in the planning side of EGA Seminar 2015, either this opportunity or some other to be determined, please contact me by email at

Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye… March 2014

We all have enough projects to last us without ever buying another but we keep buying every one that strikes our fancy. I hope to get Debbie Stiehler’s Berkshire Revisited that she taught at ANG. It is a front door with a tiny American Flag. I just fell in love with it. She is not teaching now and is selling the kit. She is to email me with the cost.

Ruth Owens was stitching an Ilse Altherr blackwork piece, Fantasy Garden, at the last retreat. My sister wanted to stitch it also. I remembered taking the class but did not finish the piece. I enjoyed going through all my tote bags with partially started projects looking for Fantasy Garden. I used to put pieces in X-ray boxes from when I was working. The boxes were great for projects on the stretcher bars and were heavy cardboard. Then I was talking to my sister on the phone and spied an X-ray box and knew that was where it was. I told Carol “I will call you back” and bee lined it for the box and there it was, a partially started blackwork Fantasy Garden from 2000. Problem solved.

We are delighted to have Ellen Riojas Clark, Ph.D., from UTSA speaking at our May 3 luncheon at Ft. Sam Golf Course. Her article on Huipiles is in the September 2013 Needlearts. Huipiles are beautiful woven blouses. Make your reservations now. Coupon is in this newsletter.

Tawney has some great projects lined up for technique class and meeting programs. Mark your calendars for our retreat October 29 to November 2 at Inn of the Hills in Kerrville. There will be more info soon in this newsletter.

Take me out to the ball game on May 15 for stitch and pitch at a Missions game. The coupon is in this newsletter. Come and bring your family and friends and your stitching that night.

Joan Vanderbrink