STITCH INS FOR February and March 2015

Sunday February 15th is the official EGA Stitch in Public Day, but SANG is not content with only one day of stitching. Check out our full roster of stitching opportunities: Tuesday, February 3 at Maverick Library 6-8 pm, Wednesday, February 4 at Northwood Presbyterian Church, 9 am to 11:00 am, lunch at 11:00 am and more stitching about 12-3 pm, Monday, February 9 Forest Hills Library on Ingram inside 410, 6-8 pm, Wednesday, February 11 at Yarn Barn on McCullough 10:00 am to lunch and stitch until 3:00 pm, Saturday, February 21 at Memorial Library on Culebra 10:00 am to 1:00 pm., Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at Maverick Library, Wednesday, March 4 at Northwood Presbyterian Church, March 9 at Forest Hills Library, Wednesday, March 11, at Yarn Barn on McCullough 10:00 am to lunch and stitch until 3:00 pm and Saturday, March 21 at Memorial Library at 10:00 am on Culebra.

We have added a stitch in on the third Mondays at La Fonda on Loop 410 behind the Magic Time Machine. The light is good and we plan to have dinner at 5 or whenever stitchers can get there. The dates are Feb. 16 and March 16 so add these dates to your calendars.

Toys For Tots Drive – Update

SANG would like to thank everyone who donated to our Toys for Tots drive at the Christmas

luncheon. As you can see by the picture, there were some very happy children in SA as a result of your generosity:


Thanks to all who voted for the 2015 SCR-sponsored Group Correspondence Courses. See Jessica’s President’s message for information on the finalists.

The text fee is as specified for each class; all supplies are to be provided by the student. SCR 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 eight (8) or more members enrolled. To enroll, please fill out the registration form and send me a check for the text fee sooner than later! Deadline to register is March 31 so get those checks in the mail by St Patrick’s Day. I will announce the front runners (maybe all!) at the Mid-year Meeting on February 21.

As a reminder: if your chapter wants a different GCC and you can recruit eight (8) or more paid participants, SCR will sponsor that class, even if it isn’t one of the above choices. You could even use your education reimbursement monies to pay for the participants’ supplies!

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

Please do not hesitate to email me if you have any questions.

Have fun!

Beth Newton
SCR GCC Coordinator

Mark Your Calendar for These Important Upcoming Dates!

  • Feb. 15, 2015 – Stitch in Public Day
  • Feb. 20-21, 2015 – SCR Executive Committee and Mid-year Meetings, Dallas, TX
  • March 1, 2015 – Registration opens for Stitchin’ Fiesta, 2015 National Seminar.
  • April 1, 2015 – Application deadlines for Mary-Dick Digges Scholarship and Penny Evans Memorial Scholarship
  • April 14, 2015 – Registration deadline for Threads through Time conference
  • May 14-16, 2015 – 6th International Embroidery Conference, Threads through Time, Williamsburg, VA. Visit the EGA website for details.
  • May 31, 2015 – Registration deadline for Challenge and Challenge with a Twist
  • June 1, 2015 – Application deadline for Research Fellowship Grant
  • June 4 – 6, 2015 – SCR 2015 Seminar in Lubbock, TX, In Stitches. Registration is now open!
  • July 1, 2015 – Proposal deadline for Challenge with a Twist
  • Sept. 1, 2015 – Final submission deadline for Challenge and Challenge with a Twist
  •  Oct. 15, 2015 – Application deadline for Bobbie Pilling Memorial Award
  • October 28 – November 2, 2015 – EGA 2015 National Seminar in San Antonio, TX,Stitchin’ Fiesta. Volunteers still are needed to help plan and manage this SCR-hosted Seminar! Interested persons should contact Joy Cobb Registration re-opens March 1!
  • June 15-18, 2016 – SCR 2016 Seminar, Boots & Bluebonnets, Dallas, TX

Don’t forget about the SCR Outreach Project – stitched bookmarks for local literacy programs. Bring your stitched bookmarks to the May Luncheon; we’ll have one of our members bring the finished bookmarks to the Lubbock Seminar. The Lubbock Chapter then will present the bookmarks to a local literacy organization of their choosing.

South Central Region News

The SCR Mid-year Meeting will take place on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 at 10 a.m.
Embassy Suites Dallas
13131 N. Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75243

Several items of business will be discussed during the morning meeting, including the election of your new officers. The SCR Nominating Committee presents the following slate of individuals to serve as SCR officers for the 2015-2017 term:

  • Region Director: Dr. Linda Ann Walker
  • Assistant Region Director: Shawn Mille
  • Treasurer: Sandra Harwell
  • Secretary: Marian Hoffman
  • Education: Karen Heller

As a special treat, the Region is sponsoring a workshop at 2 p.m. following the meeting. Former SCR RD Donna Hagaman will teach a beaded tennis bracelet at the workshop. The kit cost is just $10 and the workshop is open to all SCR members. To register, email

The bracelet features seed beads and Swarovski crystals, with a swivel lobster claw clasp.

What is in your Stitching Bag? -by Jessica Jones

Every time I take my bag my husband says “Are we going on safari?” My response is usually “No, but you got be prepared.” I never know when I might get an opportunity to stitch and I do not want to miss it if I can.

For those of you who know me well you know that I like the full coverage cross stitch design like Heaven and Earth. So a lot a prep work goes on before I even start a project. Here is my list of all of the items that I need for a specific project:

What is in a Cross Stitch Bag?

  • Pattern – I like to place my patterns in a notebook with page protectors. This may not work for all of your patterns.
  • Notebook (optional)
  • Page Protectors (optional)
  • Fabric
  • Bais Tape (optional) – If the fabric is surged 
I usually omit this step.
  • Basting Thread – Due to the size of these 
projects I grid the center, page breaks and 
10X10 grid lines.
  • Floss – I like to store my floss in a bag and 
ring system. You can substitute your personal floss organization for the bags and rings. Example: Box and Bobbins
  • Bags
  • Rings
  • Tool Box – See tool box list.
  • Ort Box
  • Stitching Bag
  • Extras – these get included depending on the room in my stitching bag or extended time away from home.
  • Maginfier (optional)
  • Light (optional)
  • Frame Stand (optional) – Not included on a daily basis but will get include if going on vacation or going to a lengthy stitch in

What Goes In A Tool Box?

  • Highlighter
  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Note Pad
  • Needles – I like to use size 28 tapestry needles for a project like this.
  • Scissors
  • Needle Threader – The Loran one is my 
favorite one.
  • Star de tailor – Economical fiber hider.
  • Thread Heaven – Thread conditioner.
  • Qsnaps – I like Qsnaps but you can substitute with hoop or scroll bars if you prefer.
  • Qsnaps Cover
  • Sponge – I use a sponge to straighten my threads
  • Water bottle
  • Needle Pullers
  • Magnets (4)
  • Counting Pins (20)
  • Hair Clips (5) – These are used to tame any long threads on a piece.
  • Boo Boo Stick
  • Tweezers
  • Stitch Fixer
  • Laying Tool – Like to use a trolley needle.

Now that you know what is in my bag. What is in your stitching bag? What is your must have tool? If you put together a smalls kit what would you need to have in it?

“up cycle” for this year’s community outreach program

Ladies, please start saving the following items which we will be using to “upcycle” into a project for this year’s community outreach program:
Promotional refrigerator magnets (you know, those business card sized magnets for the local pizza delivery shop, vet or realtor). Don’t go grabbing piles from local businesses, but please do save the ones that you no longer need…

Used gift cards – we’re looking for sturdy plastic ones — make sure you’ve used the last penny! I write “Used” on the back of mine, so that I don’t confuse them with “live” cards.
Turn these items in to Mary Hodges at any program or stitch in. If you can’t find Mary, any board member could get them to her.

Courtesy Chairman

Did you know? Doris Johnson is SANG’s Courtesy Chairman. If you know of a member who is sick, or has had a death in the family, please let Doris know. She can be reached at (210) 822-5097. You could also email Jessica Jones , who will forward the information to Doris.


The SCR Seminar for 2015 is in Lubbock June 4-6 and is in Greater Dallas Chapter June 15-18, 2016. Registration for classes for Lubbock will continue until March 1 and registration for Studio Time will continue into May. The Region website is a good source for info about classes.
If you are not getting the Region e newsletter STITCHES check your email address on their National Member record. Add so it won’t go to a spam folder. Karen Hamilton has been doing a fine job of getting the info out to the Region members. Also please include your full name and Chapter name when corresponding with SCR board and committee members.
Registration for the 2015 National Seminar in San Antonio October 27-November 1 opens again March 1, 2015. Check out the mini classes being sponsored by SCR.
Joan Vanderbrink