What’s in My Stitching Bag? – Part 2 by Mary Hodges

When I looked at Jessica’s stitching bag list in last month’s newsletter, my first thought was “Holy Cats, she IS packin’ for a safari”. After checking out my bag, I realize that I could join Jessica on her stitching safari… Yikes! I tend to have two types of stitching bags – quick project and big project.

My Quick Project Bag contains:

  •  Project (small kit – like mill hill ornament -with all project supplies included)
  • Needles (and pins) in a needle case
  • Floss organizer
  • Needle threader
  • Scissors
  • Bone needle
  • Needle pulling tool
  • Travel light
  •  Ort container
  • and for some odd reason, tape measure, airline earphones, cough drops, wet naps, nail file, sharpie pen



My Big Project Bag contains:

  • Portable Stitching Stand (Elan is my stand of choice)
  • Project (usually on scroll frame)
  • 8″x11″ish bag to hold all threads, embellishments and pattern
  • Magnetic board to hold pattern while stitching
  • Tool Box

Tool Box (and this is where I give Jessica a run for her money)

  • 2 extra pairs of reading glasses (with cleaner and cloth)
  • 6″ Ruler
  • Fiber Hiding tool
  • Laying Tool
  • (2 ) pairs of scissors
  • (2) Ort holders
  • (3) Bone Needles
  • (7) Needle cases (one with pins)
  • (7) Needle Threaders (Houston, I have a problem)
  • Scissor block (holds scissors, bone needle and laying tool)
  • (2) Small bead mats
  • Telescoping magnet
  • Fray Check (for sealing edges of fabric prior to stitching)
  • hardly ever use, but just in case: beeswax,Highlighter guide (film to highlight areas of project — not a highlighting pen), Do-It Tooly (buries threads), tape measure, staple remover, nail file, pencil, pen, post- it notes
  • Beaded Spider

The only thing I add when going to a retreat: a floor lamp, frame weight, and extension cords.


EGA Seminar Logo Update


The cover of the Stitchin’ Fiesta half of Needle Arts Magazine was stitched by none other than SANG’s very own Tawney Carter. Tawney stitched the winning entry in the logo contest. We’re so proud.

EGA Seminar 2015 – Registration Open

The time is fast approaching for EGA Seminar 2015 which will be held at the Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas on October 24 – November 1, 2015.

For those who were not able to take advantage of Early Registration last fall Open Registration will begin on March 1, 2015.Class descriptions, photos, and the registration form can be found on the EGA website, www.egausa.org. The seminar brochure will also be published in the March 2015 issue of NeedleArts, which members should be receiving within the next week or so. Members and non-members can register online or by mail.

Do You Have A Stitching Journal?

I have been watching quite a bit of Floss Tube lately. If you have never heard of Floss Tube it is an on-line community of stitchers that video blogs their stitching journeys on You Tube. As I was watching one such video I was impressed with one lady. Her stitching plans for the year seem to revolve around the all of the SALS (Stitch-A-Longs) that she has joined. She seemed to be in one every two weeks or so. What impressed me the most what how she organized it all in a journal.

First she typed up all of the SALS that she signed up to participate in for this year and next then pasted it into the front two pages of her journal. Her list consists of a Start checkbox, Done checkbox, SAL start date and SAL name. It looks a little like the example below which is based on the SALS offered by the bulletin board I belong to:


Next she created a template card with all of the information that she want to keep track of for each project and printed blanks so that she can paste the projects into her notebook . It looks some think like this:

This got me thinking. I have a stitching journal but for me it seems to be a catch all/shopping list. I use it to document if I have everything that I need to start a project. I use it to document thread changes I might want to make or audition the next time I go shopping at my local needlework store. Other things that I would want to keep track of: Name and thread count of fabric used. The number of floss stands I used. Is the piece stitched over 1 or over 2? Start Date and completion date. Comments about a piece. Do you have a stitching journal? If so, how do you use it?


by Jessica Jones

Bead Market

We will be manning a table at the San Antonio Bead Market on Saturday, March 21 at 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday, March 22 at 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at Pedrotti’s Northwind Ranch, 13715 FM 1560. It is outside 1604 off Braun Road. If you can stitch, please email me at jjvandy@peoplepc.com This would be a good time to finish the blackwork piece we started at the February 24 meeting or Hapsburg lace.

We also have a table at the San Antonio Bead Society Bazaar at Schertz Civic Center on Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3. Times on this later. Email me if you are interested.

Joan Vanderbrink

The San Antonio Public Library and SANG have a great relationship

Our February teaching project was nicely publicized in News & Events, SAPL’s newsletter:

Join us for this family friendly project presented by the San Antonio Needlework Guild.

Let Guild members show you how easy this cross stitch heart (in a frame) can be for kids and adults to complete. All instruction and supplies will be provided.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Thanks again to Carol Pederson (of Framing by Carol) for allowing SANG to use her cute heart design. As you can see by the picture below, Pat Sweet had a very attentive young stitcher! Pat, Joyce McCoig, Karin Shaw and Jessica Jones had a great time interacting with the enthusiastic new stitchers (and some parents). Maybe we’ll see these students again at a future SANG meeting…


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.

Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye…

Can you believe that it is March already? I am having a hard time believing it myself. Last month SANG taught a class for young kids at the Forest Hills Library. I would like to thank fellow teachers Joyce McCoig, Pat Sweet, and Karen Shaw. There were about eight children participating. What impressed me most is that out of those eight children, three were boys. It was refreshing to see. I learned a lot from this class and hope to do others.

The South Central Region still has open registration for the group correspondence offerings for 2015. Group Correspondence courses are a great opportunity to learn more about different categories of stitching. If you are interested, please sign up by the deadline March 31, 2015.

The May luncheon is coming up soon. So if you are interested in attending, please send in your registration.

Last month I mentioned if you like Blackwork you needed to check out designer Elizabeth Almonds. Why you might ask? Well she put out a free Blackwork pattern called Save The Stitches Blackwork Journey. The project itself is a major undertaking and contains 131 unique diaper patterns. What is amazing to me is to see so many works in progress of this piece and the different variations from the original. The original piece is stitched on 25 count Lugana with DMC black floss, DMC No. 12 Black, three metallic threads (gold, silver, and copper) and three colors of beads to match the metallic threads. Don’t like the black how about changing the dominant color to blue. Don’t want to use black floss to do the diaper patterns how about using a different color for each pattern. Don’t like the metallic threads why not change it to something that suits your style like teal and purple.

Which leads me to my questions of the month? What attracts you to a project? Is it the size of the project? Is it the pattern itself? The color pallet used? The materials used? The stitching techniques used? The cost of the project? The fact that everybody else is stitching it? Or do you see the possibilities of what it could be once you have added your own flair?

As always happy stitching,

Jessica Jones