Membership News

One Stitch at a Time…

SANG has a full program planned for you this year: monthly meetings and programs, Outreach, our lovely Retreat, the Holiday Luncheon and much more. And don’t forget this year’s National EGA Seminar held in our beautiful city of San Antonio!

Whether you are a long-time member or new to the stitching community, with your membership you can take advantage of all that SANG offers, enjoy the company of fellow stitchers, and learn something new along the way. With your membership you also receive a subscription to Needle Arts magazine and to the chapter’s newsletter, San Antonio Samplings.

Thank you to all the members that have renewed their membership with SANG! If you have not yet renewed, please do so immediately so you can benefit from all the activities an EGA/SANG membership affords you. Please use the membership form in this newsletter for your renewal. If you have any questions, please contact our Member Chair Karin Shaw at 210.264.7711. Thank you!

Karin Shaw

Membership Chair


SANG is celebrating its members’ original works with a desk calendar for 2016. It will showcase a unique stitched piece each calendar month and makes for an attractive keep-sake or gift for family and friends! Calendars will be available during Seminar 2015 and all regularly held SANG meetings from October 2015 onward.

But we need your help! If you would like to participate in this exciting project, please email a digital pictures of your original* work to Karin Shaw at  to arrange taking a digital picture of your work for you. Multiple entries are possible.

* Original designs only, no purchased kits

The Bead Market

SANG will be stitching at the Bead Market on Saturday, August 15 from 10-5 and Sunday, August 16 from 10-4 at the Pedrotti North Wind Ranch Event Center, 13715 FM1560 (West Hausman), outside Loop 1604, Helotes, TX. All SANG stitchers and beaders are encouraged to come out and stitch with us. Bring some of your pieces with beads on them. There will be a room full of bead vendors. Admission and parking are free.

-Joan Vanderbrink

Volunteers needed for EGA Seminar 2015

Not registered for Seminar? Attending but not in class the whole time? Have free time in the morning, at lunch, after class? Willing to help with the Registration and Hospitality packets before Seminar begins or man the Registration desk?
If any of the above speaks to you, please contact Pat Sweet ( Chairman of Volunteers.

Thanks! Your help will be appreciated by The Seminar Committee.

News: community outreach program

Ladies, please start saving the following items which we will be using to “upcycle” into our sewing kits 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. We could use an additional 30 magnets (but have it covered if you don’t have any laying around).

Buttons – either white, ecru, brown or black. Raid your button jar for buttons that can be used to repair shirt or pants which are part of the Arnold Elementary Uniforms (their colors are maroon, khaki, and white). We’re not looking for exotic or sparkly buttons — serviceable run- of-the-mill is what we need!!!

We could use 15-20 more Altoid tins — we’ll make as many kits as we have tins … but 50 is our target!
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…

I cannot believe that school will be starting in a few weeks’ time. I am still trying to figure out where my summer went. I did get in some beading. I am so excited to have finished the beaded name tag for the EGA Seminar 2015. This is the first seminar name tag that I have completed. I have several other name tags that I started stitching but never got around to finishing for one reason or another. Let just say that this beaded name tag was truly a labor of love. There are parts of it that required me to redo more than once.

There is a bead show being held at Pedrotti’s Ranch on August 15th and August 16th. Please contact Joan Vanderbrink if you can attend and stitch. If you have never been we usually have a large table to lay out samples of our work and our stitching supplies for the projects we bring to work on. You get to talk to people interested in learning more about our guild or what you are stitching on at the moment.

I look forward to seeing the many different versions of Mariposa as class attendees continue to finish their pieces from the class held back on June 13. It was nice small piece to get some exposure to specialty stitches without becoming overwhelmed.

Did you see the article that Karin Shaw wrote for the April newsletter (it’s also being run in this newsletter) asking for original designs from the membership to put in a calendar? If you are interested in participating let Karin know.

The guild will be donating a basket to be used as a door prize for the national seminar in October. If you would like to make a donation or a contribution to the basket please let me know.

Just a reminder EGA Seminar 2015 which will be held at the Marriott River Center in San Antonio, Texas on October 28 – November 1, 2015. Class descriptions, photos, and the registration form can be found on the EGA website, If you are interested in attending and taking a class contact Kathy Scioneaux at to check on availability.

As always happy stitching,

Jessica Jones