Membership News

New Beginnings…

Happy New Year!

The new year means new beginnings and a fresh look! Are you eager to start a new hobby or a new stitching project? Maybe you need help with a piece you are currently stitching on? Join us at SANG and get the support and camaraderie and learn a new skill while enjoying the various programs SANG has to offer. Join us by filling out the membership form included in this newsletter.

Returning members: don’t miss out on any of our activities! Please send in your dues using the membership form in this newsletter. We would love to welcome you back into our midst!

If you need to make any changes to your contact information (name, address, phone number) or if you have any questions, please email me at or call me at 210.264.7711. Thank you!

Karin Shaw

Membership Chair

New National EGA Board

New National EGA Board Installation: Front Row from Left to Right: Director Membership & Marketing Karen Hamilton, Director Education Barbara Orend, Treasurer Pam Coller, Secretary Joyce McCoig, Vice

President Judy Badger, President Leslie Gagliardi. Absent Director Bylaws Rebecca Wardlaw.

SANG would like to congratulate the new National EGA Board which was installed at the National Seminar held in San Antonio. We couldn’t be prouder of our very own Joyce McCoig who was installed as Secretary.

Good luck to all as you take on the duties of your new offices.

Fabric and Floss Dyeing – Part 2

by Jessica Jones

Second in a three part series. Last month I started by listing some of the sources on the web that I used to gather material for our class. Part 2 is a list the of steps for the fabric dyeing process. Part 3 will be the steps for the floss dyeing.


  • Gloves
  • 100% Cotton EvenweaveFabric or 100%
  • Linen Fabric
  • Sewing Machine or Serger
  • Washing Machine
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Cookie sheet and Wire Grill Or Beef Jerky Tray
  • Ice
  • RIT Powdered Dye – 3 or more colors
  • Zip-Loc snack size bags
  • Iron
  • Paper Towels
  • Plastic Table cloth
  • Masking tape
  • Apron
  • Vinegar
  • Spray Bottles
  • Water

Prepare your area for dyeing.

  • Use the plastic table cloth to cover your work area.
  • Tape down with masking tape to keep it from shifting.

Prepare yourself for dyeing.

  • Wear clothes that you will not mind if you get dye on them. o Use gloves to prevent staining your hands.
  • Use an apron to keep your clothes from getting dirty.

Prepare your fabric for dyeing.

  • Serge or zigzag the edges of your fabric (sized for your project) to prevent fraying.
  • Wash your fabric with laundry detergent using your washing machine to remove any sizing that may be in the material.
  • If you plan on dyeing your fabric immediately after you wash it, continue to the instruction for

Prepare the tools for dyeing otherwise air dry or use a dryer to dry the fabric till you can dye it.

Prepare your tools for dyeing.

  • You will be using Vinegar to set your dyes, fill a small spray bottle with vinegar.
  • You will be using Water to help set your ice, fill a small spray bottle with water.
  • Prepare your dyeing rack — use a jerky tray or place a cooling rack in a cookie pan with a lip

Prepare the dyes that you will be using to dye your fabric.

  • Remove the packages of powered dye from their boxes.
  • Snip the corners of the packages.
  • Set the packages down carefully until you are ready to use. Avoid spilling any of the powered dye.
  • Make sure that your fabric is thoroughly wet. Soak in warm water and ring out any excess
  • Place the wet fabric on the grill in the cookie sheet and scrunch it up.
  • Scrunching will give the fabric places of interest where the color will or will not adhere to so that it gives dimension.
  • The ice should stick to the fabric if the fabric is wet enough. If not, have a water bottle handy with water to spritz the fabric to help the ice stick.
  • Once you have covered your fabric with as much ice as you can, begin adding the powdered dyes.
  • Take one dye and sprinkle it as you would salt all over your ice covered fabric. Place the powdered dye in a snack size zip-loc bag to prevent the dye spilling between uses and place back in the dye box for the appropriate color. Continue adding additional dye colors until you feel that you have added enough dye to you fabric. There is no right or wrong amount:)
  • Wait until all of the ice melts (about 2 hours)
  • Once the ice has melted completely rinse your fabric in warm water till it stops releasing dye
  • Smooshing the fabric a little before rinsing will move excess die to areas that may not have enough color saturation. If you’re happy with the look, don’t smoosh!Spray your fabric with vinegar until it soaking wet and let is sit on a paper towel or covered surface for 5 minutes.
  • Rinse the vinegar out of your fabric with warm water.
  • Dry your fabric and press with an iron to remove the wrinkles.
  • Clean up.

Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye…

HAPPY NEW YEAR. 2016 has arrived. Every January I look back at the last year, see what I can do better and set some goals to achieve. I have said before I am a constant work in progress, always searching for new ways to stay motivated to reach my stitching goals. While I did not get as far on some projects as I would have liked, I did finish some works in progress that have been in the closet for a couple of years. I had a eureka moment when I was wrapping gifts for the holidays and realized that I did not have to go hunting for all of my wrapping supplies because I had placed them all in one location in a closet. Bonus: my family members could find it when they needed as well and did not have to have me find it. So while some of my stitching supplies have been organized others are not and it does take time to look through all of my stash to find a missing thread that I know that I bought for a specific project or a charm that I need to finish off a piece. One of my goals is to overhaul my stash organization. I am looking into some applications that I can use to categorize my stash to keep me organized. I want to spend less time looking for missing pieces and more time stitching. I am also looking into setting up a stitchy corner that can stay set up all the time. I find that it takes some time to pack up after a day of stitching and with a more permanent space I could spend the time prepping for my next stitching session instead of packing up.

We will be starting the Stitch-A-Longs this month. If you are on the fence, please consider joining in. Due to this being a new concept for some we will be extending the check-in or sign up for the first SAL to January 9, 2016. We will be making a stitch-in of it. If you have not signed up we will take pictures and get you signed up. If you already signed up then this is your opportunity to get some dedicated time to your project. I look forward to seeing everyone there.

Here is a recap of the categories for the Happy New Year SAL. SAL 1 – January and February 2016

Happy New Year SAL
o New Start
o Any project you have with a winter theme.
o Any project you have with hearts or LOVE on it. o Any project with the color Grey.
o Any project that has specialty stitches.

We will be teaching a children’s class in February at Forest Hills Library on February 27, 2016. If you would like to help the Guild teach, please contact Joan Vanderbrink.
As I go along on in my journey for improve my stitching experience and make 2016 the best year to date, I will let you know what I find by writing an article about it. If it helps me it may help you too.

Happy stitching,

Jessica Jones

And to Think that I Saw it on Bowie Street

by Mary Hodges (with apologies to Dr. Seuss)


When they heard the news, my guild was humming,
It’s happened, they said, National Seminar’s coming.
I eagerly opened the catalog (which couldn’t be slicker), but no classes I saw made my heart beat any quicker.
I sat there and pouted, bemoaning my plight
when Pat Sweet came by to talk (I was a pitiful sight). “No classes? That’s perfect! I have just the thing,
join my group of volunteers .. it’ll be amazing.”

Day 1 was packet stuffing – both official and fun,
about 25 ladies set to work to get it all done.
We filled over 600 packets, each with 85 things we’re compiling, empty boxes were stacking, stuffed bags stockpiling.
When we were done, the sight was quite crazy
(sorry, no pictures, this reporter was lazy).
Okay, I’m exhausted, how many days did I commit?
Every day but one, I’ll be a goner, aw s#!t…

Day 2, it’s happened, it’s finally here, registration is open, it’s all in high gear.

I’m handing out packets, checking tickets and class,
“this is all going smoothly”, last time I think that, alas.
Classrooms have moved, quick, run a change to the printer
Marriott’s overbooked???? Curses, our lasses are stranded (good thing it’s not winter!)

Day 3 – registration, I’m hitting my stride
directing to classes, exhibit – I’m a nifty tour guide.
“Next year’s classes – don’t miss them, they’re over this way
the auction is quite spiffy, opportunities plenty – all open, all day.”

Day 4 – took the day off to make costumes, not supposed to be here
I show up (bringing costume with me) – I’m addicted to Seminar, I fear.

Day 5 – batten the hatches – it’s a tornado, a flood, a monsoon
weather advisories, sirens, has the Marriott become our Temple of Doom??? It’ll take more than an angry Mother Nature to give EGAsters a fright
no one abandons ship — it’s Merchandise Night!

Day 6 – things are a little spooky, there’s a hint of fright in the air ghosts and goblins aren’t the problem, someone’s outbidding, no fair! The last full day’s a doozy, all are learning a lot
I won my silent auction, so take it all back, there’s no plot…

Day 7 – the day dawns with sadness, everyone’s saying goodbye but the day’s not yet over, though time is starting to fly.
The luncheon was fantastic, Champaign brie my new favorite soup. Thank y’all, you were awesome — volunteering a hoot!

Community Outreach

Thank you to everyone who contributed to make our outreach project a tremendous success. We ended up making 50 complete sewing kits for Arnold Elementary. I forgot to take a picture of the morning gang hard at work sewing buttons onto felt inserts for the kits (sorry). The efficient production line you see above (from right to left, just to make things interesting): Jessica Jones – Straight pins, Pat Sweet – Safety Pins, Pat Allison – Needles, Joan Vanderbrink – Needle Threader and Thread, Tawney Carter – Buttons, and Diane Williams – Scissors and Quality Check. We couldn’t have pulled this off without all of your fabulous contributions. Bonus – the kits looked great!

Fabric and Floss Dyeing – Part 1

When I suggested to Pat that we do a class on dyeing fabric and floss, she asked “Who is going to teach this class?” I said that I would because I watched a video on YouTube and thought “I can do that. It’s not that difficult.” …and the results were amazing. There was some trial and error in refining the process I finally presented to our members in the class held in October. Attendees asked me to write down the process and include it in the newsletter, so here it is. I am going to start with Part 1 which is a bibliography of sorts. Basically this is all of the different sources on the web that I used to gathered material for our class. Part 2 will be a list the steps for the fabric dyeing process. Finally Part 3 will be the steps for the floss dyeing.

There is an abundance of material out there. Listed below are most of the videos I reviewed to develop the process that I used. We used RIT dye and their website is full of useful information. As you can see I looked at a lot of their videos and written instructions. You may see some videos that use other products. I was trying to get a feel for what is available and what can be used to dye fabric and floss.

[editor’s note: Jessica included an insane (but impressive!) FOURTY video and website links in her original article. I have pared it down to 3. You’re welcome.]

For Fabric Dyeing



National EGA Star Spangled Seminar in Alexandria, VA is November 2-6,2016. Early registration has closed. The classes are on line. If you have any questions, look for Open Registration in the Seminar Brochure in March 2016 or email Tricia Johnson at

The SCR seminar is June 15-18, 2016 in Dallas. The SCR website has the information to register and see the classes.

Joan Vanderbrink, Region Rep