National Outreach Project

Every three years when a new EGA president is appointed, the incoming president has the privilege of appointing a charity to support. President Janet Noble has selected America’s wounded service members as her designated National Outreach Project. Multiple sets of designs are planned for release throughout her term. Set 1 has been released ($30) and can be purchased at the EGA Website Set 1 includes the following:


America 1776: A Diamond in the Rough by Linda Reinmiller

In 1776, the Second Continental Congress envisioned a nation free from the rule of the British crown and they signed the Declaration of Independence. It took a war to establish their independence, and it has taken a succession of wars to maintain our freedom. This design celebrates the men and women who dared to start a new type of nation never before attempted, and it honors the men and women who continue to protect our country. It is designed to be stitched with floss, pearl cotton and Kreinik metallics on 24-count Congress Cloth, but it can be adapted for 18-count canvas.




Hero’s Bouquet by Judy Jeroy

Flower meanings have fascinated people for centuries and the symbolic language of flowers has been recognized widely throughout the world. This design uses surface stitchery with DMC 6-strand cotton on heavy cream fabric to convey the messages of courage, patriotism, and gratitude all tied together with a yellow ribbon (associated with “support our troops” since the Gulf Wars in the 1990s).





Purple Heart Ornament by Carol Lynn Stratton

The Purple Heart medal is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy. It is specifically a combat decoration. This ornament was designed using surface embroidery stitches with Perle #5 and #8 on Kona cotton, however, you may use any ground fabric and other threads [DMC floss, 6 ply or rayon Razzle, etc.]. It can be finished as an ornament with couched braid around edge.


Susan Beardsley came to the stitch in at Northwood Presbyterian Church and picked up a totebag of threads for Threads of Blessing. I have an empty container now. We can do this on going since we all have “orphan threads”.

Pat Sweet and I went to the Dedication for 10 Homes for Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio Saturday, November 17. Trisha Moy, Faith Relations Associate, was very pleased with our samplers. The ten recipient families were given one of our samplers, a welcome mat and cutting board and a tool box and a Bible for their new homes.

Thank you SANG for stitching these lovely samplers and for collecting all the “orphan threads”. We will be working on making the bags for Meals on Wheels toiletries on Tuesday, November 27.

Joan Vanderbrink

December and January Stitch Ins

Our December 2018 Stitch ins will be on Tuesday, December 4, 6:00 pm Maverick Library; Monday, December 10 at 6 pm, Forest Hills Library, Wednesday, Dec. 5 9:30 am, Northwood Presbyterian Church; Wednesday, December 12, 10:00 am, Yarn Barn; Monday, Dec. 17, 5 pm Encino Library; Wednesday, December 19 at 9:30, Northwood Presbyterian Church; Saturday, December 15, 10:00 am, Memorial Library; Wednesday, December 26, 9:30 am Northwood Presbyterian Church. No La Fonda on Monday, December 24. We don’t have December day or night meetings, just stitch ins.

We don’t have December day or night meetings, just stitch ins.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in 2019. Wishing you many stitching days ahead in 2019.

Our January 2019 Stitch ins will be on Wednesday, January 2 at 9:30 am, Northwood Presbyterian Church; Wednesday, January 9 at 10:00 am Yarn Barn; Monday, Jan. 14, 6 pm at Forest Hills Library, Saturday, January 19, 10:00 am, Memorial Library; NO ENCINO LIBRARY ON MONDAY JANUARY 21; Wednesday, Nov. 16, 9:30 am, Northwood Presbyterian Church; Wednesday, Jan. 23, 9:30 am Northwood Presbyterian Church. Tuesday, January 22 is our day and night meeting. The day meeting is 9:30 am at Northwood and 6:45 pm at St. Mark’s Methodist Church; Wednesday, January 30, 9:30 Northwood Presbyterian Church; Monday, January 28, 5 pm at La Fonda behind Magic Time Machine.

Libraries will be closed on Monday, January 21 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Joan Vanderbrink

President’s Message – Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye…

I hope everyone had as wonderful a Thanksgiving as I did. So good to be with loved ones, no matter what the connection.

I must add one sad note that occurred shortly after the newsletter was completed. Our longtime member, Mary Jane Marazzini died at the very end of October.

We have completed our outreach projects for both Habit for Humanity of San Antonio and Meals on Wheels. Joan Vanderbrink will have more about those later in the newsletter. Please let the Board know what we should undertake for the next year to add to continuing to contribute to Threads of Blessing.

We are coming to the end of 2018 and the end of one Board’s tenure and the start of a new one. I have enjoyed being president mostly because of the hard work of the Board and the interest of the membership in both our own stitching projects and in our many outreach projects and our Seminar in 2020. Thanks to you all for our many successes!

I hope to see MANY of you at the Christmas Brunch on Saturday, December 8!!!
The party is such a fun event and we have all the members together-both the Day and Night groups! Wonder what clever ornament I’ll get this year.

I wish you all Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year of stitching!

Pat Sweet