February Outreach Update

Shhh! The SANG premier outreach project for 2019 is a secret! Our night meeting host, St. Marks UMC, is in need of ornament replacements for its giving tree, which holds wants and needs lists for youngsters who can use a little help at Christmas. When the list is removed to be filled, an ornament is chosen from under the tree to replace the list. Well… those current ornaments are no longer up to the task.
Our answer is to replace them with handmade angel ornaments to be presented the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

The goal is 20 angels, from 3 to 5 inches high, finished (including hangers), ready for the tree. The choice of design and medium is up to the maker; cross-stitch, needlepoint, Hardanger, beaded by hand or on a ground, quilted, whatever method you choose. Please look through your stash, search your memory and see what you can bring to meet this challenge. But remember, this is a secret until we make the presentation!

Threads of Blessing and Meals on Wheels will continue through the year, although we will not make bags this year, so please save pretty bags to use for our donation to Meals on Wheels in December. I will pass along information on both these organizations in future newsletters.

Information regarding Habitat for Humanity samplers will be available next month, but it’s time to decide the strength of your interest. Please send a text to me at 719-322-1305 or a quick email to blonride@gmail.com to let the Board know yea or nay to continue this outreach. If yes, how many will you stitch?

Watch the Outreach tab on our website, www.sang-ega.org for updates on resource materials and projects. This is going to be fun!

Carol Powers

February and March Stitch-Ins

Our February 2019 Stitch ins will be on Tuesday, February 5 at 6:00 pm Maverick Library; Monday, February 11 at 6 pm, Forest Hills Library, Wednesday, February 6 at 9:30 am, Northwood Presbyterian Church; Wednesday, February 13 at 10:00 am, Yarn Barn; Monday, February 18 at 5 pm Encino Library; Wednesday, February 20 at 9:30, Northwood Presbyterian Church; Saturday, February 16, 10:00 am, Memorial Library; Wednesday, February 27 at 9:30 am Northwood Presbyterian Church, Monday, February 25 at 5:00 pm at La Fonda on 410 behind Magic Time Machine. Our regular meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 26 a 9:30 am at Northwood Presbyterian Church and 6:45 pm at St. Mark’s Methodist Church on Vance Jackson.

Our March 2019 Stitch ins will be on Wednesday, March 6 at 9:30 am, Northwood Presbyterian Church; Wednesday, March 13 at 10:00 am Yarn Barn; Monday, March 11, 6 pm at Forest Hills Library, Saturday, March 16, 10:00 am, Memorial Library; Monday, March 18, 5:00 pm, Encino Library; Wednesday, March 20, 9:30 am, Northwood Presbyterian Church; Wednesday, March 27, 9:30 am Northwood Presbyterian Church. Tuesday, March 26 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; Monday, March 25, 5 pm at La Fonda behind Magic Time Machine.

Joan Vanderbrink

Seminar 2020 Upcoming Workdays

Technique classes will resume in the Fall — until then, we ask that you join your Seminar 2020 committee members in one or more of our Favor Work Days! The favors are still a secret, but we’re coming along nicely. We will be machine and hand sewing, cutting fabric, die-cutting paper, and more. No specialized experience is required. We have jobs to match all skill levels

We will meet at St. Mark United Methodist Church; 1902 Vance Jackson Road San Antonio, TX 78213 Saturday 2 March, Saturday 6 April and Saturday 4 May from 10 am-3pm. We will break for lunch around noon. Come for just the morning, the afternoon, or all day–any amount of time you can give us is greatly appreciated! If you have any questions, please contact Mary Layman at: milayman85@gmail.com or (719) 761-0618. Now is your chance to have a hand in the favors that SANG provides. Help us show off your talent to the South Central Region in 2020! We’ll see you there

Mary Hodges

President’s Message February 2019

Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye…

Our new Board met January 17, 2019 and a lot of new ideas came out of it. Watch this newsletter for upcoming projects, workshops, classes and Outreach projects.

We are approved for a booth at the San Antonio Mini Maker Faire at the Central Library on Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 10:30 to 3:00 pm. Mark your calendars and come stitch with us. We can give out the skein of floss with our card attached. Hopefully visitors will check out our website.

We will be teaching a plastic canvas heart on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at Forest Hills Library from 3-5. We have the materials from last year. We have had 3-5 students learn beginning cross stitch. We will be at Maverick Library that evening. We had 3 new members at the day meeting and two of them, Joan and Kathy volunteered to help teach the class. We will have six teachers.

February 2 is Stitch in Public Day but February 16 at Memorial Library will be our Stitch in Public Day. Circle this date on your calendar. The library opens at 10:00 am and we are usually there waiting. The light is good so bring whatever you would like to stitch. We have a nice turnout at this library. Bring some of your bling projects to draw attention to our stitching.

We learned Sue Preston is moving to Florida soon. We wish her and husband Rick and Marie her mother all the best but she will be sure to keep in touch with SANG.

Joan Vanderbrink

Outreach

Between the day and night meetings on November 27, we made 50 bags of toiletries for Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels Staff were so thankful for the two boxes of bags we donated to them on December 5, 2018. Thank you so much for donating shampoo, conditioner, tooth brushes and tooth paste, mouthwash, bath and body wash and soaps. Our new Outreach VP, Carol Powers said she would like to keep our outreach local so hold on to your unused toiletries. We may have another project in the works.

Joan Vanderbrink

January and February Stitch Ins

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.

Our February 2019 Stitch ins will be on Tuesday, February 5 at 6:00 pm Maverick Library; Monday, February 11 at 6 pm, Forest Hills Library, Wednesday, February 6 at 9:30 am, Northwood Presbyterian Church; Wednesday, February 13 at 10:00 am, Yarn Barn; Monday, February 18 at 5 pm Encino Library; Wednesday, February 20 at 9:30, Northwood Presbyterian Church; Saturday, February 16, 10:00 am, Memorial Library; Wednesday, February 27 at 9:30 am Northwood Presbyterian Church, Monday, February 25 at 5:00 pm at La Fonda on 410 behind Magic Time Machine. Our regular meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 26 a 9:30 am at Northwood Presbyterian Church and 6:45 pm at St. Mark’s Methodist Church on Vance Jackson.

Joan Vanderbrink

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

Happy New Year 2019. We have some new faces on the Board and some previous members changing jobs. Watch this newsletter for new programs from Mary Hodges, our Education VP, a Peg Dunayer class in March and April, 2019, Saturday workshops for our 2020 Seminar in San Marcos and our SANG retreat in September 2019 from Diane Williams.

Carol Powers is our Outreach VP. We can continue saving toiletries for Meals on Wheels and threads for Threads of Blessing. When the time comes, send your Membership to Kay Foster, our Membership VP and Carmel Friesenhahn will be our Treasurer and Joyce McCoig, our Secretary. Our SANG Guild is in good hands.

We will be teaching a plastic canvas heart on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at Forest Hills Library from 3-5. We have the materials from last year. We have had 3-5 students learn beginning cross stitch. We will be at Maverick Library that evening. Anyone interested in helping teach this class, please let me know. I will be asking for volunteers at the day and night meetings on January 22, 2019.

February 16 at Memorial Library will be our Stitch in Public Day. Circle this date on your calendar. The library opens at 10:00 am and we are usually there waiting. The light is good so bring whatever you would like to stitch.

All the best to my stitching friends in 2019.

Joan Vanderbrink

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 https://egausa.org. 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.

Outreach

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.
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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