President’s Message November 2013

Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye…

I want to thank Diane Williams for organizing a great retreat. We had a lot of fun stitching for 5 days. I got quite a bit done on Amadeus since Marsha, Marilyn and Ruth were sitting at my table. My sister, Carol from Annapolis MD, also had a good time. She is working on Mother and Child. It is beautiful. We also had a delicious lunch at Darlene’s house on the way to Comfort. Her soups, sandwich trays and desserts were wonderful.

I accumulated some of Anne Marrou’s stash which I shared with you at the retreat. There were some books, hoops, hoops with straw material ready to stitch. In the mix was a newsletter from May-June 1985. This was several years before I even thought of SANG. They were getting ready for National Seminar 1985 at St. Anthony Hotel. Thirty years later we will have National Seminar 2015 here at Marriott River Center. In 1985 Lore Senseney was Nametag Chairman. Darlene Bryant was one of the stitchers doing brick covers. Wilanna Bristow was working on the marvelous banner for the theme “A Fiesta in Stitchery” and Sally Thomas also worked on it.

We will be having an exhibit at Forest Hills Library, 5245 Ingram Road for the month of December and January 2014. Please bring your pieces to the November 19 meetings. Info in this newsletter.

Thanksgiving is nearly here. The Board meeting will be November 13 and the regular day and night meetings will be November 19. We will be having the cording Kumihimo class at both meetings.

Don’t forget to send your reservation to Diane for the Christmas luncheon at Haven River Inn Sunday, December 15. The deadline is December 7, 2013. More info in this newsletter.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I hope you will have all of your family around you.

Joan Vanderbrink

Forest Hills Library Exhibt

The Forest Hills Library, 5245 Ingram Road inside 410 called me to have an exhibit from December 1 to January 31, 2014. The case is 8 feet long and has at least 3 shelves and is kept locked. Please bring your pieces to the November 19 meeting. We don’t want to pass up this opportunity to display our works.

We will also be having an exhibit at Memorial Library the month of February 2014. The pieces will be hung on a wall and not locked or protected. I do have the EGA Insurance forms for this exhibit. More on this later.

Joan Vanderbrink

Retreat at Haven River Inn 2013

What happens when a great group of stitchers get together for a weekend retreat? Hours of stitching, eating, fun and laughter ensues! Eager stitchers who were able to start their weekend
adventure early gathered first at the home of Darlene Funk who graciously opened her home for lunch and a place to gather prior to the “official” open of the retreat. Being the last-minute packer that I am, I was unable to make the “pre-party” at Darlene’s, and hear that I missed out on fabulous food and hospitality.

My drive to Comfort was overcast with occasional sprinkles, but the weather held out and everyone was able to unpack without getting wet. Looking around the stitching room, it was easy to see that no one would run out of projects to work on — I think we all took enough projects for a month, not just a long weekend.

Like Camelot, it only rained the first night that we were at Haven Inn. The days and the rest of the weekend were beautiful. Stitching on the inner porch with our fabulous view appears to have inspired all of the stitchers, there were many, many projects completed during the weekend.

Knowing that stitchers go to retreats to, well, stitch – our peerless retreat leader Diane limited the activities that would take away from our stitching time. Halloween came and it was all treats, no tricks. Retreat participants received candy and uninterrupted stitching time. Friday Night was “Movie Night” – wine, cheese, popcorn and fruit accompanied a viewing of “Bird Cage” (even here, some viewers multi-tasked and stitched).

Saturday was a busy day. Each stitcher was encouraged to make a nametag when they arrived and on Saturday the creative ladies put the best of them up for a vote. Competition was fierce, with a two-way tie for the top. Deciding the winner wasn’t easy, but in the end Patsy Berry edged out Dolores Blomstrom for the win. The white elephant gift exchange was great; however, due to the high level of thievery Carole Lake opened up about 2/3 of the gifts. The wonderful items revealed as each gift was opened showed that our talented stitchers clearly know how to shop! Formal activities ended with the selection of the winning “Name the Retreat” entry. Both Cyd Anglin and Rosalie Moon entered the winning name: “Stitch-In Comfort”

For my part, I count the retreat a total success — conversation was lively, I was able to stitch outdoors both on the outer porch AND in the cement gazebo, the food was wonderful, and my needle wasn’t cursed (as it was at last year’s retreat). I personally would like to let everyone know how much I appreciated their participation in the various activities. Everyone was a great sport throughout the weekend. As proof, here’s a picture of the group wearing the masks included in every goodie bag (what would Halloween be without costumes?). Diane and I would like to thank the following ladies who helped us with their contributions to the retreat goodie bags: Marsha Boysen, Caroline McCauley, and Ruth Looney. I’m already looking forward to next year’s retreat. Diane and I have a couple of ideas brewing… Mary Hodges

President’s Message October 2013

Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye…

We had our first technique class on September 14 and started Amadeus and Friends. Marilyn Veach is teaching this class with Tawney helping. It is a beautiful piece and out of my comfort zone but I enjoyed following the pattern and putting the metallic on the Rachel thread. Most of these threads I have never used. (If it is not DMC or pearl cotton and very few metallics, I don’t have it in my stash. I have used watercolors and Weeks Dye Works. I guess I have used more threads then I thought.) I look forward to the next class November 9, 2013.

I hope all of you are signed up for our eleventh retreat. Darlene Funk has invited us to her home for lunch on Wednesday, October 30 on the way to retreat. Diane has a lot of fun activities planned as well as all the stitching and good food. It is beautiful at Haven River Inn. The grounds are just right for a walk. We will be back to Haven River Inn for our Christmas luncheon on Sunday, December 15, 2015. The coupon was in the September newsletter. We have a pianist in the group so we can do some caroling.

Marilyn ran into Marian Ison and Marian gave her some Newsletters from 1989 and 1990. One is a two page newsletter from 1980 when dues were $15.00 and Elizabeth Zogheib was Treasurer. A new member was Marilyn Veach. They had a workshop taught by Sally Thomas to make those adorable witches that hang in her kitchen. Sally says “the girls” promise never to let your pots boil over if you allow them to fly in your kitchen. I wish I had been a member back then. I sure need one of those witches. Carol Milburn held the first meeting of our night group in her home on Sept. 19, 1990. Bobbie Ravicz offered the use of The Yarn Barn for night meetings. Donna Semmes presented a program on Pulled Thread on Canvas. These newsletters will go in our history box after I am finished reading them.

Memorial Library has invited us to have an exhibit at their library for the month of February, 2014. This will coincide with Stitch In Public Day, February 1, 2014. The pieces will hang from a molding around the upper walls of the library.

We will be stitching Tuesday, October 1 at Maverick Library, Saturday, October 19 at Memorial Library and our 4th Tuesday meetings Tuesday, October 22, 2013.
I hope to see all of you at a stitch in soon.

Joan Vanderbrink

President’s Message August 2013

Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye…

“Don’t let the past hold you back” was the title of Father Jack’s sermon at Blessed Sacrament Church a few weeks ago. I know Fr. Jack was talking about God’s forgiveness but I got to thinking about when I first joined the Guild. My past was cross stitch on Aida, but now I do Hardanger, pulled thread and Blackwork. I am looking forward to Amadeus in the fall with all the different stitches. The past is not holding me back. I am looking forward to upcoming projects.

I have not picked up a tapestry needle in several months. The only needles I have held were knitting needles for the two afghans I made for my granddaughter’s two baby showers. Taking into consideration I have not knitted in several years, I told her by the time it came to her youngest brother’s wife’s shower, I should be a pro. (Colby is only 16 now and there are 4 other kids. By the time I do 8 more afghans, I should have this knitting pattern down pat.)

I was looking through old newsletters again and found December 2006. Janice Green’s term as President was ending. The night meeting was at Viva Bookstore on Broadway. Some were stitching Carole Lake’s beautiful Anasazi Dream. Some were doing Gay Ann Rogers’ Redwork Mystery Sampler which is also beautiful. We did the mini star sampler by Eileen Gilliland from Needlearts which I did do and really enjoyed the 7 part sampler. It is hanging on my living room wall as I write this.

Diane has done a wonderful job organizing the retreat. It is full and she has a waiting list. I hope everyone has sent in their registration or be willing to be put on the waiting list.
We will be stitching at Maverick Library Tuesday, August 6, Northwood Presbyterian Church Wednesday, August 7 at 9:30-11, lunch and more afternoon stitching. We will be at Memorial Library, Saturday, August 17 and our last meeting night summer stitch is Tuesday, August 27, 2013. We will be having a Board Meeting Wednesday, August 21 at 6:45 in the Chandler Senior Center.

We still have two more hot months of August and September yet. Come cool off with us at a stitch in soon.

Joan Vanderbrink

Member Spotlight

SANG wishes the very best of luck to our very own Karin Shaw who has submitted her fabulous “Winter Trees” for entry in the National Exhibit. In the artist’s own words ” This piece consists of three embroidered layers of sheer material thus creating the illusion of depth. Using a simple stem stitch with different thicknesses of DMC it depicts bare trees on a foggy day. A white frame and matting complete the feel of a winter scene.”

President’s Message September 2013

Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye…

We learn something new every day. I saw Lorna Dressler at the Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild Show on Friday, August 23, 2013. She said today was the feast day of St. Rose of Lima, the patron saint of embroiderers. I did not know we had a saint looking over our work. I will try saying a prayer to her next time I stitch myself into a corner or while I am ripping out. Today, August 27, 2013, Joyce McCoig said St. Clare is the patron saint of needlework and she is correct also. We have two patron saints of embroidery.

I still have my knitting needles out to finish the Christmas stocking for my great grandson, Hawk Allen. I am past the heels and working towards the toe. I will line it or else it will go the floor with goodies. This is how I got my sewing machine when Kay Allison told me to use my sewing machine to line the stockings. When I said I did not have one she said “How do you live?” It is a portable machine but it does what I want it to do, line Christmas stockings and zig zag the edges of my Aida, quilt piecing and craft work.

We have Amadeus and Friends starting Saturday, September 14 at Chandler Senior Center for three Saturdays. Tawney is trying to get Tanya Berlin after the first of the year. More on this later.
It is hard to believe it is so close but our Christmas luncheon coupon is in this issue. It will be December 15 at Haven River Inn, Comfort, Texas. It is a beautiful place if you have not been there.

I came across an old SANG trifold membership application. The back fold had the EGA emblem and “Welcome to the joys of stitching.” Betty Petty was Membership Chairman and the dues were $25.00. The application part was torn off and I believe it was the one I sent to Betty to become a member. This was in 1994 if my memory is right. Best application form I ever filled out.

Happy September to all our sewers. September is National Sewing month.
We will be stitching in public on Saturday, September 21 at Memorial Library, our monthly day meeting starts again Tuesday, September 24 at Northwood Presbyterian Church and night meeting at 6:45 at Chandler Center. The fall leaves pattern Tawney has planned for September meeting program is pretty. The supply list is in the August newsletter. I hope to see you soon at a meeting or stitch in.

Joan Vanderbrink

President’s Message August 2013

Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye…

“Don’t let the past hold you back” was the title of Father Jack’s sermon at Blessed Sacrament Church a few weeks ago. I know Fr. Jack was talking about God’s forgiveness but I got to thinking about when I first joined the Guild. My past was cross stitch on Aida, but now I do Hardanger, pulled thread and Blackwork. I am looking forward to Amadeus in the fall with all the different stitches. The past is not holding me back. I am looking forward to upcoming projects.

I have not picked up a tapestry needle in several months. The only needles I have held were knitting needles for the two afghans I made for my granddaughter’s two baby showers. Taking into consideration I have not knitted in several years, I told her by the time it came to her youngest brother’s wife’s shower, I should be a pro. (Colby is only 16 now and there are 4 other kids. By the time I do 8 more afghans, I should have this knitting pattern down pat.)

I was looking through old newsletters again and found December 2006. Janice Green’s term as President was ending. The night meeting was at Viva Bookstore on Broadway. Some were stitching Carole Lake’s beautiful Anasazi Dream. Some were doing Gay Ann Rogers’ Redwork Mystery Sampler which is also beautiful. We did the mini star sampler by Eileen Gilliland from Needlearts which I did do and really enjoyed the 7 part sampler. It is hanging on my living room wall as I write this.

Diane has done a wonderful job organizing the retreat. It is full and she has a waiting list. I hope everyone has sent in their registration or be willing to be put on the waiting list.
We will be stitching at Maverick Library Tuesday, August 6, Northwood Presbyterian Church Wednesday, August 7 at 9:30-11, lunch and more afternoon stitching. We will be at Memorial Library, Saturday, August 17 and our last meeting night summer stitch is Tuesday, August 27, 2013. We will be having a Board Meeting Wednesday, August 21 at 6:45 in the Chandler Senior Center.

We still have two more hot months of August and September yet. Come cool off with us at a stitch in soon.

Joan Vanderbrink

President’s Message July 2013

Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye…

A friend of mine emailed me a lovely story. I won’t go into the whole story but the bottom line was “Thank you for your time.” I thank the Guild for the times we spend together at stitch ins, meetings or wherever we gather. Someone in the Guild taught me how to do a knitted heel on a Christmas stocking about 15 years ago. I had finished 4 stockings and stitched my great grandchildren’s’ names on white cuff. Those 4 stockings were knitted about 15 years ago. Now I have 2 stockings made up to the heel. If whoever taught me the heel would contact me, I would really appreciate it. I have another great grandson coming Labor Day who will need his stocking finished. I would appreciate their time to show me how to finish the heel and toe.

I want to thank Mary Hodges, Tawney Carter and her husband James and Pat Allison and her husband Rick for working the KLRN Auction Saturday June 22. Debi Silva, Volunteer Coordinator at KLRN, was appreciative of the Guild having 6 members there. I worked the TP board most of the night and Mary, Tawney, James, Pat and Rick answered the phones. We were there til 3 am Sunday morning but we all had a good time and it is for a great cause. KLRN has Sewing with Nancy and quilt shows on Saturday mornings. They had Shay Pendray’s Embroidery Studio show in the past.

We will be stitching July 2 at Maverick Library, July 3 at Northwood Presbyterian Church, July 20 at Memorial Library and at Chandler Senior Center for the 4th Tuesday meeting/summer stitch in on July 23, 2013.

The heat of San Antonio summers is here. The coolest thing to do is come to an air conditioned stitch in. I hope to see you there.

Joan Vanderbrink

News from the Region

The South Central Region’s annual meeting was held June 5, 2013 in Sugar Land, TX in conjunction with the annual SCR Seminar. Reports were provided by each of the SCR officers and are available to any SANG member on request. One of the most important announcements is the change in the region’s newsletter distribution using Constant Contact. If you have an email address and would like to be on distribution for this e-newsletter or any other EGA electronic publication, please email Tonya Parks at the EGA national office, typarks@egausa.org. The e- newsletter will be published bi-monthly in odd numbered months, released the last week of the month. Financial reports were presented, and a budget for 2014 was approved. The region traveling exhibit is being dismantled, and pieces will be returned to the person who stitched them. Three new program exchange projects have been added to the SCR website; and previous projects will be added in the future. Seminar chairs for 2014 and 2015 provided information on their respective events. SCR Seminar 2015 will be held in Lubbock, TX. Theme is “In Stitches! Serious Stitching, Not so Serious Stitchers.”

In other events, winner of the all expenses paid trip to next year’s seminar in Baton Rouge was a member of the Concho Pearl chapter. Many attendees registered on- site for “Stitchin’ Gumbo.” Registration continues, and all information is available online at http://scr2014seminar.org/. [ed. note: see page 10 for additional info] For those without internet access, a copy may be obtained from our Region Rep. Heart and Hand awards were presented at the banquet. Diane Williams was SANG’s nominee. Congratulations, Diane!

Joyce McCoig
SANG Region Representative