Stitch in Public Day

February 1, 2014 is EGA’s Stitch in Public Day. We have several opportunities to stitch: Tuesday, February 4 Maverick Library from 6-8 pm, Wednesday, February 5 Northwood Presbyterian Church 9:30 am – 11:00am, lunch, stitch 12:30-3:00 pm, Monday, February 10 Forest Hills Library, 6-8 pm, Saturday, February 15 Memorial Library, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Tuesday, March 4 at Maverick Library, 6-8 pm, Wednesday, March 5 Northwood Presbyterian Church 9:30 am – 11:30 am, lunch, stitch 12:30 – 3:00 pm, Saturday, March 15 Memorial Library10:00 am -1:00 pm. Here are 6 opportunities to stitch in public with SANG in two months.

Joan Vanderbrink

President’s Message February 2014

hort Threads from the Needle’s Eye…

SANG’S name gets around. Stitches from the Heart gave Jill Stoeber my name. Jill has quite a few handpainted needlepoint and De Grazia handpainted canvases. I went to see them and they are beautiful. Some could almost be framed as they are. They don’t make hand painted Aida so that lets me out. (I stitch mostly on Aida but I have advanced to some canvas and linen.) I could appreciate the talent in these canvases and they would be beautiful stitched. More info in this newsletter.

Saturday, February 1 is EGA Stitch In Public Day. I have listed the dates in this newsletter and I will send EGA pictures and info on our stitch ins.

Forest Hills Library is a nice facility with good light. If you have not seen our exhibit there yet, Joyce did a great job of putting it up. They want us to continue a February exhibit with hearts and red and pink pieces

Can you believe it? We’ll be celebrating 40 years of SANG at our May luncheon. Big plans are in the works, so you won’t want to miss it. Details in our next newsletter (I’m such a tease!)

Tawney is planning on having a technique class on Tanya Berlin’s lace bell pull.

I hope to see you at a stitch in or meeting soon. I am still working on Amadeus and enjoying it. It is new stitches for me like the dart stitch and Amadeus stitch.

Joan Vanderbrink

President’s Message January 2014

Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye…

Star Trek and cross stitch on a flight from Milan, Italy to Newark, N.J. It doesn’t get better than that. I watched the movies Star Trek and Into Darkness. It was hard to hear over the plane noises but I almost know them both by heart. I worked on bookmarks on the flights over and back. A gallon baggie held the pattern, floss, Aida, needle and a pair of scissors. On the way back, the flight attendant stopped to see. My sister was doing a metallic thread Christmas design that she was interested. I did not see any needlework stores in Milan or Varese where my cousins live. Carol and I did do some stitching at night. – No TV in the apartment where we were staying. (It would have been in Italian anyway and neither of us understands it anymore). We really enjoyed visiting with our family.

We have a new year of stitching ahead of us. Watch this newsletter for info on upcoming meetings and workshops. We have the third Amadeus workshop on Saturday, January 11 at Chandler Senior Center at 9:00 am. The January meetings will be doing bookmarks for the Region. I can bring several patterns that are easy and some may be stitched in one sitting.

I hope you all have been to see the exhibit at Forest Hills Library. As I write this, I have not gotten there yet, but will do so tomorrow. The library is anxious for us to meet there. The second Monday of the month sounds good from 6-8. We can add that stitch in date to our calendar.

I wish a Happy New Year to all of you and a year of starting and finishing new projects and finishing some in our collections. Live long and prosper.

Joan Vanderbrink

Stitch in Public Day

February 1, 2014 is EGA’s Stitch in Public Day.

We will be having our Stitch In Public Days on Tuesday, February 4from6-8pmat

Maverick Library, Monday, February 10 from 6-8 pm at Forest Hills Library and Saturday, February 15 from 10 am-1pm at Memorial Library.

We have several stitching opportunities coming up: January 7 from 6-8 pm at Maverick Library, January 13 from 6-8 pm at Forest Hills Library, 5245 Ingram Road, and January 18 from 10-1 at Memorial Library with lunch afterwards. I hope to see you at one of these libraries.

Joan Vanderbrink

President’s Message December 2013

Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye…

It is hard to believe Christmas is almost here. I still have not finished the knitted Christmas stocking for my third great grandchild, Hawk. He will only be 18 weeks old so he won’t know he may not have a stocking hanging for Santa but Grandma will know. I only have six weeks to go.

Yesterday when I was anxiously waiting for a repair man to come to my house, I picked up my Christmas ornament and started stitching the last part. I could see out my front window for his truck, but just the feel of the fabric and needle in my hands calmed me down. I may not be stitching but I just like a project bag close by in case I have a few minutes to pick it up. I try to take my bookmark bag with me everywhere. It just helps to know it is there and I can keep calm and cross stitch.

I came across my first EGA Membership card in a drawer. Judy Jeroy was EGA President and it expired 1993. I just passed my twentieth anniversary with EGA. Have I had a good time these past 20 years and look forward to more years and finished projects. Amadeus is first on my list to finish, next Great Grandchildren Complete life’s circle of love. Then I want to start Pat Rosendal’s “The Needle is My Immortality.” It is kitted and just waiting to see the light of day.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and prosperous New Year. Keep those hoops and needles in your hands.

Joan Vanderbrink

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