Officer Nominations: 2015-2016

Karin Shaw chaired the nomination committee and would like to thank the members their efforts. The committee presents the following slate of officers:

President – Jessica Jones
1st VP (Education) – Pat Sweet
2nd VP (Membership) – Karin Shaw 3rd VP (Day Meeting) – Ruth Krimsky Treasurer – Sue Preston
Secretary – Mary Hodges

Additional nominations may be made from the floor at the October and November chapter meetings. Elections shall take place at the November chapter meetings.

Around the Region: SCR Seminar 2015

Our Lubbock Seminar is off and running! Registration is going well; all classes have their minimum, and all still have room for more. So send in your registration right away!

All Region Day activities (underwritten by SCR) are included in your $5 ticket. You will be treated to a luncheon with Lynn Haney, designer of Lynn Haney Santas, then a Hop-On-Hop-Off CitiBus tour to

our favorite places in Lubbock, including:
 POCKET FULL OF STITCHES (for beautiful needlework items).

 The Museum of Texas Tech, featuring the EGA 2014 National Exhibit and several embroidery-related exhibits, including an exhibit from the West Texas Chapter.

  •   Lynn Haney Collection and Hollyhocks (their wonderful adjacent gift shop).
  •   Snippets Store (for quilting and scrapbooking).
  •   Any other interesting shops that might pop up between now and then.

    In addition, each full registration attendee at the 2015 Seminar will receive a coupon good for a $50 rebate on full registration for the 2015 National Seminar in San Antonio! Now, that’s a GREAT deal! Additional information can be found at the website:

Heart and Hand Winner – our very own Marilyn Veach

The San Antonio Needlework Guild was excited to nominate Marilyn Veach for the 2014 Heart and Hand Award — we were even more excited when she won:)
What does it take to make a Heart and Hand winner? Add nearly 40 years of membership, a couple of terms as Program Chairman, artistry in needlework, mix in a willingness to help one and all and a dash of can-do attitude.

Here’s an excerpt from Marilyn’s nomination:

Marilyn stitched Seeing Stars II, an Alice Landon companion piece to Seeing Stars. After Alice taught Seeing Stars at EGA’s national seminar in 1997, Alice taught the project for our chapter in 1998. She showed us a companion piece that she planned to offer for the EGA National Seminar the following year. Alice was not able to submit the piece due to medical problems. Because she wanted someone to chart and produce instructions for her creation, Alice gave us her notes and a list of the issues of Counted Thread magazine that she used to design the motifs for the project she called Seeing Stars II. With the help of photographs of Alice’s stitched piece, her notes and a stack of Counted Thread magazines collected using Alice’s list, a pattern for the sampler emerged. Marilyn was the driving force in this endeavor from the beginning. With the assistance of other SANG members, she coordinated the collection of the reference materials, selected the colors, and made sure the final product was a true depiction of Alice’s original. Then she spent several months stitching the piece. The project was a challenge because she had only a few photographs, some handwritten notes, and a list of magazine issues to guide her in reinventing Alice Landon’s beautiful sampler. Alice may be gone, but her talent lives on with the help of people like Marilyn Veach…Marilyn is well versed in many types of needlework and has taught many classes for SANG… She is the go to person to teach programs at chapter meetings and mini- workshops.

News From the Region Rep

SCR Seminar 2014 in Baton Rouge was a smashing success! And SANG definitely made its presence known. Tawney Carter and Pat Goaley were the only two entries in the EGA Seminar 2015 logo contest.

Seminar participants were asked to vote for the entry of their choice without knowing who stitched the entries. It was a very close vote, but Tawney was the winner. In addition to having her entry become the cover of the seminar brochure that will come out next spring, she also got a nice crisp $100 bill. Pat was recognized for her recent completion of not one but two Master Craftsman programs, Surface Embroidery and Crewel Embroidery. And a standing ovation goes to Marilyn Veach, one of five winners of the Heart in Hand Award.

Some very important business was conducted at the annual meeting. The budget for 2015 was approved. The nominating committee of Joy Cobb, Lois Albert, and Sandy Crow was formed. These ladies will be working over the next few months to put together a slate of officers for the term 2015-2017. If you have any interest in working at the region level, now is the time to step up.

I’ll be happy to put you in contact with one of these ladies. (I can tell you from experience, working at the region level is very rewarding and fun, too.) Updates to the region standing rules and policies and procedures were presented and approved. Chapters were reminded that all SCR chapter bylaws must be renewed by 2016.

Registration began for SCR Seminar 2015 in Lubbock, TX. Classes will be one or two-days in duration. Because physical space is limited, attendance will be limited to 150. While the event may be shorter, the classes are still the high caliber you expect from an SCR seminar. All the classes have already reached minimum enrollment; but there are still spaces left. All the information you need can be found at

Joyce McCoig
Region Representative

November Outreach

We have a very special community outreach program planned for our November program — but it requires a bit of early planning. We’ll be kitting comfort kits for the San Antonio District Homeless Student Program. Please start collecting the following items: (Travel size is preferable)

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Washcloths
  • Tooth paste
  • Tooth brush
  • Comb
  • Brush

You can turn the items in to Mary Hodges or any Board Member at any program or stitch-in. We’d prefer you bring the items (or let us know what you’ll be bringing) prior to the November program so that we can plan how many kits to make.


Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye…

Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye…

The hot days of summer are almost over. I hope you spent those days in the cool air conditioning stitching. My Hapsburg Lace is ready for our next class September 13 and I am working on the Hapsburg scissor case for the next meeting August 26. I have also been knitting two afghans for my granddaughter’s baby due September 22. I have to get busy on the second one.

We have a stitch in public on the fifth Saturday in August at Jo-Ann on McCullough in the classroom in the back at 9:00 am.

I want to thank Mary Hodges and Pat Allison for getting our 2014 membership roster together and Joyce McCoig for distributing it to our out of town members. The print is a good size for our eyes. Check out the list of emergency necessities.

My cousin wants me to stitch a Maryland Blue Crab for him and I just happened to be in the Stitching Post in Catonsville, MD, with my sister for a night time stitch in and they had one on their wall. It is beautiful. They were out of stock of the pattern but I received it yesterday. It is very colorful. I may make a pillow out of it. I have a couple of other things to finish first though.

In Monday, July 28 San Antonio Express News, Drs. Oz and Roizen column was “Tips to maintain brainpower” Besides eating 100% whole grain, foods like salmon and sea trout and nine daily servings of fruits and veggies we can “Flexing your brain’s mental muscle by taking up group activities, crafts or arts, reading or playing games can also postpone or prevent cognitive problems.” Sounds like this fits SANG members. Keep those needles flying and help prevent memory problems in the future.

Joan Vanderbrink

News from the Region Rep

The South Central Region’s semi-annual meeting was held March 1, 2014 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Dallas, TX. Reports from the members of the executive committee were presented. Region Director Karen Hamilton announced that two SCR members, our own Karin Shaw from SANG and JoAnne Henderson from Shreveport Rose Chapter had been juried into the 2014 Through the Needles Eye exhibit. Both will receive a monetary award from the region, to be presented at Seminar 2014 in Baton Rouge. Region secretary, Pam Coller, has tendered her resignation because of her family’s move to California. The region nominating committee will be seeking a replacement for Pam. This replacement will fill the remainder of Pam’s term, and will also be eligible to run for an additional term. GCC Coordinator, Beth Newton, reported that two of the four GCCs offered have made, but registration does not end until March 31. This year’s Heart and Hand award will go to the person who has created and/or led the most challenging project taken on by a guild. (Suggestions for a SANG nominee should go to chapter president, Joan Vanderbrink.) Nominations are due to region by May 11. Now that the SCR newsletter, Stitches, is sent by email, it is imperative that each member makes sure a current email address is in the EGA national office records. If you wish to get this and other news emails from EGA, please be sure your email address is correct. A paper copy can be provided for those who do not have email (contact Joyce or Joan). Tickets for the annual opportunity drawing for a trip to Seminar 2015 are now available for $10 each or 12 for $100. (Tickets will be available at all stitch-ins, meetings, and the May luncheon.) Registration for Seminar 2014 is still open. Seminar 2015 in Lubbock will be limited to 150 participants. Seminar 2016 will be hosted by Greater Dallas Chapter. Theme is Boots and Bluebonnets; location is the Westin Park Central in Dallas. EGA Seminar 2015 to be held at the Marriott River Center has selected its classes. A contest for a stitched logo has been announced. Volunteers are needed for a variety of jobs. Following the business meeting, national Director of Education, Leslie Gagliardi spoke on the many educational opportunities provided by EGA to its chapters and members. After lunch, Sharon Davis led a beading class. The project was a scissor fob inspired by the EGA Seminar 2015 logo. The pattern and several others will available at a future date.

Joyce McCoig

Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye…

I hope all of you are busy making bookmarks for the outreach for South Central Region. They are my favorite drag along tote bag. I don’t need great light and almost know some patterns by heart. We need to turn them in at the May 3 luncheon.

Ellen Riojas Clark, Ph.D., is our speaker on Huipiles, a cultural blouse. They looked pretty in the September 2013 Needle Arts Magazine. The coupon is in this newsletter. The deadline is April 30.

We also have a coupon for the Tanya Berlin Hapsburg lace class on May 10 and September 13 at The Forum and the summer project of the Hapsburg Scissor Case. They are both beautiful pieces. The deadline for both is April 15 so Tawney can order the kits.

Needleworkers need to be careful where they sit because their needles can show up anywhere. I found one on the driver’s seat in my car. I have no idea how it got there. Maybe it was in my clothes or worked its way out of my purse made of fabric. I did a cross stitch pillow that said “A needle in the hand is worth two in the couch.” I could change it to “or in your car seat.” I don’t like hearing the vacuum cleaner pick them up either.

I hope to see all of you at our May 3 luncheon at Ft. Sam Houston Golf Club and hear Dr. Clark’s presentation.

Joan Vanderbrink

Congratulations Karin Shaw

The excerpt below came from STITCHES, our regional newsletter. Congratulations Karin.

“Congratulations to two talented SCR stitchers, whose pieces were juried into the upcoming “Through the Needle’s Eye” National Exhibit. Karin Shaw of the San Antonio Chapter and JoAnne Henderson of the Shreveport Rose Chapter both will receive a cash award from SCR. In addition, JoAnne has been named the SCR Region award winner and she will receive the beautiful SCR ribbon stitched by Pat Lufholm. The exhibit will be traveling around the country for the next couple of years, and will make a stop in Lubbock for the SCR Region Seminar in June, 2015.” – Karen Hamilton, SCR Region Director.

 Save The Date! – Fall Retreat

San Antonio Needlework Guild is moving it’s annual retreat to a new location — Inn of the Hills, in Kerrville, TX. Once again, we’re planning a hauntingly good time. The retreat will be held from October 29th through November 2nd. Additional information and a registration form will be in next month’s newsletter. Spaces will be limited so you won’t want to delay!