Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye… April 2018

Here we are, once again, coming to the end of the “program year”! I hope we all got a start on the “mini Checked Pine”, so you can have it completed in time for the finishing class at the April meeting and to use the 8”x 8” stretcher bars again for the “Peppermint Candy Stocking” at the May Luncheon, taught by Shawn Miller, our Region Director. The May Luncheon will again be held at St. Marks and the information is

later in this newsletter. The deadline to sign up is April 24!!
The next Seminar work day will be April 14! Even if you haven’t been able to join us before, contact Diane

Williams and come to the All Brands Sewing Center on 1604 at 10 AM.

It is time to send your dues to Tawney Carter, so we will have all of them together to send them to National by May. There is also a form for this later in the newsletter (and other hints!).

I will put this item in again as a reminder that we will be having a table at the SCR Seminar 2018 Stash sale. Please bring items you would like to donate to this Chapter fund raiser to me or to any of the Board members.

We still need items to go in our prize basket for the Seminar. Our last baskets have been such a success and this one is off to a good start!

Happy Stitching and Happy Spring!

Pat Sweet

EGA Stitch-Along Group on Facebook

For the last several years, EGA has been making a concerted effort to catch the organization up with the 21st century. The latest effort is a new group on Facebook, the EGA Stitch-Along. Since last September, a new free project has been introduced each month to encourage new stitchers and show off the resources offered by EGA. Projects are geared toward both the beginner and the experienced stitcher. Participants need not be a member of EGA, but the hope is those who aren’t will want to join. Kate Gaunt from the Shining Needle Society also administers the EGA Stitch-Along. On the first day of each month, Kate presents a new project. In January, the project was pulled stitches; February introduced redwork. Several SANG members are working on Ambrosia Honey, the beautiful bargello project that has been in Needle Arts for four issues. As of the end of January, the EGA Stitch-Along has over 14,000 followers. That’s almost 5,000 more than the current EGA membership! Check it out today!

Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye… March 2018

I will start with congratulations to Stephanie Goaley, Pat Goaley’s daughter, who many of us know from the last Luncheon and the Austin Retreats, for winning one of the two SCR Education and Newsletter Scholarships offered for the first time this year. The scholarship will apply to an EGA Individual Correspondence Course, Group Correspondence Course, Online Class or an Extended Study Program. The purpose of the new scholarship is to help advertise EGA classes and to increase awareness and participation by having individuals that take a class and submit an article for the SCR Stitches Publication. Stephanie, we look forward to your article and hope it will be the first of many!

We held the February Night Meeting at St Marks since The Chandler Center was all but closed and the group really enjoyed the room we are using there. The May Luncheon will be at St. Marks again this year and the information is later in this newsletter.

While I am on the subject of places we meet, I would like to thank The Chandler Center for so many years of providing the Night Group and the Technique classes a home. We will miss the familiar surroundings. Our Swan Song there was Jeanette Rees’ class, “Autumn Tranquility” and it was truly a delight! They have invited us to their farewell party on Sunday, March 4 from 2-4 PM.

One more thank you to all those who made a special effort to come to the Stitch in at the Memorial Library on the third Saturday in February for our special “Stitch in Public Day”.

I will put this item in again as a reminder that we will be having a table at the SCR Seminar 2018 Stash sale. Please bring items you would like to donate to this Chapter fund raiser to me or to any of the Board members.
We also need ideas for things to go in our prize basket for the Seminar. Our last baskets have been such a success!

Happy Stitching! I hope this month will bring good weather and good health to all!

Pat Sweet

Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye… February 2018

Thank You to all for the many suggestions of places to consider for the Night meetings, Technique Classes and other get togethers beginning in March! We have decided on St. Mark‟s UMC Church, 1902 Vance Jackson, San Antonio TX 78213. This is the church where we held the May Luncheon last year.

Please remember, the February Night Meeting will still be at The Chandler Center as will the Jeanette Rees class.

Thanks to Karin Shaw for a wonderful program on Schwalm Embroidery! The timing was perfect, just as we have had two inquiries looking for a group to teach them about Whitework and other “original” types of embroidery.

Joan mailed 33 blocks to Love Quilts USA. That must be a record! The Chapter is certainly generous with their time and talent. See Joan‟s column for news on this year‟s projects. “And a good time will be had by all.”

We will also be having a table at the SCR Seminar 2018 Stash sale. Please bring items you would like to donate to this Chapter fund raiser to me or to any of the Board members. We also need ideas for things to go in our prize basket for the Seminar. Our last baskets have been such a success!

EGA will be celebrating “Stitch in Public Day” on February 3rd. Since we celebrate this all year, we are asking everyone to make a special effort to come to the Stitch in at the Memorial Library on Saturday February 17th and we will designate that as our special “Stitch in Public Day”.

Happy Stitching!

Pat Sweet

Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye… January 2018

Happy New Year!!

I must start with some news from the Chandler House. The entire campus will be closing at the end of February. How sad for their Residents and Staff. We will have to find another location for our night and Saturday meetings and events beginning in March. The Board already has their thinking caps on but if you have ideas, PLEASE, tell a Board member!

Pay special attention to the calendars beginning with this issue so you drive to the right place on the first try.

Please remember to sign-up for the pilot class with Jeanette Rees on February 23-25 (Members of ASG, Bluebonnet ANG and Wildflowers ANG are also invited to participate) and Joyce has several inviting programs and classes planned . We will be getting into working on Seminar 2020 as well, beginning on January 13. I hope everyone will be involved in the fun and work to make it a great event. If you have not yet told Diane that you will be there, please do!

More follows!!

Happy Stitching!

Pat Sweet

Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye… December 2017

I hope everyone enjoyed Thanksgiving as much as I did! Always good to be with family and enjoy all the treats of the day!

I am thankful for all those who came to the exhibit at Chandler House and those who brought or sent their lovely pieces! I think the residents enjoyed it.

Also for all the Cross Stitch blocks turned in for Love Quilts, and threads for Threads of Blessing and stash sold and out of our houses : ) . The generosity of our members never ceases to amaze me!

By the time you read this the Christmas Luncheon will have happened and I will have a new ornament for my tree. I am looking forward to what I hear is great Italian food. Please tell us your thoughts on the location and ideas for future events.

Please remember to sign-up for the pilot class with Jeanette Rees in February and Joyce has several inviting programs and classes planned . We will be getting into working on Seminar 2020 as well. I hope everyone will be involved in the fun and work to make it a great event (is stitching ever work?).
As always, READ ON!

May your Christmas and other Holidays be filled with all the things that make you happy, including the joy of seeing your handwork make your loved ones happy, too!

More in 2018!

Pat Sweet

2020 SCR Seminar Discovery

Can you believe that San Antonio Needlework Guild last hosted a South Central Regional Seminar in 2008??? SCR Seminars are successful because of the hard work and dedication of chapters that take on the responsibility of organizing them. But it truly does take the efforts of the whole chapter — some behind the scenes, others center stage.

SANG will be holding an exploratory seminar meeting on at 2:00 on January 14, 2017. Diane Williams has graciously opened her home for this meeting. Believe it or not — the time is NOW to start planning for 2020 or even later.

Anyone who is interested serving on a committee, providing input on the feasibility of hosting a seminar, or has ideas to share is encouraged to attend.

SAVE THE DATE

The Bead Bazaar is at Pedrotti Ranch, Friday, August 11, 10-5 and Saturday August 12, 10-5. Let me know if you are interested in sitting and stitching in public at the show. It is a good day to work on a project and if you are a beader, a nice place to shop. Most of it is jewelry beads but very pretty.

Joan Vanderbrink

2017 Community Outreach Project

I have seen many of you stitching your love quilt blocks and have received 2 blocks from Karin Shaw tonight at our meeting.

Just some notes: Don’t use charms or beads or other sewn on embellishments.

Please sign your work when you are finished. Just your name and initial or just initials and location (San Antonio, TX or I just put TEXAS) close to the bottom of the finished pattern.

Please let me know if the piece is washed or unwashed. The squares need to be forced dried by an iron. If you are not comfortable washing your square, Love Quilts USA will wash it for you. Please put NOT WASHED on a piece of paper pinned to the piece.

You can give them to me at a meeting or stitch in. I would like them by the November 28 meeting. This is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. We can get a group day and night picture.

Joan Vanderbrink

Community Outreach Chairman

A Thank You to SANG…

A Thank You to SANG…

Please let the SANG members know how excited I was to win the SANG opportunity knocks suitcase at the EGA SCR Seminar 2017. This was the first time for me win an opportunity knocks basket….and a great basket it is!

I immediately used the PowerCore and Portable Lamp at Seminar. Everyone at my table was jealous. The carrying case, cables, and PowerPort made everything so easy to use.

I was impressed with the quality of workmanship on the pillow cases, project bags, zippered cases. etc. The laying tool is beautiful. I treasure wooden items.

Everything in the basket is fun and useful. I shared one of the Project Portfolios with my roommate, Cindy Hambrick. She was delighted and immediately used it.

Thank you again for putting together such a great basket.

Judi Prukop