You’re invited to a pot luck

Sang will be having a mini exhibit at St. Marks UMC at 1902 Vance Jackson on September 30th in the Fellowship Hall at 11:30 am. The guild is blessed to have use of the church and would like to show the church congregation what we do. If anyone would like to participate please bring your piece or pieces to the September meeting and give them to a primary board member. Please put your name and phone number on the back. They will be displayed on a table so they can’t be too big. There will be a seminar work day on Saturday, the 29th and they will be set up then. You are welcome to join in the pot luck meal. Please bring a side dish or favorite desert to be shared.

Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye… September 2018

September already?! This is the start of a new year of meetings and programs, so keep an eye on the newsletter for all the upcoming events. We had several ladies interested in our group at both the exhibit at the Encino Library and our table at the Bead Show and we hope they will all come to some of our gatherings soon!
Our Annual September Retreat is full as usual and many of us will be gone for most of that week. There may be very few at The Yarn Barn on the second Wednesday of September. Also, on the second Wednesday in October, The Yarn Barn will be involved in the annual Yarn Crawl, so we will be meeting at Northwood Church that day.
I had a note from Shawn Miller thanking us for hosting her at our May Luncheon and for so many of us taking her class. She would like to see our finished pieces, so if you have finished the stocking or finish it in the future, send her a picture or at least put one in the newsletter.
I will be the SANG Representative at the EGA Annual Meeting during the Seminar in Louisville. Can you believe EGA has been in existence for 60 years? The slate of officers (biographies are in your NeedleArts) and a bylaws change regarding the officers are the agenda. Talk to me if you have questions.
On a sad note, Marsha Surad passed away in late July. She was a member for many years and her love of stitching was noted in her obituary.
Also, our condolences go out to Diane and John Williams on the passing of John’s mother.
I will see you all, I hope, at all the meetings, stitch ins, and I hope, at the upcoming Seminar work days, at St. Marks on Vance Jackson, September 29 and October 13.
Happy Stitching!
Pat Sweet

The Annual ANG Bluebonnet Chapter’s Auction – Saturday, August 17

The time has come – Spring cleaning is over, Summer heat is here, and now you need to mark your calendars and get ready for the Auction aka the Ultimate Stash Enhancer!! Get your $$ ready to join us on

August 18 at 10 am for buying, lunch and LIVE AUCTION!!
The place: 4003 Edgefield Court, Austin

Just in case you have things you are ready to part with, you may drop your items off the Carole Lake’s porch by August 10th. If you need to arrange pick up of donations, please contact Noni by email or voicemail 512-327-2820.


San Antonio Needlework Guild will participate in World Embroidery Day, July 30, 2018 at Encino Branch Library, 2515 East Evans Road, San Antonio, TX 78259 from 5-8 pm. The library has a well lit room with a glass front so library patrons can see us stitch.
World Embroidery Day was created by Kerstin Nettleblad and Skane Sy-d, members of the Swedish Embroiderers Guild. The first World Embroidery Day was celebrated in Vismarlov, Sweden, on July 30, 2011. It is now celebrated annually on July 30.

I hope you can bring your stitching bag to Encino Library on Monday, July 30 from 5-8 pm.

Joan Vanderbrink


For anyone not going to our Kerrville Retreat, there will be a quilt auction Saturday, September 15, preview ll:00 am and live auction begins at 1:00 pm. It will be at the La Quinta Medical Center, IH 10 and Callaghan, 4431 Horizon Hill Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78229 For more information and tickets, please call Jean Hardies 210-885-0015


I have my 12 stitchers for the Habitat for Humanity Sampler. Thank you all very much.
It calls for 3 strands of DMC. I used a 9 X 11 piece of white Aida and 3 strands of floss for all the stitching and lettering.
I need the pieces by the September 25 meeting, day or night, so we can frame them.
Thank you all again for your time stitching.

Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye… July 2018

A great time was had by all those who attended the “GuilDy Treasures” Seminar in Dallas last week! The 6 of us were in a variety of classes from needlepoint to beading to traditional embroidery and Studio time.
Our prize treasure chest was well received and was won by Jeanne Root of the Louisiana Lagniappe Chapter (picture below).
Many of us have already taken advantage of the Early Registration for next year’s Seminar,” Explore the Arts” June 19-22, 2019 in Rogers, Arkansas. Early registration is open until July 15. All the information is available on line or from those with internet. Do at least look!!
It was announced at the banquet that our own Diane Williams has won EGA’s Gold Thread Award for our Region!!! It will be presented, in her absence, at the Seminar in Louisville in October. Diane was chosen from the winners of SCR’s Heart and Hand awards for 2017 to be nominated for the award.
We will be celebrating World Embroidery Day, July 30 with a display and stitch in at the Encino Branch of the San Antonio Public Library on Evans Road near 281from 5-7:45 PM. Joan has more information later in this issue.
This is a 2-month issue so please save it!

Hope to see you all at the stitch-ins which continue all summer-including the one in place of the night group meetings! All are also welcome at the Seminar Work Day at All Brands Sewing Center on July 14!


Happy Stitching!
Pat Sweet

Seminar Work Days

Can you keep a secret? Do you want a sneak peek at the favors for Seminar 2020? Please join your Seminar 2020 committee members in a Favor Work Day! We have been diligently working on favors for “our” seminar, and we’d love to have your willing hands and smiling faces with us. We will be matching donated fabrics, cutting fabric, sewing, die-cutting paper, etc. No experience is required. (Trust me: if I can do it, you can do it–these techniques are new to me, too!) We will meet at All-Brands Sewing & More, 10242 W. Loop 1604 N. #108 on Saturday 9 June and Saturday 14 July from 9 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 me at: 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! I’ll see you there!

Mary Layman

Summer Outreach Habitat for Humanity

Here is a picture of the piece we are doing for Habitat for Humanity. I stitched it in one day using 14 count white Aida. It will fit into a 5 X 7 frame. If you are interested in stitching this, let me know and I will get you the pattern.
312 Dark Blue
703 Green
321 Medium blue
It calls for 3 strands of DMC. I used a 9 X 11 piece of white Aida and 3 strands of floss.
I need 12 pieces by October 1 so we can frame them. Presenting the pieces to Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio may give us some good publicity.

Joan Vanderbrink

June Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye…

I hope everyone enjoyed the May Luncheon as much as I did! I had a great time in Shawn Miller’s Stocking class and enjoyed her talk as well. Thank you, Shawn! The sandwich lunch was perfect for the Spring (?) Texas weather. Thank you, Diane Williams! If you have not yet sent your dues to Tawney Carter, please contact her immediately to tell her you are putting the check in the mail. The information and coupon for the SANG Retreat are in this issue! Registrations are being accepted and there are not many places left, so don’t miss out! Joan Vanderbrink sent pictures of our April Exhibit at Forest Hills Public Library to Rand Duren, EGA’s Electronic Media Coordinator, and he has put together a wonderful display of our pieces. There was a link to it in the last EGA E-newsletter. Joan has also added Habitat for Humanity to our outreach list. We will make a dozen simple samplers for them by October. “Piece of cake,” right? See Joan’s item later in this issue! I just received the President’s mailing from National. There were two items of interest to all. I am sorry that they are, for the moment, available on-line only. There are two new Petite Projects in education news. They were also shown in the last EGA E-newsletter (I will print pictures & they will, most likely, be in the June magazine). They can be found under Document Downloads along with many others. Don’t forget about the EGA Stitch-a-Long on Facebook. Most months, a small project is provided and many times it is possible to do some stash diving to come up with materials. There are close to 2,700 stitchers who have joined the group; why don’t you check it out? If you have email and are a member, you should be receiving the EGA newsletter and the SCR newsletter. If not, contact EGA Headquarters to see if your email address is out of date or has an error in it. You are the one who should change your information with them. Hope to see you all at the SCR Seminar (I know it’s not nearly all and wonder why!!) and at all the stitch-ins which continue all summer!All are also welcome at the Seminar Work Day at All Brands Sewing Center on June 9! Happy Stitching!

Pat Sweet