Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye…

March is starting and we must already be past the “in like a lion “ part! I hope none of us suffered any more than time spent in the cramped, innermost parts of our houses and, maybe, time without power or cable!

Stitch in Public Day was celebrated by teaching children at the Forest Hills Library on the afternoon of February 7. Thanks to Joyce McCoig, Carol Reeves and Joan Vanderbrink for teaching.(Double thanks to Joan for arranging the event and gathering materials for the class). We had a good time with the children-some of whom were familiar faces back for a new project! We then grabbed a quick supper and went to the Maverick Library to stitch in Public for a few more hours! Such a mad social whirl!

Jessica Jones attended the SCR Semi-Annual Meeting in Dallas and brought back many exciting news items. She also brought back the tickets for the opportunity to win a free trip to SCR Seminar 2018 in Dallas. She and I will be carrying those at the meetings and stitch-ins.

At the February SANG meetings it was voted to hold a SCR Seminar here! It will most likely be held in 2020. The committee will be looking for volunteers and ideas for a theme and a logo. I know everyone will want to take part in one way or another.

The Board is trying to take inventory of all the Guild’s “things” (easels, cords, officers’ notebooks, and anything else) SO if things have been stored at your house, please make a list and give/send it to Joan Vanderbrink, our Secretary.

As always, read on for more information about upcoming classes, The “Retro Style” Luncheon, The Seminar and …

Happy Stitching!

Pat Sweet

The importance of Membership

Last year I received a call around nomination time asking if I would be willing to be the membership chair for 2017and 2018. Having a full-time job, being a secondary care giver for an ailing grandmother, and running a small business on the side, I was hesitant to take on any other responsibilities. After soul searching for a while, I realized that stitching is what I do when all of those other things overwhelm me. My stitching friends are an extension of that and they are some of the most supportive friends I have. They encouraged me to apply for my current job, to treasure every moment with my Grandmother who taught me how to stitch in the first place, and even to start a small business. All of these things came from one place; membership.

EGA changed my life; I quite literally stumbled into a Wednesday stitch in at a local church after finding the calendar on the SANG website. I was lonely and grieving because I had recently lost my job and we had just suffered a family loss. That first day I stitched and listened to women chat about their lives, the projects they were working on, and the upcoming May luncheon. One of the ladies looked at my project with genuine interest, I told her I was unhappy with my french knots because the rayon thread I was using was slippery and the knots were loose and not hugging the fabric the way they do with cotton thread. She recommended and then patiently demonstrated a colonial knot, which worked perfectly. Over the next few weeks I attended more stitch ins and one of the ladies invited me to the May luncheon as her guest. While at the luncheon another longtime member sat next to me, and after chatting, she proposed a commission. If I could embroider some cloth buttons for her, she would pay for my first year of membership. It seemed like a fun and easy project. She also gave me a real opportunity to stretch by giving me 100% artistic freedom.

All of the sudden I had purpose for the first time in months. There were stitch ins to attend, and I had work to complete. This purpose got me out of my funk, I started looking for full-time employment again. A few short weeks later a SANG member encouraged me to apply for a job she found online. This led to an interview and the career I always wanted. I now know that these wise women saw what I needed and conspired to get me back on track, and It worked! Did they stop there? Nope! Over and over again I was introduced to teachers, mentors, and friends who continue to push me to be a better stitcher, business woman, and person.

Now as membership chair I am supposed to tell you that your $55 per year pays for the national magazine, technique classes, community outreach, and the website. And those are all fantastic uses for your money but, the real value is what those things create. A community of passionate people working tirelessly to make the world a better, and more beautiful place.

Tawney Carter

Update on Hosting Seminar…

Can you believe that San Antonio Needlework Guild last hosted a South Central Regional Seminar in 2008???

The first step towards hosting a future seminar was taken on January 21st when we held an exploratory seminar meeting. The meeting was lively, and the consensus of the attendees was “Let’s do it!”. So now we’re ready for the next step — putting the idea before the chapter for a formal vote. Please make a point to attend the February meeting so that everyone’s voice can be heard.

Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye…

A month is gone already! How time flies when you are trying to find time to stitch! AND we already have a new Guild project to work on-Thank you Joyce for starting us off with a bang and teaching us the right way to cross stitch over one linen thread! The Thread Tag will be a great addition to our tools.

The New Board met with The Outgoing Board and both were teeming with ideas for the coming year. I hope you will all be as happy with our future as I am.

February is, once again, the month for Stitch in Public Day and we will be teaching children at the Forest Hills Library on the afternoon of February 7. This in addition to all the places we show our talents around the area every month.

We always welcome visitors and new members to our meetings and events; I hope that the New Year will see all of us bringing friends and neighbors to share in our wonderful passion!! (There may even be a bonus to members who do so-hint, hint!)

In the January EGA newsletter they asked that we all consider donating items for the live and silent auctions and other fundraisers at the Seminar in Ashville, NC in August. (Still time to register as well). There is also a new on-line class, GCC and ICC and time to enter an original work in the National Exhibit, Through the Needle’s Eye

Read on for more information about upcoming classes, Outreach projects (Yes, Love Quilts!), stitch-ins and a possible SANG-SCR Seminar.

Bon Voyage to those attending the ASG Winter Retreat! Please bring back all the news and new ideas. Hi to all our Stitching Brothers and Sisters!

Happy Stitching to us all,

Pat Sweet

SANG Visits “Embroidering the Old Spanish Trail”

l-r: Artist Laura Gibson, Marilyn Veach, Marsha Boysen, Joan Vanderbrink, Diane Williams, Joyce McCoig, Pat Sweet, Beverly Moltz, Mary Layman, Ruth Krimsky

I’ve lived here over 30 years, and San Antonio is still surprising me! Beverly Moltz read of an interesting art exhibit and passed it on during a stitch in … next thing I knew, SANG had arranged an impromptu outing to see “Embroidering the Old Spanish Trail,” by artist Laura Gibson. I had never heard of the gallery which held the exhibit (Bill Haus Arts, 2803 Fredericksburg Road, across from Tip Top Café. The Gallery is only open Friday and Saturday from 1-4. The gallery is located behind the gates of the Primrose at Monticello Park Senior Apartments.)
On November 18th, we gathered outside Bill Haus Arts and were met by the artist herself! Laura Gibson was gracious enough to take time out of her schedule to talk with SANG and answer any questions we might have about the Exhibit. It was a bit like going to the Sistine Chapel and having Michelangelo docent the tour!

Laura created hand-embroidered and drawn works on 1920s era player-piano rolls that portray vignettes of her observations or stories learned on her travels on the storied roadway. Laura is an extraordinary multimedia artist. The piano rolls are an unusual canvas to work on. After telling us how she prepared the rolls — Laura offered us some of her unused rolls to create our own art. I think we should take her up on it!
The exhibit is well worth seeing, and will be showing through mid January. There is a very nice article about Laura and her art in the Nov/Dec issue of San Antonio Woman. The article is also available online at:

by Joan Vanderbrink and Mary Hodges


THANK YOU for a successful Community Outreach project

We asked SANG stitchers to make “Any Child” squares in support of Love Quilts USA. They chose their patterns and got right to work! Some members may have grumbled about working with Aida cloth (Joan and I were in our element!!!), others hadn’t made items for young children in quite some time, so borrowed patterns from other stitchers.

SANG chose to stitch squares for the “any child” quilts — quilts that are put together on short notice. The first finished square arrived shortly after our first article ran in the May newsletter (Pat is such an overachiever) and the last square was finished the weekend before turn ins were due (umm, that would be mine).

I cannot thank our generous members enough — we had squares turned in from local members, plural members, even one member in Maryland (thanks Carol). Final count for our guild — 15 completed squares. That will be a nice stash of completed squares for the volunteers of Love Quilts USA to stitch a quilt to brighten a young child’s room as they struggle with medical issues. Our day and night meeting attendees are posing with a few of the squares. Well done!

November 12: Elegant Holiday Tree

Many, Many Thanks to Jessica Jones for teaching this class and for drawing the trees on our canvases and even taping them!! We were able to dive right in and some of us were finished by the next week!! It was fun and a great ornament or box top or….

If you need help with this or other projects, please bring them to any of the stitch-ins, etc. and someone will be glad to help.

Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye…

It is hard to believe that it is December. As the year and the month come to an end, so too does my tenure as your president. I would like to thank my board. I could not have done my job as president without all their help and support.Thanks to:

  •  Pat Sweet – Education
  • Karin Shaw – Membership
  • Ruth Krimsky – Day Meeting
  • Sue Preston – Treasurer
  • Mary Hodges – Secretary, Newsletter Editor, Outreach
  • Joan Vanderbrink –Region Representative, Publicity, Historian
  • Diane Williams – Special Events
  • Joyce McCoig – ByLaws, Newsletter Distribution
  • Tawney Carter – Website
  • Doris Johnson – Courtesy

    As January starts I will be handing the reins over to Pat Sweet and her board. I am looking forward to taking on a supporting role in the coming year in hopes that it will give me more time for stitching. This group means the world to me and it was an honor to serve as your president for 2015-2016. What we accomplish together as SANG matters and it matters not only on a local level but to others in our stitching community. As I look back on the past 2 years here are some of the things I am most proud of:

    • We learned to dye fabric and floss.
    • We taught several children how to stitch at our local libraries.
    • We have put on several amazing displays at our local libraries.
    • We have had several of our articles reprinted in other EGA newsletters.
    • We learned how to bead a Star.
    • We learned how to frame our own projects.
    • We introduced Threads of Blessing to EGA
    • We stitched a lot of blocks for Quilts of Love.

      If you loved stitching the Aida blocks for Quilts of Love, I have been told that we will be continuing it next year as part of our outreach program. So if you’re a slow stitcher like me, you might want to get a head start for next November’s turn in.
      I enjoyed seeing everyone at our December Luncheon.As always happy stitching,

      Jessica Jones

2017-2018 SANG Officer Slate

The nominating committee is pleased to present the slate of officers for 2017-2018. We appreciate everyone’s willingness to give oftheir time and efforts. We will elect our new board on Tuesday, November 15, 2016.

Joan Vanderbrink
Nominating Committee Chairman

2017-2018 SANG Officer Slate

1st VP (Education) – Joyce McCoig

2nd VP (Membership) – Tawney Carter

3 VP (Special Projects) – Diane Williams

Secretary – Joan Vanderbrink

Treasurer – Mary Hodges

Embroidering the Old Spanish Trail

We encourage SANG members to view the exhibit “Embroidering the Old Spanish Trail”. Artist Laura Gibson created hand-embroidered and drawn works on 1920s player-piano rolls that recreated the storied roadway. The exhibit is open through December 17, 2016, at Bihl Haus Arts, 2803 Fredericksburg Road, SAT 78201 across from Tip Top Café. The Gallery is open Friday and Saturday from 1-4. Phone 210-383-9723. You can find more information on the website: