Programs

June, July and August, 2017

We suspend all of our programs for the summer — there will be no morning meetings, and the evening meetings are informal stitch-ins.

 

April Program

In April we will try our hand at bargello and stitch Bargello Balls. Create this beautiful ball as a Christmas ornament or just a happy hanging for a window. SANG will supply the 7 by 12 inch canvas, but you will have to decide on the color for your ball. All it takes are five skeins of floss of one color in four different color values, dark to light and a spool of Kreinik 1/8” ribbon. A complete supply list will be provided in the next newsletter. Finishing of the balls will be scheduled for a meeting in the fall.

Joyce McCoig

 

 

 

 

 

March 11, 2017: Birds and Flowers Thread-Ring Tag

(As featured in NeedleArts September, 2016 issue. ) Chandler Center 9AM-Noon

March’s session will be focused on finishing the stitched Thread-Ring Tag and constructing the paper tags. If time allows we will continue finishing the stitching on tags not quite done.

Please bring for the March class: Your copy of the September, 2016 NeedleArts, your stitching kit from January with all fabric and needle and threads (if stitching is done you will only need Williamsburg Blue or equivalent) fabric and sturdy paper scissors. Usual stitching supplies including thread scissors.

Your kit will include: precut Comic Board pieces and card stock tags, flower eyelets, interfacing, and a binder ring.

We will provide:Tombow Glue with brush tips attached. iron, hole punches, Eyelet tool. If you have any of those already, please bring them with you

 

 

 

 

 

March 28, 2017

Beyond the EGA Study Box: Florentine Project

We had such a good time looking at the Bargello study box that we’re going to offer a project to get first-hand experience with this delightful technique. More information will be provided in the March newsletter.

 

 

February 28, 2017

An Exhibition of the Lincourt Hearts

Love is in the air — and SANG has the perfect program for the season. The Lincourt Hearts are coming for a visit! The Lincourt Hearts were the brain child of former SCR director, Margaret Lincourt. The exhibit was established around 1998; and after several years of traveling around the region, the collection was retired and given to EGA. It’s been quite a while since they have visited San Antonio, so we thought it would be fun to bring them back. So come to the February meetings to see this outstanding

collection of 34 stitched hearts (some of them done by people you know!).

January 24, 2017

EGA Study Box: Florentine and related Embroidery

This Box is a “detailed study of what is popularly known as Bargello and includes over 100 worked examples of traditional patterns, contemporary adaptations and color studies.” There is also a small four-way Bargello project that we may want to try later.

Please bring your Bargello Show and Tell (pieces and books) to share with everyone!

– Pat Sweet

 

The Fall Technique classes are below with coupons. Please note that the deadline to sign up for the Pinkeep is August 1 ! I will need a lot of time to gather things for this class and this is the last newsletter before that date.

The Meeting Programs are still in the works-under consideration are: How I Stitched my Summer Vacation,

Finishing the Pinkeep, Outreach (turning in quilt blocks), Elections and Bylaws Revision Approval.

– Pat Sweet

November 12: Elegant Holiday Tree

Our technique class this month will be an EGA Petite Project designed by Mary Waldsmith.
Jessica Jones will teach this clever piece – you’ll notice that the project we’ve seen her working on is done in a different colorway, we’ll be stitching Jessica’s version with the Green Tree. (So close to the Holidays, get a jump on the ornament exchange!)

Your kit will include 8×8 18-ct. Eggshell canvas with gold, Threads from The Caron Collection, Rainbow Gallery and Kreink, directions and needles.

Cost: $20

 

October 8 -Introduction to Pinning & Framing

You’ll want to make your way to the Chandler House, 137 West French Place between the hours of 9AM- Noon because SANG will be importing Carol Reeves (if you haven’t met Carol she is a member of our Chapter and Joan Vanderbrink’s sister) to teach this useful technique class. Carol has been pinning and framing her cross stitch pieces for many years. She graciously volunteered to give an introductory class to pinning and framing on most types of fabric or canvas. The $10 class fee will provide you with a kit which includes: Foam Core, Pins, Double-Sided Tape, Spacers, Steel Tacks, Framing Hardware, and Backing.

You will need to bring:
A finished piece (so dig into those stashes and find a piece that you would really like to totally finish) A frame (with or without glass) that will fit your finished piece

AND

  1. an Exacto knife or box cutter, if you have one
  2. tape measure
  3. paper cutting scissors

September 10

Birds and Flowers Large Pinkeep

This lovely project by Nancy Backus of Tripper’s Lady Designs is pictured on the cover of the March 2016 issue of Needle Arts Magazine (hint: that’s the magazine that is sent to all dues-paying EGA members) and is the first item of 4 “needlework smalls” in the series. SAVE YOUR NEEDLE ARTS! The class will be led by our very own Pat Sweet.

Class will be held from 9AM-Noon at the Chandler House, 137 West French Place.

Your kit will include: Belfast Linen (32 ct.) for the pinkeep, your choice of either 10 colors of Weeks Dye Works overdyed floss (used in the original) or 10 colors of DMC floss (the colors will be similar, but will not be an exact match and will include no overdyed threads), and finishing materials (ribbons, threads, comic board, batting, wool and pins). Kit fees will be $38 with Weeks Dye Works floss or $18 with DMC floss. Note: the kits will include full skeins of floss as we anticipate that the colors will be used in the remaining 3 projects in the series.

Additional information about what additional stitching items you need to bring will follow in future newsletters.

April 26, 2016

American Sampler Study Box

SANG will be delving into one of the hidden treasures of EGA membership — the Study Box. Through the Study Box program, EGA provides its members with a special way of learning. The boxes introduce members to a needlework technique as an alternative to classroom study. Members can leisurely study the contents during our program.

It was hard picking a subject, but the American Sampler Box was too intriguing to pass up. This box contains two sampler projects: a large, traditional piece replicating designs dating from about 1820; and another nametag sized. Included are some shared materials from England, thanks to a twinned chapter in Chichester. American samplers review in the materials date from the 17th to 19th centuries, and lovely new books are included for your enjoyment.

It’s an exciting time to be learning about American Samplers as the Sampler Archive, an online searchable database of American schoolgirl samplers and related girlhood embroideries, will go public Spring of 2015. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Sampler Archive will showcase needlework collections of three pilot sites: the Winterthur Museum in Delaware, the DAR Museum in Washington D.C., and the Rhode Island Historical Society in Providence. The Sampler Archive is being developed in collaboration with American museums, historical societies, private collectors, dealers, auction houses, and owners of family heirlooms across the country. Here’s hoping they’re live at the time we’re studying the box!

March 22, 2016

So, You Think YOU Have an Electric Needle.

Join us as Ruth Krimsky gives a hands-on demonstration of Machine Embroidery. You’ve seen her beautiful work at show-and-tells, stitch ins and programs — now she’s going to show us all how the magic happens! Ruth is going to set up her machines at Pat Sweet’s house, so mark your calendars for a (short) road trip.

February 23, 2016

Italian Needlework Treasures a DVD presentation from EGA.

The presentation by Vima deMarchi Micheli on Italian Needlework Treasures, filmed at the EGA National Seminar in Phoenix, is finally available on DVD! Vima is an internationally known needleworker – in addition to her teaching and designing she has published over 25 books. She also regularly takes groups to Italy to study Italian embroidery and lace making.

In addition to Vima’s presentation, there is a 15 minute segment of demonstration by Italian Lace embroiderers from Assisi. This video has a running time of just over 90 minutes.

January 26, 2016

Beyond the usual Show and Tell

To start the New Year we will share those crafts, hobbies and pastimes we have always wanted to put on the show and tell table but “they didn’t fit the description” Do you quilt, knit, crochet, weave, make dolls, make ornaments and decorations with other than a “threaded needle”, other types of beading or __________ (fill in the blank)?? Hand and machine made are fine. This is your opportunity to share your art with the Chapter.

Bring sample(s) to the meeting and tell us a little about the technique, how you found out about it and got interested.

I’ve done this before and was amazed how many other talents the members had. Can’t wait to see what our group does in their “spare time”

February 23, 2016

Italian Needlework Treasures a DVD presentation from EGA.

The presentation by Vima deMarchi Micheli on Italian Needlework Treasures, filmed at the EGA National Seminar in Phoenix, is finally available on DVD! Vima is an internationally known needleworker – in addition to her teaching and designing she has published over 25 books. She also regularly takes groups to Italy to study Italian embroidery and lace making.

In addition to Vima’s presentation, there is a 15 minute segment of demonstration by Italian Lace embroiderers from Assisi. This video has a running time of just over 90 minutes.

If there is not enough time to complete the presentation it may be continued at the March 22, 2015 meetings.

 

 

November 17, 2015

NOTE THE DATE — the meeting has been moved forward to give members time to get ready for Thanksgiving the week we would normally hold the meeting. How appropriate that SANG traditionally performs a community outreach project as our November project. This year we will be preparing sewing kits for the students at Arnold Elementary School.

We’ve been saving items to put in the kits, utilized our skills to decorate the tins that we’ll be using to hold an assortment of sewing necessities to keep the students’ uniforms spiffy – in this meeting we’ll be finishing up any sewing tins that haven’t been completed and assembling the contents. Go Eagles!

ALERT!!!: We still need Buttons – either white, ecru, brown or black. Raid your button jar for buttons that can be used to repair shirt or pants which are part of the Arnold Elementary Uniforms (their colors are maroon, khaki, and white). We’re not looking for exotic or sparkly buttons — serviceable run-of-the-mill is what we need!!!

Turn these items in to Mary Hodges at any program or stitch in during the month of October. If you can’t find Mary, please give them to any board member.

 October 20, 2015

NOTE THE DATE — the meeting has been moved forward due to the EGA’s National Seminar in our very own San Antonio the week we would normally hold the meeting. We will be watching part two of the video”Native Beads and Dance Regalia Showcase” a gift from EGA. This was a narrated fashion show with Native American models wearing regalia highlighting beading and embroidery. A videographer was hired to film the show. This project was funded in whole through a bequest from the Gay Montague Phillips estate.

September 22, 2015

We will be watching part one of the video “Native Beads and Dance Regalia Showcase” a gift from EGA.

EGA says of this video:

One of the activities during the EGA national seminar last year in Phoenix was a presentation by Yellow Bird Productions called “Native Beads and Dance Regalia Showcase.” This was a narrated fashion show with Native American models wearing regalia highlighting beading and embroidery.

A videographer was hired to film the show. This project was funded in whole through a bequest from the Gay Montague Phillips estate.

The whole video is about 2 hours and so it has been divided.

Workshop and Summer Project !!

Mariposa from StitchPlay designs (Carole Lake and Michael Boren)

The Forum at Lincoln Heights

San Antonio, TX 78209

June 13, 2015

311 Nottingham Street (near Basse Road)

9AM to 3PM ( we hope parking will be easier to find if we start earlier but do consider car pooling)

The kits are here! Just a few weeks until the class!  Carole Lake asked me to remind you that $10 of the kit fee is going to Doctors without Borders and that at this time they are hard at work in Nepal where there have been two major earthquakes as well as in all their other sites around the world.

NEW!: Please add to your list of what to bring, a small canvas doodle cloth. If you can, please put the doodle cloth on stretcher bars or a hoop or something. We only have the one day and it may be easier to try new stitches that are not near the center on a doodle cloth and not make placement errors on the actual piece. If you don’t bring a doodle cloth you can use the border of the Mariposa canvas.

Attendees, please bring:

2 pair of ten inch stretcher bars and tacks. Carole and Michael tape their canvases.

Your usual stitching supplies, extra needles for lightweight, heavier and metallic threads. Scissors for thread and metallics

Light and magnification if you use these (there are just a few sockets in the room so if you have battery operated lights please bring those.)

A clamp, frame or frame weight. Pat Sweet will bring extension cords.

 

 

 May 2nd, 2015

Save the Date!!! We’ll have details on the program in next month’s newsletter. As a reminder, we will be gathering up all the bookmarks that everyone has made in support of the SCR Region Outreach program so that we can send them off to the region. If you cannot attend the luncheon, please turn your bookmarks in to one of the board members prior to the May Luncheon.

April 28, 2015

 

The April project will be The “Star Light Star Bright Humbug” from Sullivan Threads and will be lead by Mary Hodges. Sullivan Threads has given SANG 25 kits including the design and the four types of thread needed to complete the design (full skeins!). The kit does not include fabric (the designer used 28 count evenweave). If you do not have a piece of evenweave in your stash (the piece is approx 70×40 stitches), there will be a few pieces available. Please bring your usual stitching supplies.

There will be no cost for this project but please let Pat Sweet know if you intend to participate so we have the supplies.

March 24, 2015

 We will continue the project and demonstrate possible ways to finish samplers. Submitted by: Pat Sweet, Incoming Vice President-Education

 

February 24, 2015

In February we’ll put what we learned in January to good use with a Petite Project that promises to be big fun: “Blackwork Band Sampler” designed by Julie Fera in 2013. It is a small, basic project with excellent directions and several “traveling paths”. We will be working the project on white, 28 count even weave with #12 perle cotton. The cost for the kit is $7.00. Please fill out the coupon on page 7 if you plan to participate in the project.

 

January 27, 2015

To start the New Year we will be enjoying Blackwork. We’ll begin by opening your eyes to what designers are doing with Blackwork today — we will watch a Power-Point presentation on modern Blackwork sent to us by EGA.

I also hope that you will bring other projects that you would like the group to stitch so that we can plan the rest of the year!!!

 

I hope that you will bring other projects that you would like the group to stitch (magazines,charts, freebies…) so that we can plan the rest of the year!!!

SANG CHRISTMAS PARTY

December 6
The Quarry Golf Club 444 East Basse Road

Stitch In Starting at 8:30 am
Lunch at 11:30
Ornament Exchange immediately following Stitch In resumes after lunch until 1:30

Christmas is a time for friends and family, so you are encouraged to invite guests to attend. The rules of the optional ornament exchange are simple. Bring a wrapped, hand stitched or beaded ornament. If your friends wish to participate in the exchange, they would also need to bring a wrapped hand stitched or beaded ornament — if they’re not stitchers, you could be generous and make them an ornament to exchange, too!

We would like to encourage our members to also make a contribution to Toys for Tots on behalf of SANG — please bring a new unwrapped toy to the luncheon.

The Menu is as follows:
Entree: Chicken Cordon Bleu or Beef Tips and Noodles Herb Roasted New Potatoes
Southern Style Green Beans with Red Onions and Bacon Homemade Fudge Brownies with Nuts
House salad
Water and Tea
Cost: $20

 

Fall Programs

As my time as your education coordinator comes to an end and we welcome in new leadership in the next year I thought we should focus on projects that we can finish as a group and that could maybe reduce some stash.

November 18, 2014

It’s time to empty out your travel bags and bring any remaining items to the meeting. We’ll be kitting comfort kits for the San Antonio District Homeless Student Program. Remember, we need the following items:
(Travel size is preferable)

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

Update: thanks for donations so far — you’ve been amazing!
It looks like we’ve done well on raiding hotels: donations have been lower for deodorant, washcloths, combs and brushes. Bobbi Ravicz had a wonderful idea — she has donated several small(ish) cosmetic bags (the kind that some companies use for promotional give aways). If you have any similar bags that you would like to donate, they will be much appreciated!!!

 

October 28, 2014

In October we will be having a finishing party. What is a finishing party you ask? Well do I have some surprises for you?! You will need to bring all your cord making tools because the plan is to finish the altoid tins from September but its so much more. We will be having a contest as well, with prizes. Bring in all your finished projects from this year to show off. We will have a people’s choice award for excellence in stitching as well as a prize for most industrious stitcher. On top of all of that, I am planning some surprises.

The rules are simple.

  1. The project must have been finished in 2014. That means actual stitching work must have taken place this year.
  2. The stitching must be completed, all the way. That means ready to display or frame. We won’t hold it against you if it has not been framed yet but if it is supposed to be a pincushion then it must to ready for the task of holding pins.

 

September 23, 2014

During the September meeting we will be working on a petite project that will produce two lovely needle tins. The “Assisi Leaf and Acorn”, designed by Sheryl Wilson, is a lovely 2 piece set, and when finished you end up with a pair of matching needle tins to store all of your bits and bobs. The larger of the two is an oak leaf finished onto the standard altoid tin, and the smaller is an acorn that will be finished up on a tiny tin. They are both so adorable and you get to use up all those altoid tins that I know you have stashed away for a rainy day. Also remember that this is a stash project so feel free to supplement or change colors. We will be stitching up the two tin tops during our September meeting and in October we will be having a finishing party, more on that in a bit. You will need to bring the following to the September meeting:

 Needle Necessities Overdyed Floss 1231
 DMC floss 632 for backstitching
 DMC floss 3772 and 407
 24/25 count fabric: Oak Leaf 5” x 6” Acorn 4” x 5”  Standard stitching necessities

Also on September 13th we will be at the Forum for the final installation of Hapsburg Lace. Pat Sweet did a fantastic job at the first class and I know that I am looking forward to finishing this stunning project. The class will open at 9 AM and we will likely finish up by 3PM.

October 28, 2014

In October we will be having a finishing party. What is a finishing party you ask? Well do I have some surprises for you?! You will need to bring all your cord making tools because the plan is to finish the altoid tins from September but its so much more. We will be having a contest as well, with prizes. Bring in all your finished projects from this year to show off. We will have a peoples choice award for excellence in stitching as well as a prize for most industrious stitcher. On top of all of that, I am planning some surprises.

The rules are simple.

  1. The project must have been finished in 2014. That means actual stitching work must have taken place this year.
  2. The stitching must be completed, all the way. That means ready to display or frame. We won’t hold it against you if it has not been framed yet but if it is supposed to be a pincushion then it must to ready for the task of holding pins.Tawney Carter

 

MARCH 25, 2014

In March our very own Ruth Owens will be teaching silk ribbon embroidery — the technique lends itself quite well to a project such as a bookmark. All of the required supplies will be furnished, all you need to bring are your normal stitching materials like scissors, an embroidery hoop, and a large tapestry needle. Fabric and ribbons will be provided.

 

 

 

 

 

APRIL 22, 2014

In April we will be venturing out into the world of hardanger. Karin Shaw will be showing us the basic stitches and tips and techniques involved in hardanger embroidery. All supplies will be furnished, you will need to bring your normal stitching supplies (scissors, embroidery hoop, and a needle. Fabric and ribbons will be provided.

 

 

 

 

February, March and April 2014

Bookmarks… Bookmarks….Bookmarks

This year our EGA region has sent out a request for bookmarks to be part of the regional community outreach. So we are going to be learning new techniques that call all easily be applied to a bookmark projects.

February I will be teaching Huck Weaving on a bookmark. This form of surface embroidery comes from northern Europe, and was used to decorate clothing by weaving fiber through the floating threads on loosely woven fabric like Monk’s cloth. We will be adapting a traditional pattern to be stitched on Aida cloth. You will have plenty of time to finish the project during the program. Bring your normal stitching materials like scissors and a large tapestry needle. Fabric and thread will be provided.

In March and April we will be venturing out into silk ribbon embroidery and hardanger also on bookmarks. More information on those projects will be forth coming.

At the May luncheon we will be gathering up all the bookmarks that everyone has made so that we can send them off to the region. There will be a prize for the person who donates the most bookmarks.

Tawney Carter

January 1st, 2014
Our January meeting will be a stitch-in in support of the South Central Region Community Outreach Program. We’ll be stitching bookmarks for the Region’s Community Service Project. We need to turn them over to the Chapter hosting the regional seminar June 11-14 2014 to be given to an organization in their area.Bookmarks may be stitched in any technique on any ground fabric there are many free bookmark patterns available on the web – check out websites of your favorite designers, you might be surprised! You can also purchase bookmark patterns from your local needlework shop, use motifs from patterns in your stash, or design your own.If you are trying to come up with ideas for young readers, the following themes were suggested when children ages 7 ‐ 14 were asked about the kind of bookmarks they’d like to receive.
• Sports: soccer, football, baseball, hockey, skateboarding, tennis, volleyball, etc.
• Music: music notes, piano, guitar, etc.• Girlie: hearts, swirls, makeup, lipstick, jewelry, dresses, shoes, cupcakes, balloons, hair accessories, etc.
• Animals: snakes, bears, dogs, cats, birds, tigers, etc.
• Current trends: skull and cross bones, rock & roll, zebra prints, bling, owls, etc.The SANG member who donates the most bookmarks will earn a special recognition (yes, prizes will be awarded!). I know we are all busy on other projects but maybe we can get a few done by to turn them in at the May Luncheon — we’ll get one of our members who are attending the Stitching Gumbo seminar to turn them in on behalf of our chapter.

December 15, 2013

SANG will be hosting its annual Christmas Luncheon at the beautiful Haven River Inn on December 15th. Anyone wishing to come early for stitching may arrive starting at 10:30am. Lunch will be served at Noon, followed by an ornament exchange. To further enhance the holiday feeling, Diane has booked a pianist named Marilyn to play the piano and we will have the lyrics so everyone can sing along. Christmas is a time for friends and family, so you are encouraged to invite guests to attend.

The ornament exchange is optional, but oh so much fun! The rules of the ornament exchange are simple. Bring a wrapped, hand stitched or beaded ornament. If your friends wish to participate in the exchange, they would also need to bring a wrapped hand stitched or beaded ornament — if they’re not stitchers, you could be generous and make them an ornament to exchange, too! Please call Diane Williams if you are interested in carpooling to the luncheon – she’ll try and organize rides.

The menu is as follows: Turkey and Ham, twice baked potatoes, asparagus, stuffing, Haven signature salad, black forest cake for dessert. Tea, coffee and citrus water will be provided. The cost per attendee will be $22.00.

 

November 19th, 2013

I had the great joy of meeting with our Kumihimo instructor this week and I have to say we are in for a treat. Sue and I talked about the types of uses we each might have for this technique and I got to hear a little about her teaching style and what we should expect to get from this class. Sue was adamant that each person leave with something useful, not just a technique, so each kit will include all the pieces needed to make a corded and beaded scissor fob, which you should be able to finish in class.

Once you have the technique down you will have the ability to try it with more delicate thread. Make sure you bring your normal stitching materials. If you have additional stash thread that you want to try out bring that too. I recommend #5 Pearle Cotton or Watercolors by Caron for your 2nd attempt, something with a little thickness to get you started.

This technique has so many uses that Sue has promised to bring some examples so show off the versatility. The finished cord can be used for so many things like, jewelry, finishing touches on an ornament, use it for couching, heck you can make it into a rope for fishing boats if you want.

The Day Class will be taught by a friend of Sue and I have been assured she an equally talented cord maker. Here is some more info about Sue to get you excited .

Sue Charette-Hood is an award winning Canadian jewelry artist living in San Antonio, Texas and has been in love with creating jewelry since 2000. She works with many different jewelry mediums, but Kumihimo and off loom bead stitching are her loves. Sue is inspired by her students, especially the absolute beginners who ask the most mind-opening questions. Sue is married with two daughters and works full time as an ultrasound technologist.

Memberships: Sue is a member of the San Antonio Bead Society, Dallas Bead Society, Great Lakes Beading Guild, Austin Bead Society and the Etsy Bead Weavers Team. She enters beading contests often as a way to challenge herself.

Instructor: Sue has been teaching locally in San Antonio since 2009 at Originals

Gems & Beads shop and at many bead society shows and retreats (San Antonio Bead Society, Austin Bead Society, Texas Beaders Annual Retreats, Shreveport Bead Retreats, etc.). Sue has been teaching nationally since 2012 (Beadfest Texas in October ‘12, Beadfest Santa Fe in March‘13, Bead Lush bead store Charlotte, NC in May’13, Alouette Bead store Oklahoma City, OK in September ’13 and internationally at the huge Creativ Festival in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in October’13.

Publications: Sue’s work has been published many times since 2011. Her first publication was in a digital Magazine called “Fabulous Peyote Stitching with Crystal Accents”. Since then many of her designs have been published in the Beadwork and Bead Design Studio magazine’s 2012 and 2013 issues (more have been accepted for 2014 issues) and published as free downloadable tutorials on Beadwork’s website “Beading Daily”. More of her designs can be seen in the 2013 annual issues of “101 Bracelets, Necklaces & Earrings” and “Beadwork’s Favorite Stitches”. A new digital bead magazine called “Bead It” will feature her design in their next “Bold & Sassy” issue (see other document for details of each publication).

Beading for Charity: Sue creates and donates special designs for fund raising events (Layne’s Legacy Beading for a Cure auction on EBay, San Antonio Food Bank’s “Harvest of Hope” auction, NIX Breast Cancer Awareness auction and the “Project Prom” event for the San Antonio Child Protective Services).

Happy Stitching, Tawney Carter

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