For the past few years, the guild has been doing a year long MAGIC program (My Annual Good Intentions Contract). At the beginning of 2011, each member that wanted to participate chose one or more stitching goals for the coming year. Some chose to finish projects that had been languishing in the WIP pile, some chose to focus on one large piece, some chose an old workshop piece to complete. The lists were varied and inspiring. So, January's meeting was to reveal how we did on our goals and to sign up for our 2012 goals. There were lots of finished goals this year! I'm looking forward to seeing how everyone does next January.
Deposits are now being taken for the Nancy Renssela/An Unfinished Sampler taught by Linda Lautenschlager of Chessie and Me workshop to be held in October (October 20 and 21, 2012).
The guild is going to be doing an informal SAL on Amy Mitten's newest online class - Winders' Keeper. She's offering three different versions of this piece: Vierlande, Friesland, and Quaker. All are gorgeous and Amy (who has taught at our guild before) is a great instructor. If you're interested in the class, go to Amy's site to sign up and join in the guild's SAL!
As a part of the guild's mission to promote the conservation of antique needlework, the guild's members voted to donate to the Connecticut Historical Society for the purchase of of an antique sampler. The sampler was stitched by one of the girls seen in the painting The Daggett Girls, also owned by the Connecticut Historical Society. Take a look at the newsletter for photos of both the painting and the antique sampler.
And now - Show and Tell:
Freebird by Plum Street Samplings stitched by Vicky N.
Christmas Tree 2011 a Laura J.Perin design stitched by Mendie C.
Victorine Delacroix by The Essamplaire stitched by Susan K. Gorgeous Gorgeous Gorgeous!!! You really need to see this one in person to fully appreciate how pretty it is.
Joy by Blackbird Designs - stitched by Michelle L. for the ornament exchange in December.
Love and Joy by Plum Street Samplings stitched by Kim L.
Another ornament by Kim L., Peppermint Twist by Little House Needleworks. Don't you love the gingham ribbon? And it's ruched too! Love it!
Antique Needlework Tools belonging to Susan K.
Texas Friends by Redbird Designs stitched by Stephanie H.
The needlebooks, pincushions and pin keeps were done by Marie Z.
The pincushion on the wooden measuring board is called “ The Rabbit’s Round-tuit”and the needlebook with the rabbit is called "Mr. Butters’ Parisian Tour Souvenir". Both are designs from Sherri Jones of Patrick’s Woods. The pinkeep with the children is a design from Jackie DuPlessis and the pinkeep with the lady was created by Marie Z herself. Aren't they sweet?
And Robert brought in THREE gorgeous finishes:
Maria's Dechado by Samplers Remembered (look at the Aztec stitch!)
B.B. 1699 by The Essamplaire
Side by Side Band Samplers by The Scarlet Letter
Under the Blossoms Scissor Fob by Chessie and Me stitched by Lori J. as a gift for Mary D. (and I think she's changed the colors on this one too - so cute!)
Our February program will be a talk by Michelle L. on Needlework Blogging. Hope to see you there!