Saturday, December 14, 2013

Let The Festivities Begin

Somehow December has rolled up on us once again, and you know what that means...our annual holiday party!!!  This year we decided to try something a little different and held the gathering at our usual meeting location.  While not as personal as being in some one's home, everyone said they were glad that it was a place they knew how to get to!  We had a great turnout, and as you can see from the photo above - we had an amazing selection of delicious foods too.

Shortly before our party, Tricia Nguyen of Thistle Threads posted a fun little freebie on her blog - a paper casket you can color and assemble.   As a party favor for our members our wonderful Program Chair, Marie, printed these off on nice card stock so that we could each have one. 

Isn't it sweet when it's assembled?  

And as you can imagine, we all dove into the food as quickly as possible.  Notice all my photos are from the dessert end of the table...wonder why that is?  

Of course, the highlight of our holiday party is the ornament exchange.  Each member who wanted to participate brought an ornament they had stitched and finished.  Normally we do the exchange in a manner where when your number is up you can open a gift or steal from someone else.  This year, Laurie B. suggested a new way to do it.  She'd attended a retreat and picked up some great options for gift exchanges and we thought we'd give this one a whirl!  Everyone participating sat at the tables with their own wrapped ornament.  

As we went around the table each person drew a card and then had to follow the instructions by passing their gift to the left or right, switching with someone wearing red, etc.  

We did one complete round with the gifts still wrapped, then everyone unwrapped the one they had.  After much oohing and ahhing, we went for round two.  Now you can see what you're swapping!

So much fun!  Thanks Laurie for helping us mix it up a bit this year!

And of course, I have to show you some of the amazing ornaments our members stitched.  I'm absolutely loving that ruched ribbon around the Ewe & Eye & Friends ornament.  

And you can see above a regular-sized LHN ornament, and then below is a teeny-tiny LHN stitched over one.  So sweet!

I love seeing all the different ornaments everyone chose to stitch, but then also all the different finishing techniques.  

Even the trims are different - chenille, twisted cord, beads, ribbon, you name it.  We even had some wool felt ornaments that were just darling!

Here are all the ornaments together at the end.  Aren't they just fabulous?  I tried to just sweep them all into my bag...but was forced to let them go home with their new owners.  

It really was a fun evening, and I was so glad to see such a great turn out of members.  We think having the party at our usual meeting place might just be the way to go. 

Here's wishing you the most wonderful of holidays and a bright start to the new year!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

30 days hath September. . .

. . .and I almost let all of them slip away before I got this blog post up; how pathetic is that?

In Ann W.'s absence, Lynn E. reminded everyone of the Catherine Theron 2-day workshop coming up in November.  The deadline to sign up is September 15.

We have some great teaching opportunities coming up in the next 18 months. . .
Linda Lautenschlager, of Chessie and Me, is coming to teach in Spring 2014.  Dames of the Needle may teach a workshop in Fall 2014, and Ellen Chester, of With My Needle, will teach in Spring 2015.  How about that for an all-star line-up!

Marie Z. reminded everyone about upcoming programs:
October - Cyndi S. & Debbie G. teach the design and construction of the 2013 Tudor Rose Holiday Ornament
November - dedicated time to stitch on the Tudor Rose Sampler SAL, as well as the 2013 Holiday Ornament
 December - Holiday Party at Grace Presbytery

At the September meeting, Pam C. demonstrated how to embellish the crochet trim for small projects such as a pincushion.  Members brought a stitched, finished pincushion, to which they added button trim.

We had great participation in Show & Tell:
Vivian A. - It is Well with My Soul - My Big Toe;
Liberty Eagle - Blackbird Designs;
Crows at Strawberry Hill - Pinkeep - With Thy Needle:
Laurie B. - Needleworker - Little House Needleworks;
Christmas at Hollyberry Farm - Stacy Nash;
Crowned Bird Pincushion & Strawberries - Plum Street Sampler:
Mendie C. - Needles & Pins - Sunflower Seed:
Lynn E. - Basket of Memories - Blackbird Designs:
Robert H. - Matilda Driver - Heart’s Content;
Heavenly Paradise - C. Street Samplerworks:
Lori J. - Basket of Memories - Blackbird Designs;
Bluebird Pincushion- Blackbird Designs:
Vicki N. - Barefoot Angel Quilt - Curtis Boehringer;
Crowned Bird Mini Sampler Tray & Strawberry - Plum Street Samplers:
Sue S. - Friends Gather - The Trilogy:
Ava T. - Heart & House Sampler Pincushion - Little House Needleworks:
Marie Z. - Isabella Cook 1836 Reproduction - The Essamplaire;
Witch Pumpkin? - With Thy Needle and Thread;
Patriotic Stitch Book - Chessie and Me;
Milady’s Acorn Box - Milady’s Needle;
Bluebird Pincushion - Blackbird Designs:

Saturday, August 31, 2013

I stitch, therefore, I stash. . .

We held our annual Stash Sale in August, and as usual, there were some awesome deals to be had!  It is such fun when everyone cleans out drawers, cabinets, and closets and brings their treasures to sell at bargain basement prices.  Every year I say I'm not going to shop - I already have a surplus of "stash" - and every year, I leave with a bag of goodies. . .Besides, it's such a good cause, as 10% of the proceeds go back to the guild. . .

Anne W. reported on workshops:  Three additional members need to sign up for the Catherine Theron workshop in November, in order for it to "make".  The "Chessie & Me" workshop in the Spring of 2014, will require some pre-stitching.  As of yet, there is nothing scheduled for the Fall of 2014; Dames of the Needle may be a possibility. . .and Ellen Chester of With My Needle, will teach in April of 2015.

Show and Tell: Cyndi S. - ? - ?:

Katherine P. - Glory Fob - Shepherd's Bush:
Debbie G. - The Queen's Maids - Catkin Embroidery Designs:
Cody M. - Flower Boxes - The Drawn Thread :
Sherry S. - Celtic Friends- Jeannette Douglas Designs :

Sunday, July 7, 2013

So late, so soon. . .

How did it get so late so soon?
It's night before it's afternoon.
December is here before it's June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?  -  Dr. Seuss

My apologies for not posting before June was over, but it just went by too darn fast. . .

Paulette Stewart, of Plum Street Samplers, held a trunk show during her workshop with TRSG in May and graciously forwarded 10% of her sales to the guild. Sherry S. made a motion to donate 3/4 of the monies received to Grace Presbytery, which was approved with no opposition.

Ann W. reminded everyone of the 2-day Catherine Theron workshop scheduled Nov. 2-3, 2013. Catherine will teach the Alphabet Primer Pocket and Wee Bunny Scissor Box; Ann will ask for additional help closer to the actual date of the workshop. (Detailed information is found in the previous post.) Suggestions are being taken for workshops in 2014 and Ann reported that she is continuing to try to finalize an opportunity for Ellen Chester, of With My Needle, to present a workshop in 2015.

Earlier in the Spring, Marie Z. presented a stitcher's challenge by making the Workbasket's  Pink Flower and Blue Flower  freebies available to the membership and encouraging everyone to finish at least one of the designs in any way he or she chose and present the final piece for judging. A number of members participated and brought in stitched pieces for submission. The membership voted on their favorite finish and the top three winners:
- Barbie D., Debbie G., and Nancy K. -
received gift cards to the Container Store.  Nice job everyone!!
 July - no meeting

August - The Annual Stash Sale is scheduled for this month. Be sure to label your items with a price and your name.

September - Pam C. will demonstrate how to embellish a small project with a crochet trim. Watch your email for pre-class instructions.

October - Cyndi S. and Debbie G. will present the design and instructions for the TRSG 2013 Holiday Ornament.

November - this meeting will be devoted to working on the Tudor Rose Sampler Guild SAL.

December - Holiday Party at Grace Presbytery

Sherry S. presented June's program by demonstrating how to create a beaded scissor fob with a protector.
And now for June's Show and Tell:
Jennifer G. - Quaker Christmas- Carriage House Samplings:
Robert H. - Mary Roe 1808- Scarlett House;
J.M. Gardner 1888- With Thy Needle:
Robert H./Betty H. - AY 1801 Motif Sampler- Historic Stitches(sampler was stitched by Robert H. and assembled by Betty H. after she won the piece in the 2012 online auction):
Stephanie H. - Texas Boots- Red Bird Designs;
Blue Jay w/embellishments- Amanda Lawford;
The Queen's Sampler - Elizabeth 1- PlumStreet Samplers;
Lori J. - Acorn Sampler- Cricket Collection;
Fish Mola- Prairie Moon;
Red Bird- BlackBird Designs;
N. Hinde- Scarlet Letter:
Doris M. - Mystery Sampler- Blue Ribbon Designs:
Judy M. - Sampler from 2001- Unknown Designer:
Carol M. - Long May She Wave- Blackbird Designs;
Spring's Song- Blackbird Designs:
Vicki N. - Multiplication Sampler- With My Needle:
Sherry S. - Sherry Sheep Button Buddies Pin Cushion Kit- JABC:

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Catherine Theron Workshop

Mark your calendars for the Catherine Theron 2-day workshop November 2-3.  Catherine will be teaching the Alphabet Primer Pocket and the Wee Bunny Scissor Box.  Descriptions and pictures for both classes follow:
Wee Bunny Scissor Box - Saturday, November2
Create a 2-3/4” x 1-3/4” x 1” box to house a lovely wee pair of scissors. Worked in silks & overdyed cotton threads on 30-count linen, this piece features a rabbit & foliage on the lid & a medallion pattern on the sides.    Housed inside the box are a scissors sheath, scissor minder & a page for needles.
Stitches used are Petit Point, Chain, & Nun’s Stitch.    Kit includes linen, threads, scissors, needle, charts & directions & most finishing supplies.  There are 3 fabrics.  One can be worked in hand, the other two should be on worked on stretcher bars.

Fabric sizes-9" wide x 12 " high and 9" wide x 8" high. F.A.Edmunds carries the smaller size stretcher bars. And they are available through Amazon, so I think that everyone who wants to be prepared, can be prepared!  As usual. if someone doesn't have the stretcher bars for class, she can stitch a bit, take notes, etc.

Fabric for the Bunny Box is cut 11" wide x 9" high. Again, stretcher bars would be ideal, or a
scroll frame if that is what a student has on hand.

Class and Kit - $145.00

Click here to download registration forms.
and. . .
 Alphabet Primer Pocket - Sunday, November 3
This 5-1/2” x 4” pocket houses a wee wooden hornbook that features a Quaker-style alphabet stitched on 40-count linen. The front of the pocket is covered with Florentine Stitch; the back features a Petit Point scene of colonial homes & rolling hills. 

Linens used are 40-count (for the hornbook), 32-count (for the front pocket), & 30-count (for the Petit Point scene).  Threads used are DMC flosses, Gentle Arts over-dyed cottons, & various silks in a wide range of blues, greens, golds, reds, etc.  Stitches used include Petit Point, Cross-Stitch Over One, Rice Stitch, Backstitch, & Nun’s Stitch.  Kit includes 3 linens, all threads, interlining, wooden hornbook, needles, color copies, charts, directions, & finishing instructions.

Class and Kit - $155.00

(A kit containing smalls to accompany this piece will be available for separate purchase at the time of the class.)

Click here to download registration form.

For additional questions email the TudorRoseSG link above for a contact.