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    Programs 2015 - 2016

    Programs are currently as follows (check back often to see if there have been any updates or changes):

    September 12, 2015: Introduce the year long project/projects

                          Distribute La D Da FREE chart

    October 11, 2015:        Stash Sale - ALL PROCEEDS will be donated to the guild


    November 8, 2015:      Scarlett House pin cushion - fund raiser (price TBD)

    December 13, 2015:   Tea Party & Ornament Exchange

    January 10, 2016:        Pin & framing  techniques

                       Presented by Katrina Devine and Natalia Canaday

    February 14, 2016:     Candy Scott

                       Scottish ABC Class (price TBD)

    March 13, 2016:         Pin cushion finishing technique

              Presented by Katrina Devine

                   Lecture - TBD

              Presented by Kathy Sanders 

    April 10, 2016:          THIS YEAR ONLY - Seminar will be held in May

                        Un-Birthday Celebration

    May 14 & 15, 2016:    SPRING SEMINAR

         Due to teacher availability, this seminar is in May 2016

         Chessie & Me - Linda will be presenting a finishing class 

            Pre-work on this piece - bring finished piece to class

    June 11, 2016:         Summer Retreat

            Linda Vincon will present the French Schoolgirl Sewing Bag

    August 13, 2016:       Stitch in - to be organized by Katrina Devine


    Programs 2014-2015

    The board is working hard to finalize programs for 2014-2015. We welcome your input and suggestions.

    December 14, 2014: The annual Ornament Exchange will be held as well as our Christmas Tea. 

    Make & take Snooty Parrot pin cushion - 2nd pattern, FREE

    Tea Cup challenge from Proper Stitcher's retreat

    January 11, 2015: Blast from the Past - 80s!

           Merry Cox video - free pattern for needle case

           Challenges - gifts

    February 8, 2015: Valentine Sweetheart of a meeting!

             Make & take Snooty Parrot - 3rd pattern, FREE

             STITCH IN

    March 8, 2015: French schoolgirls scissor case - Finishing class

        Linda Vinson from Phoenix Needlemade Designs

    April 10-12, 2015: Our Spring Seminar features the talented Margriet Hogue and will be held April 10 - 12.

    May 9, 2015:  This is a Saturday meeting so we can spend Mother's Day with our families!

                        Birthday Party/Birthday presents

     Our annual Pin Cushion Exchange

    June 2015 - Retreat: My Garden of Stitches/Flowers and Gardening Theme

                      Sherry Baker

    August 2015 - Stitch In:

                      Katrina Devine



    Programs 2013-2014

    In March, Katrina Devine will present a lecture on Mary, Queen of Scots.

    Our February meeting will be very special—we are calling it Stitch and Chat. Bring your favorite projects to stitch and share because the meeting is all about conversation, friendship and the thing that brings us all together, our love of needlework!

    Author Joanne Lukacher will be speaking to the group at our regular meeting on Nov. 10, 2013.  You have the opportunity to purchase her new book "Imitation and Improvement:  The Norfolk Sampler Tradition" through our guild this spring.  We encourage you to purchase a copy so you can have her autograph it in the fall (not to mention being prepared to discuss her work!)




    Programs 2012-2013 




    Katrina and I have been hard at work on the programs for this year!!!!  The plans for the year include projects and lectures that will provide something for everyone.


    ·         September 2012: Introduce program for the year and discuss first project for the SEWING BOX.  It is a scissor fob project, scissor fob coordinates with box. 


    ·         October 2012:  Demonstrate two methods of Scissor Fob finishing, show bonus needlecase and give out instructions for that using same finishing methods.


    ·         November 2012:  Lecture given by Katrina Devine on A&E Samplers


    ·         December 2012:  Christmas Tea Party, Make and Take it, Ornament Exchange


    ·         January 2013:  Lecture given by Kathy Sanders on Jane Austen and Regency Needlework


    ·         February 2013:  Wool Felt pincushion project with Valentine Theme to coordinate with sewing box


    ·         March 2013:  Finish boxes, mount stitched piece on the box. 


    ·         April 2013:  Seminar with Ellen Chester


    ·         May 2013:  Birthday Party and Make and Take it, Pincushion Exchange and introduce yearlong project Samplers for 2013-2014




     Programs 2011-2012




    September Program:

    Judy Tyyklia and Loni Welch demonstrated the finishing of the Dutch Pumpkin that was our membership drive project from last May. Members were encouraged to bring their summer stitching including the two samplers ‘Birds of a Feather’ and ‘Soar’. We also had previous projects for sale including last year’s fundraiser. There were prizes for everyone who finished one of last year’s year long projects.


    October Program:

    Janice Wood introduced her Snowflake Biscornu design and talked about the stitching. We also had a stash sale and the proceeds went to the True Walker fund.



    November Program:

    Resident historian Kathy Sanders gave a talk on Greek Embroidery accompanied by slides and handout of some typical Greek motifs. We also introduced our first fund raiser of the year – an ornament designed by Paulette Stewart of Plum Street Samplers.


    December: Christmas Tea Party

    We kicked off the holidays with our 3rd annual Christmas Tea Party and annual exchange of hand stitched ornaments. There was also be a cute holiday ‘make & take’ project along with lovely door prizes. Prizes were also given to those ladies who had finished their challenge projects for the past year.



    January Program:

    The finishing of the Snowflake Biscornu was taught by Janice Wood at the January meeting. We also saw how everyone was coming on the year-long project and offered additional advice and stitching help.


    February Program:

    This month we will have a perforated paper needlebook fashioned after a design by member Jean DeHaven. Of course it will be a red heart in keeping with Valentine’s Day. Also, Lori Simpkins will demonstrate mounting needlework in preparation for framing.


    March Program:

    Tentatively, Ann Peterson will show and talk about her collection of her mother Joan Stephens’ samplers.




    April Program & Workshop

    We have two workshops planned that will be taught by Jackie du Plessis. On Friday afternoon she will be doing the Briar Rose Folded Etui and on Saturday her Buttons a Bounty Button Box. She will also present the program at our regular meeting on Sunday afternoon.


    May Program:  19th Birthday Celebration

    Once again we will have an exchange of handmade pin cushions between members. Also on the schedule is another kit available to members who renew their membership at the May meeting. This very special project is another fabulous design by K & J designs.


    June 9: Retreat “In Village & Town”

    Our third annual sampler guild retreat will be another fun day of special projects, wonderful door prizes, and fabulous gifts along with a wonderful lunch.





    Programs 2010-2011


     May Program “Happy Birthday SGR”
    Members who paid their dues by the end of the May Meeting had the opportunity to purchase their K and J Designs kit.  At our September 2011 Meeting we will complete the finishing component of the design. It is adorable too! 


    In addition we did a pin cushion exchange at this meeting!!!!



    April Program “Workshops with Catherine Theron”

    On Friday, April 8, 2011 Catherine presented the Peaceable Kingdom Sampler, this was an auxiliary class with a limited number of participants. The Saturday, April 9, 2011, project was the “Quaker Sewing Case.” On Sunday, April 10, 2011, Catherine presented the “Quaker Ruler Case.”   In addition, Sunday was a regular SGR Meeting date.


    March Program “Daughters of the American Revolution Samplers”
    The lecture and slide presentation was from the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum in Washington, D.C.  We were delighted to be able to present it to our membership and it will be available from the library.


    February Program “Evergreen Pin Ball”
    We stitched a sweet circle of evergreen trees and assemble the piece into a simple pin ball. Kits were provided or you were welcome to make this pin ball with quilting or calico fabric. A simple and easy project made for a fun afternoon.


    January Program Meeting canceled due to weather.


    December Program: “Winter Tea with Fun Make and Take Projects”
    We celebrated the Holiday Season with our second annual Winter Tea.  We made several Make and Take projects designed to be completed by the end of our meeting. We also did our popular Christmas ornament exchange! This event is always fun for everyone.





    Do you remember the January 2010 Challenge? This is the month you bring your finished Challenge Pieces and show them to your SGR friends. Just as a side note, this is the perfect time to explore ideas for your January 2011 Challenge pledge. 


    November Program  “Stitching Tray”

    We extended our travels through France to create a unique stitching tray project. Janice designed a delightful roll up treasure to hold all of your basic stitching tools and then some. If you want a visual image of this type of project simply go to this website and scroll down to the bottom where you will see four or five wooden trays displaying stitching mats.  





    This meeting was also our SOS Meeting, or Sell Our Stash. In the past we have received donations of fabric, patterns, kits, magazines, and finishing items.  


     October Program “Sampler Field Trip”
    We did this once before and everyone raved about the experience. So back by popular demand…we went on a Sampler Field Trip. It was wonderful!


    September Program “Shaker Carrier and Shaker Pincushion”
    he SGR provided finishing kits for both projects. Kathy, Janice and Judy presented finishing techniques and assisted in completing the pieces.




    Programs 2009-2010


     French Sewing Boxes 




    September Program  “Needlework Tools and Treasures”

    We were delighted to have Marcie presented a “hands on programs” focusing on her Needlework Tool Collection. She shared her many tools, their functions and some of the ways she acquired her treasures.


    October Program “Samplers of France”

    Everyone loves the delicate ribbons, embroidery, beading, and the creativity of French women. Sheryl shared some of her beautiful samplers from France.


    November Program “Needlework Tool Tin”

    The relatively new design team “K and J Designs”  graciously designed a small project for us to stitch. The piece was attached to the top of an altoid tin. 


    December Program “Winter Fun Make and Takes”

    We had our annual Ornament Exchange, one of our most popular events. We celebrated the Holiday Season with a Winter Tea and several “make and take” projects.


    January Program “French Sewing Box”

    Thanks to the creative talents of Janice we had a beautiful French design to stitch for the top and inside of our sewing boxes. Moda Rouenneries French General fabrics lined the insides of our boxes.


    February Program “Letterdoeken to Linens to Lace”

    The subject of illuminated letters usually brings to mind the Book of Kells, Ireland and perhaps Scotland . Presented by Kathy, our program  covered the sampler history of Friesland (the northern part of the Netherlands ) and explained how illuminated letters made their way from samplers to household linens. Photos from the Leeuwarden Museum and other sources illustrated how sampler motifs were translated to linens, costumes and even lace.

    March Program "Seminar Amy Finkel of M.Finkel & Daughter”

    We were very excited to have Amy Finkel of M. Finkel & Daughter visit us from Philadelphia, PA. Known for their fine antique samplers and beautiful silk embroideries, they draw a larger crowd where ever they visit.

    April  Program “Pulled Thread Pincushion”

     Designed to complement the threads and linens used in our French Sewing Boxes, this little pincushion was a delight to stitch and finish. Jean presented this class.  


    May Program “Happy Birthday SGR!”

    Our annual birthday party as always was lots of fun!