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For more information about any of these programs, send email to our Program Chairman.

Note: This information is updated once a year, in the spring, when the material is presented to our members.

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May 15, 2018- Lecture Presented by Tricia Wilson Nguyen
June 19, 2018Gingerbread Heart Petite Project  - Taught by Kari Boardman
July 17, 2018- Pr
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August 2018Whirligig Bracelet – Taught by Rosemary Carter

September 18, 2018 - Have A Heart Schwalm Embroidery – Part I –  Designed & Taught by Diana Snyder

October 16, 2018 - Have A Heart Schwalm Embroidery – Part II
November 13, 2018 -
Dove of Peace Designed and Taught by Amee Sweet-McNamara

December 2018 - Felt Appliqué Bowl – Taught by Pam Lathwood


Tuesday, May 15, 2018                                                                                         7:00 p.m.

 

“The Workers Behind the Work: 17th Century Embroidered Caskets and the People who Made Them”                                                                     Lecture Presented by Tricia Wilson Nguyen

Thistle Threads is Tricia’s needlework business.  The picture below is one of the caskets she has reproduced.

Text Box:  In 2010, Thistle Threads embarked on an ambitious goal, to reproduce embroidered cabinets, often called caskets, from the 17th century as accurately as possible.  The experience of reproducing the 1620’s era jacket, now known as the Plimoth Jacket, had illuminated so many conclusions about period fabrication through both careful study for reproduction and the act of making.  The inconsistencies in the piece as well as the regularities spoke volumes about the production in the 17th century when examined in concert with decisions made in the workshop as they could be compared and contrasted.

While only one jacket was reproduced, to make a 17th century casket reproduction, approximately 500 caskets would need to be made.  A casket is a complex piece of material culture that incorporates not only the heavily embroidered fabric that is glued to the box but the wood structure, lining papers and fabrics, woven metal tapes, mirrors, glass bottles, inkwells, five locks containing more 27 individually cast pieces and 16 individual pieces of tinned brass hardware.  The molds alone would need to be amortized over 500 boxes to enable just one close reproduction.  The shear volume of materials including the over three dozen threads types commonly found on stumpwork versions are a treasure trove of information for study.  Tricia has found that it is not until you have to actually answer the questions that come up when making/reproducing that you see the object for what it is in detail, breaking through your preconceptions.

During the process, Tricia has been able to identify and group the draftsmen by style, determine the likely finishers and shopkeepers who had the capital to invest in the craze, and put the boxes into their likely socioeconomic place by a careful examination born of the need to reproduce of many of the materials.  Over 350 threads have been reproduced.  An online class format has been used to reproduce the volume of cabinets with 320 caskets in process at this writing.  The variety in cabinet design, also seen in the extant caskets, parallels the process of the 800 students currently underway allowing commentary on mass customization that was clearly going on in the 17th century.  While these workers are still nameless, this talk will show that there was a tight network of designers, draftspersons, teachers, cabinet-makers, bottle makers, and others who fed the craze for these enigmatic cabinets between 1650-1700.  Lessons from mass producing these cabinets again will be contrasted with the evidence seen on the originals to draw conclusions about the way in which the process worked in the 17th century.

If you'd like to register for this program and are not a chapter member, send email to our Program Chairman.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018                                                                                         7:00 p.m.

Gingerbread Heart                                 EGA Petite Project Designed by Kim Sanders

                                                                                                  Taught by Kari Boardman

Gingerbread Heart is an introduction to some of the most commonly used surface embroidery stitches: outline, chain, buttonhole, padded satin, backstitch, and French knot.

There are several kit options:

·         You may download the pattern from the EGA Web site and provide your own materials.  There is no charge for this option, but we would appreciate your registering for the class, so we know how many students to expect.

·         You may download the pattern from the EGA Web site and purchase a kit from the chapter at a cost of $8.00.

·         You may purchase a kit and the pattern from the chapter at a cost of $10.00.

The pattern is available in the Members section of the EGA Web site: https://www.egausa.org/images/petite/Gingerbread_Heart  You must have logged into the Web site as a member to be able to access the pattern.

The kit includes DMC stranded cotton and pearl cotton, weavers cloth, backing fabric, crewel needle, mat board, and quilt batting.

The registration deadline for this class is May 15, 2018.

Students must provide a 4" or 5" embroidery hoop.  The kits will include a 6" square of weavers cloth.

If you'd like to register for this program and are not a chapter member, send email to our Program Chairman.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018                                                                                          7:00 p.m.

Program To Be Determined

If you have any suggestions for our July meeting, please share them with Program Chairman Martha Roberts.  It can be a lecture/demonstration or a hands-on program.

 

If you'd like to register for this program and are not a chapter member, send email to our Program Chairman.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018                                                                                     7:00 p.m.

Whirligig Bracelet            Designed by Kassie Shaw and Taught by Rosemary Carter

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This unique bracelet is comprised of cubic–right-angle-weave units and sections of spherical tubular herringbone stitch. This project is appropriate for those who have had previous beading experience.

Students will have the choice of 4 bead colors as shown in the above picture.  From top to bottom, the Crescent bead colors are: bronze iris, tanzanite iris, jet bronze vega, and blue iris.  These are the names given to the kits.

The beading is executed using FireLine 6-pound thread.  Since so many people have this already, you have the option to provide your own, or have it included in the kit.  Regardless of who provides the FireLine, you may use either crystal or smoke (you will need 5-6 yards).  Rosemary used crystal on the blue iris bracelet and smoke on the others, but either is fine based on your preference.

The kit fee of $18 includes needles, all beads, and magnetic clasp needed to complete the bracelet.  Students will specify the color choice (bronze iris, tanzanite iris, jet bronze vega, blue iris) at the time of registration.  If desired, a 50-yard spool of FireLine thread, in crystal or smoke, may be included for an additional $10.00.

The blue iris bracelet was made with sterling silver lined beads and sterling silver clasp. If you desire to make your bracelet using the sterling silver, an additional fee of $17 will be required.  Otherwise, galvanized silver beads and a silver plated clasp, as used in the jet bronze vega bracelet, will be included in the kit.

The pattern for this bracelet was published in the October/November 2016 issue of Beadwork magazine. There are three options for the pattern:

  • You subscribe to or already own the magazine
  • You may purchase and download the pattern at a cost of $4.00 by visiting https://www.interweave.com/store/whirligig-bracelet
  • The chapter will purchase and print the pattern for you. The cost of this will be $8.00

The registration deadline for this class is July 17, 2018.

Students need to bring a beading mat, scissors, lighting and magnification, if required, to class.

 

If you'd like to register for this program and are not a chapter member, send email to our Program Chairman.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018                                                                              7:00 p.m.

Have A Heart Schwalm Embroidery                Designed and Taught by Diana Snyder

 

Have a Heart

Schwalm Bee

Schwalm Flower

Learn a traditional German embroidery technique by stitching a small heart.  The project includes chain, coral knot and optional button hole and herringbone stitches plus open work with Persian and rose stitches.  The kit includes 28-count Belfast linen, cotton a broider threads no. 12 and 25, needles and instructions.  Finishing techniques and lining fabric for a small bag or pincushion are also included in the kit.  

Diana will be teaching the Have A Heart beginning project.  However, your kit will contain two additional designs, Schwalm Bee and Schwalm Flower.  These are more advanced designs because they include additional stitches.

In September, Diana will teach the chain and coral knot stitches.  Students are requested to complete these stitches around all areas that will be cut.  In October, she will lead us through the cutting and filling of the cut areas.

There are four kit options: white fabric with white thread, ecru fabric with ecru thread, white fabric with ecru thread, and ecru fabric with white thread.

The cost of the class is $38 and includes two months of teaching and the complete kit as described above.  If you want to participate, you must register by the deadline of August 21, 2018.

Students must supply a 4" or 5" embroidery hoop, small, sharp-pointed scissors, and small tweezers, and light and/or magnification if needed.

                                                                                                                                               

If you'd like to register for this program and are not a chapter member, send email to our Program Chairman.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018                                                                                   7:00 p.m.

Have a Heart Schwalm Embroidery                Designed and Taught by Diana Snyder

Conclusion of Schwalm Embroidery Workshop started in September.  Students should bring their work-in-progress with the completed chain and coral knot stitches.

If you'd like to register for this program and are not a chapter member, send email to our Program Chairman.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018                                                                               7:00 p.m.

Dove of Peace                                    Designed and Taught by Amee Sweet-McNamara

 

Please note that we are meeting on the second Tuesday of November to avoid the pre-Thanksgiving traffic nightmare on our regular meeting night.

Text Box:  Created by artists Amee K. Sweet-McNamara and Devin Ashleigh, this project is a delightful meditation in multi-media techniques.  Learn how to make a Soutache Spiral and work with Syn-Leather.  Play with the "Plumage" technique for Shibori Ribbon, add touches of Bead Embroidery and lace trim and try your hand at the "Foliage Stitch."

In addition to teaching this charming ornament, Amee will also have some other kits and materials for sale after the meeting. 

The cost of the class is $68 and includes a complete kit: all threads, instructions, needles and glue.  If you want to participate, you must register by the deadline of September 18, 2018.

                                                                                                                                               

If you'd like to register for this program and are not a chapter member, send email to our Program Chairman.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018                                                                                7:00 p.m.

Felt Appliqué Bowl                                                                  Taught by Pam Lathwood

More details will be available in the next newsletter and at meetings before then.  This is a two-part program that will conclude in April, 2019.

If you'd like to register for this program and are not a chapter member, send email to our Program Chairman.

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