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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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September 17, 2019 - Beginning Needlelace -   Taught by Kirsten Doogue                                                                      

October 15, 2019 - Creepy, Crawling and Flying -  Designed and Taught by Judy Jeroy

November 19, 2019 - Waterlily Stumpwork Class – Taught by Kirsten Doogue

December 17, 2019 - Curious Needlebook   – Taught Kari Boardman & Sue Andrews

 



Tuesday, September 17, 2019                                                                              7:00 p.m.

Beginning Needlelace                                                                         Taught by Kirsten Doogue

 

For those who have not done needlelace before, or  who have found it frustrating,  here is a chance to get a little practice and develop your skills before attempting the Stumpwork Waterlily project in November. 

Needle lace is a type of lace created using a needle and thread to stitch up many small stitches to form the lace itself. In its purest form, the only equipment and materials used are a needle, thread and scissors.  A variety of styles developed where the work is started by securing heavier guiding threads onto a stiff background (such as thick paper) with basting stitches that can later be removed. The work is then built up using a variety of stitches—the most basic being a variety of buttonhole or blanket stitch. When the entire area is covered with the stitching, the basting stitches are released and the lace comes away from the paper. Like most stitching, the work becomes more regular with practice. 

The KIT ($12 for members) will include:  cotton perle thread, tapestry and sewing needles, sewing thread, cotton muslin, and contact paper. 

 

Registration Deadline: Sept. 10, 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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Tuesday, October 15, 2019                                                                                   7:00 p.m.

Creepy, Crawling and Flying                                  Designed and Taught by Judy Jeroy

 

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Enjoy an exploration of insects flying, crawling, or creeping.  Some may be more realistic and others are whimsical.  We will view many beetles, an ant, praying mantis, flies and spiders.  If you wish, they will sit on a leaf or carry a parasol or flag.

Judy will bring fabric, instructions, and rayon and cotton threads.  Students should bring 5" or 6" screw-adjustable hoops, scissors and sharp needles.  You may want to bring rayons or stranded cotton from your stash.  Think bug colors?

 

Cost for the class with fabric and instructions is $25.00 (Chapter member)   $35.00  (non-member)

Optional thread pack is $7.00.

 

Registration deadline:  September 3, 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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Tuesday, November 19, 2019                                                                               7:00 p.m.

Waterlily Stumpwork Class                                                                         Taught by Kirsten Doogue 

 

Kirsten created the Water Lily with both long and short stitches and multiple needlelace stitches for stitchers who wishes to stretch their skills. For those who want to do a simpler stumpwork project, the entire water lily can be made in long and short stitches. In either case, there is the opportunity to learn to do raised work. 

 

She stitched the flower in 1 strand of Au ver a Soie Paris and #3 Japanese Imitation Gold, but it could be stitched in something less expensive and more available, such as DMC floss.  

Kirsten used Au ver a Soie Paris in two shades of pink (4623 and 4622) and one yellow (2533) to create the flower. She used Au ver a Soie d’Alger in green (3725) for the leaves. Similar shades in DMC are 221, 223, 729 and 936 which will be provided for the group. Stitchers may bring their own preferred threads if desired, and need to bring a 5” hoop, and scissors for both metal and thread. 

The KIT ($15 for members) will include: JEC Japanese Imitation Gold - size 3, DMC threads. 30 gauge papered wire, tapestry and sewing needles, sewing thread, cotton muslin, turquoise velvet, vellum and contact paper. 

Registration deadline:  October 15, 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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Tuesday, December 17, 2019                                                                                7:00 p.m.

 

Curious Needlebook                                   Taught by Kari Boardman & Sue Andrews

 

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Join us for a stash-eating project from Needle Arts September and December 2018 issues. Sue Andrews and Kari Boardman will guide us through this canvas project that teaches some cool canvas stitches and provides an opportunity to use some of those lovely threads that you just “had to buy” but could not figure out how to use.  In addition, you will have an opportunity to select from some gorgeous threads leftover from our Seminar yard sales.

You will work from supplies you bring and/or pick from the donations.  Bring your Needle Arts issues from September and December 2018 (you can order issues online at https://egausa.org/product-category/publications/ ). There will be some homework, though.  At our November 19, 2019 meeting we will have threads and canvas for you to choose from, as well as guidelines for needed threads (see below).  Pick your threads, find some 18 ct mono-canvas to complement, and you’ll be ready to go in December.  Sue will teach an alternative technique for finishing the needlebook at our April 21, 2020 meeting.

Class cost:  $20.00

Registration deadline:  November 19, 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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