Saturday, May 29, 2010

GCC Courses

NeedleArts Quarterly Offering
March-May 2010

The Handy Huswif
variety of stitches
history of samplers

Reversible Blackwork
16th & 17th c Italian patterns

descriptions & photos HERE

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On-line Course Offerings
May-June 2010

Cleopatra's Cat
Canvaswork sampler
46 laid fillings
variety of fibers & metallic thread

Molly: A Dimensional Bear
Surface embroidery on wool
unique stitches & motifs
doll-making construction
machine & hand sewing

descriptions & photos HERE

Group Correspondence Courses (GCCs)
offer a low cost,
high quality learning experience
and are open only to EGA members.

Friday, May 28, 2010


Fliers will be available

at the June Chapter meeting

to begin publicizing
our 2010 Needlework Exhibit

Please take a few
begin spreading
the word!!!

A special
thank you
to Carol C
printing these
fliers for us

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

2011 GLR Correspondence Course Selections

EGA offers many educational opportunities through its Correspondence Courses. Chapters are not able to offer every course that would meet all the interests of their members. GLR underwrites the cost of a selected group of classes each year that will allow chapter members to pursue their interests without having to form a group from their home chapter.

The Great Lakes Region has selected
the following courses
for EGA Chapter Members to take in 2011

The Project Name, Type, Designer, & Cost are as follows:

A Memory Book:
Scrapbooking with a Needle
Creative reuse of vintage linens
Cathy Trostmann

Chinese Checkers
Canvas Work
Mimi Selick

Circle with Blue Flower
Silk & Metal Thread
Margaret Kinsey

Dresden Garden
Dresden Lace
Jane Ellen Balzuweit

Dresden Kitty
Pulled Work
Wanda Linsley

Embroidery Purse
Brazilian Embroidery
Ganet Burr

Hummingbird & Honeysuckle
Luan Callery

Lydia’s Necessities
Judith Gulick

Plum Blossom
Japanese Sashiko
Lois Kershner

Swiss Sampler
Counted Thread
Ilse Altherr

Registration deadline is November 1, 2010

Photos & Course Details HERE

The cost includes the course fee,
instruction materials
and postage with delivery confirmation.

You will receive your manuals
in late January or early February 2011.

You are responsible for purchasing your supplies.

Registration Form HERE

Additional Information HERE

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Friday, May 21, 2010

Mind on other things?

Membership Dues

Elaine, Membership Chair,
is collecting
EGA Dues for all members

Annual dues are

Deadline: May 15th


(were you like me & forgot?????)

Contact Elaine asap

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Bead & Button Show

From their web site:

The Bead&Button Show
is the largest jewelry and bead show in the world!
Over 370 vendors will be selling one-of-a-kind finished jewelry plus precious gems, pearls, art beads, gold and silver, beading supplies and books. The show will also feature a juried exhibit of inspiring bead art and over 600 bead and jewelry classes. You don't want to miss this very special event!

The Bead&Button Show, presented by Bead&Button, BeadStyle, and Art Jewelry magazines published by Kalmbach Publishing Co.
Admission is $10.00; children under 12 free.

Friday, June 11, 2010 10:00 am–8:00 pm
Saturday, June 12, 2010 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Sunday, June 13, 2010 10:00 am–4:00 pm

For more information, please call 1-800-554-0197
Web Site Link HERE

Friday, May 14, 2010

Volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed for
our Needle Art Exhibit

Friday evening:
set up

Saturday & Sunday:
Education area
"Lean to Stitch" area
Membership area
Other Jobs

Saturday & Sunday Fundraiser areas:
Member's Boutique
Opportunity Drawing
Ornament Sale

Take down

Coverage needed for
12 hours of
public viewing time,
many hands will be needed

Sign up sheets
will be available
at the
June Chapter meeting

On Saturday, we will be honored
to have the attendees from
The Great Lakes Region
meeting attend our exhibit.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Learn-To-Stitch tables

During the Needle Art Exhibit
there will be a
Learn to embroider...
area set up.

At each of three tables at the back of the display room,
no more than two members will be sitting—leaving two chairs empty at each.
They will be stitching on their own projects
and inviting passers-by to stop
and learn to embroider.

On each table will be an invitation sign
with models of the two projects.

The two projects will be 3” square needlebooks.
One will have a cover of aida cloth, the other felt.
Both will have a felt page,
with a needle in it,
already threaded with two strands of floss.
The remaining length of floss will be curled up in the needlebook.

For the cross stitch needlebooks,
we will have a page of small one-color designs charted to stitch.
The felt books will have a design printed on them
to be stitched in out line or chain stitches.

Each table will have a bag or basket of needlebooks
but they will not be on the table.
We do not want this to be a grab-n-go
or a useless treat for someone who knows how to stitch
but just can’t resist a freebie.

We will encourage people to sit
and at least begin stitching with us
in order to get their needlebook to take.

Once they sit down,
the members at the table can show them the models
and possible designs.
We especially want to encourage children
or children with their parents to sit and stitch.

Volunteer sign up sheets will be available
at the June Chapter meeting

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Opportunity Drawing Donations

During the Needle Art Exhibit
we will have opportunity drawings

Tickets are
$2.00/each or 3/$5.00

Currently, we have a
Christmas Quilt w/stitched blocks


American Girl
doll clothing

We would like to have more items
to include in drawings
(need not be exclusively needlework items)

is handling the donation sign up.
Please let her know
what you are donating for the

Bring your item to
the August chapter meeting
so your item can be
photographed for promotional materials

We are asking each member
to sell a minimum of 12 tickets.

Your support is appreciated!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

NANI Outreach

We have a variety of outreach projects ongoing or coming up. So many it's hard to keep track of them all. Here's an overview:

Hospice of the Calumet Area: We need 2" square stitched designs for their cards* and hand-stitched holiday ornaments, any design or style.*

Hammond Reads: Bookmarks, primarily aimed at children. Standard bookmark sizes are between 2" and 3" wide and 6" and 8" long but other sizes and styles are welcome.* Any designs or materials that you wish. Some designs and more information are available at Stitching for Literacy. This is an EGA outreach project. [We are also collecting new and lightly-used books of all types, for all ages, for Hammond Reads to distribute.]

*Marjorie Holme will have precut pieces of Hardanger fabric, donated to the outreach projects by Karen Uebler, for the Hospice cards, ornaments and Hammond Reads bookmarks at the June meeting. These are all nicely portable projects ideal for summer stitching.

Threads That Bind: We are collecting hand-stitched ornaments for our show boutique. The deadline is the September meeting. All profits go to the chapter. (more details in an upcoming post)

Your finished embroideries! Please don't forget to submit one or more (or many) pieces for display in the show.

Members' Boutique: more details on this opportunity to support the guild and also make a little money for yourself will be in an upcoming post.

There will be a number of volunteer opportunities for our show. We hope everyone will participate before and during the show. Watch this blog for more details on volunteer sign up for the show.

Camp Quality Illinois: We will be teaching at the Camp on Friday August 6. We will need volunteers one night to help kit the project (date to be determined) and as many volunteers as possible to come and stitch with the kids on the morning of August 6. Camp Quality Illinois is in Frankfort, IL.

Beginning Stitching at the YMCA: We plan to expand our experimental program at the YMCA and make it more organized and formal. It was slow at first but we ended up with nicely sized classes of children and adults. We plan to teach this fall on Thursdays at 6:30pm from September to Thanksgiving. September's project will be a beginning cross stitch sampler, designed by Jamee Jecmen. October will be "tattoo your jeans": how to decorate your clothing with embroidery, something popular with teens right now. November will be simple holiday ornaments. We would like volunteers to commit to coming for one month to work with the beginning students.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Class is Full

The Crewel Chateliane class
is full
and registration closed



Expand your embroidery skills and make a
lovely crewel tool holder & nametag

You will stitch two small 3" square
crewel designs that will form
a pocket & a pincushion on the chatelaine

If you wish, add your name
and a small floral design
on the wide strap

Loops on the underside of the strap
hold your working threads and
the looped strap ends will keep scissors
+ other tools handy

the kit will include all materials
and instructions needed
for stitching + finishing

Students need to bring
a 4" or 5" embroidery hoop
and scissors

The July class
will be limited to
12 students

The cost for the kit is $18.00

Questions &/or Comments
can be directed to
Needle Artisans

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Friday, May 7, 2010

Bookmark Thank You!

Thank you to all of our members who participated in the EGA Outreach Bookmark Project to date. The 14 bookmarks below were donated to Hammond Reads for their literacy programs. Program representative Nancy Machnikowski accepted them on behalf of the group and outlined some of their many projects.The bookmarks above are by Diana Schafer. Those below are from Pam Schopp-Young, Renee Stern, Violet Strimbu and Marjorie Holme.This is an ongoing project so anyone who took Hardanger fabric for bookmarks at the April meeting will have time to complete their bookmarks before Hammond Reads' big event October 1st. We will accept all bookmarks, any time. We'd like to keep this going. Marjorie Holme will also be collecting books for Hammond Reads: adult and children, fiction and nonfiction new or lightly used books are welcome.

Member's Boutique

There will be a
Member's Boutique at the NANI
Needle Arts Exhibit

Now is the time to start thinking
of what YOU would want to make!!!

Items in the boutique will be sold
and Members will keep 80%
of the sale price of their items
with the other 20% being
donated to the chapter.

We would like to stock the boutique
with hand made, non-Christmas items only

Members participating in the Boutique
will need to let Pat know (asap) they are participating,
will need to fill out a form with
name, type of item (number of items)

Price their hand made items and drop them off
on Friday, October 1st
during the intake of projects for the exhibit

Pat B & NANI volunteers
will manage the boutique
during the exhibit (Sat & Sun)

On Sunday afternoon, during release of projects,
members would need to pick up
unsold items from the Boutique display

Any NANI member wishing to participate
will need to sign up for the Boutique
by the September chapter meeting

Pat B has forms & is
available for questions / comments

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Ornament Sale

Are you thinking about ways of helping with the exhibit?

There will be an ornament sale
during the Needle Art Exhibit

How about making holiday ornaments?

NANI will earn
100% of profits
from the hand made ornaments
donated by members

Don't have time to finish your ornaments?

Karen U & Sue D have volunteered
to finish ornaments for this fundraiser

unfinished ornaments deadline is August 18th

finished ornaments need to be turned in
by the September chapter meeting

Finished or unfinished ornaments can also be given to
Claudia C or Chris R

Unsold ornaments will be turned over to
The Hospice of Calumet Area,
our on-going outreach program
(Link to information)

Check with Marjorie about fabric donated
to our chapter ...
she is handing out pieces while supplies last

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Open House at The Scarlet Letter

Did you get an e-mail?
What exciting news!

You are welcome to
an Open House at
The Scarlet Letter and Smoke Ham Farm,
June 12th, 2010,
from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm,
where you will be able to view and purchase
our antique and reproduction samplers,
kits, charts, books,
needlework accessories,
and other new or limited edition items
not available on our website
or through the mail order catalog.

Link to information HERE

Marsha Parker

for further details

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Love of Lace XVI

The Great Lakes Lace Group, Inc.

Love of Lace XVI

Free Admission - Public Welcome

Participate: In "Lace In"
Bring your own project to work on
in the company of other lace makers
(crochet, knit, needle or shuttle tatting,
bobbin lace, Battenberg, other)

Learn the basics of
bobbin lace
and tatting

Watch lace makers
as they weave
their magical webs
of lace

Vendors on site

Link to brochure
on the Upcoming Events page

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Stumbled on this web site:
© 2009 Lorelei Halley

Learning Needle Lace -
How It Is Made

After taking Karol's
class on needlelace ...
you may find additional
information on this site
about learning how
to make needle lace

Monday, May 3, 2010

Ohio State Day 2010

September 25, 2010
8am - 4pm
Youngstown Area Chapter EGA

The Ohio Scissor Fob
Taught by: Marsha Papay-Gomola

Class Fee:
(includes kit & lunch)

Registration Deadline:
August 1, 2010

Photographs & Additional Information
on their brochure
Link Here

or find link thru the
GLR Web Site
Calendar Link

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Wisconsin State Day 2010

EGA - Wisconsin State Day
Meeting & Workshop
August 19 -21, 2010

The Madison Area Chapter is pleased to announce
that it will host
the EGA Wisconsin State Day
2010 meeting and dinner

Activities will also include
a lecture and workshop
by national needlework teacher
Catherine Jordan

August 19, 2010: Lecture by Catherine Jordan

August 20 - 21, 2010: Great Lakes Map Workshop

August 20: Wisconsin State Day Meeting & Dinner

Information LINK HERE

Registration form LINK HERE

Registration Deadline:
July 1, 2010

or - visit the GLR Web Site
Calendar Link HERE
for links & contact information