Thursday, May 26, 2011

Downer's Grove, IL: Lace Day

Lace Day 2011

June 17 (tatting workshop, Clarendon Hills, IL)

June 18, 2011 (10-3)

Lucet, knitting, bobbin lace
2 hr classes

American Legion Hall
4000 Saratoga Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515 )

Watch demonstrations, lace exhibit,
Friday Workshop, Saturday Classes,
meet lacemakers, visit vendors


web site link HERE

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Correspondence Courses for 2012

Correspondence Courses for 2012

In its continuing mission to stimulate the appreciation of embroidery and to advance the highest standards of excellence in the practice of embroidery, EGA offers many educational opportunities through its Correspondence Courses. Chapters are not able to offer every course that would meet all the interests of every member of their group. To that end, the 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 GLR CC Coordinator serves as the liaison between the class participants and the designers/teachers. You will not have a local group leader and you will be stitching on your own.

Registration Deadline: November 1, 2011

You will receive your manuals in January or Feburary 2012.

Spring Splendor
Silk and Metal
Designer:Kay Stanis
Cost: $60.00

Floral Whimsy
Designer: Peggy Wright
Cost: $68.00

How To’s of Swedish Naversom
Designer: Phyllis Maurer
Cost: $70.00

Florentine and Tulips
Designer: Gail Stafford
Cost: $60.00

Moonlight Sonata
Designer: Cindy Valentine
Cost: $70.00

Designer: Carol Algie Higginbotham
Cost: $60.00

Star Studded Samplings
Blackwork Sampler
Designer: Ilse Altherr
Cost: $62.50

Crewel Choices
Designer: Judy Jeroy
Cost: $60.00

Summer Dream
Designer: Luan Callery
Cost: $60.00

Blue Heaven
Temari II
Designer: Barbara Suess
Cost: $70.00

Additional Information here:

Thursday, May 19, 2011

5th Annual Midwest Stash Exchange

Mark your calendars for the
Fifth Annual Midwest Stash Exchange.

Saturday, August 13, 2011
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

House of Stitches
1700 Lincolnway Suite 4
LaPorte, IN 46350

(in back parking lot)

If you have needlework supplies that you can bear to part with,
you can rent a space for $20.00*
and sell, trade or give away your excess stash.

You can also just come and shop at the Stash Exchange.
You might find that out of print chart that you have been looking for or a magazine to complete your collection.

There will be raffles, games for kids, music and just plain FUN!

Stitchers share a special camaraderie that is a true delight.

*The booth rental will go to the Riley Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Per Linda Rinkel: Riley is near and dear to our hearts since our granddaughter spent time there 2 years ago. I hope you can join us. We hope to send Riley Children’s Hospital Foundation a big FAT check!

Phone: 219-326-0544 or 1-800-455-8517

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


July Class
Double Spiral
Beaded Bracelet

This class is fun and easy!
No prior beading experience is needed
and the results are great.

This bracelet consists of seed beads,
Czech glass beads and cube beads.
All supplies are furnished.

Your color choices are black/gold and blue/silver.

Color samples will be available when you sign up.

If you have taken the previous spiral bracelet class
this class is double the fun and double the bling.

Sign-Up Deadline: June meeting.
Cost: $10.00

Sunday, May 15, 2011

EGA Lending Library is Available

Lending Library Now Available!

EGA's lending library program is back up and running! Visit the Lending Programs page of the EGA website to view the complete list of available books and request your selections via the online form. To cover shipping, there is a $5 charge for the first book and $1 for each additional book. Up to four books may be checked out at a time for up to four weeks.

While sorting and re-shelving the 2400+ volumes housed in the library, many duplicate titles and non-embroidery-focused books were set aside for deaccession in order to make room for new additions. These titles are available for purchase through the online retailer There are currently almost 300 books listed with more being added on a daily basis, many priced as low as $1.99. Visit our Amazon Store to shop our available titles.

E-Newsletters from Headquarters

If you are not receiving the EGA E-Newsletters, contact Logan Reulet,, to be added to the list. (E-Newsletters sent out around the 15th of the month to EGA members)

EGA headquarters
1355 Bardstown Road Suite 157
Louisville, KY 40204



Total Members
as of May 1, 2011

Girlfriend Getaway sponsored by Tomorrow's Heirlooms

Tomorrow’s Heirlooms enthusiastically invites you to join us for a girlfriend getaway featuring the design talents of Linda Ebright of Lizzie Kate and Judy Whitman of JBW Designs. Save the dates of Friday, July 15, 2011 and Saturday, July 16, 2011 for a meet and greet event on Friday evening, with refreshments and a special purchase opportunity for those of you who stop in Friday. Saturday promises to be a great day of stitching, with a special design from each of these popular designers.

We think it will be great fun to see the wonderful projects Linda and Judy have designed especially for all of you! We won’t have pictures ahead of the event, so you’ll have to trust us all. J As has been our custom at TH events we promise to bring you lots of great buying opportunities at our LK/JBW boutique. Linda and Judy are bringing lots of models and product.

Space is limited by the size of our conference room, and we anticipate a strong response. Therefore, we will begin taking registrations with a $25.00 non-refundable deposit now. If necessary, a waiting list will be created and spots that may become available will be filled from this list.

Accommodations are available at the Doubletree Guest Suites and Conference Center in Downers Grove, Illinois. Centrally located between O’Hare International and Midway Airport, the hotel is also nestled conveniently near local expressways for easy access from any mode of transportation the stitcher chooses to use. The block is NOW OPEN for reservations. Be sure to ask for the Tomorrow’s Heirlooms room block.

The block of rooms have been reserved for our guests at the Doubletree Guest Suites for the economical rate of $99.00 for singles or doubles, $109.00 for a triple, and $119.00 for a quad, plus the usual applicable taxes. Breakfast is included in the above rates. Each suite features a separate living room and bedroom, refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, and hairdryer.

When: Friday, July 15 ---Meet and Greet Special Event in the Tomorrow’s Heirlooms suite

7:00 p.m. to ???

Saturday, July 16 --- Class ---9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Doubletree Guest Suites & Conference Center in Downers Grove, Illinois

Cost: $160.00

A$25.00 nonrefundable deposit is required at time of registration.
The first payment of $75.00 is due by June 15, 2011.
The final payment of $60.00 is due by July 1, 2011.

Registration opens: NOW
Registration closes: June 15, 2011, or earlier based on capacity

__________ I plan to attend FRIDAY. (No fee for Friday, we just need to know for refreshments count)

__________ I’ll see you Saturday only.

Registrations may be dropped off, mailed, or phoned in to:

Tomorrow’s Heirlooms, Inc.
650 Roosevelt Road, Suite 103
Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137
Telephone: 630-790-1660


Attendee: ________________________________________
Address: _________________________________________

Telephone (daytime): ___________________________

Email Address: ___________________________________

Check No. ________________

Credit Card No. ___________________________________Exp. Date: ____________
CVV/CID __________

See you all soon!

Kim and Pam

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Fundraiser extended

Please note: The Perfect Angle was closed this past Friday 5/6 and Saturday 5/7.

The fundraiser has been extended to May 17th.

Link to the Coupon and Fundraiser:
( Information HERE)


The Perfect Angle
1131 Joliet Street
Dyer, IN 46311-1926
(US 30 accross from
the Dyer Post Office)
(219) 865-3777

Store Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10 am - 5 pm
(evenings by appt only)
Tuesday & Thursday
10 am - 7 pm
10 am - 4 pm

Link to Web Site:

Questions? Contact Sandy at The Perfect Angle
or Renee R

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A giveaway .....

Head over to Marjorie's blog post:

Sampler Giveaway

for details on this lovely giveaway. Includes sampler WIP, fibers and Fine Lines magazines (patterns).

Monday, May 9, 2011

Extra Kit

Yesterday afternoon, I pulled out required floss and opened up my Biscornu Stackers kit. The materials are lovely.

In addition to the pattern with buttons and overdye fiber --- Sue put together the rest of our ingredients for this autumn project: linen, Soie 100/3, (2) Perle Cottons, beads, and two needles. Ribbon to tie up the biscornu stacks will be handed out during the next class. Your finished project will look like this:

Terrific! I had the suggested floss already + how wonderful to have everything else ready to stitch. I appreciate the large diagrams!

Part Two of this class will follow the September chapter meeting. Plenty of time to get the squares stitched up. The motifs are charming (IMO) squirrels, acorns, leaves, flowers.

Per Sue D, there is ONE more kit. If you are interested in purchasing, contact her asap (or email Needle Artisans.) The fee is $22.00, checks made payable to Needle Artisans of Northwest Indiana.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Michael's pin-pads hacked

If you've shopped recently at Michael's, esp. if you use a debit card, please check your accounts. A friend of mine was hit.

Michaels Alerts Customers of Potential Debit and Credit Card Fraud

IRVING, Texas, May 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Michaels Stores, Inc. has learned that PIN pad tampering may have occurred in its Chicago-area stores and that customer credit and debit card information may have been compromised.

The company was contacted this week by banking and law enforcement authorities after some fraudulent debit card transactions were reported over the weekend. Authorities believe the fraudulent transactions may be linked to legitimate transactions in Chicago-area Michaels stores.
Consumers who have purchased items from a Michaels store with a debit or credit card are encouraged to monitor their statements, report any suspicious account activity, and change any PIN numbers and other account security settings. Consumers who believe their accounts were used without authorization should contact the card issuer directly. More consumer protection tips are available at the Federal Trade Commission website at

The company is working to assist authorities in the investigation. For additional information and updates, visit Michaels website at

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

EGA's Crewel Logo

The EGA logo (crewel) was stitched by Judy Jeroy.
Please note EGA headquarters address/phone:
The Embroiderers’ Guild of America, Inc.
The Pointe,
1205 E Washington St, #117
Louisville, KY
Fax 502-584-7900

Mailing Address:
1355 Bardstown Road
Suite 157
Louisville, KY 40204

Monday through Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST


The EGA's Literacy Bookmark program is still ongoing. I've been neglecting it and need to get back to work and hopefully motivate you to make some bookmarks, too. We're still supporting Hammond Reads.This morning Needle 'n Thread featured a lovely bookmark pattern that is plenty inspirational to me. Go to Mary's blog to download a line drawing of this lovely Hungarian bookmark and to see some other lovely bookmark designs. Hopefully I'll see you at next month's meeting with some completed bookmarks. Marjorie

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Urge to Embellish

The Urge to Embellish exhibit

February 6, 2011 through October 2, 2011

Press Release

Illinois State Museum
Springfield, IL

From the web site: "Mon.- Sat. 8:30 A.M.-5:00 P.M.; Sun. Noon-5:00 P.M.; Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Located at the corner of Spring and Edwards Streets, the ISM is in the Capitol Complex, just south of the State Capitol., Springfield, IL"

Phone: (217)782-7386

Monday, May 2, 2011

Vote for EGA

Feel free to forward this on to friends and family.

Ok, ladies, for those of you who have a Facebook account, you may not be aware, but Chase Bank is giving away $5,000,000 to charity organizations. Voting has started for Round 1, and the top 100 vote-getting charities will receive $25,000 each. 

EGA, Inc. is one of the charities eligible for this. Unfortunately, as I write this, EGA has NO VOTES!!! Go to\

> and go to
 "Find Charities", and enter "Embroiderers Guild of America", and click on the link. 
You will need to click on "Like" for Chase Community Giving before you can vote the first time.

Spread the word among your friends. You do need to have a Facebook account. Even though first round voting ENDS MAY 4, if we work at this, we can push EGA into the top 100 very quickly. When you vote at Chase Community Giving, you will have 10 votes available during this first round. You can vote only once per charity.


Elaine Bricker

Tip of Texas Chapter EGA

South Central Region

Harlingen, Texas

Sunday, May 1, 2011

reminder ...

Time to print out your
and get your frame order ready.

The Perfect Angle and NANI have
teamed up for a fundraiser to benefit our group.

When you present above coupon
with your framing order
from May 2nd through May 14th,
10% of the sale will be donated to NANI

Details here:
link to post