Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thank you to all the new nominees for our 2013 Board.  I'm looking forward to a very exciting year coming up.  We will be voting during our December meeting.  We will also have our wonderful, expanded opportunity drawing, make sure you come for the fun.  If you want to bring little finger food, cookies or anything that would be great.  It will be a great time.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

 Cathy H. has again set up a sit and stitch day at the Raley's event Center in Placerville.  It will be Saturday, November 3rd from 10 - 1.  If you have a unfinished pen case bring it along and we will work on finishing them.  You can bring anything you want to work on.  It's just a fun time stitching and talking. Thank you Cathy, these are fun events.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Materials to bring:
Red Hardanger 6"x 6"
#5 white pearl cotton
#8 white pearl cotton
#4 silver Krenik Braid
Any color of Hardanger cloth can be used as well as the color of pearl cotton.  Lugana may be used, but the ornament will be slightly larger.  I have a couple of red pieces if any one wants to have them.  (First come, first serve.)
Instructions on how to get to the petite projects on the National EGA site.  You will find the instructions for the hardanger wreath project.  (If you don't have a computer or have trouble finding it, let me know and I will print one for you.)
Go to the EGA web  on the upper right hand corner in the blue section it says LOGIN.  Click on it.
Put in your user name which is your EGA number and your password  WEareEGA.
Then you can look at the petite projects that are listed under the "Members Only" line on the dark blue at the top.
Move the mouse over to Members Only and drop down one level to Petite projects.
If the projects are highlighted in red, then it is available to download as a pdf file-all FREE to members.
The Hardanger Wreath is on that list, just download it.

2013 class on Cutwork, Shadow Work, and Trapunto. If  you can't remember what it's about - here's the web site that describes the three small pieces...

 As I said in the November newsletter - you need to make out a check to "Hanging By A Thread - EGA" for $25 (text book) and give it to me at the Nov or Dec meeting.
PLEASE put your EGA number on the check (or tell me) since I need that to register .

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Cathy H. has set up another Sit N Stitch Day at Raley’s Event Center in Placerville.  It will be October 6th from 12 - 3.  The last one was fun and everyone had a good time.  Just bring anything you want to work on.  It’s great for bringing UFO’s or projects that you’re stuck on and need advice.  It is also a good time to bring your pen cases and we can work on finishing.  I know a few of us have the pen cases finished but just haven’t done the finishing….I’m one of those people.  I would feel better if someone would just walk through the finishing with me.  Hope to see you all there.

The program for October will be Huckweaving which is also called Swedish Weaving.  We will be doing an Aunt Martha's pattern from around the 40's or 50's. There wasn't a date on the booklet.  It is a basket of flowers and bows.  For those of you that have done huckweaving before, the directions are a little different.  They don't give the measurement for the amount of perle cotton to use on each row.  I will try to figure that out before the meeting.  I think it will be interesting as the stitch is not the normal.  It uses the circle stitch or loop stitch throughout the whole pattern.  These are the items you need:

Huck toweling measuring 27 inches long. (you can get at Kelsey’s)
Spool of perle cotton, your choice of color
A huck weaving needle or tapestry needle, (be sure it is blunt)
Tape measure

Saturday, July 7, 2012

We will be doing Floral Ribbons with Leslie Starr during the July program.   It looks to be a fun evening and I’m looking forward to it. 

Kits will be supplied so just bring your normal stitching supplies. 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

In June we are going to do the American Heart.  The pattern is a heart.  Red, White and Blue with fun stitches.  Here is the supply list:

     Congress cloth in 14 (over 2)  5.4" w x 4.2" h,
                               16 (over 2)  4.8"w x 3.8" h
                               18 (over 2)  4.2" w x 3.8" h 
                               24 (over 1)  3.2" wX 2.8" h
                               Your choice. 

The smaller the count the smaller the design area will be.  Add to the design area at least 3 inches on each side. (all four)  The larger the ground count the heavier the threads should be or the greater the number of threads used. 

     Perle cotton #8  or #12  depending on the count of your congress cloth, or DMC floss
     Colors:  red-DMC 498
                 blue-DMC 798
                 white-DMC blanc
                 Kreinik #4 braid 002

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Persian Tile - A Program in Two Parts

Our chapter has been having fun doing a program on “thread exchange” and using a color we may never have tried before. We chose Waterlilies as our thread to exchange.  It is the main thread used in Tony Minieri’s 1999 design called Persian Tile.  Over 16 members participated in the thread exchange and another eight did the pattern with their own choice of Waterlilies.

The objective of the program was to familiarize our members with congress cloth, color play, and laying silks. The chapter provided the congress cloth. In our first session we only stitched the center cross – being careful to match the variegated design of the twelve-ply silk around the 4 arms of the cross. When the traded threads were opened – there were many sighs, oohs, aahs, and oh no’s. The center four armed cross was the basis of choosing the remaining three companion silks to work with the cross, the metallic for the glitter, and the background color. The second part of the program worked the metallic designs, the crescents around those and the long armed cross around each. Since all of the stitches used 3 ply of the silks there was a lot of practice in using the laying tool. Also, choosing which colors were placed around the cross and which of the Waterlilies color would be the focal point was just as much fun as the stitching.

The finished piece was about 3” by 3” and could be inset into a smaller plastic coaster, made into an ornament or even framed. Sudberry House has beautiful wooden coasters – but their visible area is 3 ½” by 3 ½”.  The original design was modified and enlarged by 16 threads horizontally and vertically to fit inside the larger coaster.

This design is one of the free patterns available by Caron collection. It is a great learning piece that inspired many to do more designs with silk on congress cloth.

Original Design

Coaster Design

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Pacific Region Seminars

GPR Region Seminar 2012  -  A Touch of Glass
June 22 - 27, 2012
Tacoma, Washington

The 2014 GPR Region Seminar will be held in Reno.  More information to come.

EGA National Seminars

Santa Fe Enchantment
Oct 28 - Nov 2, 2012
The 2012 EGA National Seminar will be in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Winner by a StitchOctober 5-11, 2013
The 2013 EGA National Seminar will be in Louisville, KY

Dreams and LegendsOctober 18-24, 2014
The 2014 EGA National Seminar will be in Phoenix, AZ.

At the last meeting we put our needlecases together. (or at least started them)  If you have any questions about how to do them, contact Sue R. at Kelsey’s.  I watched Jill B. use glue backed felt for her case.  You don't have to sew the felt in.  I went and bought me a piece at Michael's to try myself.  There were many designs and all were beautiful and different.  So much fun!  Can't wait to post pictures of all the different styles.