Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Embroiderers Complete Another Year

Our Princeton EGA chapter has come to the end of an eventful year, all kinds of adventures and new learning, new work started, earlier work still in progress..

We had a significant loss this year with the death of Caroline Maisel a long time member and great embroiderer and designer.  She is missed sadly, and our holiday party honored her work and her life in stitching.  The turtle, a project she taught us, was the theme of a tableau set up at the party, to show off the members' completed turtles, and her family members were able to attend, to celebrate her life and her achievements.

We had trips to world class stitching venues,seeing ecclesiastical goldwork, and medieval tapestries, and private collections, and our monthly program meetings  saw us stitching, beading and learning.

We did a Stitch in Public Day to encourage the general public to join us and enjoy our art, too.  And we created a well received exhibit of work, with many members sending in works in a wide range of stitches.  Another form of outreach involved us in teaching stitching at the summer program of Plainsboro Public Library, and you see Ruth L. at work with her students, along with Ginny H.

One of our Presidents, Suzanne D., was transferred out of our region, but has managed to visit us frequently, and you see her seated at our goodbye (well, au revoir!) dinner.  The two remaining presidents are coping!

I'm putting up a little montage just to show our stuff for 2013.  Hard to choose from many great pix, but this is just a sample.

Our chapter has all sorts of ambitions for 2014, from lacework demos to possible goldwork classes, and your blog admin. would like to hear from you, too, readers:  what would you like to see in our blog in 2014?  Stitch ideas, book reviews, program coverage, trip pix, just let us know what you would enjoy,and we'll do our best to oblige.

Remember if you're in the Princeton NJ area, we meet for program on the first Sunday in the month, September through June, and we have weekly stitch-ins, informal events where people drop in with their work, on Wednesday evenings.  We have a lovely stash of kits, too, in case you want to join but don't have a current work in progress, and we'll give you one to start on! 

Just send an email to us at the address given in the header of this blog, and we'll get back to you with exact directions and a warm invitation to join us as a guest and meet us all.

And Happy Healthy and Successful 2014 to all of us!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Happy Holidays to all our EGA friends!

Before the New Year, I'll do a post of the highlights of our EGA year, which was packed with events, some joyful, some sad.

But meanwhile, here's an electronic sampler greeting, courtesy of the wonderful Jacquie Lawson, whose cards and greetings are well worth investigating!  I really had a good time making this for you all.

Enjoy your holidays, and we all enjoy the friendships we've created over stitching.