Sunday, January 3, 2016

Princeton Embroiderers Bring in the New Year!

Princeton Chapter EGA celebrated the New Year with its first general meeting of the year, with a record membership turnout.

Today's program was Wool on Wool, a workshop and demonstration taught by Ginny H., who brought in many books of reference to share on this artform which dates back to colonial times, as well as materials and ideas galore. 

 Chapter founder Jane W is seen here at the extreme left with presenter Ginny H. and longtime member Polly W.

 Ginny's  own work is seen here, too.  

Ginny is endlessly generous to the chapter, donating her time expertise and materials today for an engrossing afternoon with a new approach for many of us to stitching.  Many thanks!

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of our chapter's founding, and starting next week and running to late February, we are presenting an exhibit of our stitched works.   And three of the original founders -- Helen H., Jane S., and Jermain A, were all present today and will be taking part in the celebrations.

 Jermain and Helen discussing the event, Jane seen earlier.

We decided today, too, to commission as part of our observation, a supply of edging tape, the kind stitchers use to secure the edges of canvas before they embark on a project, with words to celebrate the chapter inscribed on it.  

Email Liz A. in the next couple of days with your suggestion for the motto to be inscribed so that Carol P. can get the arrangements for creating the die under way next week. 

Here's a sneak peek at a few of the the items to be exhibited

Present today, but returning to its owner, is the recently completed pillow, worked by Carol G. and now in her daughter's collection.  We showed you this in progress, and promised a picture when completed

Other excitement:

On a date to be announced in mid February, member Lyna W.who is an authority on textiles, and with a great collection of antique quilts, including redwork quilts, as well as antique dolls, invites us to visit her and see her collection on one of the rare occasions when she has it all out to show.  Watch your email for more news on this great opportunity.

This was an action packed meeting!

Upcoming dates:  
Wed February 3, Board meeting 

Saturday, February 6, Stitch in Public Day, Saturday,  with reception, same location as 40th Anniversary Exhibit

Sunday February 7, program meeting, Redwork, by Lyna W.  She reminds us to bring a 6" hoop and needlework scissors to the meeting.  She will show examples of antique redwork from her extensive collection as well as teach a project.

Mid February, date TBA,  trip to Clinton NJ, antique quilt collection hosted by Lyna W.