The Merrimack Valley Chapter EGA

For more information about any of these programs, send email to our Program Chairman.

Note: This information is updated once a year, in August, when the material is presented to our members.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2004
No More Boring Backgrounds: Silver Shine and Sheen
Judy Jeroy

Judy Jeroy has put together a brand new program just for us! She will present a combination lecture/demonstration about various ways to transform your background fabric. She tells me she has been having great fun buying materials in art, craft, hardware, and other stores. Experimental materials will include paint, Rub 'N Buff, WonderUnder, Tyvek, and other things you probably never thought of using on fabric.

The lecture is free and open to everyone. There will be an optional hands-on workshop following the lecture, which will afford those who are interested the opportunity to experiment with your own fabrics. The cost of this workshop is $5.00 and will include shared use of all Judy’s paints and other goodies. Students must provide their own background fabrics. Judy suggested synthetic organza in a variety of colors, cotton muslin, dark and light fabrics. Needlepoint canvas and evenweave linen are also suitable grounds.

Pre-registration for the workshop is encouraged, but not required. Judy will be bringing enough materials so that you can sign up the night of the meeting. The pre-registration deadline is September 14, 2004.

If you'd like to register for this program and are not a chapter member, send email to our Program Chairman.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004 & Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Scissors Square: Canvas Embroidery Designed by Gay Ann Rogers
Taught by Tracy Lambour

Scissors Square is a geometric canvas design coordinating Watercolours, pearl cotton, Kreinik metallic braid, Patina, and Neon Rays in a series of traditional and overlaid needlepoint stitches.

Students may purchase only the instructions, or the instructions plus the canvas and all the threads needed to complete the project. For those students who purchase the complete kit, you may choose either Gay Ann’s original pastel colors or Tracy’s dramatic black and silver palette. Please note that the black and silver threads are much more vibrant in real life than in this photo. Tracy will have her model at the September meeting.

Pastel Black & Silver

If you’re providing your own materials, choose threads in the order that Gay Ann has listed them. Gay Ann’s colors are listed in parentheses.

The cost of the workshop is $14.00 which includes the directions.

If you choose to purchase the complete kit, there is an additional charge of $41.00 for the canvas, threads, and needles.

If you want to participate in the workshop, you must sign up by September 21, 2004.

All students will need to supply stretcher strips to fit a 13" x 13" piece of canvas, thumbtacks or stapler to attach canvas to stretchers, sewing thread for basting, extra #24 tapestry needles, usual stitching supplies, frame weight or holder (helpful), highlighter (also helpful), light and/or magnification (if needed).

If you'd like to register for this program and are not a chapter member, send email to our Program Chairman.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004
Holiday Party and Acorn Pincushion Workshop

Join us for a sumptuous dessert buffet, sure to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth! And after feasting on these goodies, learn how to make a charming acorn pincushion, using velvet ribbon and a silver cap. Note that the pictured sample has a natural cap.

This entire program is a gift from the Chapter to our Members. We will provide the desserts and beverages, as well as all materials for making the pincushion. We do, however, ask that you sign up by November 16 to assist our planning.

If you wish to participate in the workshop, please bring scissors suitable for cutting velvet ribbon.

If you'd like to register for this program and are not a chapter member, send email to our Program Chairman.

Tuesday, January 18 , 2005 & Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Silver Anniversary Bouquet: Metalwork Embroidery Designed & Taught by Sue Andrews

Make yourself a bouquet in celebration of Merrimack Valley Chapter's 25th anniversary! This project explores a variety of metalwork techniques to create a silverwork bouquet. Techniques include several styles of Japanese couching, a variation of Or Nué, couching to create interesting effects, padding, and work with several types of purl. Students will have the option of working on the actual project during instruction time or working individual motifs on a doodle cloth (suitable for creation of nametags or needlework accessories). To maximize the time spent on metalwork techniques, students will be required to complete pre-class work using techniques of running stitch, satin stitch, long and short, and chain stitch. Students requiring instruction or refresher in these techniques can arrange for independent time with the instructor.

The picture is of the work-in-progress. Sue will have the completed model (and her doodle clothes) with her at the fall Chapter meetings.

Students will have the choice of four different colors of background fabric:

Blue Multi Wine Teal Royal

We will also have actual fabric samples showing the different colors available for the background fabric.

The cost for this workshop in $60.00, which includes instructions and all materials needed to complete the project. This includes fabric for the finished project (silk chamois and muslin) and doodle work (polyester satin and muslin), design papers for the bouquet and doodlework, three sizes of Japanese metallic thread, an 8" hoop, several types of purl, Soie D'Alger, several types of braid, various fine threads for couching, needles, hand-made koma, a Brazilian embroidery thread holder, and detailed instructions with photographs. Students are asked to bring good fine scissors (separate ones for silk and for metal, if desired) and stretcher-bars for an 11" x 14" frame. Students may find a teko-bari or Best Laying Tool useful, as well as blunt laying tools and a light. Students may also find tweezers, clamping tweezers and a frame clamp useful.

If you want to participate in the workshop, you must sign up by November 14, 2004.

The practice work will be distributed at the December meeting. If you will not be able to attend that meeting, please include an additional $5.00 to cover the cost of mailing them to you.

If you'd like to register for this program and are not a chapter member, send email to our Program Chairman.

Tuesday, February 15 , 2005 and Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Small Treasures Box – Project for Children Designed by Sandra Resnick
Taught by Joni Stevenson

Bring the child (or beginning stitcher) of your choice to these meetings and introduce them to the wonders of embroidery!

Our project is a delightful treasure box made using plastic canvas, Watercolours, and pearl cotton. The kits will include everything needed to complete the project, including pre-cut plastic canvas so you can begin stitching right away. All you need to supply is a pair of scissors for cutting thread. The February class will teach the stitches and the finished box will be constructed in April. We will be keeping our silver theme with a surprise goodie to store in the box. The finished box is approximately 2½" x 1¾" x 1" and features a drawer that pulls out like an old-fashioned matchbox.

Each child must be accompanied by a responsible adult. The chapter will teach the project, but each member is expected to provide her child with detailed support and guidance. We have not set any lower age limit for the program. It is the responsibility of the Chapter member to determine if this program will be suitable for her child.

You must register for the program by January 18, 2005. Kits are free for children under 18 years of age. Additional kits may be purchased for $8.00 each should you wish to stitch one yourself or if you’re bringing an adult beginner.

If you'd like to register for this program and are not a chapter member, send email to our Program Chairman.

Saturday, April 30, 2005
One-Day Workshop
Victorian Cones with Roberta (Bobbi) Chase

Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Annual Meeting & Potluck Supper

In addition to sharing a sumptuous feast, we have three fun activities planned for this evening:

If you'd like to register for this program and are not a chapter member, send email to our Program Chairman.