January 2006


Just a reminder....Let Lisa Green know at if you have a new email account.

February Meeting: Saturday, February 11th

Meeting Site:  Julia Appell's home at 2 Deer Run, Farmington (please email ( or phone [860-677-9125] Julia for directions if needed)

Schedule for the Day:  10 am to 3 pm
    10 AM to 12:30 PM    Class
    12:30 PM to 1:30 PM  Lunch, show and tell and short meeting
    1:30 PM to 3 PM         Class

Program:  Part II of Lynn Payette's "Dragon" and Tanya Berlin's "Etui"

We will continue to work on the "Dragon" and "Etui" under the direction of Lynn and Julia.  Please bring your pieces, even if you haven't finished them.  Lynn will complete her instructions for the piece, and Julia will demonstrate how the etui is to be put together when completed.

Please bring your current project for show and tell.  It may definitely be a work in progress!

All are welcome at this meeting.  If you are not in one of these groups, bring your own project to work on and listen while we learn.

Fill in the registration coupon at the end of this newsletter if you plan to join us.  We will provide lunch ingredients for those who are interested, so please mark the coupon accordingly.

Stitching Getaways:  The following is the schedule for the West Side Day group.  They will meet in the months that we do not have a chapter meeting, and a focus for each meeting is listed below:

   March 14    Pipkin hands-on demonstration by Lisa Green
May 9 Workshop for Region Group Correspondence Course.  Those who are signed up for the Luan Callery "Stumpwork" GCC (see information and enrollment form later in this newsletter) will begin work on this project.
September 12 Bead Encased Cabachon explanation by Linda Berry
November 14 TBA

The West Side Day group will be meeting from 10 AM to 1:30 PM at Suzanne Newton's house in West Simsbury.  Bring along your lunch and a project you are working on and/or any project you would like to share.  Please email or phone Suzanne at or 860-658-2037 if you plan to attend.

Pequot Colony - The New London Library has been undergoing major renovation starting in October of 2005.  Rather than trying to find another room where they can meet, they have decided to have their stitch-ins at various members' homes.  The schedule for February and March is as follows:

2/16/06 - Doris Boas' house at 6 Brandon Lane, Mystic 06355 (off Route 1 near Brustolon's)
3/16/06 - JoAnne Kobelski's new house in Montville, address to be provided

Barb Crum's house will be back up for any month that the hostess named isn't available.  Doris will be a backup for Barb, especially in the winter.

If more information is needed, call Doris Boas at 860-572-8441, or email @

Annual Meeting: Saturday, April 8th

Meeting Site:  Thistle Needleworks, 1005 Hebron Avenue, Glastonbury, CT 06033
                                 Phone: 860-633-8503

Schedule for the Day: 10 am to 2:30 pm
    10 AM to 12:15 PM      Program & Show and Tell
    12:30 PM to 2:30 PM   Lunch at Buckingham Restaurant, 1320 Manchester Road,
                                            Glastonbury, CT 06033    Phone: 659-3131

Program:  "Choosing Threads for a Painted Canvas" -- Judie Solomon

Because this is our Annual Meeting, we have planned a special day.  Judie will introduce us to new fibers, explain color choices and have advice on suggested stitches and patterns.  Even if you do not stitch painted canvases, you can apply what you will learn from this exercise to other types of embroidery.

Judie and her staff will select threads that they think will enhance each of several canvases, choosing from a wide variety of threads and colors, solids and over-dyed or hand-dyed threads, always including lots of textures.  Each attendee will be given a canvas, and all of the threads will be placed in a pile on the table.  Then the fun begins.  Each person gets to solve the puzzle of which threads were intended for her canvas.  After trades and bartering, we will go around the table and review what was chosen versus what Judie had selected and discuss the pros and cons of each choice.  At this time we can also talk about suggested stitches and finishing ideas for each canvas.

When our discussion is over, we will share items brought for show and tell, and hold a very short meeting to elect officers for the 2006-2008 term.

After the meeting, we will go out to lunch at the Buckingham Restaurant, a short ride from the store.  You may have a salad, a choice of four entrees, dessert, and coffee or tea.  Wine may be purchased separately if you wish.  A description of the entrees follows:

Veal Marsala - veal sautéed in butter and swirled in Marsala wine with fresh sliced mushrooms
Citrus Chicken - chicken sautéed with herbs, orange and lemon with a touch of honey
Stuffed Filet of Sole - filet of sole with crabmeat stuffing
Vegetarian Lasagne - pasta stuffed with ricotta, red peppers, spinach, mushrooms and broccoli

Please fill in the registration coupon at the end of this newsletter, marking your choice of entrée.

Proposed Slate of Officers for 2006-2008

The proposed slate is:
    President/NER Rep:                  Julia Appell
    Vice President/Membership:   Suzanne Newton
    Program/Newsletter:                 Lisa Green
    Secretary:                                      Kathryn Lord
    Treasurer:                                     Linda Berry

June Meeting: Workshops (June 3&4)

Michael Boren, a rising star in the embroidery world, is coming to teach two one-day canvas workshops on Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 4th.  Several of his pieces were on display at Thistle Needleworks for our meeting last June.

The piece to be taught on Saturday is "Daphne".  In the next issue of the newsletter, we will publish a coupon for registration and information about kit cost and location.  The piece to be taught on Sunday has yet to be decided.  That information will be included in the next issue, also.

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE:  The piece to be offered on Saturday is "Daphne", not "Arabella" as shown in the last newsletter.  The picture and information are listed below:


A Counted Canvas Design

Stitched with Gumnut Yarns "Aztecs" stranded silk, "Jewels" perle silk,
"Opals" silk & wool, "Moonbeams" mohair and "Gemstones" wool,
and Kreinik #8 Braid

Design size: 5" x 5"
on 18 mono canvas

Shown in Topaz colorway

Alternate colorways:

Can also be stitched in
the Arabella colorways:


As usual, this picture does not do the piece justice as it is much more beautiful in person.  Watch for news of the second class, a design that is still in progress.  Your cost for the classes will be kit fees only as the chapter will pay travel and teaching expenses.  How can you NOT take advantage of this premier educational experience?!

News for October

We are planning to have a workshop on blackwork in October.  Our idea is that each of those interested will stitch small samples on a variety of fabrics which will be put in a notebook to be used as a reference for future projects and a directory of wonderful patterns.  All you will need to bring is floss and the usual stitching supplies.  Stay tuned for more details..............

New England Region
EGA Group Correspondence Course
Fantasy Remembered                                                     Teacher: Luan Callery
March, 2006 to October, 2006


Fantasy Remembered
Luan Callery

Stumpwork is the art of raised embroidery.  In this piece the twisting vine holds many dimensional fruits of fancy.  Included are padded and wired leaves, raised fruit and wrapped berries.  Some of the fruit is padded and stitched directly onto the linen, while others are worked on another fabric, called a slip, embellished with beads and later appliquéd to the linen using self-fabric for the padding.  Beads are wrapped with stranded cotton and a short stem is added before attaching to the vine.  A dragonfly with iridescent wings and a beaded tail gracefully hovers above while a little spider carefully spins its web among the fauna.  Stitches used are couching and buttonhole, outline, french knots, lazy daisy, split and satin, and long and short shading.  If you have had difficulty executing your shading stitches as well as you would like, follow the exercises in this course and learn the technique of blending with long and short stitches.


Type of project:  framed picture
Size:  6" x 12"
Fabric:  plain weave linen/linen twill
Threads:  Medici wool, cotton floss, rayon, beads
Color:  values of green, lavender, pink and blue, or students choice.
Skill level:  intermediate to advanced
Prerequisites:  knowledge of long and short shading




CHAPTER__________________________________MEMBERSHIP NO.___________

EMAIL ADDRESS___________________________________

Enclose a check for $40 made out to NER/EGA
RETURN TO:   Kathryn Lord
                           403 Salmon Brook Rd
                           Granby, CT 06035

Elizabeth's Accessories
Designed and Taught by Tricia Wilson Nguyen
April 1, 2006
Registration 8:30am     Class 9am-4pm
 Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Shrewsbury, MA 01545
Hosted by Celestial Stitchers EGA Chapter
Bring a Brown Bag Lunch, desserts and drinks provided
Workshop Total Cost $90.00

Stitches include detached silk stitches such as trellis, detached buttonhole and spiral trellis on 34 ct linen.  Use of gold thread to stitch the heavy vine will be taught using a handmade Japanese needle.  During class, there will be discussion of Elizabethan Gold thread embroidery and sweet bags.

A portion of the class will be dedicated to starting the finishing of the slipper and discussing step-by-step finishing of all the pieces using pictures of the pieces in process.  We will discuss history of Elizabethan gold

Registration Deadline is March 25, 2006





CSC Member?  Yes           No

Please send check or money order made out to CSC EGA for $90.00 to
Lorie Welker, 72 O'Donnell Ave, Shrewsbury, MA 01545


CRVC-EGA Program

 February 11, 2006


CRVC Program Registration Form -- February Meeting

Mail completed form to: Lisa Green, 14 North Drive, Simsbury, CT 06070.  Make check payable to CRVC-EGA.

Please indicate the following:

__________________I will bring my lunch.

__________________Please provide lunch makings for me (~$10).

Name:     ___________________________________________________
Phone:    _______________________ Email:________________________


CRVC-EGA Program

April 8, 2006
Amt. Pd.______________

Check #______________

Date Pd. __________
    (keep as your receipt)


CRVC Program Registration Form -- April Meeting

Mail completed form to: Lisa Green, 14 North Drive, Simsbury, CT 06070. Make check payable to CRVC-EGA.

Please indicate your choice of entrée for lunch:

______________________Veal Marsala

______________________Citrus Chicken

______________________Stuffed Filet of Sole

______________________Vegetarian Lasagne

Name:     ___________________________________________________
Phone:    _______________________ Email:________________________

Total Enclosed $______($20 for lunch at Buckingham Restaurant)

Due to the $10 increase voted by National EGA, our primary membership dues is now $47.


CRVC-EGA Membership

$47. Primary Membership
$15. Plural Membership (NER)
$18. Plural Membership (not NER)

For a membership card, please enclose a SASE.

Amt. Pd. ____________

Check #  ____________

Date Pd. ____________


CRVC-EGA Membership and Address Change Form

Mail your completed form to: Suzanne Newton, CRVC-EGA Membership, 14 Madison Lane, West Simsbury, CT 06092. Make check payable to CRVC-EGA. Enclose SASE for membership card.

          __ Address Change
          __ CRVC Primary Membership ($47)
          __ Plural Membership, Primary Chapter in New England Region ($15)
          __ Plural Membership, Primary Chapter not in New England Region ($18)

Name:            ____________________________________________________

Address:        ____________________________________________________

City, ST,ZIP  ____________________________________________________

Phone:           _______________________ Email:________________________

Primary Chapter:   ________________________________________________

Membership No.  _______________________   Total Enclosed $___________