March 2006


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

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 Eleni's 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.  We will review what was chosen and discuss the pros and cons of each choice.  We will 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.  Remember to bring your challenge piece, using Susan Jones' rose design.

After the meeting, we will go out to lunch at Eleni's at Buckingham, 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 Lasagna -- 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.

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:

May 9 Workshop for Region Group Correspondence Course.  Those who are signed up for the Luan Callery "Stumpwork" GCC (see information in the January newsletter) will begin work on this project.
September 12 Bead Encased Cabochon 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 April and May is as follows:

4/20/06 - Steph Thorp's house at 1227 Flanders Road, Mystic 06355 (off Rte. 184 on the Groton side)
5/18/06 - Steph's

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

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

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: Workshop on June 3rd

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

Schedule for the Day:  9:30 am to 3 pm

Michael Boren, a rising star in the embroidery world, is coming to teach a one-day canvas workshop on Saturday, June 3rd.  Thistle Needleworks will offer another class with Michael Boren on June 4th.  Ask at the store for further details.

The piece to be taught on Saturday is "Daphne".  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


As usual, this picture does not do the piece justice as it is much more beautiful in person.  The cost of the kit will be $40 for pattern, canvas, and threads.  There will be a reasonable additional cost for crystals, but that will be discussed in class.  Take advantage of this wonderful offer, as our chapter will pay the teacher's fee and transportation costs.  A registration coupon is included at the end of this newsletter, so please enroll as soon as possible.

Students should be prepared to bring the following to class:
        #22 tapestry needle
        #24 tapestry needle
        beading needle
        laying tool
        light and/or magnification, as needed

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..............

Southern Maine Chapter of EGA is excited to share with you their latest fundraiser; 'Mary's 1809 Sampler Tote Bags'.  The bags were created from an Antique Sampler made by Mary in 1809 in her fifteenth year.  The verse on Mary's Sampler reads.............

Youth blooms like spring like spring is gone,
But never will like spring return,
It lends a bright but transient ray
And like a flower it fades away.

The actual lettering in the verse has 'f' in place of 's' as in so many antique samplers.  The following is a link to view my actual sampler; you may be able to read the verse from this site. I'm happy to share it with you.   The site also has a link to an order form.

We are selling our bags for $30, which includes a chart designed by Denise Pratt.  The chart is for a motif from the Sampler which is suitable for a Needle case or Pincushion.

The bag is very nicely made with a square sewn base to make it stand.  It is fully lined in black with good quality heavy black twill material with a nice size pocket -- the handles are long enough to place over the shoulder.  We are very happy with the result.  I have attached images of the finished bag.

Please Note that orders from out-of-state are tax exempt; postage for one bag is $5 but I am happy to quote postage for multiple orders.  I mention this because our order form is not explicit.

Thank you in advance for sharing this information with your members.

Barbara Hepburn

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 Lasagna

Name:     ________________________________________________
Phone:    _________________  Email: ________________________

Total Enclosed $______($20 for lunch at Eleni's at Buckingham)

CRVC-EGA Program
Saturday, June 3, 2006


with Michael Boren

Amt. Pd.___________

Check #___________

Date Pd.__________
  (keep as your receipt)


CRVC Program Registration Form -- June Meeting

Mail completed form to: Linda Berry, 203 Tunxis Road, West Hartford, CT 06107-3201.  Make check payable to CRVC-EGA.
The deadline for signing up for this class is May 20th.

"Daphne" with Michael Boren

__________Kit fee of $40

Name:     _________________________________________________
Phone:    __________________   Email: ________________________

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 $___________