CONNECTICUT RIVER VALLEY
WEBSITE ADDRESS: WWW.CRVC-EGA.ORG
Friday & Saturday, October 12th and
"Ancestree" – Carolyn Standing Webb – A Foley/Cornelius Teacher
Class length: 2 days
Skill level: All
Project size: 11 inches by 7 inches
Kit cost: $55.00
Kit contents: Linen, silk threads, gold thread, basing thread, needles, directions
Student supplies: colored pencils, usual stitching supplies, light and magnification , stretcher bars and tacks
***Pre-work: 6 to 8 hours
Schedule for Friday:
9AM to 12 noon Class
Schedule for Saturday:
9AM to 12 noon Class
12 to 1 PM Lunch and brief meeting
1 PM to 4 PM Class
Location: Duncaster Senior Residence in Bloomfield, CT at 9 AM!
Here are directions to Duncaster: (Official address is 40 Loeffler Rd,
(follow signs to the Aquatic Center)
From Rt. 84 Westbound [from Manchester]:
Take Rt. 291, exit 61. Follow Rt. 291 to Rt. 218 exit. Take left onto Rt. 218. Follow for about 3 miles. Take right onto Rt. 189 and follow to the center of Bloomfield. Take a left on Rt. 178. Continue straight on Rt. 178 for 1.4 miles. To use the new front entrance, turn right onto Mountain Avenue and continue approx. ½ mile to entrance on the left into Duncaster. From the Loeffler Road entrance or the Mountain Avenue entrance, once on the campus, visitors should follow the signs to the Aquatics & Fitness Center Entrance. Our meeting takes place in the conference room one floor above the entrance level (4th floor).
From Rt. 84 Eastbound [from Farmington]:
Take exit 41. Go left on South Main Street [which becomes North Main Street at West Hartford Center] for 4.6 miles to Rt. 185. Turn left on Rt. 185 for 1.8 miles. Turn right on Rt. 178. To use the new front entrance, after about ½ mile turn left onto Mountain Avenue and continue approx. ½ mile to entrance on the left into Duncaster. From the Loeffler Road entrance or the Mountain Avenue entrance, once on the campus, visitors should follow the signs to the Aquatics & Fitness Center Entrance. Our meeting takes place in the conference room one floor above the entrance level (4th floor).
From Rt. 91 [North or South]:
Take exit 36. Go west on Rt. 178 for 4.5 miles to the center of Bloomfield. At the traffic light continue straight on Rt. 178 for 1.4 miles. To use new front entrance, turn right onto Mountain Avenue and continue approx. ½ mile to entrance on the left into Duncaster. From the Loeffler Road entrance or the Mountain Avenue entrance, once on the campus, visitors should follow the signs to the Aquatics & Fitness Center Entrance. Our meeting takes place in the conference room one floor above the entrance level (4th floor).
Saturday, December 8th - Day
"Tree of Life" - Lynn Payette – A Foley/Cornelius Teacher
You will need to bring the following supplies to the class:
13" x 15" stretcher bars and tacks to mount the piece
Small, very sharp scissors; and small, sharp paper scissors
Invisible thread, and Beeswax – not Thread Heaven
Needles: #22 and #18 chenille, #5, #6, and/or #7 crewel/embroidery, #22 tapestry, beading needle; (bring several of each)
A few common pins
A piece of tracing paper
Pencils– 2 - (sharpened)
Glue-stick – not the blue or purple type
A ‘C’ clamp or other means of attaching the working frame to the table – optional but recommended
Extra lighting and magnification, if desired
A pillowcase or other cover for the work in progress
You may also wish to bring several small plastic bags (snack size) to place your threads in (and label)
Lots of enthusiasm for stitching a really fun and enjoyable piece!
Saturday, February 9th, 2013
This meeting will include the distribution of kits that have
been ordered from Denise (see below) and the beginning of prework for the
finishing class in June.
Saturday, April 13th, 2013
This Saturday we will continue stitching the Quaker Ball and answer any questions
that may have arisen.
Saturday, June 1st,
Quaker Ball Finishing Class with Denise Pratt – A Foley/Cornelius Teacher
Want to stitch
something different and unique? Let’s make a puzzle ball!
What is a puzzle ball? FUN! That’s what it is. This particular ball uses octagons, hexagons, and squares.
It is based on one of the Archimedian solids. What is that?! It’s a polyhedron of course, which is a geometric shape with flat sides. It’s a geometry thing. But you don’t need to know geometry to make this fabulous ball, because when you make the shapes out of fabric, sew them together, and stuff it, a ball is created instead of a polyhedron.
The stitches used on The Quaker Ball are cross stitch, running stitch, chain stitch, and lacing the chain.
Kits will be available several months prior to class. Students will stitch the individual components in the intervening months before class. In class, time will be devoted to constructing the puzzle ball. Some time may also be devoted to constructing bonus pieces for those students that have opted to stitch those pieces as well.
These balls use quite large pieces of linen. Instructions include fabric maps that show how to place the components on the linen, so as not to run short of fabric. Instruction book is 30 pages. Bonus accessory pieces are included in the book. An additional kit for accessory pieces is available.
Kit cost: There are several options for this piece.
• Option A: Booklet only – Student supplies all materials – $28.00
• Option B: Small Ball Kit – 40 count Newcastle linen in flax, and Waterlilies Chili – $62.00
(includes instruction booklet)
• Option C: Medium Ball Kit – 32 count Wichelt Natural Brown linen and a plethora of
Weeks Dye Works floss – $78.00 (includes instruction booklet)
• Option D: Large Ball Kit – 28 count Cashel Linen in flax, dark olive, and navy with
three colors of Waterlilies silk thread – $91.00 (includes instruction booklet)
Pre-work: Yes. Ball Components must be stitched in advance. Approximately 50 hours of stitching
Students need to bring to class: Scissors, magnification and lighting if desired
Students will supply the usual stitching supplies and cotton stuffing. Cotton
stuffing can be purchased at quilt shops. It works better than polyester
fiberfill. Polyester fiberfill makes the ball more lumpy. The cotton
stuffing alleviates this problem.
Bonus Accessory Pieces Kit
A kit for the bonus accessories is also available. Finishing of these pieces can be included in class as time allows.
Kit includes the following:
Fabric: 13½” x 21” piece of your choice of either 32 count Wichelt Natural Brown Linen or 32 count Belfast Flax.
Floss: Hand-dyed floss from Weeks Dye Works 5 yd skein in the following colors; #1232 Palomino, #1268 Molasses - 2 skeins (for cording), #1285 Twilight, #1316 Mulberry - 2 skeins, #1331 Brick, #2158 Juniper, #2201 Moss, #2238 Sweet Potato.
Miscellaneous: Needle - #26 Tapestry, Heavy Duty Template Plastic for ornament and scissors book (6 1/2” x 9”), Matboard for pinkeep (2 1/2” x 6”), Wool felt for inside pinkeep (2 1/2” x 2 1/2”), Warm & White cotton batting for ornament, pinkeep, and scissors book (6 1/2” x 9”), Felted wool fabric for needle page in scissors book, in off white or tan (3 1/2” x 3 1/2”).
Note: Instructions are included in The Quaker Ball book purchased for class.
Accessory Kit Cost: $40.00
The deadline for signing up for this class is December 8th. A coupon for registration is at the end of this newsletter.
NER Correspondence Courses
NER will be sponsoring three Group Correspondence
Courses per year. Registration will be approximately every four
NER is paying all registration fees associated with the
class. Each student pays only the cost of the instruction booklet and supplies,
plus $5.00 towards the postage costs.
Our current offerings are:
Spring Splendor, taught by Kay Stanis, registration ends November 1, 2012; the cost of this class is $35.00, which includes the $30 text fee and the $5.00 postage fee. You will receive an instruction booklet with more than 50 pages, all of which are printed in color. You are responsible for providing all other supplies, with an estimated cost of $72.00. You may buy them at your local shop or directly from the teacher. The text will include the information for ordering from the teacher.
My Favorite Bracelet, taught by Jeanette Carmichael, registration ends November 1, 2012; the cost of this class is $41.00, which includes the $36 text fee and the $5.00 postage fee. You will receive a 55-page spiral bound instruction booklet with a color photo. You are responsible for providing all other supplies, with an estimated cost of $55 to $75, depending on your choice of beads and whether or not you’re able to share supplies with other students.
Booklets will be received by the group leader approximately 8 to 10 weeks after the close of registration.
Spring Splendor (Teacher: Kay Stanis)
Finally, after that long cold winter and the long cold drizzle that melted the gray snow and rinsed the earth clean, comes the time of generous sun. Blossoms exuberantly play in the golden light and spring walks among us again. The foundation for this bouquet is Dupioni silk and the silk fibers used are soft twist silk and silk sewing thread. These combine pearl purl, check purl, Japanese Twist, Grecian twist, passing thread, Japanese golds, to create the butterfly, blossoms and leaves. The stitches included are vertical, radiating, horizontal, voided, and diagonal satin; Long and Short over padding and split stitch; normal and pattern couching. The students will also learn how to transfer their own patterns and twist flat silk. The focus of the class will be on couching, filling areas with purls, and blending long and short over padding.
Project: Framed picture
Size: 8" X 10" design on 13 1/2" X 18" silk foundation
Fabric: Dupioni silk
Threads: Silk: 5 skeins, soft twist silks: 4 values red, 1 gold; Silk sewing thread; Metal threads: #1 Pearl purl; #6 Bright check purl; #1 Gold, Sterling™, 07; #5 Passing thread; #5 Japanese Gold; #3 Japanese twist; Medium Grecian twist; #8 Braid, preferably Coronet Braid™
Colors: Sample: reds. Student choice
Proficiency level: Intermediate to Advanced
Prerequisites: Should have some experience with working with silk.
Time: 12 months, 6 working sessions
Text: $30.00 over 50 pages, all color
Supplies (approximately): $72.00; a kit is available from the teacher, ordering information will be included with the class booklet
Spring Splendor Group Correspondence Course
Preferred Phone: _________________________________________________________
EGA Membership Number (required): _________________________________________
The registration deadline is November 1, 2012.
Please send this form along with a check in the amount of $35.00 made payable
to "NER EGA"
to: Pat Timpanaro, 41 East Highland Avenue, Melrose, MA 02176.
My Favorite Bracelet (Teacher: Jeanette Carmichael)
Resplendent with pearl, silver, and crystal beads, My Favorite Bracelet is the time-honored classic bracelet, at home with both casual and formal wear and easily paired with a pearl necklace and earrings. It is made to fit the student’s wrist perfectly and is fastened with a sterling silver clasp. The student will learn about beads and bead finishes, the reinforced square stitch foundation upon which the embellishment beads are attached, and a technique for a looped raised platform atop the foundation providing a dimension of height to the bracelet. Other techniques include various types of bead attachments, the application of filler beads, silver bead caps and spacers, and anchor and pivot beads, and two very simple beading knots to end and begin new threads. The Color Choice Challenge allows for choice of beads in colors to coordinate with any wardrobe.
Size: Width: 1 3/8"; Height: 1/2"; Length: to fit wrist
Color: Pearl, silver, and crystal aurora borealis
Beads, etc.: Various seed and embellishment beads, thread, needles, beeswax, bead pad, and sharp embroidery scissors
Skill Level: Intermediate
Time: Preliminary meeting plus three meetings suggested -- 3 months
Text: $36.00 per student, 55 pages, spiral bound, color photo
Supplies (approximate): $55.00 to $75.00 depending on beads selected and the sharing of supplies
My Favorite Bracelet Group Correspondence Course
EGA Membership Number (required):__________________________________________
The registration deadline is November 1, 2012.
Please send this form along with a check in the amount of $41.00 made payable
to "NER EGA"
to: Pat Timpanaro, 41 East Highland Avenue, Melrose, MA 02176. NER will be sponsoring three Group Correspondence Courses per year. Registration will be approximately every four months.
The Mountain Laurel Stitchers would like to invite you to join as we host Susan O’Connor for a one-day retreat, Loves Me Loves Me Not. Susan is a long time member of the Country Bumpkin team having an editorial role for both Australian Smocking and Embroidery and Inspirations magazines. Loves Me, Loves Me Not is the perfect introduction to the wonderful technique of stumpwork, as it is quick and fun to work and introduces the student to both detached and raised techniques. Stitched with French silk threads onto silk fabric, Loves Me! will give you a taste of this highly addictive form of embroidery.
For more information and to see a picture of this piece, please visit our website: www.MountainLaurelStitchers.weebly.com. Thank you.
Date: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Time: 9:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: Timeless Treasures by Maureen
288 Main Street, Suite 1
Branford, CT 06405
NER SEMINAR 2013 - APRIL 5-7
The Committee for Seminar 2013
continues to work hard towards providing you with an exciting and stimulating event.
We ask that you mark your calendars
and prepare to share this wonderful weekend with old and new friends.
Plans are in the works for an
extensive ‘Shop Hop’. We are suggesting that you ‘Shop’
your way to Seminar and stop in a variety of Needlework related shops. Details and
passes, along with directions will be included when you receive your seminar
An Exhibit is being planned and
each Chapter is being asked to showcase class or GCC
projects completed within the past two years. This is your chance to share your work with other
EGA members and help other Chapters who may be ‘challenged’ with ideas for programs.*
The Hartford/Windsor Marriott
in Windsor, Ct. is the venue for our Seminar. It is within easy reach of an
airport and also in close proximity to Hartford and New York City. Why not plan ahead and take in a show
before or after your Seminar adventure! There are many area attractions which will keep spouses occupied
while you are stitching!
Don’t forget, keep checking
the NER web site, www.newenglandregionega.org
Information will be posted as it becomes available; or contact Julia at
|* There is no table rental fee for this event,
and the space is secure with only
seminar atttendees admitted. Reservations will be taken in early 2013. Please
contact Marjie Thompson (firstname.lastname@example.org) for questions or concerns.
AND NOW, The Faculty Chairs and
Committee for Seminar 2013 are happy to share with you the following exciting selection
of diversified teachers and classes which has been arranged for your pleasure: ENJOY!!
FUTURE BOARD MEETINGS (All members are welcome)
Pequot Colony – Anyone who is interested can call Doris Boas at: (860) 572-8441 or Stephanie Thorp at: (860) 536-0912
CRVC Program Registration Form -- for June 1st Finishing class with Denise Pratt at Duncaster.
Mail completed form to: Linda Berry, 343 Seabury Drive, Bloomfield,
CT 06002. Make check payable to CRVC-EGA.
The deadline for signing up for this meeting is December 8th.
"Quaker Ball Finishing" - Denise Pratt
Check those that apply:
$55. Primary Membership
For a membership card, please enclose a SASE.
Amt. Pd. ____________
Check # ____________
Date Pd. ____________
CRVC-EGA Membership and Address Change Form
The membership year runs from June 1 to May 31. If you are joining
Mail your completed form to: Suzanne Newton, CRVC-EGA Membership,
14 Madison Lane, West Simsbury, CT 06092.
__ Address Change Name:
City, ST,ZIP ____________________________________________________
Phone: _______________________ Email:________________________
Primary Chapter: ________________________________________________
Membership No. _______________________ Total Enclosed