January 2017

Saturday, February 4th, 2017
            Midnight Star Part I at Duncaster

This is National “Stitch in Public Day”.  If you cannot join us, please consider stitching at a location near you to publicize this event.

"Midnight Star"

This is the piece that we will be working on at this meeting.  Bring your instruction booklet and supplies so that we can begin and solve any problems that arise.
Studio Time option:  If you don’t plan to work on this project, you are very welcome to come and stitch on your own pieces and join us for lunch.

Location:  Duncaster Senior Residence, Bloomfield, CT

Schedule for Saturday:
               10 AM to 12 :15 PM           Midnight Star
               12:15 to 1 PM                      Lunch and Short Meeting
               1 PM to 3 PM                      Midnight Star


Saturday, April 1st, 2017     Annual Meeting and Huge “Show and Tell”
            Midnight Star Part II at Duncaster


Saturday, June 17th, 2017
            “My Peaceable Kingdom” Sampler - Catherine Theron and
                                        Studio Time Opportunity

"My Peaceable Kingdom" Sampler by Catherine Theron

Worked on 30-count vanilla linen, this lovely, “peaceable” sampler will provide hours of pleasurable stitching.  The top section features a lady in her garden complete with dogs, lilacs and bee skeps.  The center has a colonial home reminiscent of the houses in Williamsburg, VA, “alphabet trees”, a family, pets and plenty of birds.  The center bottom area has an over-1 village scene surrounded by the wild woods and various woodland creatures.  The piece is outlined by a flowing strawberry border.

Stitches used include long arm cross, Smyrna cross, stem, diagonal satin, padded satin, petit point, colonial knot, straight, spiral trellis and several others.

A myriad of colorful silk and cotton threads are used to create this scene.  All threads are included in your kit.

Finished size is 17 ½” x 19 ½”.

Location:  Duncaster Senior Residence in Bloomfield, CT
Time:  Class will take place from 9:30 to 4:30 pm

Studio Time option:  If you don’t wish to take the class, you are very welcome to come and stitch on your own pieces in the hallway (there’s a bright natural light alcove near our meeting room) and join us for lunch.  An opportunity for “me time” to work on your own projects!

A coupon is provided for you to register for this meeting.

Saturday and Sunday, October 14th and 15th, 2017
                         Phillips Grant Class in Marlborough, MA

NER is excited about the upcoming canvas embroidery (needlepoint) workshop with Tony Minieri.  The class will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 14 and 15, 2017 at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in Marlborough, MA.  The hotel is conveniently located at the intersection of Route 20 and I-495, two exits north of the Mass Pike (I-90).  The classroom is large, with floor-to-ceiling windows on one of the long walls.  Sleeping rooms are $119/night plus tax.
The selected piece and other costs will be determined by March 1, 2017.

Saturday, December 3rd, 2017     TBA

Basket for NER Seminar

Our CRVC basket for the seminar in April is being prepared, and our theme is “Vacation Getaway.” If you have any ideas, unused kits or other items that might be appropriate, please drop them off at Thistle Needleworks or contact any board member.  Our email addresses are on our website.

Announcing the next Group Correspondence Course offered by NER

Teacher:  Margaret Kinsey
NER is paying all registration fees associated with the class.  Each student pays only the cost of the instruction booklet and supplies, plus $10.00 towards the postage costs.
The cost of the class is $60, which includes the $50.00 text fee and the $10.00 postage fee.  An optional kit is available at a cost of $70.  Supply list is available on the EGA GCC website.  You are responsible for providing all other supplies.
Registration deadline is March 15, 2017.  Booklets will be received by the group leader approximately 8 to 10 weeks after that.  A registration form for the class is below, with the specific details about the class following the form.

Group Correspondence Course Registration form
Name:  _______________________________________________________________
Preferred Phone:_________________________________Email:______________________________
EGA Membership Number (required):__________________________________
The registration deadline is March 15, 2017.
Please send this form along with a check in the amount of $60.00 (and kit fee if you choose)
made payable to “NER EGA” to:
Susan Polumbo, 65 Wren Drive, Suffield, CT 06078-1817

Circle with Blue Flower: Beginning Silk and Metal Thread Course

"Circle With Blue Flower" by Margaret Kinsey      Circle with Blue Flower is a study in silk and metal thread, designed for the beginner, inspired by the illuminated letters created in medieval times.  Embroidery techniques for this piece have come down to us through Western Civilization.  The reference notebook for this course is extensive, including color images and discussions of silk and metal threads, definitions of stitches and diagrams of some, a section on tools, a brief history of silk and metal threads, and “How To” sections with pictures for framing up and detailed information for finishing the completed embroidery.  The embroiderer will be working with real metals as well as imitation metal threads.  Stitches include couching techniques using pearl purl, twists and silk thread; satin stitch over padding of parchment and cord; and satin stitch using flat silk and purls.  The outline stitch is worked in rough purl.  Chipping will be explored.

Teacher:  Margaret Kinsey
Project:  Framed picture
Size:  10" x 10"
Fabric:  Silk satin
Threads:  Pearl and rough purl, flat silk, silk couching thread, twist, Elizabethan twist, gold braid #8, and Japan gold
Colors:  Blue silk on white fabric with gold
Proficiency Level:  Beginner
Prerequisites:  None
Time:  Six months, five meetings
Fee:  $175 per group
Text:  $50 per student; stitching instructions in outline form,
many colored pictures and diagrams, and extensive reference material, comb-bound
     "Circle With Blue Flower (detail)" by Margaret Kinsey
Supplies (approximate):  $70, optional kit available from teacher.

++++++++A reminder that we still are selling the books from the CRVC library (see lists here:  This is definitely your last chance to get outstanding references for your home use.  We will be ending the sale shortly, and disposing of the remainder of the volumes at that time.

FUTURE BOARD MEETINGS   (All members are welcome)
Tues., Mar. 14th at Thistle     Tues., May 9th     Tues., Sept. 12th     Tues., Nov. 14th

CRVC Program Registration Form -- Midnight Star Part I on February 4th at Duncaster

Mail completed form to:  Linda Berry, 343 Seabury Drive, Bloomfield, CT 06002.

"Midnight Star Part I at Duncaster"

________ Lunch ($12)

Name:      ______________________________________________________________
Address: ______________________________________________________________
Email address: _________________________________________________________
Phone#:  ______________________________

CRVC Program Registration Form -- Midnight Star Part II on April 1st at Duncaster

Mail completed form to:  Linda Berry, 343 Seabury Drive, Bloomfield, CT 06002.

"Midnight Star Part II at Duncaster"

________ Lunch ($12)

Name:      ______________________________________________________________
Address: ______________________________________________________________
Email address: _________________________________________________________
Phone#:  ______________________________

CRVC Program Registration Form -- Sampler with Catherine Theron on June 17th at Duncaster

Mail completed form to:  Linda Berry, 343 Seabury Drive, Bloomfield, CT 06002.
Make check payable to CRVC-EGAThe deadline for signing up for this class is May 15, 2017.
Deposit of $50 is due at registration.  Payments may be in full or installments may be arranged.

"My Peaceable Kingdom with Catherine Theron"

________ Kit fee ($250) plus class fee (to be determined but approx. $40-$60)
________ Studio Time (no fee)
________ Lunch Saturday ($12)

Name:      ______________________________________________________________
Address: ______________________________________________________________
Email address: _________________________________________________________
Phone#:  ______________________________

CRVC-EGA Membership

$57. Primary Membership
$15. Plural Membership (NER)
$18. Plural Membership (not NER)

For a membership card, please enclose a SASE.

Amt. Pd. ____________

Check #  ____________

Date Pd. ____________
    (keep as your receipt)


CRVC-EGA Membership and Address Change Form

The membership year runs from June 1 to May 31.  If you are joining after
September 1, please contact the membership chairman for prorated dues.

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 ($57)
        __ 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 $___________