September 2019

Please note the new location for our meetings will be Thistle Needleworks at 506 Silas Deane Highway in Wethersfield, CT.  The dates for meetings will be the first Saturdays of the even months (except August).  Directions to the store are on the Thistle Needleworks website.

Count-Down to CRVC at the Durham Fair!

As you know, we have been asked by the Needlework Department of the Durham Fair to have a presence there this year, September 26-29.  We are planning stitch-ins from 3-6 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and individual members can enter pieces finished in the last 3 years as exhibits.

For the stitch-ins, we will have a 2-person team there every day.  We will assign teams to particular days at the Sept. 10 Board meeting at Thistle Needleworks.  If you are certain you can be at the Fair and want to be on a team, but can’t make it to the Board meeting, email me with your preferred day at by Sunday Sept. 8.  Teams will be supplied with stuff to hand out and signage, and should bring a couple of finished pieces in different techniques for display and as conversation starters.  Anybody who isn’t able to commit ahead of time but wants to participate can just show up with something to stitch and hang out as long as they are able to.  The Needlework building is near the center of the fairgrounds.

For entering as an exhibitor, here is a link to the needlework page with all the categories and requirements:  This covers all needlework;  embroidery is listed under “Hand Embroidery” and “Wall Hangings.”  You need to register by Sept. 14, and drop off articles at the Fair on Sept. 21 between 10 am and 4 pm. (one person can drop off other people’s entries).  Exhibitor Entry is free -- Cash prizes and ribbons are awarded -- Items are displayed in a secure, dry building -- Exhibitors are eligible to purchase a reduced 4 day entrance pass to the fair on the day they drop off their exhibits.

Hope to see you there – Kathryn J Lord, CRVC Prez

Saturday, October 5th, 2019     Autumn Fireworks

Location:  Thistle Needleworks in Wethersfield, CT
Schedule for Saturday:
               10 AM to 12:30 PM                  Beginning piece
               12:30 to 1:30 PM                       Lunch, Show and Tell and short meeting
               1:30 to 3:30 PM                         Continued stitching


Since the chapter will pay for your fabric, please note on the sign-up form what color you would like so that it can be cut before class or choose your fabric ahead of time and let the clerks know that the cost of your fabric is to be charged to CRVC.  There are many colors available, but only a few will be listed on the form.

This design by Ann-Marie Anderson-Mayes at is offered as a gift to all stitchers.  It is a great way to experiment with a range of canvaswork stitches using variegated thread and three coordinating solid colors.  It will work beautifully as a bookmark, as decoration on a journal cover, or perhaps as a beautiful accent on a small handbag or iPad cover.  We will supply the fabric and the directions, but you get to choose your colors, from your stash or at the store.

Here is some information from the instructions:
To complete this embroidery you will need:
            Congress canvas measuring at least 12 x 28cm = 4.7 in. x 11 in. (this will give you a minimum of 3cm (1.2 in) extra fabric all around the stitched area which measures 6 x 21.5cm (2.4" x 8.5").
            Size 24 tapestry needle
            Small, sharp embroidery scissors
            Your preferred embroidery frame (I like Q-snaps but please feel free to use your favourite framing system)
            Embroidery threads:  This project is ideally suited to choosing your own threads.  I have included the threads I used, but you won’t be able to replicate them exactly as the variegated silk is a one-off that I dyed myself.  Choosing your own colours is very easy.  All you need is a variegated thread and three coordinating solid colours.  You can use stranded silks, cottons or a combination -- they will be equally effective.  And your colour choices might transform this into Spring Fireworks or Beach Fireworks.  The creative decisions are in your very capable hands. :)

Name Used In These Notes     My Colour                                                                   Your Colour
Variegated                               My own hand dyed thread –
                                                  12 strand silk (red, yellow, green combination)
Colour 1                                   Threadworx 10051 - 6 strand cotton (red)
Colour 2                                   Au Ver a Soie No. 2533 - 7 strand silk (yellow)
Colour 3                                   Au Ver a Soie No. 2125 - 7 strand silk (green)

A coupon is provided for this meeting.

Saturday, December 7th, 2019     “Elegant Diamond” Box
                                                                                        Designed by Denise Pratt

At this meeting we will begin to stitch this beautiful box, following Denise’s clear diagrams and directions.  She will prepare colors for the kits based on your preferences as noted on the registration coupon with lots of possibilities, not just those shown above.  The primary diamond color is worked in variegated floss weight silk, such as Waterlilies or Silk ‘n Colors, and the effects are so much fun to produce.  It may happen that we construct the box at the February meeting, unless you need to complete it as a holiday gift.

A coupon is provided for this meeting.


FUTURE BOARD MEETINGS   (All members are welcome)
Tuesday, September 10th at Thistle Needleworks at 10am     Saturday, December 7th


GCC from NER

New Group Correspondence Course
White Iris by Mona Hill
Registration Deadline: Nov. 15, 2019

On this Group Correspondence Course you will stitch this stunning White Iris using white or cream Pearl Cotton on matching 32-count Belfast linen.  The mat chosen for behind and around the piece adds the punch of color.  Combining stunning June flowers, White Iris is a sampler of eleven pulled thread patterns worked inside surface embroidery of flowers petal edges.  The surface embroidery emphasizes shaping the buttonhole stitch and the chain stitch to form leaves and petal edges.  Chain stitch, outline stitch and satin stitch variations are used for flower stems.  Some knowledge of compensation is essential in working the pulled thread patterns.  This beautiful composition, done in surface embroidery enclosing areas filled with pulled thread patterns, has a spectacular lace-like quality.

Size:  9″ x 9″ design on 15” x 15” ground fabric
Fabric:  32-count Belfast linen
Threads: Pearl cotton #8 and #12
Colors: White or cream
Skill Level: intermediate
Prerequisites:  Knowledge of compensation and the ability to work stitches from diagrams
Text:  $48 per student
Supplies:  $19.00 (approximate)
The cost of the class is $58.00, which includes the $48.00 text fee and the $10.00 postage fee.  Registration deadline is Nov. 15, 2019.  Registration will be sent to National shortly thereafter.  Booklets will be received by the group leader approximately 8 to 10 weeks after that.  The group leader will notify you of the end date.  This is a six month course.

White Iris by Mona Hill Group Correspondence Course Registration form:
Preferred Phone:___________________________________________________
If you are willing to be the group leader, please initial here:______
__________________EGA Membership Number (required)
The registration deadline is Nov. 15. 2019.  Please send this form along with a check in the amount of $58.00 made payable to “NER EGA” to:  Kate Thomas, 17 Richmond Rd. Fitzwilliam NH 03447

Boston Stitch Party
EGA 2020 National Seminar
Proudly Offers the Following Seminar

Counted Thread Name Tag
Stitched in Backstitch – Painting Optional

Kit contents
• 12 pages of instructions
• 32 count linen
• Coordinating Fabric
• 4 skeins DMC floss
• Needle
• Peltex 71F – Stiffener


Adaptation of the Boston Stitch Party Logo for counted thread and redwork, name tag design, and all diagrams and instructions by Denise Harrington Pratt.

Redwork Name Tag
Stitched in Backstitch, Outline or Stem Stitch – Coloring is Optional

Kit contents
• 8 pages of instructions
• High quality muslin
• Coordinating Fabric
• 4 skeins DMC floss
• Needle
• Peltex 71F – Stiffener


(See NER website for additional items and information)

Boston Stitch Party
EGA 2020 National Seminar
Order Form

Qty      ITEM                                                        PRICE         TOTAL
______ Name Tag – Counted Thread KIT       $18.50 ___________
______ Name Tag – Redwork KIT                    $16.00 ___________
______ Project Bags – Set of 4                             $49.50 ___________
______ Project Bag – Large only                         $19.50 ___________
______ New England Map Tapestry Bag          $35.00 ___________
______ Boston Stitch Party Needle Nanny       $12.00 ___________
                                                                            Shipping ___________
                                                                      Grand Total ___________
State____________________________________ ZipCode_____________________________

Please Make Checks Payable to EGA Seminar 2020
Return Order Form with Payment to:
EGA Seminar 2020, c/o Barbara C. Hepburn, 828 Edes Falls Road, Harrison, Maine 04040
Tel: 207-583-2821 • Email:

CRVC Program Registration Form
"Autumn Fireworks" at Thistle Needleworks on October 5th

Mail completed form to:  Linda Berry, 343 Seabury Drive, Bloomfield, CT 06002.  Make check payable to CRVC-EGA.

"Autumn Fireworks"

________ I plan to attend so please count me in for fabric
                 My color choice for fabric is White____________
                                            Will get on my own____________

________ Lunch ($8)

Name:     ________________________________________________________________________
Address: ________________________________________________________________________
Email address: __________________________________________________________________
Phone#: ________________________________________

CRVC Program Registration Form
"Elegant Diamond" Box at Thistle Needleworks on December 7th

Mail completed form to:  Linda Berry, 343 Seabury Drive, Bloomfield, CT 06002.  Make check payable to CRVC-EGA.  Kits must be ordered by October 6th.

"Elegant Diamond" Box

________ Kit Fee $70
                  My favorite colors for kit are 1._______________
________ Lunch $8

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:  Linda Berry, CRVC-EGA Membership, 343 Seabury Drive, Bloomfield, CT 06002.
Make check payable to CRVC-EGA.  Enclose SASE for membership card.

        __ Address/Email 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 $___________