January 2020

Please note the location for our meetings is 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.

Saturday, February 1st, 2020 (Snow date: February 8th at Seabury)

The program for this meeting is the construction of the box for the completed Elegant Diamond stitched piece.  Please bring scissors (paper and embroidery) and other supplies that you might have on hand as described in the directions.  Other materials and an iron will be available.

Location:  Thistle Needleworks in Wethersfield, CT
Schedule for the day:
                10 AM to 10:30 AM         Board meeting
  10:30 to 12:30 PM   Begin construction
  12:30 to 1:30 PM   Lunch, Show and Tell, and short meeting
  1:30 to 3:30 PM   Complete construction

A coupon is provided for this meeting.

Saturday, April 4th, 2020 (Annual Meeting)
                                  "Rozashi Day"

As this is our annual meeting, we will elect officers for the next two years.  The slate is as follows:
                          President:  Laurie Sulgur
                          Vice President (Program):  Lisa Green
                          Vice President (Membership):  Linda Berry
                          Secretary:  Kathryn Lord
                          Treasurer:  Linda Berry
                          NER Rep:  Kathryn Lord

We will spend our meeting time looking through lots of patterns and information on Rozashi from materials donated by Ginny Currie.  Each of us will choose a pattern, set up the fabric, select the threads, kit them up and begin stitching during the rest of the meeting.  Hopefully we will have finished pieces to show in October.

Saturday, June 6th, 2020
                      Circles: Theme and Variations - Pattern by Lois Kershner

This is a pattern which explores canvas embroidery stitches in a circle motif.  The monochromatic color flows around the circle as it makes a gradual shift in value from dark to light.  Stitched in a blue hue, the pattern mimics a large ocean wave cresting, then splashing into white foam.  The piece is designed to be mounted on the lid of a 7-inch circular box, but it could also be framed.  It is stitched on white 18 count canvas.


Display at Granby Library

Our display, entitled “Off the Wall,” will be on exhibit until the end of January.  It has been a hit with library patrons, and stitch-ins have had a good response.  Below is a shot from Saturday’s get together and a photo of one of the display cases:


Boston Stitch Party
EGA 2020 National Seminar
September 4-8, 2020

Check out the EGA website.  Pictures and descriptions of all of the pieces are online as well as information about the activities included in the seminar weekend.

Volunteers will be needed, and information about getting involved will be forthcoming.  If you are making a tea cozy for the region exhibit, keep working on it.  Forms with information about your piece will be requested in June.


We lost our member and good friend, Suzanne Newton, in December.  This is a picture of her with one of her grandchild birth appliqué projects.  She was active in CRVC from the late 1970s until last year, serving on the Board, teaching workshops, developing educational materials, and earning a CRVC A-Award, the program on which EGA’s Master Craftsman was modeled, all while designing painted canvases for her business. She was a much-loved and valued part of our stitching family.  Her passion, skill, and talent inspired all whom she taught or stitched next to, and we’ll miss her laughter at our meetings.


FUTURE BOARD MEETINGS   (All members are welcome)
Feb. 1st     April 4th     June 6th       Sept. 15th     Dec. 5th


CRVC Program Registration Form
"Elegant Diamond" Box at Thistle Needleworks on February 1st

Either email Linda at or mail completed form to:
Linda Berry, 343 Seabury Drive, Bloomfield, CT 06002.

"Elegant Diamond" Box

________ I plan to attend

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 $___________