March 2023
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Reminder:  EGA Membership runs June 1st to May 31st.  Dues should be paid as soon as possible.
Please see coupon on the last page!

Simsbury Display

While Kathyrn Lord, our Outreach Chair, was mounting the November CRVC display in Granby, Barbara Butterworth, the Art Coordinator for the Simsbury Public Library, happened by.  She admired the pieces, and said they never had anything like that in Simsbury --- would we like to put up an exhibit there in 2023?

We settled on May.  We will be gathering pieces in April, starting at the April 1, 2023 Annual Meeting at Thistle Needleworks, and returning them in June, including at the June 10 meeting, also at Thistle Needleworks.

The space in Simsbury is larger than in Granby and is entirely within locked cases that are 54 inches tall with many movable shelves.  This is a chance to show off some of our larger pieces!  There's plenty of room for smaller work, of course, and the cases are deep enough for stand-ups and 3-D items.

Since this is a space new to us, the only "theme" will be your favorites, pieces you are especially proud of, whether they are EGA classes or commercial kits or your own designs, no matter when they were finished (up to 6 pieces per member, more if small).  We need for each piece the title, designer, stitcher, and any comments you would like to share about it.  Since we have plenty of room here, we especially invite members who have never shown pieces with us before to do so now.  And if anyone really really wants to have their "Iris" from last year's Zoom workshop in the display, contact Kathryn early to hold the space!

If you would like to participate but can't be at the April or June meetings, contact Kathryn Lord directly at or Lisa Green at to arrange pick-up and drop-off.  The Post Office works well, too; get in touch if you want to go that route.

Saturday, April 1st, 2023       Annual Meeting

Our program will be in person at Thistle Needleworks.  We will have lots of Show and Tell.  We plan to start a piece by Caela Conn Tyler called Just for Fun!

"Just for Fun! A Study in Textures" was a cyber class by Caela Conn Tyler back in 2002.  You can do the piece in her colorway or choose your own from your stash.  We will provide complete instructions.  We will also continue with this piece at our June meeting.

Linda Berry stitched it and saved the detailed instructions with large scale diagrams and the emailed lectures and colored pictures sent with each lesson.  You feel like Caela is right there with you supplying helpful hints on both materials and stitches.  Stitches include whipped back stitch, Katie's Stitch, free-form needle weaving, web stitch, attaching beads, irregular eyelets & pulled coil, Rhodes circle, diamond darning pattern, flat diamond stitch, cushion cross corners, whipped spiders, diamond eyelets, Smyrna cross, looped ribbon and beads, filet stitch, large woven star, and loop stitch.

The piece is stitched on Congress cloth 12" x 12" (design is 6" diameter) using DMC Six-Strand Embroidery Thread #353, Décor #1514 (or Trebizond), Marlitt #1042, #8 Pearl Cotton #353, Delta #0-2, Zeta #0-2, Medici #8139, Silk Ribbon #167, Spring II #324S or Gumnuts Poppies #823, and YLI Fine Metallic #R-10.

Schedule for the day to include:
        10 am to 12:00 pm Annual Meeting, Show & Tell, Just for Fun!
12:00 pm to 1 pm Lunch at Lucky Lou's Bar and Grill
1 pm to 3:00 pm Just for Fun! program continues

Saturday, June 10th, 2023

Our program will be to continue working on Just for Fun! in person at Thistle Needleworks.
Schedule for the day to include:
        10 am to 12:00 pm Just for Fun!
12:00 pm to 1 pm Lunch at Lucky Lou's Bar and Grill
1 pm to 3:00 pm Just for Fun!, Show & Tell

Saturday, October 1st, 2023

Our program will be to work on any current project we have and of course, more Show & Tell!

Saturday, December 2nd, 2023       Zoom Class with Wendy Moore
                                                            "Kimono Imperial Ornament"

This delightfully sophisticated ornament finishes as a 4”x4” Mini-Kimono.  As an ornament, this kimono highlights a beautiful Bargello pattern in Imperial gold, red, and blue.  Using DMC Floche, Kreinik metallics, DMC & ThreadworX over-dyed floss, and a few beads, this kimono will make an impression.  You will explore how wonderfully the Bargello pattern fits into the kimono and stitch a unique variation of an octagonal Rhodes stitch.  The kit will include the canvas, all the threads and beads, instructions and photos.  Student will provide 8” stretcher bars (2 pair), laying tool, frame or frame weight, usual stitching supplies, and light and magnification if desired.

A registration coupon is provided for this meeting.  The deadline is October 1st.



(All members are welcome)
Contact Judie Solomon (see website) if you want a Zoom invitation to any meeting

April 25th, 2023,  September 12th, 2023,  November 7th, 2023


CRVC Program Registration Form
"Kimono Imperial Ornament" with Wendy Moore -- December 2nd, 2023

Either email Linda at or mail completed form and check to:
Linda Berry, 343 Seabury Drive, Bloomfield, CT 06002
Deadline: October 1st, 2023

"Kimono Imperial Ornament" with Wendy Moore

    __________$35 member kit fee  (Check made payable to CRVC-EGA)
    __________$55 non-member kit fee
Name:     ____________________________________________________________________
Address: ____________________________________________________________________
Email:     ____________________________________________________________________
Phone#:  ________________________________________

CRVC-EGA Membership

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

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 and check 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 $___________