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New England Region Stitching Get-Away
Saturday and Sunday, September 8th and 9th, 2018
Holiday Inn Springfield South -- Enfield, Connecticut

NER is proud to host Ellen Chester teaching “My Needle's Worke Sampler Huswif”, a traditional counted thread embroidery class.  All EGA members living in the New England Region are invited to join us for a fun-filled, educational week-end of stitching excitement.  The Holiday Inn Springfield South hotel is conveniently located at Exit 49 from I-91 in Enfield, Connecticut, just across the border from Massachusetts.

The Fine Print
EGA has been the beneficiary of a sizable bequest from the estate of member Gay Phillips.  Each Region has received a grant from these monies.  NER is using these funds to pay all the teaching, travel, and classroom rental costs for this two-day workshop.  The student’s only expense is the $200 fee, which covers the kit and lunch both days.  There are three optional items which may be ordered at the time of registration as described on the next page.
Classes begin at 9:00 in the morning both days and end at 4:45 on Saturday afternoon and 3:15 on Sunday.  There will be a break for lunch, which will be served by the hotel.
Space in the class is limited.  Registration closes on July 1, 2018.  Registrations will be processed in the order in which they are received.
If you desire overnight accommodations, please contact the Holiday Inn directly.  Rooms at the hotel are available at the nightly rate of $99 (plus room tax).  This rate is guaranteed until August 10, 2018, after which the rooms will be released and you will be charged the going rate, which varies based on availability of rooms.  Your registration confirmation will include a clickable link that can be used to book your sleeping room at the group rate.  Alternatively, you may call the hotel at 860-741-2211 and mention “New England Embroiderers’ Guild” when making your reservation.

“My Needle's Worke Sampler Huswif” with Ellen Chester
  Cloth is my land so that I
  boldly stand
  Needle is my plow so I can
  skills endow
  Silk is my seed so I can name
  my deed
Ellen Chester’s inspiration for the project came from this lovely verse.  It was originally stitched in German in 1800 by Hanna Schottin, who lived in Pennsylvania.
This project can be made as a sampler and framed or it can be made into a huswif.  A "huswif" or "hussif" is a folded or rolled case for holding needlework supplies.  Women often carried a huswif in one of the large tie-on pockets worn under their skirts.  The embroidery is the same for both the sampler and the huswif.  The project also includes a coordinating needlebook case and scissors sheath.  All of these pieces can be assembled by hand.

  'My Needle Workes Sampler Huswif' by Ellen Chester

Scissors Sheath by Ellen Chester     NeedlebookCase by Ellen Chester

We will work on the needlebook case during class because it contains most of the specialty stitches used on the sampler.  Students not wanting to work on the needlebook case in class should bring a doodle cloth and threads.

Inside Of Huswif by Ellen Chester Stitches Used
Algerian eye, alternating double backstitch, backstitch, barrier, Belgian cross, closed herringbone, cross, cross stitch over one linen thread, cushion (traditional and reverse slant), double-sided Italian cross, four-sided, long-armed cross, Montenegrin, mosaic, nun's stitch, padded satin, Rhodes, rice, small plait, Smyrna cross, star, straight, tent, Williamsburg, and zigzag stitch.
Project Measurements
Sampler or Huswif:
    Stitch Count: 117 wide x 308 high
    Stitched Area Size:
        6½" wide x 17-1/8" high
Needlebook Case:
    Stitch Count: 59 wide x 161 high
    Stitched Area Size:
        3-3/8" wide x 9" high

Kit Contents
The kit includes charts and detailed directions for stitching and assembly, 36-count linen, silk embroidery threads, dupioni silk lining, three needles (tapestry, beading, and curved), mother of pearl heart-shaped thread rings, three mother of pearl beads, hand-dyed silk ribbon, and comic book board.
Optional Items
As shown in the photo of the inside of the Huswif above, Ellen is offering 3 accessories for your project:
     •    Blue flower threadwinder: $38
     •    Ruler: $30
     •    Flower and bird threadwinder: $38

If you would like any of these accessories, you must order them at the time of registration.

New England Region EGA Stitching Get-Away
Saturday and Sunday, September 8 and 9, 2018

Please enroll me in the “My Needle's Worke Sampler Huswif” workshop with Ellen Chester.  The class cost is $200.00.  There is an option to purchase any or all of three accessories at the indicated price.
Name:                  _____________________________________
Address:              _____________________________________
Preferred Phone: _____________________________________
Email:                  _____________________________________
Choose All That Apply:

_____ Blue Flower Threadwinder
_____ Ruler
_____ Flower and bird threadwinder
The registration deadline is July 1, 2018.  Registrations will be processed in the order received.
Please send this form along with a check in the correct amount made payable to “NER EGA” to:
        Pat Timpanaro
        41 East Highland Avenue
        Melrose, MA 02176

The New England Region is hosting the EGA National Seminar from September 3 – 8, 2020!!

The seminar will be at the Sheraton Back Bay in Boston, a perfect setting for a great weekend.


An additional message from Pat Timpanaro and NER.......

NER EGA was contacted by Meg Michalski, the event manager at Stone Cow Brewery in Barre, MA.  The Brewery offers a variety of educational workshops and classes that involve working with one's hands at their 1830 brew barn.  Meg would like to offer a beginning embroidery class and contacted NER to help find a teacher.

I asked Meg if she could be more specific about what she wanted to offer and she said, "Something on a hoop, that people could hang on their wall would be nice but perhaps just a simple sampler of basic stitches may be a good way to introduce people."

I also asked her about class length, size, and student age.  Typical classes are between 1 to 4 hours, although multiple days are possible.  She was planning the class to be for adults, with possibly older (16+) teens as well.  They can accommodate up to 20 students and will work with the teacher to determine the class and kit costs.

If you're interested in working with Stone Cow, please contact Meg Michalski directly at

CRVC Library

Our CRVC Library has seen very little use in the last 5-10 years and therefore the Board has made the difficult decision to dissolve it.  Chapter members are being offered the first opportunity to purchase the books in the library with the funds going into the education fund.

The list of books in the library is on the CRVC web site, listed both alphabetically
by title -- -- and alphabetically
by author --  If you are interested in one or more titles, please contact the chapter librarian Judie Solomon at with the title(s) and the price you are willing to pay for each title.  Once you are notified that the books are yours, please arrange to pick them up at Thistle Needleworks.  If you prefer to have your book(s) mailed to you, please let the librarian know and you will be informed how much the postage will be (via Media Mail).

If all the books are not distributed to members, they will be offered to other chapters and other EGA members.

CRVC Board Meetings

During 2018, some Board Meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of odd-numbered months and some will be held on Saturday immediately preceeding a general meeting. See the Master Calendar for actual meeting dates and location.

CRVC Bylaws

The CRVC Chapter Bylaws (Revised 2013) are available for viewing.

Here’s a call to all members..................we would love to have others assume some of the jobs for our chapter. They are NOT big jobs, just some "pitching in" to help with short term needs. Hopefully you can attend our board meetings on the second Tuesdays of odd-numbered months or on Saturday immediately preceeding a general meeting. That’s where we come up with plans for future meetings, so you’ll enjoy the fun of learning what’s out there.

Please contact Lisa ( if you would like to help.


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