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What's New

  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.


The SOuthern MainE Chapter of EGA
is presenting the SOME SPRING GETAWAY on
March 1, 2 & 3, 2019
at the
Hilton Garden Inn, Auburn Riverwatch
14 Great Falls Plaza
Auburn, Maine

This Seminar offers 3 classes plus Studio Time
on Saturday & Sunday plus a special class on
Friday evening which is open to all registrants.

Click here to view the complete class, venue, and
registration information.  The registration deadline
for this event is November 30, 2018.

Any questions should be addressed to Barbara Hepburn

MARCH 30-31, 2019
Welcome to NER’s Spring Break! “What is Spring Break?” you may ask. It is not a seminar. Spring Break is two days of stitching bliss, with or without a teacher. It is two days without the obligations of home, two days of having your meals prepared for you, two days of having your bed made and your bathroom cleaned, two days where your only responsibility is to yourself. We have classes presented by Denise Harrington Pratt, Amee “Runs With Scissors” Sweet-McNamara, Judy Jeroy, and Gail Sirna plus Studio Time for those who don’t want a new project at this time. It is a time to gather as a region for stitching before we become immersed in preparations for our “Boston Stitch Party” National Seminar 2020!
We will be meeting at the Holiday Inn Springfield/Enfield March 30-31, 2019.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Sue Polumbo, NER Education Chair


Lovely Leaves Sampler
By Denise Harrington Pratt
A two-day class in counted thread embroidery

Class Description and Goals: This lovely sampler is a celebration of fall. The inspiration for it was the verse which I wrote several years ago.

With my needle I can make,
Lovely leaves, I need not rake,
Luscious hues of gold and red,
Stitched with love, in silken thread.

This sampler is stitched in warm fall colors with touches of foresty greens. A veritable host of stitches is included in this sampler to give the counted thread enthusiast much to learn and many hours of stitching pleasure. The verses are done in cross stitch over one. The bands and leaves are stitched in a variety of counted thread stitches, some that students may not have encountered before. Some are my own inventions or variations. The stitches include; Half Hatbox Eyelet, Bosnia Stitch, Satin, Arrowhead Cross, Backstitch, a variety of Herringbone stitches, Double Alternating Stem Stitch, Double Back, Rail Fence, Triple Back, Diamond Leviathan, Alternating Double Back, Tricky Eyelet, Diagonal French, Diagonal Leviathan, Plaited Double Cross, Round Eyelet, and more!

Options and Dimensions: The student has two options for stitching in class; to work on the full sampler or the mini-sampler. The full sampler is approximately 4 1/4" x 14" on 32 count Sandstone Linen and approximatley 5" x 15 1/2" on 28 count Sandstone Linen. The mini-sampler which can be made into a lovely bell pull is approximatley 1 5/8" x 15 1/8" on 32 count and 2" x 17 1/2" on 28 count.

Kit Cost: $90

Students need to bring: Usual stitching supplies, frame or hoop if desired, magnification and lighting if desired, binder and sheet protectors for organizing pages.

Kit: Kit includes 32 or 28 count linen with a piece for the full sampler and a piece for the mini-sampler, seven full skeins of Watercolours hand dyed silk and two half-skeins of Soie Cristale silk, both from The Caron Collection, needles, complete and detailed instructions.

Rocaille Refinement Necklace by Amee Sweet-McNamara
Calling all Lily-Gilders, Tassel-Hangers and Glitter-Sprinklers… this is SO your kind of jewelry!
Achieve elegant results in Soutache & Bead Embroidery. Adventurous Beginners will learn all the Basics including Aligning & Stacking, Shaping Stitches, Ending Stacks, Backing & Edge-Beading and creating Peyote Stitch Bezel. Those with more experience will be fascinated by new techniques including sculpting with Shibori ribbon, connecting components and creating a sturdy-but-delicate-looking captured-bead chain – a technique that can be used again and again in future soutache projects.
Students should come to class with a surface to bead on (bead board or bead blanket), good, sharp scissors and any magnifiers or extra task lighting desired. To complete the work, students will also need pliers, flush-cutters and looping or rosary pliers. Projects will not be finished in class but every kit comes with Amee Runs with Scissors’ full-color, “Whole Story” step-by-step instructions making it easy to finish the project at home. Kits will be provided in five different color-ways.
Kit contents:  24-page instruction booklet, shape template, Ultrasuede, Beading foundation (Nicole's Bead Backing), 5 different colors of BeadSmith brand Soutache (including a textured metallic), shibori silk ribbon, 18mm x 24mm German acrylic cabochon, glass pearls (2 sizes), firepolish beads (3 sizes), freshwater pearls (mult. Sizes), bicone crystals (2 sizes), Duracoat galvanized seed beads sizes 6o, 8o, 11o & 15o, bobbin Nymo thread, soldered jump rings, head pins, toggle clasp, #10 beading needle, API brand “Crafters’ Pick” Washable Fabric Glue.
Kit cost:  $64             Proficiency level:  Adventurous Beginner

Lily of the Lake by Gail Sirna
The water lily is beautiful flower, fairly common, but always enchanting.  They evoke the Orient yet are found around the world.
Lily of the Lake is a single beautiful specimen floating in a tranquil pool of water and accompanied by its characteristic round leaves, unusual and evocative.  The lily is rendered in this year’s chosen color, radiant orchid, but it will be attractive for years to come.  A beautiful butterfly comes to visit our lily.
The lily petals are worked in a number of canvas stitches, each one chosen to affect a slight bit of perspective in the design.  Thus, the student will learn to depict foreground and background, by the choice of stitches, plus values of the chosen hue.  The lily and its leaves are subtly reflected in the simple darning that depicts the water of the lake.
Framing the lily are two elaborate borders of differing width.  Each is carefully constructed of a variety if interesting, and in some cases, challenging canvaswork stitches.
Ground Fabric:  Pale blue congress cloth                 Kit Cost:  $100
Proficiency Level:  Intermediate                               Time:  2 days

By Judy Jeroy

Class description
Advanced beginner

This delightful workshop featured spring blossoms – pansies and daffodils – in crewel embroidery.  Enjoy the class as Judy guides you through her painless method of shading with Appleton crewel wools.  Other stitches will include outline/stem, over buttonhole, whipped chain, fly and more.  Each stitch will be taught with ample time for practice stitching.  Blocking and finishing will also be covered.
The kit materials will include linen twill fabric, 12-15 skeins of Appleton crewel wools, DMC 6-strand, needles, graphite carbon paper, and instruction booklet (with color).
The students should bring a 5” or 6” screw-adjustable hoop, scissors, and other ordinary embroidery supplies as well as optional magnification and light source.  The design size is 6.5” x 7”.  There is no pre-work required.
Kit Cost:  $65

Registration Form - Part 1
New England Region Spring Break
March 30-31, 2019     Enfield, CT

Please print or type all information.  Please be sure to complete all sections of this form.  It is important that you fill out the form completely and correctly.  Please contact the Registrar if you have any questions regarding this form.  Registration is open immediately and closes on February 1, 2019.

First and Last Name: ____________________________________________________

Street Address: ________________________________________________________

City, State and Zip: _____________________________________________________

Phone (             )______________ Email ____________________________________

Primary EGA Chapter, if applicable: _______________________________________

EGA Region, if applicable: ______________________________________________

EGA Membership Number: __________________________________
Emergency Contact:

Name: ___________________________________ Phone (             )______________
      __ I am willing to be a class angel.
      __ I need a roommate.  Please include me on the roommate list.

    Dietary restrictions cannot be filled at the event.  Please list any requests on this form.

      __ I have dietary restrictions.  Please list: __________________________________


                                                          CLASS SELECTIONS
            Please indicate
      1st, 2nd and 3rd choices      CLASS                                  INSTRUCTOR
      __1st     __2nd     __3rd            Rocaille Refinement             Amee Sweet-McNamara
      __1st     __2nd     __3rd            Lovely Leaves Sampler        Denise Harrington Pratt
      __1st     __2nd     __3rd            Lily of the Lake                    Gail Sirna
      __1st     __2nd     __3rd            Daffy Pansies                        Judy Jeroy
      __1st     __2nd     __3rd            Studio Time

Registration Form – Part 2
MARCH 30-31, 2019    ENFIELD, CT
Registration Fees

Non-Refundable Registration Fee


Two-day Class Tuition, Friday Night Welcome Reception, Saturday and Sunday lunches, Saturday Evening Banquet, Favors, and Nametag








EGA out of New England Region member $10.00 $
Non EGA member $30.00 $
Guest Ticket(s)
__ Saturday Lunch
__ Saturday Dinner
__ Sunday Lunch


GRAND TOTAL – Please add Total Registration Costs and Options Total
Payment is to be made by check or money order in US Funds payable to: NER EGA

Release Form

I release The Embroiderers' Guild of America, Inc. and the New England Region EGA from any liability for any related financial loss, theft, property damage, or personal injury resulting from registering or participating in, attending any or all functions at Spring Break, and traveling to and from Spring Break.  I understand that a cancellation request must be made in writing by February 2, 2019.  A refund, less $25.00 fee, will be made through that date.  Cancellations between February 3 and March 15, 2019 will result in a refund minus $25.00 fee and kit fee.  After March 15, 2019, no refunds will be made.



Mailing Instructions

Be sure to include the following:
  A completed Registration Form with BOTH Parts 1 + 2
  Check or money order payable to: NER EGA for the total amount due.
  Confirmation will be made via email.  If you do not have email, send a self-addressed postcard for confirmation that the registrar has received your registration.
  Kit cost will be emailed after registration closes.  If you do not have email, you will be contacted with your kit cost.


Mail to

Laurel Kulas
13 Fairfield Drive
Windsor Locks, CT 06096
Spring Break

Susan Polumbo
65 Wren Drive
Suffield, CT 06078

When emailing, please include Spring Break in email subject line.

Just a reminder to bring your usual stitching tools and equipment including scissors and lighting and magnification.

NER Spring Break: Embroiderers’ Guild of America
Room Block Information

Room Block Information for Holiday Inn Enfield-South Springfield
Rooms are available at a discounted group rate of $89 (plus 15% occupancy tax) for
March 28 - April 1, 2019(Check-out date)
Reservations can be made by calling: 800.HOLIDAY • Reference Room Block Code: NER or NER Spring Break - Embroiderers’ Guild
Check-In Time: Any time after 3:00pm • Check-Out Time: Any time up until 11:00am
*Early Check-In cannot be guaranteed*
Please make reservations by February 28, 2019 in order to secure a room at the group rate.
Rooms may not be available after February 28, 2019.
Complimentary airport transportation is available to/from Bradley International Airport.
Please call the hotel directly at 860.741.2211 to schedule your pick-up in advance and to confirm availability.
Indoor & Outdoor (Seasonal) Pools • Fitness Center • Business Center • Snack Shop
Spacious Grounds • In-House Restaurant and Bar (Open for Breakfast and Dinner)
Basketball Court • Guest Operated Laundry

Directions from Southern Connecticut & New York City
I-84 East, or I-95 North to I-91 North to Exit 49
Bear right at the end of the ramp, and take your immediate right onto
Bright Meadow Boulevard.  The hotel will be on your left.
Directions from Springfield, Massachusetts
I-91 South to Exit 49. At the end of the ramp, take a left at the lights.
Go through one set of lights and at the 2nd set of lights, take a right onto
Bright Meadow Boulevard.  The hotel will be on your left.
Directions from Boston, Massachusetts
Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) West to Exit 6.
Take a left onto I-291 to I-91 South.  Take I-91 South to Exit 49.
At the end of the ramp, take a left at the lights. Go through one set of lights
and at the 2nd set of lights, take a right onto Bright Meadow Boulevard.
The hotel will be on your left.
Holiday Inn Enfield-South Springfield • 1 Bright Meadow Boulevard
Enfield, CT 06082 • Direct Line: 860.741.2211

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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