TALKING THREADS MONMOUTH CHAPTER Founded June 4, 1975 Metropolitan Region Embroiderers’ Guild of America

Editor: Anne Flaherty Rajswasser

Janice Meyers & Bea Bell, Co-Presidents

PRESIDENT’S GAVEL Janice Meyers & Bea Bell Co-Presidents Hi Everyone, Stitching heals the soul. Stitch your troubles away. Stitching fills my day, not to mention the living room, bedroom and closets. Stitching – so many charts and threads, so little time. Any day spent stitching is a good day. The day is not complete until needle, thread and canvas meet. Needlework is our passion, our creative outlet. It is what brings us together – learning new techniques, stitching beautiful designs and creating one-of-akind pieces of art. We are so very fortunate to be able to offer many stitching opportunities for our members – we have three educational meetings each month, various workshops, a weekend retreat and now stitching days. So let’s share this wonderful passion – the art of embroidery. Happy Stitching!

Bea & Janice National’s web address is You can access the members only page as follows: Go to the EGA site and click “Member Log-in” on the right side.

January 2017

Mark Your Calendar January 7 Stitched to Death January 15 Individual Cr ewel Pr ojects January 16 Midnight Star January 19 Annual Pot Luck Lunch & Golden Heart Awards February 4 Let’s Stitch Day February 6 Midnight Star February 12 Individual Cr ewel Pr ojects February 16 Sunflower March 4 Let’s Stitch Day March 6 Midnight Star March 12 Individual Cr ewel Pr ojects March 16 Embr oider y with Mixed Media GCC March 25 Stitched to Death April 3 Red Snow Chr istmas Stocking April 9 Individual Crewel Projects April 20 Stitch Suppor t Day May 1 Santa’s Christmas Tree May 21 Individual Cr ewel Pr ojects May 18 Spir al Chain Br acelet June 5 Chr istmas Cr oss Stitch Or naments June 11 Ice Cr eam Social July 17 Stitch-In August 7 Stitch-In September 14 Smocking Or nament September 18 Finishing Class

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The mission of the Embroiderers’ Guild is to inspire passion for the needle arts through education and the celebration of its heritage.

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COMING ATTRACTIONS JANUARY Sunday, January 15 ***This is the 3rd Sunday.*** Individual crewel projects. Monday, January 16 ***This is the 3rd Monday.*** Midnight Star by GayAnn Rogers Leader: Midge Kilduff Registration: Sorry, closed. Supplies needed: Please see your instruction booklet. If you are not taking the class, please come and stitch. Thursday, January 19 Our annual Pot luck Lunch Painting on silk: Donna Cummins will give a talk about her experience painting on silk Please bring your dish or desert with serving pieces. Each member is responsible to remove their dish at the end of lunch. Chapter will provide plates and utensils.

FEBRUARY Monday, February 6 Midnight Star by GayAnn Rogers Leader: Midge Kilduff If you are not taking the class, please come and stitch. Sunday, February 12 Individual crewel projects. Thursday, February 16 Sunflower by Orna Willis Leader: Ellen Saines Join us for an ongoing class working on Orna’s piece “Sunflower.” If you are not taking a class please sit and stitch with friends. Registration: Sor r y, closed. A reminder to our members who attend the day meetings: Please pick up any needles that may have dropped onto the floor. The church uses the same room for children’s activities and needles on the floor can be dangerous to the children.

MARCH Monday, March 6 Midnight Star by GayAnn Rogers Leader: Midge Kilduff If you are not taking the class, please come and stitch. Sunday, March 12 Individual crewel projects. Thursday, March 16 Embroidery with Mixed Media by Laura Smith Leader: Donna Cummins Donna will be leading our GCC group at the meeting. If you are not taking a class please sit and stitch with friends. Registration: Sor r y, closed.

APRIL Monday, April 3 Finishing the Red Snow Christmas Stocking. We will discuss how to finish the stocking. No registration fee or deadline, no kit fee. Sunday, April 9 Individual crewel projects. Thursday, April 20 STITCH SUPPORT DAY Sunflower, GCC or bring that trouble piece you have been working on or put aside and get support from fellow members. Need an opinion on color, bring the piece!

To register for a program, please contact the following members: Day: Ellen Saines Evening: Debbie Cahill Sunday: Shar on Rosen Please use the coupon on page 10 to register.

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COMING ATTRACTIONS MAY Monday, May 1 Petite Project – Santa’s Christmas Tree designed by Shay Pendray This is a quick stitching Christmas ornament stitched on canvas. Teacher: J anice Meyer s Registration Fee: $2 Registration Deadline: Apr il 3 Kit Fee: $1 (includes instr uctions) Student to supply:  red 18 count canvas 7”x7”  1 skein white Soie D’Alger  1 skein green Marlitt  1 spool Kreinik #4 braid 002 (gold)  2 pr. of 7” stretcher bars  size 22 & 24 Tapestry needles  laying tool; usual stitching supplies; and light and/or magnification if needed. Thread substitutions can be cotton, rayon or silk floss, Neon Rays, Patina. Thursday, May 18 Spiral Chain Bracelet Teacher: Lynn Schamberger Lynn will be teaching us this bracelet. Registration fee: $5 This class is being subsidized by the chapter. Registration Deadline: April 20, 2017 Student will bring following supplies:  #10 short beading needle  Beading mat  Nymo thread  Toggle clasp of other of students preference  1.7 gm 11 Delica Core beads. Seed beads can also be used.  5.25 gm size 11 Delica Wrap beads  Scissors  Pencil/Pen for notes Sunday, May 21 ***Please note, this is the 3rd Sunday.*** Individual crewel projects.

JUNE Monday, June 5 Christmas Cross Stitch Ornaments Students will cross stitch ornaments on perforated paper that will be finished into ornaments at the September 18 meeting taught by Dawn Boisvert from A Sweet Stitch. Students will have the choice of designs by either the Lizzie Kate peppermint designs or the Foxwood Crossings snowmen designs. Each chart comes with three designs of which two will be finished into hanging ornaments. A portion of this class is being paid for by the chapter. Registration Fee: none Registration Deadline: Apr il 3 Kit Fee: $22 Kit Contents: char t, 14-count perforated paper, 2 sled ornaments, pack of Mill Hill beads, stitchery tape, thread, felt backing and finishing instructions. Please note that the chart and perforated paper will be distributed at the June meeting. The rest of the kit includes the supplies needed to finish your ornament and will be brought by Dawn in September. Student to supply – floss to stitch the designs.

Lizzie Kate peppermints designs Foxwood Crossings snowmen designs

Sunday, June 11 Ice Cream Social

JULY & AUGUST Monday, July 17 ***Please note that this is the 3rd Monday.*** Stitch-In Monday, August 7 Stitch-In

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Thursday, September 14 ***Please note change in date.*** Project: Smocking Ornament Teacher: Marie Martinelli Marie will be teaching us about smocking. We will each be making an ornament with smocking. Marie will instruct us on smocking, show how the fabric is pleated & teach the basic stitches. She will also demonstrate how to assemble the ornament. Kit Fee: $9 Registration Fee: $3 Registration Deadline: J une 15 Kit will include:  piece of pleated fabric  2” styrofoam ball  smocking design & instructions  #7 cotton darner  2 colors embroidery floss  2 silver bead caps  2 pearl top pins  Ribbon Student will bring: white sewing thr ead, pins, small scissor, needle threader (if they need one), and normal stitching supplies.

The 2017 National Seminar – Blue Ridge Rendezvous will be held in Asheville, NC from August 16 – 20, 2017. Early registration is now closed but regular registration will open on March 15. Go to the EGA website at for more information.

Monday, September 18 Finishing Class with Dawn Boisvert, A Sweet Stitch Dawn will demonstrate how to finish the Christmas cross stitch ornaments. Registration: Sor r y, closed. Student to supply: 2 stitched or nament designs (do not cut the per for ated paper into the shape of the sled); a small pair of embroidery scissors with a sharp tip; a beading needle; usual stitching supplies; and light and/or magnification if needed.

OUTREACH CHAIR We are in need of an outreach chair. If you are interested in running our outreach projects, or if you have any questions about it, please contact either Bea Bell or Janice Meyers.

The 2018 National Seminar, Diamond Jubilee, will be held October 3 – 7, 2018 in Louisville, KY. “A Little Book of Embroidery Basics” is available for download to all members from the EGA website. The new National Outreach project (includes 4 designs) is available for purchase of $30 with all proceeds supporting research for Alzheimer’s disease and can be ordered through the EGA website.

METROPOLITAN REGION SEMINAR Registration for the 2017 Metropolitan Region Seminar, Stitching Inspirations will close on J anuary 17, 2017. All registrations received during this period will be treated on a first come, first served basis. The Seminar is April 21 – 23, 2017 at The Wyndham Hamilton Park Hotel and Conference Center, Florham Park, NJ. More information, including the registration form, class information and class pictures, is on the Region’s website at Needleworker’s Delight will be the boutique at Seminar. They are accepting pre-orders that can be picked up at Seminar. For contact information, see their ad on page 8.

CHAPTER OPPORTUNITY BASKET AT METROPOLITAN REGION SEMINAR I am now taking contributions for our chapter’s basket at the 2017 Region Seminar in April. For our new members, each chapter in the region brings a basket to Seminar. It is a fundraiser for the chapters as all proceeds from our basket come to us directly. I am asking for new items or monetary donations from our members so I can purchase items for our basket. Any amount will be appreciated. Tickets for chances to all baskets will be available at a later time. Thanking you in advance. Ellen Saines

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METROPOLITAN REGION NEWS The next Metropolitan Region educational event will be classes with Skyllkill Chapter member Ginny Thompson on her favorite technique – Temari! Ginny has been studying the traditional Japanese folk arts of Temari (embroidered thread-wrapped balls) and Yubinuki (thimble rings) for close to 20 years. Ginny was certified as Shihan (Sensei) in 2007 and as Kyoujyu (Master) in 2010. Ginny is generously offering her knowledge to all members of the Metropolitan Region. Ginny will be teaching two introductory Temari classes, both to be held at the Poughkeepsie Courtyard Hotel in Poughkeepsie, NY. On Wednesday, August 23, 2017, Ginny will teach the Japanese art of Yubinuki which is a Japanese thimble ring. Knowledge of this technique will allow the student to be able to adapt the pattern to make a bangle-style bracelet. On Saturday, August 26, 2017, Ginny will teach Japanese Temari which is an ancient Japanese embroidery folk art on thread-wrapped balls. The registration fee for each class will be $60 plus a kit fee. The kit fee for the Yubinuki class is $12 and the kit fee for the Temari class is $20. Registration will be on a first come, first served basis, for all Metropolitan Region members, opening on March 1, 2017 and ending on June 30, 2017. Please direct any questions about these classes to Janice Meyers, Education Chair.

January 2017

CHAPTER NEWS LET’S STITCH DAY Are you finding it difficult to block time to stitch? Is there a project that just needs a bit more stitching to finish? Is there a project that you want to begin? Or do you just like to stitch in the company of your fellow chapter members? Whatever the case may be, join us at our first Let’s Stitch Day! The date is Satur day, February 4, in the large meeting room at the Colts Neck Library. Come for the morning, come for the afternoon or stay all day. We’ll be there from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. There is no cost for attending. Just bring your stitching and lunch. Please let Janice know that you will be attending – by Monday, January 30. A second Let’s Stitch Day is also scheduled for Satur day, March 4, same place, same time. Tell Janice of your attendance by Monday, February 7. In case of inclement weather, we may have to cancel the stitching day. If the forecast looks bad, please contact either Janice or Ellen to find out if the day has been cancelled.

STITCH FEST 2017 Save the Date: Stitch Fest 2017 will be held October 6 – 8 at the Voorhees Hampton Inn. Registration information will be announced in the April newsletter.

WORKSHOPS Kathy Sullivan & Nancy Walsh The Stitched to Death Group met in October and began working on our project. We have reserved the library to meet again on January 7, 2017 and March 25, 2017. We will meet both days from 9-12 at the Colts Neck Library.



Please patronize our advertisers & benefactors. Let them know you are a member of MCEGA.

We are also exploring two more workshops for 2017. The first will be a one day silk ribbon embroidery workshop. We hope to have this workshop in the late Spring. The second workshop we are exploring is a David McCaskill background sampler. This project would take place over a longer time period, learning a few of the stitches at a time. More in formation for this workshops will be coming in the near future.

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MEMBERSHIP Toni Kendrick Please welcome new member Tina Fisher. The Monmouth Chapter EGA Membership Renewal form for 2017-2018 dues can be found on page 7.

OUTREACH Bea Bell Scarves, hats and small lap robes were given once again to a charity in the greater Newark, NJ area; these items were given out on Thanksgiving Day to those with special needs in conjunction with their holiday dinner. Personal care items, 65 in all, were also given to this charity and will be used as items for stocking stuffers for the holiday tree. Thirteen pairs of Knitted Knockers will be given in January. I know that knitting these have not been easy and to all who have knitted them my very special “Thank You.” You all have made my job as Chairperson for this job a pleasure and easy. Thank you one and all.

YOUTH EDUCATION & UFO CHALLENGE Pat Episcopia If you know a group of children interested in learning embroidery, please notify Pat. Keep busy working on your UFO projects. The last day for showing your finished projects at any of our three monthly meetings is March 16, 2017.

EDUCATION Donna Cummins The 2016 GCC will be Embroidery with Mixed Media by Laura Smith. Through participation in this GCC, we will learn to work with soluble fabric, DuPont ™Tyvek®, Angelina® fibers and film, and acrylic gel media.

January 2017

SPREADING SUNSHINE Carolyn Stumpf Sympathy cards were sent to Helen Schmitt on the loss of her sister, Ann Marie Reilly on the loss of her mother, and to the family of MCEGA member BJ Carola. Get well wishes were sent to Ada Dougherty after her recent surgery, and to Linda Whitver, who is recuperating from a broken leg. Congratulations were sent to Pat Arpin on the birth of her granddaughter and to Ada Dougherty on becoming a great-grandmother. If you know someone in need of Sunshine, please contact Carolyn Stumpf.

OPPORTUNITY BASKETS Marie Martinelli Congratulatlions to the lucky winners of Opportunity Baskets:

October: Estelle Model, Dee Longo, Sue Hedrick November: Midge Kilduff, Janice Meyers, Marilyn Prado Many thanks to all chapter members who support this fund raising effort! Special thanks to Toni Kendrick for selling the tickets in my absence!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Sue Dargenio Lynn Hawtin Debbie Cahill Katy Madsen Aldia "Dee" Longo Marge Kelly Margaret Powell Pat Arpin

1/8 1/9 1/30 1/31 2/2 2/9 2/9 2/10

Carol Kempner Lata Ghaghada Maria Martinelli Donna Cummins Carol Stewart Mary Arena

2/18 3/10 3/11 3/21 3/27 3/28

If you’d like to see your birthday listed, please send the month and day to Anne Flaherty Rajswasser.

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Monmouth Chapter EGA Membership Renewal Form for 2017-2018 Dues Name____________________________________________________________ If there is any change in your contact information, please let us know on the back of this form. The chapter is subsidizing your dues by $3 if paid by March 31st. After April 1st, add $3 to the amounts below:    

$52 for primary members of MCEGA $10 for Plural members in Region $13 for Plural members out of Region $13 for Life members ________________check Send to Toni Kendrick. Checks made out to MCEGA.

ALL MEMBERS, PLEASE NOTE: Nimble Needle will be moving to 45 South Centre Street, Merchantville, NJ, 08109 in early 2017. Call Karen first before going. Please see her ad on page 9 for her phone number.


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OUR OFFICERS FOR 2017 Co-President, Region Rep

Janice Meyers


Bea Bell

CO-VP, Worshops

Kathy Sullivan

CO-VP, Workshops

Nancy Walsh

VP, Programs

Ellen Saines


Sue Hedrick

Corr. Sec.

Carolyn Stumpf Dee Longo

Rec. Sec. Education

Donna Cummins


Debbie Cahill

Historian Membership

Ada Dougherty Toni Kendrick

Newsletter & Website

Anne Flaherty Rajswasser

Opportunity Baskets

Marie Martinelli

Outreach Parliamentarian

Helen Schauer


Lata Ghaghada

Show & Tell Sunday

Carol Kempner Sharon Rosen

Youth Education

Pat Episcopia

If you forget your name tag, please remember to feed the kitty 50¢. New members are reminded to make their name tags. If you need help, please ask!

January 2017

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Please make checks payable to MCEGA and send to: Nancy Walsh

Please make checks payable to MCEGA and send to:

Workshop Name_______________________________ Teacher______________________________________

For Day programs: Ellen Saines For Sunday programs: Sharon Rosen For Evening programs: Debbie Cahill

Date of Program_______________________________ Registration or Other Fee________________________

Program Name_________________________________

Kit Fee______________________________________

Date of Program________________________________

Color Choice (if any)___________________________

Registration or Other Fee_________________________

Thread Choice (if any) __________________________

Kit Fee________________________________________

Canvas/Fabric Count desired (if any)_______________

Choice of color if offered_________________________

Your Name___________________________________

Your Name____________________________________

Your Email___________________________________

Your Email____________________________________

Your Phone #_________________________________

Your Phone #__________________________________

Will you be an angel for this class? ________________

Will you be an angel for this class? _________________

Just a reminder: All checks to the chapter should be payable to MCEGA. Please submit individual checks for each activity and submit to the person indicated. Thank you!

GOLDEN HEART AWARD Outreach Name: ___________________________ Date Outreach Handed In: ___________________ Your Name: _______________________________ Your Email: _______________________________ Your Phone #: ______________________________ Please return this form by December 31, 2017.

Monmouth Chapter EGA Membership Form

Name______________________________________ Address_____________________________________ Phone # ____________________________________ E-Mail _____________________________________ Birthday____________________________________ Are you a member in another EGA chapter?________ Send to Toni Kendrick.

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MONMOUTH CHAPTER Embroiderers’ Guild of America Anne Flaherty Rajswasser

Dated Material

Listen to WJLK, 94.3 FM for Day & Evening meeting cancellations due to bad weather. If Colts Neck schools are closed, our meeting is canceled. This newsletter is published four times a year: January, April, August and October. All EGA Chapters are granted permission to reprint original material in this newsletter with proper credit given to the author and MCEGA. Any copyrighted material will be so indicated and written permission to reprint must be sought from and granted by the author or artist. New Member Dues Dues for new members will be prorated based on the quarter in which they join. The amounts are as follows: April 1st - June 30th: $55.00 July 1st - Sept 30th: $41.25 Oct 1st - Dec. 31st : $27.50 Jan 1st - Mar 30th: $13.75

The Monmouth Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America, Inc is an organization interested in and dedicated to teaching, sharing, and promoting the skills of needlework. We welcome all interested parties to join us, from beginner to advanced. Our day meeting meets September-November & January May, from 10 am to 2 pm, on the third Thursday of the month at the Colts Neck Community Church, 25 Merchants Way (off Rte 34, Colts Neck). For information call: Janice Meyers Our evening meeting meets September-November and January-June, from 7 pm to 9 pm, on the first Monday of the month, at the Colts Neck Library, Colts Neck. For information call: Debbie Cahill Our Sunday meeting meets September—June, the 2nd Sunday of the month except for October & May when we meet the 3rd Sunday from 1 to 4. Meetings are held at the De Hart Community Center, 120 Burnett Avenue, Maplewood, NJ. For information call: Sharon Rosen

Members can attend all monthly meetings.

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