Holiday Party and Ornament Exchange
Finishing instructions for the TRSG Christmas Ornament
Presentation by Kathy Andrews, The Unbroken Thread
TRSG Christmas Ornament reveal and MAGIC follow up
Cissy Baily Smith, Gentle Pursuits Designs, will present a program on Scottish Samplers.
Are you ready to become an expert on Scottish Sampler Identification? Join Cissy Bailey Smith of Gentle Pursuit Designs to learn a bit about Scottish history and female education in Scotland, the materials used in sampler making in the 1750-1850 time period, and key Scottish Sampler identification clues. We will play a Scottish Name Game and will look at several of Cissy’s Scottish Samplers in Keynote. She will share some stories from the lives of her sampler makers as time allows and will be glad to take questions at the end of the presentation.
March’s program will be a lecture on “Styles of Quaker Samplers in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware”. Cynthia Shank Steinhoff will discuss styles and show examples of each. Cynthia is a co-author of the book, Delaware Discoveries; Girlhood Embroidery 1750 to 1850.
In February, we will have a lecture by Dawn Cook Ronningen (Collector With A Needle on Facebook and Instagram) on Pin balls from her collection from 1790 to present; mainly all antique examples. Dawn also has a book out, Antique American Needlework Tools.
January’s program is our 2021 MAGIC follow up. The program will consist of a slideshow of all your finishes and we will have a drawing for some great prizes for those of us with completed commitments. We will also discuss 2022 MAGIC commitments.
It will be a great night to share our surprises as we unwrap and show off our Holiday ornaments that have been exchanged with other guild members! Hopefully everyone participating in the Ornament Exchange got their ornaments mailed off in plenty of time because it’s now time for the unveiling! Remember – when your package arrives you can take the mailing wrapper off but do not open the inside paper until it’s your turn at our party!
The November program will be presented by Debra B. on instructions for finishing the 2021 TRSG Holiday Ornament. Bring your stitched piece and she will guide you through the finishing steps for this little TRSG biscornu.
The program for our October meeting will be the 2021 TRSG Holiday Ornament. Debra B. will be giving us stitching instructions and showing the finished project. The chart and instructions will be sent to everyone by email the first week of October. Use your own stash to make this sweet little ornament! Stitch count is 50 x 50 so a couple of 6 inch squares of linen should be plenty of fabric. Also be sure to sign up with the Programs Chair to participate in the 2021 ornament exchange for the December meeting.
Our program for September 7th will presented by Debra B. The topic is a tutorial on finishing a drum. This tutorial will teach you the math involved in getting your drum finished with precision as well as different options for stuffing the drum to keep a cylindrical shape.
Our regular meetings resume on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 7 p.m. CDT. You won’t want to miss our August program! Theresa Venette, the designer behind Shakespeare’s Peddler and is KittenStitcher on Floss Tube, will be joining us via the magic of Zoom to give us a talk on purchasing antique samplers. Theresa has purchased and reproduced many beautiful samplers and will share her knowledge with us. It’s going to be a great talk, so be there or be square!
We are not going to have a formal meeting with a program for the month of July. Traditionally we take off the month of July since it typically falls too close to the 4th of July holiday here in the United States. However, we are going to have a “Stitch-In” on Saturday, July 10th from 11:00 a.m. CDT for any and all that want to hang out together and stitch! The Zoom link will go out the day before via email. Join in and spend some time chatting, stitching and getting to know each other a little better! We will be back on schedule for August.
It’s never too early to think about Christmas! June’s program will be a walk down memory lane as we take a look at past ornaments designed by members for the Guild. It’s also the deadline to submit your entry for the 2021 Tudor Rose Christmas Ornament Design Contest, so keep those creative juices flowing.
Carrie N., a member of Tudor Rose Sampler Guild, will present a program on whitework embroidery technique. Whitework embroidery refers to any embroidery technique in which the stitching is the same color as the foundation fabric (traditionally white linen). The term “whitework” encompasses a wide variety of specific forms of embroidery and can refer to freestyle, counted thread, and canvas work techniques. Whitework can also be divided into two categories, open and closed, depending on whether the threads are cut.
As a follow up to the excellent lecture on Bristol Samplers by Shelly M. at last month’s meeting, Laurie B. is sharing a wonderful scissor fob featuring motifs inspired by the Bristol Samplers. Laurie will instruct us in the stitching and finishing of our own fob. The pattern, photos and finishing instructions will be emailed to all members before the meeting.
On March 2, 2021 at 7 P.M. CDT Tudor Rose Sampler Guild will feature Shelly M. giving a very interesting talk about the history of the Bristol Orphanages and the samplers they created. The original Bristol Orphanage was opened by George and Mary Mueller in 1836 in Bristol, England. We will get to see several samplers from the collection of Claudia Dutcher Kistler.
February’s meeting will feature Dianne S. giving a presentation about the Bacton Altar Cloth which is a 16th century embroidery piece that has a very interesting connection to everyone’s favorite Tudor Queen, Elizabeth I.
Also, we will be announcing a very fun surprise that you won’t want to miss!
Our January program will be our 2020 MAGIC (My Annual Good Intentions Contract) Reveal to see how participants did with their goals and to bestow some prized. Members will also be choosing their 2021 projects to focus on finishing. MAGIC is a year-long challenge the guild offers to motivate members to look at some of their oldest WIPs and to commit to finish them in the coming year. In January, members select one or more projects that they are committing to finish by the end of the year. While they don’t have to be your oldest WIPs, the spirit of the challenge is to choose a piece or pieces that have been languishing in your WIP pile or that you need some extra motivation to work on. Your “contract” is filled out and provided to the Program Chair at the January meeting. We typically have a progress check-in at the June meeting and then at the following January meeting we have our MAGIC Reveal where members that chose to participate can share how they did on their challenge pieces and prizes are awarded.