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.
Our December 1st Christmas Party Meeting was so much fun, it started off with our annual Ornament Exchange and finished off with our Greatest Extravaganza Finale Great Reveal! What a way to finish out our 20th Tudor Rose Sampler Guild year in 2020! Shelly M. shared with us her very own purchased sampler, (Sarah Ann Banton) pictured to the left of the page, from Nicola of Hands Across the Sea Samplers. Then Michelle L. charted a reproduction of Sarah’s sampler, along with an adaptation (pictured on the right). The charts are exclusive to 2020 members through the end of the year, and will not be offered again until December 2021. It was truly a wonderful gift from our guild.
For our November meeting, Cyndi S. walked us through the finishing of our annual holiday ornament “Corona Holiday”.
This meeting was great fun and this month’s “Great Reveal” was a newly designed 2020 Anniversary Name Tag designed by our own member Cyndi S. The nametag was designed so that members can use their Tudor Rose pin at the top.
The model was stitched on 40ct and measures approximately 4 1/4″ x 2 1/2″. The design size is 80w x 46h. Cyndi charted the nametag in Anchor, but Shelly M. provided a conversion to DMC and to Gloriana silks.
- Anchor 20 / DMC 816
- Anchor 218 / DMC 319
- Anchor 308 / DMC 782
- Anchor 1 / DMC 5200 or blanc
- Anchor 400 / DMC 317
- ANC 20 = Gloriana Schoolhouse Red #162
- ANC 218 = Gloriana Elizabethan Green #117
- ANC 308 = Gloriana Italian Gold #236
- ANC 1 = Options: Gloriana Fresh Snow #102: Gloriana Winter White #190, Gloriana Jersey Shore #224
- ANC 400 = Gloriana Charcoal #001
In September, Cyndi S. presented our 2020 ornament “Corona Holiday” she designed. The finishing will be discussed during the November meeting so we can all have ours finished in time for Christmas!
Beth Twist of Heartstring Samplery joined us in August and we had a great meeting learning techniques to finish our June’s great reveal, The Tudor Rose Biscornu.
The guild typically doesn’t meet in July, but since we missed our April meeting and since most everyone is at home still, we decided a July meeting is the way to go. Our program for July was a smalls exchange of Be Well & Stitch patterns. Participants mailed out their exchange before the meeting and it was great fun watching everyone open their packages. Plus we had two designers visiting us. Thank you all for joining us!
Now that we have opened our envelopes and have discovered the June meeting’s Great Reveal of Heartstring Samplery’s ‘Tudor Rose Biscornu’.
It is beautiful! Thank you, Beth, for the exclusive design, and thank you Vicki for sharing your finished Biscornu with us.
The discovery of this month’s surprise gift from designer, Linda Stolz of Erica Michaels, was the cutest strawberry design titled, Nancy’s Tudor Rose Berry! I can hardly wait to stitch it up! Everyone gets to pick out their own linen or silk. Vicki N. who stitched the example below used 40 count Platinum. Thank you so much Linda Stolz of Erica Michaels for designing the Strawberry in celebration of our 20th Anniversary! We love it!
Since we are unable to go to our usual meeting place, the Zoom meetings have certainly been a great way to reach out to our far away members as well as all of us who are staying home due to the COVID-19. We had 45 members attend the May Zoom Meeting!
Due to the CoVid19 / Coronavirus stay at home order – the April TRSG meeting was cancelled. Even though the April Meeting was cancelled, on Saturday, April 25th we were fortunate enough to still get to meet Helen McCook virtually with lots of participation and interest.
Tudor Rose Sampler Guild would like to thank Helen McCook. We enjoyed her lecture on “Sampler Motifs As They Migrate Across Geography and Time”. Helen is a published author and teaches for the Royal School of Needlework.
We had a good meeting and gave out our second anniversary surprise which was the Tudor Swan, also designed by The Blue Flower, and threads to stitch it. Thank you so much Jeannine for the beautiful samplers.
The Great Reveal was had by all in our February meeting! Members were gifted with an exclusive design of the Tudor Bee by The Blue Flower, with a thread pack to boot. It was great fun!
Our 2019 MAGIC (My Annual Good Intentions Contract) Reveal and 2020 Sign up – 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 given 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.