May 2023 Quaker Hornbook Stitchalong
Beginning the first week of May 2023, we will be doing a stitchalong of Ellen Chester‘s Quaker Hornbook. Kits include the wooden hornbook, charts for two design options, and detailed assembly instructions. Our SAL will take place on Zoom twice a month and member Cyndi S. will lead us through a finishing session at the end.
Cutoff date to purchase kits is March 15, 2023.
May’s program will be Katie Strachan giving a talk on varying levels of relief in surface embroidery. She uses three of her embroidered boxes worked in techniques from low to high relief to illustrate the various effects you can get. There is even a Tudor Rose inside one of them.
In April Lynne Anderson, Director of the Sampler Archive Project, will give a lecture titled “Dechados”: Mexican Samplers Across Time and Space.
Lynne Anderson will discuss the richly embroidered “dechados” made by girls and young women in Mexico and the evolving role of needlework in early female education. She will highlight motifs unique to Mexican samplers, the sequence of needlework lessons that led to Mexico’s most distinctive schoolgirl embroideries, and the impact of Mexico’s changing social, political, religious, and educational contexts. Embedded in her presentation are the stories of specific Mexican girls who proudly claimed ownership of their work, leaving stitched signatures that reveal identity, geographic location, and even socio-economic status.
Our program for March will be a Tudor Rose Darning Needlebook project. Our President, Laurie B., will be talking about darning stitches and walking us through how to stitch and finish this beautiful piece.
Our February program will be a lecture from Cynthia Steinhoff on the topic of ‘Cindy’s Pandemic Sampler Discoveries’. Through the 2+ years of the Covid pandemic many wonderful samplers entered the marketplace. Cindy will discuss additions she made to her collection during this time and the steps that she takes to decide to buy a particular sampler – or not.
January’s program is our 2022 MAGIC reveal. The program will consist of a slideshow of all our finishes and we will have a drawing for some great prizes for those of with completed commitments. We will also discuss 2023 MAGIC sign ups.
December’s program will be our annual holiday party and ornament exchange.
In November, we will walk through the finishing instructions for the 2022 TRSG Christmas Ornament.
Our October program will be a presentation by Kathy Andrews of The Unbroken Thread. Kathy will give a lecture on “The Unbroken Thread Sampler Collection: The Samplers and Their Makers”. We will look at samplers dating from 1630 to 1876. They come from England, Germany, The Netherlands and Wales.
The September program will be the reveal of our 2022 TRSG Christmas Ornament designed by Kim L. and finished by Laurie B. We will also have our second MAGIC check-in to see how everyone is progressing on their projects.
Cissy Baily Smith, Gentle Pursuit 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.
We will not have our regular meeting in July, but will have a stitch-in for local members on the 16th.
In June, Vicki LoPiccolo Jennett from NeedleWorkPress will present a lecture on samplers, including a focus on pieces stitched on perforated paper.
Our May Program is MAGIC (My Annual Good Intentions Contract) progress follow up. January saw a good amount of our members take on the challenge of committing to work on old projects and get them completed or fully finished, here is your chance to show off!
April’s program is a talk from Robert H., (a_gentlemans_samplings on IG and FB), a long time member of TRSG and an amazing sampler stitcher. Robert will talk about how he got started stitching and a look at the evolution of his stitching over the years.
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.