2024 Programs

August 6, 2024

a beaded scissor fob featuring a Tudor rose on a black background with gold beaded edges

Cyndi S. of TRSG
Project – Tudor Rose Beaded Scissor Fob

Cyndi S., TRSG Stitcher Extraordinaire, is working on a lovely Tudor Rose based beaded scissor fob project. The picture shown is a work in progress. The background will be black and be shaped like a banner. The outer edge all around will be gold beads like the ones in the center of the rose which will really make it pop.  What a fun project and opportunity to potentially learn something new!

Kits available through June 30th. This will include all supplies to make the fob, directions, and pattern.

September 3, 2024

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Sylvia Stecker of Running With Needles & Scissors
Project – TRSG Button Ensemble

Sylvia is a TRSG member and dipped her toes in the cross-stitch designer world in late 2022 and debuted at Market in March 2023. She’s never looked back. Her ‘Beloved’ is a stunner!

Our project will be one of her button ensembles with TRSG and a Tudor Rose emblem, similar to the picture shown below. How special and unique this will be just for our wonderful TRSG guild. Stay tuned for ordering information as this meeting gets closer.

There will also be a MAGIC update so members participating can show their progress. Looking forward to seeing lots of beautiful stitches!

Stitch Buttons

October 1, 2024

Shelly M Crowned Bird Accessories Plum Street

Topic – Share Your Best Stitching Secrets

We all have different ways of doing things and different stitching techniques. This meeting will be dedicated to sharing tips & tricks you’ve learned along the way. Come prepared to share your secrets!

You don’t know what you don’t know!

November 5, 2024

Cissy Bailey Smith 2
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Reverse of 2024 Ornament
Needlebook and Fob
Other side of Fob with Needlebook

Cissy Baily Smith with Gentle Pursuit Designs
Project – 2024 TRSG Holiday Ornament

Cissy has designed the TRSG 2024 Holiday ornament. Cissy always has amazing pieces and our ornament is no exception.

This unusual design, produced especially for the Tudor Rose Sampler Guild, features cross stitch, Florentine stitch, and Nun stitch, as well as two different types of silk. The ornament is triangular and self-lined with a trap door on the back that allows the ornament to double as a scissor keeper.

Members can order a kit from the TRSG website that Cissy will send in time of the program in November.

The kit includes all the threads, linen, and instructions needed to stitch and finish the ornament. Check your email for the announcement with information and a link to the order form.

Cissy will review the instructions in detail, as well as give tips and tricks, at the November meeting.

Front of 2024 Ornament

December 3, 2024

Debra S: Let it Snow by Whilst Iris Naps

Topic – 2024 Holiday Ornament Exchange

Each year members sign up to stitch and finish a holiday ornament for a secret someone. During this meeting each ornament will be shown along with the reveal of their secret stitcher. This is a really fun evening even if you choose not to participate in the exchange. You will go away being enabled!

July 2024

Susan T Willing Hands BBD

There will be no meeting in July as many people enjoy their vacations and are traveling.

June 4, 2024

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Lapin Loops Logo

Becky Noland with Lucy Beam and Megan Shepherd with Lapin Loops

Discussion on how they got started in the business.

Come join us for a fun evening to listen to a mother/daughter duo and how their lives landed them in the needlework and linen community. Becky, the mom, has really fun designs and has quite the following. It will be fun to learn why she named her company Lucy Beam and the influence of her family. Maegan, Becky’s daughter, with Lapin Loops creates beautifully dyed fabrics to die for (no pun intended). She started out in a bit of a different focus and then determined this was her thing.

You won’t want to miss this! Come prepared with questions for them.

There will also be a MAGIC update so members participating can show their progress. Looking forward to seeing lots of beautiful stitches!

May 7, 2024

Dawn Cook Ronningen 2

Dawn Cook Ronningen with Collector with a Needle
Project –  Ladies Waist Pockets

Lecture Description (PowerPoint):  Learn the history of lady’s waist pockets from the 18th and 19th centuries.  See examples from Dawn’s private collection up close as we discuss many details that help make these rare examples special.  Examples include pieced and embroidered examples made from silk, linen and cotton.   The lecture is about 45 minutes long with 10-15 minutes allowed for questions and discussion.

Exclusive Guild Project Description:  Mary Ann Bickerton’s Tudor Rose Pocket – the perfect size for your workbasket or to display with some antique needlework tools.  The full color exclusive chart (.pdf download), includes finishing instructions.  Designed for 36 Count linen with thread key for silk or DMC to be worked from stash.  The chart will be available for order by members on the TRSG website by March 17th. It will be emailed to purchasers in early April 2024. An optional finishing kit will be available for pre-order directly from Dawn’s Etsy site. 

At some point later in the year (after the lecture), we will review the finishing steps as a group.

Tudor Rose Pocket Promo 1 scaled

April 2, 2024

Relics Tudor Rose

Christy Baty and Erin Moody of Relics in Situ
Topic – Legend of the Tudor Rose

Roses show up in embroidery all the time, and many will recognize a double-petalled rose as a “Tudor Rose.” But what is a Tudor Rose and where did it come from? How are they depicted in needlework and how to are they different from a regular rose. This lecture will explore the sometimes violent history that was the origin of this flower, and the importance of this image in English iconography and embroidery.

An optional kit will be discussed during the presentation. This kit, sold separately after the April meeting for $52, is a recreation of a Tudor Rose applique canvas-work artifact from the 17th century.  The original is 2 ½” by 2 ½” was worked in a variety of flat polychrome silks.  Though the front of the original is faded and soiled, we are able to view the back of the piece to match colors to the original brightness.  As was done in period, this is not a charted piece — it comes with step-by-step instructions on how to stitch the original design. The kit contains linen ground cloth, needle, Au Ver A Soie flat silks in 9 colors, a pattern to transfer to the cloth, and detailed instructions.

March 5, 2024

Robin Shappell

Robin Shappell of Samplerbird
Topic – Tomato Scissor Fob

Robin will be teaching us how to make her adorable tomato scissor fob.

Robin is a fellow TRSG member! During our time with Robin she will show us how to create her fun tomato scissor fob. Just after the February 2024 meeting Robin will open up her Etsy shop and offer the guild a 10% discount to her lovelies on her site. She has indicated there will be some new things to add to add to your collection! She is playing with the idea of offering another tomato piece that will coordinate with the tomato fob.  Thank you, Robin! A supply list and information about ordering the optional kit, including a discount code, were sent to all members via email at the end of the February meeting. Orders can also be placed for a few days after the program.


February 6, 2024

Claudia Dutcher Kistler

Claudia Dutcher Kistler of Dutch Treat Designs
Topic – Sudbury Hall School for Girls

Claudia Dutcher Kistler with Dutch Treat Designs will be presenting her research on Sudbury Hall School for Girls samplers.

Sudbury Hall School for girls, located near London where Wembley Stadium is today, was founded to “provide a home and industrial training for homeless and destitute girls, who would otherwise be in danger of becoming criminals”. These girls produced some uniquely distinctive samplers featuring designs often seen in Victorian punched paper bookmarks [1860 – 1885]. You don’t often see designs intended to be worked on perforated paper included in a fabric sampler. Join Claudia as she shares with you the samplers from Sudbury Hall School, the stories of the girls who stitched them, a little history about the school, and how these designs tie in with perforated paper needlework.

Sudbury Hall

January 2024

The January program will be MAGIC 2023 finishes revealed and prizes.

MAGIC 2023

2023 Programs

December 2023

December will be our annual holiday party and ornament exchange.

Roberta L Sugar Spice

November 2023


Our November program will be the finishing on the perforated paper ornament presented in October by NeedleWorkPress.

Members should have their kits in time to at least finish the Tudor Rose ornament in their kit.

October 2023

In October, we will welcome Vickie LoPiccolo Jennett and Maegan Jennett of NeedleWork Press to present the guild’s annual Christmas ornament. This year’s ornament will be stitched on perforated paper and finished with a felt backing.

Members can purchase kits for the ornament until October 10, 2023.

2023 Holiday Ornament

September 2023

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Our September program will be a MAGIC progress update and Shelly M. will present her deconstructed Sampler on a Spool.

August 2023

In August, Cissy Bailey Smith of Gentle Pursuit Designs will lecture on Samplers from her Collection, Part 2.

Cissy Bailey Smith

July 2023

Debra S: Strawberry Faire by October House Fiber Arts

In July we will not meet.

June 2023

The June program will be a chat with Beth and Rebecca of My Sister’s Samplers and Sylvia of Running with Needles and Scissors. We will also have a progress update on our MAGIC projects.

June Program

May 2023 Quaker Hornbook Stitchalong

Quaker Hornbook Ellen Chester

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 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.


April 2023

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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.

March 2023

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.

March Program

February 2023


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 2023

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.

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