Monday, November 26, 2018

Chapter Christmas Party

Don't forget the chapter's Christmas Party, Thursday, December 13, 11-2 at Cleo's House. Contact the chapter if you need additional information, or can volunteer to bring food:

Monday, October 29, 2018

January Class: Lettering for Surface Embroidery

January 29, 2019
10 am - 4 pm

Canby Robertson will present her class Lettering for Surface Embroidery: Personalizing your non-counted embroideries.

Class location to be determined. Cost will be between $50-$75 depending on final attendance.

The class is open to all, regardless of chapter affiliation. Interested? Contact

Class Description:
This is not a monogram class. This class is for all students who wish to add a name or quote to their beautifully stitched surface embroideries but who have been frustrated by their inability to stitch professional looking lettering. Many patterns for lettering in counted techniques are available to the stitcher but surface embroiderers have fewer options.

The material presented in this class will provide students with a method to use existing commonly available alphabets to personalize hand embroideries in a professional way. For a student with calligraphy experience, the same process can be used to transfer their own calligraphic lettering to fabric. Using a “cut and paste” method to arrange a personal sample of lettering on tracing paper, students will transfer the tracing to a piece of fabric. We will complete the class by discussing shading and stitch choices appropriate for the finished product. Sourcing other unusual non-copyright alphabets not used in class will be discussed. The teacher will display finished examples of embroideries where this method of lettering has been used in different ways and with different fibers to encourage students to “think outside of the box.”

Some suggestions for using the information offered in this class might include personalizing an embroidery for a new baby, commemorating a wedding with embroidery, adding a name to a crazy quilt block, making a nametag. We are only limited by our imaginations! 

Students will leave this class with a small, personalized example of embroidered lettering that could be used to make a nametag or added to a crazy quilt block.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Fall Quarterly

The Fall Quarterly will be held on Wednesday, October 17, at the Hawkes Center at Winterthur. (Turn right at the pond, sharp left at the stop sign.)

Following the meeting (don't forget your show and tell items!) we will go to the gallery where Linda Eaton will give us a brief overview of the new needlework exhibition:

Embroidery: The Thread of History

October 5, 2018–January 6, 2019
History can be defined as a series of events that are remembered and preserved through time. This exhibition explores the use of embroidery as historical documents that can deepen our understanding of women’s lives. It considers how needlework has been used to remember the past, document the present, and look forward to the future.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Summer Report

Chapter members are surely enjoying their summer, and travel.

The Christmas in July program schedule for August 7 has been canceled. Everyone's out of town! Materials for the items will be available at the October quarterly.

A small group of members spent time with the EGA Study Box on Florentine stitch and Bargello work.

Members also brought some of their own bargello work to display.

Community Service: Watch for sewing dates to put together Mother's Helper cloth bags that will be given to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington. These cloth bags will be distributed to the mothers of premature babies who need to use breast pumps to collect milk for their tiny babies. Several stitching dates will be scheduled later this summer and early fall.

 And there were wonderful show and tell items.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

July Quarterly

On Wednesday, July 18, we will have the opportunity to explore an EGA Study Box on Bargello/Florentine Stitch. There are hundreds of examples of the designs and colors which can be used with the stitching technique. Come and enjoy, and get new ideas!

Our business meeting will be held at 10 am, followed by the opportunity to explore the Study Box.

Meeting is a Kendal at Longwood in the Auditorium. (Directions are under the Location tab)

Friday, March 16, 2018

Wilmington Art Loop

Come see the beautiful handwork of our members at the Wilmington Art Loop
April 6, 2018
St. Stephen's Lutheran Church
1301 N Broom St
Wilmington, 19802

5-8 pm

Thursday, March 1, 2018

April Quarterly, April 18

Our next quarterly gathering will be Wednesday, April 18, at Kendal at Longwood.

The meeting will begin at 10 am. Bring your finished items for show and tell. We love to see what everyone has been working on.

At 11 we will have a presentation by Sheryl DeJong on Mourning Embroideries.

George Washington Mourning Embroidery

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Art Loop, April 6

The Brandywine Chapter of the EGA will participate in the April 6 Wilmington Art Loop. This is a great opportunity for us to show our handwork to a broader public.

If you would like to provide something for the exhibit, please contact Ann.

The event will be held Friday, April 6, at St. Stephen's Lutherarn Church, 1301 N Broom St., Wilmington.

There will be a reception from 5-8 that evening to meet the needleworkers.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Show and Tell at the Winter Quarterly

A snowstorm delayed the first quarterly of the year until February 6.

We were treated to a presentation by Candance Perry, Curator of Collections of the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center. She talked about Berlin Work and its similarities to other developing designs of the times.

We also enjoyed a great show-and-tell of finished projects.

Karen Schuler, Ann Warner, Melissa Levy, Judy Herdeg (in absentia), and Sue Scofield were installed as the 2018 officers.

Sue Scofield, Karen Schuler, Ann Warner, Melisa Levy

Friday, February 2, 2018

Quarterly Meeting, February 6

We will hold our rescheduled Quarterly meeting on
Tuesday, February 6.
Kendal at Longwood

There will be a brief business meeting, including a show-and-tell of finished projects. Bring your items to share!

The presentation will by Candace Perry, Curator of Collections at the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center in Pennsburg, PA. She will share information with us about woolen embroideries.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Meeting cancelled

January 17
Today's meeting has been cancelled. We'll let you know about a new date! Stay safe.

Monday, January 1, 2018

January Quarterly

Join us on January 17, 10 am, for our first quarterly meeting of the year.

There will be a brief business meeting, including a show-and-tell of finished projects. Bring your items to share!

The presentation will by Candace Perry, Curator of Collections at the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center in Pennsburg, PA. She will share information with us about woolen embroideries.