Of Interest:

Sea Silk: 
Poking around on the Internet, I came across an article written by Andrea Pasqualit for in the BBC News Magazine's email newsletter about Sea Silk.  We are used to silk that comes from silkworm cocoons, but sea silk, called byssus, comes from a clam called a noble pen! The article tells the reader about Chiara Vigo, a Sardinian who may be the only person left who knows how to harvest it and spin it.  Basically the silk is made from clam saliva, and these clams are a protected species.  According to Paquali's article, the fiber produced is very lightweight, and the article states that is shines when exposed to sunlight if it has been treated with lemon juice and spices.
      There is a wonderful ethic to this silk; it is not something for sale.  The emphasis is on maintaining the art.   
     Do go read this article.  It was quite a surprise, and there are some gorgeous photos: ​http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33691781 .
    Also, if you Google "sea silk" and "byssus", a few other sites come up:
http://www.gonomad.com/3046-weaving-the-silk-of-the-sea-in-sardinia  has an article by Angela Corrias which also introduces you to Ms. Vigo and byssus.  Corrias highlights that there is a wonderful ethic to this silk; it is not something for sale.  The emphasis is on maintaining the art.  Byssus belongs to everybody, not for personal gain.
    (Note: just searching on "sea silk" brings up silks with that title, but it is not talking about byssus.)

    
Angela's Of Interest: 

Ever need an idea for a small project to take on a trip? Need to clear out random remnants of fabric or threads? Want to practice a more complicated stitch on something that isn't important? Need something simple for teaching children? Here is a website with dozens of needle point patterns in several themes. Take a look

 

EGA's Permanent Collection Database:

Have you checked out the Permanent Collection page of the EGA website lately? A link to the online collection database was recently added there that allows you to search for specfic items or artists or just browse.  There are currently about 850 items presented, with more to be added in the coming months.

Designers Across America Projects and Subscription Available:

wild roses bracelet

Designers Across America projects and subscriptions are now available for purchase online. Laura Smith is the featured artist in the September issue of Needle Arts and she has made available to EGA members her beautiful free-machine embroidery design Wild Roses Bracelet. Laura presents several colorways for the bracelet and has an optional kit available for purchase directly from her (ordering instructions are included with the project.) The cost of the instructions is $7, postage included. EGA members may also sign up for a subscription and receive this project plus the next three projects in the Designers Across America series automatically as they become available for $25 (a 10% savings.) Click to order yours today!

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Complex: The Art in Mixed Media - Call for Entries:

The Embroiderers' Guild of America is seeking work for an international exhibition of contemporary embroidery that features mixed media as its main theme. The exhibit will be on display at EGA National Headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky from February 3 - July 15, 2016.

All members of the EGA, the American Needlepoint Guild, the Embroiderers Association of Canada, the Embroiderers' Guild UK, the Association of New Zealand Embroiderers' Guilds, the Australia Embroiderers' Guilds, and the Cape Embroiderers' Guild of South Africa are invited to enter. Guest jurors/curators are Shirley Kay Wolfersperger, Carole Rinard, and Ann Erdmann.

More details on the theme and submission requirements are in the call for entries. Click here to view!

 

Italian Needlework Treasures Available on Video:

The presentation by Vima deMarchi Micheli on Italian Needlework Treasures, filmed at the EGA National Seminar in Phoenix, is finally available on DVD!  Vima is an internationally known needleworker - in addition to her teaching and designing she has published over 25 books.  She also regularly takes groups to Italy to study Italian embroidery and lace making.

In addition to Vima’s presentation, there is a 15 minute segment of demonstration by Italian Lace embroiderers from Assisi.  This video would make a fabulous Chapter program running in total just over 90 minutes.

You can view the program on the Videos & Lectures page of the EGA website.  If you would like a DVD copy fo the program, please contact headquarters and one will be mailed to you.  This project was funded in whole through a bequest from the Gay Montague Phillips estate.

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