National, Region, and Chapter News:

CHAPTER NEWS:

Membership:

This report is about Membership Renewal.  Before you jump over and renew, please read this entire post because for a few of you, it is important you do not renew until you have contacted Susan, our Treasurer. 
 
Yes, it is that time of year where we need to renew our dues for 2016-2017.  We need to have everything to EGA National by the end of May.  I know that may sound like a long ways away but with our next meeting not until May, it is important that we start the renewal process now.  I will be asking everyone to have their dues paid to me by May 15th.  This is because Susan and I need to get everything together and sent to National before the end of the month.  Even if you joined us in 2015, you will still need to renew your dues because your joining fees only covered you until the end of May. 
 
To pay your dues, please go to our website, www.CyberStitchers.org and find the STORE button in the upper right hand corner.  Then click on “Membership” and then choose the appropriate tab for your situation.  You will then choose RENEWAL and finish your registration.  When you fill out your registration form, you must use the email address that you use within the Yahoo groups OR you may find yourself accidently removed from the yahoo groups come June when I purge the groups.  This happened to a few of you last year because I was unable to match your username with your email address.    Using a username like “ilovekittycats” doesn’t tell me anything if I cannot connect you to who you are.  I do try my best and many times I can figure it out but sometimes there is just no connection.  So I thank you in advance for that.  You can always go into Yahoo and change your username if you need to do that, too.  I cannot do that, but you can.
 
Lastly, 5 members were listed in a post from Susan, our Treasurer as having credit from a previous year that was not used last year.  If you do not claim it this time, it will be considered a donation since notifications were sent out last year as well.  Please email Susan SusanMcAndrew3@gmail.com to learn how much you are owed and how to apply it to your renewal.

 

To all:
You will see additional reminders periodically over the next two months.  So, you don’t need to pay today, but do keep it in mind that this is the time of year to renew your dues!  Also, as we go forward with Group Correspondence Course, Workshops, SAL’s and other great educational opportunities, you will need to be a member to participate. 
 
 
Respectfully submitted,
 
Kathie Morrison
CS Membership Chair

Payments to the Chapter:

Most chapter payments can now be done through our website. You can process payment for your dues, register for your BEEs classes, etc.

ALL payments need to be entered on the website so that we can 'process' it. This is mostly for record-keeping purposes, but it is vital that you follow the proper procedure so we can account for every member for each payment. Payment through the website's shopping cart (or "Store") will generate a receipt for you. 
Online payments go through Paypal.  Remember to include your name and EGA # in the Notes section for PayPal.  Checks should be sent to:
CyberStitchers
c/o Susan McAndrew
39 English Commons
Topsfield, MA 01983
Again, on your check please write your EGA#.  With our large membership it will make life a LOT easier on any of our volunteers that need to handle payments.

Updating information:

A REMINDER:  If your information (name, address, etc) changes it is your responsibility to let us know.  We will be glad to make the change on our paperwork but we need to know about it to do so.  This is important for mailing of booklets, class materials, etc.   You are responsible for letting EGA National know of your changes so that they can make the corrections/updates on the National end (for your magazine, etc).  For EGA National, you can send your information to Tonya Parks at typarks@egausa.org  If you are updating with CyberStitchers, please use this form http://www.cyberstitchers.org/content/change-address
 

Who's Who for Cyberstitchers with links to their CyberStitchers emails:

The Board of Directors for CyberStitchers EGA is made up of three sub-groups.  The Executive Committee, the Standing Committee Chairs, and the Ad Hoc Committee Chairs.  Only the first two of these groups have voting privileges.
The members of the Board are:
President - Meg Welch
Vice President -  Peggy Ledger
Internet VP - Susan Simko
Secretary - Wendi Girard
Treasurer - Susan McAndrew
Membership Chair - Kathie Morrison
Newsletter - Sue Sherburne
Historian - Sue Sherburne
Education Chair - Angela Farrington
Marketing - Lisa Dunn
Outreach Chair - Bonnie Herrmann
Region Representative - Fay Shaw
Special Interest Groups Coordinator - Karen Willett
Doorprize Coordinator - Judy Cain and Mary Sawyer
Chapter Pin Coordinator - Denise P
Nominating Committee Chair - Susan Slesinger

Marketing:

Facebook:
If you don't already know, the chapter has a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cyberstitchers If you are on Facebook and haven't "liked" our page, please do so! Also, please 'share' and 'like' the page's posts on your timelines to spread the information to your friends (and your friends' friends). 

Website Blog:
We like to 'spotlight' our chapter members on the blog, so let me know when you see members teaching at seminars, published in magazines, winning ribbons/award! We are proud of all our members, so let us know what's going on so we can share it with the whole chapter. And don't be too shy to toot your own horn!

Lisa Dunn
Marketing, CyberStitchers Chapter, EGA

Advertising on CyberStitchers website:  

The board is in the process of setting up the ability for people to advertise on our website.  The thinking is that one ad would be up for two weeks.  Most chapters have ads in their newsletters.  In the past CyberStitchers did have ads as part of the newsletter, but it fell by the wayside.  Since the newsletter is part of the website, ads can now be part of the main website. This would provide some extra revenue for the chapter, as well as enable members to find out about needlework supply sources they may not be aware of.  Pricing is being discussed and will be announced shortly.    

Chapter Pins:

Cyberstitchers is lucky to have our own Chapter Pin! You can see a picture of what this pin looks like in the files section of this yahoo group. Just go to the file section and look for "cyberstitchers pin". They really are a fun to wear especially when you are attending the National and Regional EGA Seminars.

These pins are $7.00 and that includes the postage regardless of where we are mailing.

You can pay via www.paypal.com paying cyberstitchers@excite.com. Just be sure to identify "Chapter Pin" somewhere in the payment information. For now, no checks please. Please email me for my mailing address, or just click on my name below. I will need your mailing address. As soon as I see payment, I will get your pin out to you.

Denise P, CyberPins
Chapter Pin volunteer
 

Special Interest Groups:
SIGs are Special Interest Groups and we have a lot of them and more coming all the time. Here are the ones we have at present that you are welcome to join. Feel free to check them out and join the ones that interest you. Remember, they are only as active as the members make them. Talk, visit, stitch but don't just lurk. That is not fun for anyone! PLEASE LEAVE YOUR NAME WHEN YOU ASK TO JOIN as it is easier for all of us to check your membership that way. Searching on email addresses is not always possible and frequently frustrating and often gets members rejected for no reason except "not found in database."

https://groups.yahoo.com/group/Chat4CyberStitchers
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/cs-brag_book
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/CS-Inspirations-SAL/
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/CS_beading/
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/CS_BobbinLace/
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/CS_DesignForum/ (for designers only)
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/CS_Hardanger/
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/CS_History_And_Ethnic_Embroidery/
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/CS_Ornament_A_Month_SAL/
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/CS-Stitch-a-Month/ - will be moving to the website soon
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/cs_ufos/
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/CSgaragesale/
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/CSPetiteProjects/ - will be moving to the website soon
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/Cyberstitchers_Own_Projects/

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me. If I don't have the answer, someone else here probably will. These groups are only as exciting as the members who join them make them. If you don't participate, then you won't enjoy much of the experience. We learn by doing and teaching so ask the questions and do the projects or just collect them for a rainy day when you run out of things to do and we will all have fuller lives.

Karen
SIGs Chair

Sunshine Committee:

Important request! We need members to go to the Members files in the cyberstitchers-ega group and either create or update their profile in the membership directory for the sunshine committee.

REGIONAL NEWS:

The registration form is up online for Share-A-Stitch 2016 in Huntsville. 

The Region Seminar Share-a-Stitch XXXVI is scheduled for June 23-26, 2016 in Huntsville, AL.

 

NATIONAL NEWS:
 

Legacy Scholarship Winners
 
The EGA Scholarship Committee is proud to announce the award of two Legacy Scholarships. Gillian Paige, a Member at Large, will use her award to fund a portion of a study program, United Kingdom: Stitching a Cultural Identity.   Pamala Doffek of the Canopy Oaks Chapter in Tallahassee, FL, Sun Region, will use her award to support the "What's the Point: Embroidery as Art" exhibit in May at the LeMoyne Center for Visual Arts in Tallahassee Florida.   Congratulations!
Stairway to the Stars by Bobbie Pilling
Bobbie Pilling Memorial Award
 
Have you created an original work of embroidery that shows your growth as an embroiderer? A piece in which you pushed yourself "outside the box"? Consider submitting your work for the Bobbie Pilling Memorial Award. The electronic entry deadline is July 1, 2016. The works will be judged and exhibited at the National Seminar in Alexandria in the Fall. 
 
Further information and the entry form can be found on the EGA website here or contacteducation@egausa.org, subject line "Pilling Award"
Do You Smile?
 
Did you know that when you purchase from Amazon.com you can support EGA? Through Amazon's Smile program Amazon will donate 0.5% of qualifying purchases to a charity of your choice - of course, we're suggesting EGA!
 
Go to smile.amazon.com and search for Embroiderers' Guild of America. Select the option in Louisville that is listed as Visual Arts Organizations. Then, when you want to shop, start at smile.amazon.com (go ahead and bookmark it now!) and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to EGA!
 
That's all there is to it!
By the Rio Grande by Laura Smith
Challenge and Challenge with a Twist
 
Laura Smith, an embroidery innovator and nationally known designer and teacher is the Challenge and Challenge with a Twist consultant for 2016. Her theme is "Stitching in Series," creating at least three stitched designs using any form of embroidery. 
 
Registration closeds March 31, 2016 and the final stitched pieces are due September 1, 2016. The Challenge program is for the stitcher who wants to challenge herself/himself with the theme. The Challenge with a Twist is for the stitcher who would like input from a knowledgeable consultant on the designs.Click here to learn more!
Remember your fellow chapter members who don't have access to the internet; print and share a copy of the newsletter with them at your next meeting! If there are members of your chapter interested in receiving EGA email updates, contact egahq@egausa.org to be added to the mailing list.
The banner image at the top is a detail of a 20th Century Mexican Darning Sampler from EGA's Permanent Collection.

Designers Across America Projects and Subscription Available

Designers Across America projects and subscriptions are now available for purchase online. Jette Roy Finlay-Heath is the featured artist in the December issue of Needle Arts and she has made available to EGA members her design: A Cushion for Treasures. This project incorporates several different techniques.  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!

Order Instructions or Subscribe...

 

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 video by clicking below.  If you would like a DVD copy of 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.

Watch Video...

 

 
Through the Needles Eye:
Matching Funds Challenge
 
A generous member, who wishes to remain anonymous, has issued a matching donation challenge in connection with the 21st Through the Needle's Eye which will be launched at the Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, August 16-September 15, 2017; hosted by Carolinas Region; Rosemary Kostansek, Chair.
 
The member will match donations made to benefit this special event up to a total of $150 for donations made in 2015 and up to a total of $350 for donations made in 2016, or up to a total of $500 from all donors.
 
Members wishing to participate in the challenge should send their donation to EGA headquarters and state that it is to be applied to the 21st Through the Needle's Eye. Checks should be made payable to EGA.

 
Seeking ICC class  
proposals:
 
On behalf of the Education Committee, we are continuing to seek proposals for new, different, unusual, "out of the box" Individual Correspondence Courses -- ICCs should be more challenging than the GCCs, to advance the students' learning in that technique with personal guidance from an expert in the technique.
 
If you are interested in making a proposal, please contact Barbara for further information.
 
Barbara Orend, EGA Director of Education
Telephone: 515-314-8071
Please remember Barbara is in the Central Time Zone when calling.

Sand Dollar Pinkeep Project
 
The New England Region's SOME Chapter is happy to provide the first 'teaser' project for "SHELL WE STITCH?", NER Seminar 2017.
 
Denise Harrington Pratt of Amaryllis Artworks and SOME Chapter EGA will be designing a series of teaser projects in anticipation of SHELL WE STITCH? ~ NER Seminar 2017 hosted by SOME Chapter at the beautiful Cliff House Resort and Spa in Ogunquit, Maine.
 
A kit for the Sand Dollar Pinkeep is available for $12 + postage, it includes all supplies needed to complete the project. Multiple kits can be shipped together to save on postage. Please contact Barbara Hepburn for ordering information.
 

 
 

Calling All Writers

 

Are you interested in sharing your love of embroidery in a different way?  To help cover the country and share all the current embroidery news, EGA is currently seeking members assist in writing for the EGA blog. Members want to know about what's going on in Chapters and Regions as well as about museum exhibits.

 

You can commit to as much or as little as you want.  Did you visit a great exhibit that you want to share?  Great.  We'll take one article!  Want to be a 'roving reporter' and share items on a more regular basis?  Great!  We'd love to have you.

 

All submissions can be edited for clarity and length.  For more information, or to volunteer, drop a line to marketing@egausa.org.

 

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' 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!

EGA Address Update
 
Please note that EGA is discontinuing the use of the address: 1355 Bardstown Road Suite 157. This is a mailbox that will be closed within the next year. We are in the process of updating forms and manuals. The mailbox will remain in EGA's name and checked daily for several more months. Going forward, mail should be sent to Headquarters' physical address: 1205 East Washington Street, Suite 117, Louisville KY 40206