Outreach Projects

Hi, Everyone!

And welcome to any newer members! Here is an overview of the chapter's current community outreach projects. Let us know if you have any questions.

Bookmarks for Literacy: a member has a contact at her local library, which has a reading program for children. They use our donated stitched
bookmarks as awards for the children. If you'd like to stitch child-appropriate bookmarks for this project, let us know. Again,any stitching technique. This is an ongoing project.

Soldier Kissing Pillows: They are little pillows with a simple cross stitched design on the front (a red heart, with "I love you" inside, and two stars), stitched on 14 count Aida fabric. They are designed to be used as a keepsake for the children and loved ones left behind by the soldiers departing for service overseas. The soldier will kiss the pillow and give one to each of his or her loved ones to hold onto until he or she returns from war. We hope the pillows will be a comfort during the lonely times both for the family and for the soldier. Our chapter members stitch them, and send to an outreach committee member who has contacts within the military for distribution of the finished pillows to soldiers. If you would like to stitch a pillow or two or more, you can find the pattern here:
This will be an ongoing project, for as long as necessary.

Ornament Auction for Breast Cancer Research: For the past few years, chapter members have stitched Christmas- or Winter-themed ornaments, and sent them to our chapter project coordinator, Karen, who then takes them to the Attic Needlework shop in Mesa, Arizona (www.atticneedlework.com). Each year the shop holds a silent auction in November for the ornaments made by us and by their customers with all proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation , a major breast cancer research fund. This has been a very successful endeavor. In 2009 they raised $20,022.00 and in 2010, the 13th Annual Breast Cancer Benefit, had a preliminary total of $17,000. We plan to again participate in 2011, so start stitching now!

Outreach for One: We also realize that some members may prefer to participate in stitching-related community outreach projects as individuals. To that end, the chapter has a created a list of "Outreach for One" projects. The list is not all-inclusive, and we encourage chapter members to add to the list as they discover other projects -- in fact, the list is now member-maintained. You can find the list within this yahoo group in the Files section or at

If you do participate in any outreach projects as an individual, we ask that you do mention your membership in CyberStitchers Chapter EGA when you send your stitched donation. Also, we have members in countries other than the USA; if you know of any projects outside the USA, feel free to let us know about them! Let me or any chapter officer know if there's any group project which you think might be appropriate for our large, far-flung chapter membership.

Have a great (stitching) week!
Lynn Burshtin, Chair
Outreach Committee
CyberStitchers Chapter, EGA
(also sometimes known as "Lynn from southern NJ")

From the EGA National June e-Newsletter:

The June e-newsletter was short with only four entries below:

Facebook and EGA Yahoo:

Did you know you can also Like 'The Embroiderers' Guild of America' on Facebook and follow the discussions over on the EGA Yahoo Group?  These two venues allow for real-time discussion of issues pertaining to needlework.  Over on the Yahoo group there's recently been a thread about what you're stitching now which has morphed into a discussion on yarn-bombing and how it might be used to promote EGA.  If you have some time, check it out!

Seminar 2013 Seeks Volunteers:

Seminar 2013, Winner by a Stitch, is being hosted by EGA in Louisville, KY October 5-12, 2013.  The committee is made up of representatives from all parts of EGA and Seminar Chair, Gwen Nelson reports there are currently three unfilled Chair positions.  If you have an interest in getting more involved with EGA, this would be a great opportunity to do so.  Additionally, if you are from the New England Region we'd particularly love to hear from you as it is currently the only Region not represented on the committee!

The three positions are:

Seminar Newsletter Editor - Prepared and publishes a daily newsletter throughout the seminar.

Seminar Sales Chair - Responsible for seminar themed items sold prior to and during the event to help cover expenses.

Publicity/Public Relations Chair - responsible for press releases, photography of seminar, articles for Needle Arts.

For a complete description of these positions, see the National Seminar Guidelines in the Manuals section of the EGA Website.  If you have an interest in any of these positions, please contact Gwen Nelson at 502-262-0829.

Chapter Bylaws:

News on everyone's favorite subject! 

The Sample Chapter Bylaws have been revised and are being posted on the EGA website under the Forms, Guides and Manuals page.  Highlights of the revision include new language reflecting the change in our dues payment schedule and inclusion of the Indemnification wording in the bylaws (no more add on stapled page).

The Working Copy includes instructions and annotations on how to complete chapter bylaws and these are now displayed within boxes after each section - this makes them easier to identify.

The Master Copy has been revised so that the form can be downloaded from the website, the blanks filled in with specific chapter information, and then printed out - this should result in lots less typing. 

Questions should be sent to Nan Windle, Chairman, Chapter/Region Bylaws Committee or Julie Anderson, Director of Bylaws.

Heartland Region Workshop:

Fall 2011

St. Paul Needleworkers Chapter of The Embroiderer's Guild of America, Inc. cordially invites you to attend
Land of 10,000 Stitches October 21-23, 2011
Ramada Mall of America Bloomington, Minnesota

Friday buffet - meet and greet - "Minnesota Hot Dish"
- Saturday morning breakfast buffet & classes
- Saturday afternoon free time/region class
- Saturday evening Banquet
- Sunday morning breakfast buffet & classes