Chapter, Region, and National News:

Chapter News:

President's Challenge 2015:

This one is kind of personal for me, as I am preparing to do yet another intercontinental move. Part of it has been framing and finishing off needlework pieces so they're more ready for transfer. Oh, there's also the possibility that my items will sit in a non climate controlled warehouse in a tropical environment for up to five months. Needless to say, I'm kind of 
freaking out about that. 

So, the challenge: The pieces can be already stitched or you can make new. Finish it into something that isn't framed - an ornament, a cushion,a stand up, a box, something. At least one of the pieces must be donated for the annual outreach auction. You will be entered into a drawing when the piece reaches the auction collection person. Other bits finished are 
great, too! Let's see how many things we can get out of drawers and onto display!

Membership:

Yes, it is that time of year where we need to renew our dues for 2015-2016. We need to have everything to EGA National by the end of May. I will be asking everyone to have their dues paid to me by May 15th. This is because the Treasurer and I need to get everything together and sent to National before then. As a side note, I will be leaving on vacation the last 10 days of May, so that means I need to move a little quicker. 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. For those of you who have paid your renewal dues already because of Meg mentioning it in her President’s Letter, thank you. You are quick! 

To pay your dues, please go to our website, www.CyberStitchers.org; and find the STORE button in the upper right hand corner. Then choose your appropriate tab and follow the prompts. You will notice that the dues tab reads, April – June. Not to confuse anyone, this is for April 2015 - June 2016. 
 

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.

EVERY dues payment will have 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 of our chapter. 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.

Dues for the 2014-2015 EGA year were due April 30 and were as follows:
Primary members of CyberStitchers: $52
Plural members of CS (with the primary chapter being within TVR): $10
Plural members of CS (with the primary chapter being outside TVR): $13
Life Member (inside TVR): $10 (this covers Regional and Chapter dues, as your dues to National are paid forever)
Life Member (outside TVR): $13 (this covers Regional and Chapter dues, as your dues to National are paid forever)

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Rita at membership@cyberstitchers.org.

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 attyparks@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 their CyberStitchers emails:

Meg Welch may be reached at president@cyberstitchers.org
Peggy Ledger at vicepresident@cyberstitchers.org
Susan Simko at internetchair@cyberstitchers.org
Wendi Girard at secretary@cyberstitchers.org
Susan McAndrew at treasurer@cyberstitchers.org
Kathie Morrison at membership@cyberstitchers.org
Sue Sherburne at newsletter@cyberstitchers.org and history@cyberstitchers.org
Angela Farrington at Education@cyberstitchers.org
Cynthia Wetzel at marketing@cyberstitchers.org
Bonnie Hermann at outreach@cyberstitchers.org
Fay Shaw at regionrep@cyberstitchers.org
Karen Willett at SIGs@cyberstitchers.org
Judy Cain and/or Mary Sawyer at doorprize@cyberstitchers.org
Anne Wilson, CyberPins at chapterpins@cyberstitchers.org
Susan Slesinger, Nominating Committee Chair at nominating@cyberstitchers.org

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!

Cynthia S. Wetzel
Marketing, CyberStitchers Chapter, EGA
 

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.

Anne Wilson, 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:

TVR Region Seminar:

Stitch XXXV
June 25-28, 2015 in Olive Branch, MS.

Save the date!  Needle "Lil Peace"?  Then plan on joining your stitching friends at the Tennessee Valley Region's Share-a-Stitch XXXV.  Greater Memphis Chapter is hosting the event at the Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center in Olive Branch, Mississippi, June 25-28, 2015.  Mark you calender now and plan to be there.

January 31, 2015 Share-A-Stitch XXXV Registration The brochure is on
 the TVR website www.tvrega.com.

NATIONAL:
 

New Group Correspondence Courses 
Keeping in Shape by Gwen Nelson and 

Meadow Medley by Luan Callery 

 

Keeping in Shape by Gwen Nelson    

Keeping in Shape was originally called Keeping in Shape with EGA.  The teacher designed this for the region directors to bead and submit for the live auction at the 2009 EGA National Seminar.  The thirteen three-dimensional geometric pieces represent the thirteen EGA regions.

 

The student uses various techniques to make the geometric shapes.  Among the techniques are circular and flat peyote to make some of the pieces.  The student will also use the herringbone stitch to shape other pieces. Some of the pieces include a combination of beading techniques. More information...

 

Meadow Medley by Luan Callery 

While wandering through a meadow, one might find wild roses, clover, Queen Anne's lace, wild asters and goldenrod.  Or, one might sit comfortably at home stitching her own medley.  DMC floss on cotton broadcloth works well to bring these meadow flowers to life.  The stitches and colors are planned to enhance the design with texture and dimension while honing your embroidery skills.  Diagrams and pictures appear throughout the text.  More information...

 

Group registrations are now being accepted. Forms are available on the GCC page of the EGA website.

 

 

 

Register Now for the Online Studio Class
Dynamic Duo Bracelet  taught by Karla Gee
 
Have you ever wondered what to do with the new types of seed beads that are on the market?  The Dynamic Duo Bracelet  introduces you to two of those fun beads ( Twin Beads™ and Mini Cubes) using a new type of wire knitted ground band called  WireLuxe™  (pre-knitted wire).  You will have three different bracelets to choose from. See theEGA website for more information!  

 

Registration for this course will continue through April 13th.  After that, kits will be assembled and mailed to each registered student and the course discussion list will be set up on the EGA website.  You must be a member of EGA and able to log in to the "Members Only" area of the website in order to access the posted lessons and discussion.  The first of four lessons is scheduled to post on May 14.  Lessons will remain on the website for several months after the end of the course.  If you have any questions, please email education@egausa.org.  

 

Threads Through Time

 

Threads Through Time

EGA's 6th International Embroidery Conference will be held May 14-16 in a very special location- Williamsburg VA!

 

Time is limited - registration for this special event ends April 14, 2015.

 

In addition to the 6 fascinating lectures on embroidery and textiles, you will have the opportunity to visit the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum to access the "study drawers", concentrating on the extensive Williamsburg Sampler Collection.

 

The museum will also have two special textile exhibitions during this time in the same area as the study drawers:

A Rich and Varied Culture: The Textiles of the Early South This exhibition includes quilts, costume accessories, and many schoolgirl samplers.  In the McCarl Gallery of the Folk Art Museum is A Celebration of American Quilts featuring 12 quilts dating from the late 18th century to the 20th century.  The quilts feature a variety of different techniques and styles from a silk show quilt in a fan pattern, a Hawaiian appliquéd quilt, a wholecloth worsted quilt, and denim work clothes quilt. Our speaker Kim Ivey will be available to give brief introductions in the gallery. 

 

For more information, please visit our web page on the EGA's website.  You will find information on the 6 outstanding speakers, schedule of events, and hotel details and aregistration form to print out and mail to registrar Jenna McClooney.  Williamsburg is steeped in history, unique architecture, cuisine, fine arts, music, performance, and literature. 

 

....and by the way.....There is a wonderful restaurant called "The Trellis", that is one of the leaders of American Cuisine in Williamsburg.   They present a wonderful (famous) dessert called "Death by Chocolate" - a 7-layer chocolate torte with hand rolled white chocolate  truffle, chocolate ice cream, and dark chocolate sauce.  It has been referred to as "A Study in Chocolate". 

 
Now are you are inspired? .......registrations accepted through April 14....but do it now.....

 

 
Bobbie Pilling Memorial Award  

 

While you were stuck inside this winter by cold, snow, rain, or just gray skies, did you go "outside the box" with your embroidery?  If you created an original work of embroidery with artistic merit that shows your growth as an embroiderer - in other words, you pushed yourself "outside the box" - consider entering one work for the Bobbie Pilling Memorial Award.  The electronic entry deadline is July 1, 2015.  All submitted works with artist statements will be judged  and then exhibited at the national seminar in San Antonio.  Further information and theentry form can be found on the Scholarships and Awards page on EGA website or contact  education@egausa.org, subject line Pilling Award.

 

 Complex: The Art In Mixed Media

 
 
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 download!

 

Call for Artists 
Bosque Museum, Clifton, TX
Exhibition: June 2 - August 30, 2015
 

Bosque Museum in Clifton, Texas, will be holding a juried exhibition of art quilts, mixed media, and contemporary embroidery from June 2 to August 30, 2015. Artists are invited to submit work for jurying. To learn more about the museum, visit www.bosquemuseum.org.

 

Jurying is by digital images; no actual works are sent to the jurors. Top-quality images in high resolution are essential. Cameras should be set for fine quality. We highly recommend the use of professional photographers.

 

Eligibility & Entry Rules

 

 

In Stitches: Embroidery Needle Arts
 

April 15 - July 12, 2015
Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

 

Join us at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts in Cedarburg, WI. Exhibits Include crazy quilts, punchneedle, redwork, needlepoint, and counted cross-stitch artwork.

Artists Reception May 3, noon to 3 p.m.

Address: N50 W5050 Portland Rd., Cedarburg, WI 53012

Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts website

 

  

Challenge and Challenge with a Twist
Registration is Open
 
  

Now is the time to consider registering for the new Challenge and Challenge with a Twist with Judy Jeroy as this year's consultant. The theme this year is "using layering as a design tool."  This new and exciting challenge is open to all EGA members who want to stretch their wings and do some original designing with your work being evaluated by a well known and talented stitcher.  Registration is open thru March with the initial evaluation of your plan for the Challenge with a Twist due July 1st and the finished project evaluation for Challenge and Challenge with a Twist due September 1st. This program has been available to EGA stitchers for years and has proven to be a very successful tool for those who want to try something new while testing and challenging themselves. Registration continues through March 31, 2015

 

 

 

Extended Study Program  

  

A Capital Sojourn in Felt

Renate Maile-Moskowitz, Instructor Artist

 

For four days, September 13-18, we will focus on felting wearable art with an experienced maestro.  We will create wet-felted, painted, sculpted flowers, as well as jewelry with embedded metal findings, strung or embellished. We will create a lightweight, aerial, draped scarf without sewing or hemming, and we will learn resist felting to create hollow or three-dimensional shapes-a beautiful, seamless handbag with a shoulder strap or handle.  These felting projects are accessible to students of all levels. Take a peek at this wonderful ESP here.

 

 

 

 

SAVE the Date!

2015 EGA SEMINAR

October 28 - November 1, 2015

San Antonio, TX

Marriott Rivercenter

Visit egausa.org for more information!

 

Registration is open!

 

Merchandise Offering:

  

 
 

Project Books in the EGA Store:

Besides Joy of Summer, three older projects are available in the EGA store: Trim A Hat by Jane Ellen Balzuweit, Zinnia Pendant or Pin by Marie Campbell, and Garden Party by Judy Jeroy.  These also benefit the Children's Alopecia Project. Each project is $11 (includes s/h) or all three may be purchased together for $24 (includes s/h.)