2007 Guild Picnic

Date: 6/10/2007
Time: 1:30-4:00
Type: Meeting
Location: Home of Susan Balsai
Teacher: LMSG-Jane Stevens

In June, join us for a guild picnic and progress check on our year long contracts at the home of Susan Balsai. The guild will provide the main course, chips, drinks and paper goods. If you would like to contribute a salad, desert or other goodies, please let Jane Stevens know what you are bringing. It promises to be a casual afternoon of fun. Please direct questions to Susan or Jane. We promise you won’t go away hungry! In addition, bring “evidence” of your progress on your year long contract. Susan’s address is 8132 Danneil Circle, Long Grove, IL. The location is off of Midlothian Road, north of Gilmer and south of Rt. 60/83.


Hope you were able to join us for good food and good fun at our annual guild picnic. We began with the food – lots of it. There were hamburgers and brats and all of the goodies the members brought to share. After everyone finished eating, we went inside and Katie began the meeting. First, we decided to make our annual donation to the Plimoth Jacket project. More informaiton about it can be found at www.plimoth.org/embroidery-blog/. Marilyn Vanover received her kit from the project. You stitch several samples and return them for evaluation. There is a pattern for a butterfly that you get to keep. Marilyn passed around the kit so we could see the linen and thread. The linen is 50 count, but it is not counted embroidery.

There is a July 10th cut off for the Margriet Hogue classes. We still need more people to sign up, so please contact Jane Stevens, our program chair if you would like to atttend.

The main topic was the details of our two July field trips. The first will be to see the Colonial Dames’ sampler exhibit in Chicago. We’ll meet in Chicago at the Clarke House on July 21st at 10:00AM and then go to the Chicago Cultural Center for a personal tour of the samplers by Amy Keaton.  The second field trip will be on July 28th to the Scarlet Letter. We’ll have the opportunity to shop from 11:00 until 3:00. Cost for the trip will be $10 which includes a catered lunch.

Amy needs people to stitch at the Clarke house on June 16th. Contact Amy Keaton if you are interested.

Then came our favorite part of the picnic (next to the food): show and tell. We had an incredible variety of show and tell. Amy brought her lastest antique sampler for us to admire. It was from New Hampshire and stitched in the 1800’s. Amy’s daughter, Emily, was a special guest. She showed us a star that she stitched on plastic canvas with yarn colors that she had chosen by herself. One of our members had been to Turkey and showed many examples of Turkish needlework including a belt, hats, socks, scarves and silk thread. Many other members shared their progress on the Jennings band sampler group project and on their Stitcher’s Challenge projects. We all enjoyed seeing everyone’s work.

Thanks to Susan for hosting our 2007 picnic. We hope you can join us for one of of our July field trips. Happy stitching!