Location: Glen Ellyn Library
Teacher: LMSG-Carol Schaal
FINISHING!? Do you hate to hear that word? Wish someone else would be available to finish your ornaments, name tags, or small pieces? Then attend our September meeting to learn about various finishing techniques. Ornaments will include pillow style as well as flat; dress them up with buttons, beads, and ribbons. Make a twisted cord, use purchased cording/tassels, or join them using backstitch or chain stitch. Directions for finishing your name tag as a pouch will also be given. You’ll be able to practice joinings and keep them as a reference. Once you get started, you’ll enjoy doing finishing for yourself!
Katie Simmer, our president, began the meeting with some announcements. Next year, the $25 deposit must be paid when you sign up for a workshop. The balance of the kit fee for the workshop will be due 30 days before the workshop. The teaching fee may be paid on the day of the workshop. The second announcement was that the DAR museum in Washington, D.C. is putting together an exhibit on 19th century American samplers. They are looking for a Michigan sampler to include in the exhibit. If you own one or know of one, please contact Katie so she can put you in touch with the exhibit co-ordinator.
Katie reminded everyone that our October meeting will be our 9th anniversary celebration. We are all looking forward to the anniversary surprise from the Phine Phriends. If you signed up, please make sure that you pay the $25 fee to Katie. We hope you will be able to join us for the fun and the cake!
At our November meeting, Leslie Lewis will demonstrate the stitches used in the Plimoth Plantation butterfly ornament kit (detached buttonhole and detached trellis). If you are interested in participating, you can order a kit for $45 direct from the Plimoth Plantation at http://www.plimoth.org/embroidery-blog/. The kit fee includes a $20 donation to the museum. Even if you don’t order the kit, you are still welcome to attend the meeting and learn how to do these challenging stitches.
Our program chair for next year, Carol Schaal, announced one of the programs on our 2008 schedule. Carol Humphrey, textile curator for the Fitzwilliam Museum, will present a program on April 13th on Ackworth School samplers. If you own Carol’s book, you are welcome to bring it along for her to autograph. You won’t want to miss this great presentation, so make sure you mark your calendar!
Amy Keaton now has the catalogues from the Colonial Dames’ sampler exhibit at the the Clarke House and the Chicago Cultural Center. The price is $25. Please contact Amy if you are interested in purchasing one.
Carol brought dozens of ornaments to share with us. At the end of the presenation, we asked if we each could choose our favorite to take home. She said, no, but we were welcome to come up and take a closer look at them. We hope that you were inspired by Carol’s presentation and that you will go home and try out what you learned. As a result of Carol’s presentation, we hope that there will be more completed ornaments for our 2007 Christmas ornament exchange. Thanks, Carol for a very enjoyable and informative presentation! See you in October for our 9th anniversary celebration.