2004 Guild Project

Date: 1/11/2004
Time: 1:30-4:00
Type: Meeting
Location: Sunrise
Teacher: LMSG-Kathy Bourne

For this general meeting, each member is to bring a project from her stash which she has chosen as her year long project. There will be a display for Show and Tell and each member will complete a form for a “contract”. There will be a show and tell of completed – or not – projects at the December meeting and a number of prizes will be awarded.


We started out the new year at a new meeting place, Sunrise Senior Living in Glen Ellyn. There were several important announcements given at the beginning of the meeting.

Please check the signup procedures for workshops as there have been a few changes made by the board. Signups for workshops will be accepted anytime after the workshop is announced. The cutoff date for registering for a workshop is six weeks prior to the scheduled workshop date. A minimum of 10 attendees are required for each workshop or it will be cancelled. A $25 deposit is required for each workshop. If you are registering for multiple workshops, you can send one check to cover all deposits. Please see the Signup Procedure for more information.

Kathy Bourne talked about our 2004 calendar of events. See the calendar for more information.

Our new membership chair, Mary Draniczarek  reminded everyone to send in their membership renewals so that you do not miss out on any of out exciting activities scheduled for 2004.

Amy Keaton and Susan Balsai are already planning our 2005 calendar. They asked for input from the members on what teachers and presenters should be considered for 2005. If you have a suggestion, please contact the assistant program chair with your ideas.

Carol Schaal distributed the last issue of the printed newsletter to those who attended the meeting. The rest will be mailed this week so, if you did not get a chance to attend, you should be receiving it shortly.

There were a couple of announcements. Cottage Stitchery is closing on February 14th and they are having a graduated sale. Please contact them for more information.

Susan Balsai said that there is new book available titled “Lady and the Unicorn” that is very impressive. It is a story that takes place during the time when the famous Lady and the Unicorn tapestries were made which are now in Paris’s Musee National du Moyen-Age Thermes de Cluny.

Carol Schaal  showed us some items that she purchased in London including note cards that contain pictures of the portions of the panels of a 17th century needlework casket and a stitcher’s diary with color pictures of antique needlework.

Cross stitch

For show and tell, Carol Schaal brought two pieces of lace that she purchased at the Portobello Road market in London. One is Irish crochet:


And the other is ribbon lace.

Marilyn Vanover brought a sampler that she had finished. It is the piece that we are featuring for our April workshop “Catherine Agnes” from Catherine Stickler of Indigo Rose. It was a great opportunity to see it close up. It’s a small sampler with many types of stitches. 


Go ahead – sign up! 
It’s small!
You can get it done!
The workshop will be fun!

April Workshops

Cross stitch

Next, it was time for the main topic of our meeting, the 2004 project. This year, Kathy Bourne decided to do something different. Instead of adding yet another item to our stash, she asked each member to pick an item from her stash and commit to completing it by December 2004.

We went around the room and each member introduced herself, described what she had picked and why. Many brought partially completed projects for us to view. The big surprise was that many members picked two, three, four or even more projects! The consensus was that some of us just couldn’t make up our minds so we picked multiple projects. Now all we have to do is get them done!

We each filled out a form defining our selections and how much we want to get completed by December 2004.  If you couldn’t attend the meeting and you would still like to participate, please contact Kathy Bourne. It will be interesting to see how much progress members have made by our July stitch in. There will be prizes given out next December to those who have participated. The only one that has been announced is the prize for the least progress: a skein of DMC floss! 

Better get started on those projects, December is coming!

Cross stitch

Happy stitching!

 Hope to see you at our February 22nd meeting!