New England Region - The Embroiderers' Guild of America

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

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NER LogoNew England Region Stitching Get-Away
Saturday and Sunday, September 8 and 9, 2018
Holiday Inn Springfield South - Enfield Connecticut


NER is proud to host Ellen Chester teaching My Needle's Worke Sampler Huswif,” a traditional counted thread embroidery class. All EGA members living in the New England Region are invited to join us for a fun-filled, educational week-end of stitching excitement. The Holiday Inn Springfield South hotel is conveniently located at Exit 49 from I-91 in Enfield, Connecticut, just across the border from Massachusetts.

The Fine Print
EGA has been the beneficiary of a sizable bequest from the estate of member Gay Phillips. Each Region has received a grant from these monies. NER is using these funds to pay all the teaching, travel, and classroom rental costs for this
two-day workshop. The student’s only expense is the $200 fee, which covers the kit and lunch both days. There are three optional items which may be ordered at the time of registration as described on the next page.
samplerClasses begin at 9:00 in the morning both days and end at 4:45 on Saturday afternoon and 3:15 on Sunday. There will be a break for lunch, which will be served by the hotel.
Space in the class is limited. Registration closes on July 1, 2018. Registrations will be processed in the order in which they are received.
If you desire overnight accommodations, please contact the Holiday Inn directly. Rooms at the hotel are available at the nightly rate of $99 (plus room tax). This rate is guaranteed until August 10, 2018, after which the rooms will be released and you will be charged the going rate, which varies based on availability of rooms. Your registration confirmation will include a clickable link that can be used to book your sleeping room at the group rate. Alternatively, you may call the hotel at 860-741-2211 and mention “New England Embroiderers’ Guild” when making your reservation.
“My Needle's Worke Sampler Huswif” with Ellen Chester
Cloth is my land so that I boldly stand Needle is my plow so I can skills endow Silk is my seed so I can name my deed
Ellen Chester’s inspiration for the project came from this lovely verse. It was originally stitched in German in 1800 by Hanna Schottin, who lived in Pennsylvania.
scissors caseneedlebook
This project can be made as a sampler and framed or it can be made into a huswif. A "huswif" or "hussif" is a folded or rolled case for holding needlework supplies. Women often carried a huswif in one of the large tie-on pockets worn under their skirts. The embroidery is the same for both the sampler and the huswif. The project also includes a coordinating needlebook case and scissors sheath. All of these pieces can be assembled by hand.

huswifWe will work on the needlebook case during class because it contains most of the specialty stitches used on the sampler. Students not wanting to work on the needlebook case in class should bring a doodle cloth and threads.
Stitches Used
Algerian eye, alternating double backstitch, backstitch, barrier, Belgian cross, closed herringbone, cross, cross stitch over one linen thread, cushion (traditional and reverse slant), double-sided Italian cross, four- sided, long-armed cross, Montenegrin, mosaic, nun's stitch, padded satin, Rhodes, rice, small plait, Smyrna cross, star, straight, tent, Williamsburg, and zigzag stitch.
Project Measurements
Sampler or Huswif:
Stitch Count: 117 wide x 308 high
Stitched Area Size: 6 1/2 " wide x 17 1/8 high.

Needlebook Case:

Stitch Count: 59 wide x 161 high
Stitched Area Size 3 3/8" wide x 9" high.

Kit Contents

The kit includes charts and detailed directions for stitching and assembly, 36-count linen, silk embroidery threads, dupioni silk lining, three needles (tapestry, beading, and curved), mother of pearl heart-shaped thread rings, three mother of pearl beads, hand-dyed silk ribbon, and comic book board.

Optional Items
As shown in the photo of the inside of the Huswif on the left, Ellen is offering 3 accessories for your project:


Six Pointed Star Beaded Pincushion
Stephanie Drehs
September 14 & 15, 2018

Pink Velvet is for diplay only, multiple color choices will be available.

This 4" round pincushion is based on an antique design. It is stitched in the raised bead work style of the Victorian 'whimsy'. You will learn two raised beadwork techniques: loop stitch and foundation stitcing The top of the pincushion is velvet, the back is cotton fabric.

For more information Chris Lowell, registration form Here

Deadline for signup is August 1, 2018



Shell We Stitch?
Sixth Teaser Project - Seahorse Scissors Keep

SOME Chapter is happy to provide the sixth teaser project for SHELL WE STITCH?, NER SEMINAR 2017.

Denise Harrington Pratt of Amaryllis Artworks has designed this Starfish Scissors Keep as the sixth in a series of teaser projects. These projects are in anticipation of NER Seminar 2017 which will be hosted by SOME Chapter at the beautiful Cliff House Resort in Ogunquit, Maine.

A kit for this project is available for $18 plus $6.50 priority mail postage. The kit includes all supplies needed to complete the project. Included are linen, silk threads, interfacing, batting, template plastic and detailed instructions for creating this project. Scissors are not included. Stitchers will need to provide Stitchery Tape, glue, and sewing thread.

#6. Seahorse Scissors Keep - Back             #6. Seahorse Scissors Keep - Front

Checks should be made out to SOME Chapter EGA and mailed to Barbara Hepburn, 828 Edes Falls Road, Harrison, Maine 04040. Multiple kits can be mailed together to save on postage. Please contact Barbara Hepburn, Brit45@roadrunner.com for ordering information.     


All Teasers are still available for purchase.
#4. SHELL POCKET with GAUGE ($18)
Shipping for all six projects would be $7 Priority Mail.


#5. Starfish Scissors Fob


#1. Sand Dollar Pinkeep        #3. Shell Mini-fob             #4. Shell Pocket Front             #2. Shell Needlebook





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