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Merrimack Valley Chapter - News

Merrimack Valley Chapter meets monthly April through December on the third Tuesday.  Meetings start at 7 pm at the Hampton Inn, 25 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford MA 01821 on the Bedford/Billerica line. Stitch-ins are held January through March on the third Tuesday

Everyone is ready for winter to be over and our regular programs to begin in April.

Amee Sweet-McNamara joined us in November when she taught her Dove of Peace to the chapter. As usual, it was a delight to be in class with Amee and everyone learned a lot from her.

In December, chapter member Pam Lathwood got us started on designing and making a wool applique bowl. The program focused on designing the bowl, ideas for the applique, use of freezer paper or fusible web, and ap­propriate threads. The program will continue in May with assembling the bowl, adding a magnet, and tips/tricks to enhance the bowl.

January, February and March were our usual winter stitch-ins. While attendance was down from the usual meetings, everyone who attended enjoyed a nice evening out, stitching with friends.
Still to come:

  1. Denise DeMore will be speaking about the Plymouth Tapestry in April.
  2. In May, we will be finishing the Wool Applique Bowl.
  3. Plans for the rest of the year are still being finalized, but the likely programs include:
  4. Chapter member Marilyn Shesko teaching a beaded bracelet, probably in the summer
  5. Dan and Demetre Rosin from Old England Grown New speaking about understanding and interpreting the work of Early Modern tailors and craftspeople
  6. Judy Jeroy doing a hands-on program in October when she will be in town to teach Japanese Embroidery
  7. Possibly stitching the Romanian Point Lace Heart and/or the counted canvas needle case from the EGA Facebook Group projects

Pat Timpanaro


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