On Friday I got together with my friends Candy and Jody to stitch. It wasn’t completely selfish, we are all three in CyberPointers and we are also all three working on the piece the chapter is doing for ANG’s 40th anniversary in 2012. Jody and Candy live in Sacramento and I live in Vallejo. We picked the town of Dixon as being halfway between and figured no one would bother us at Starbucks if we bought some drinks. We came prepared with canvases, threads, tools, and stitch books. We had bought drinks. But what surprised and delighted me was the number of people who stopped by and asked about what we were doing. I stitch in public alot, but I’ve never had so many people come by. This got me thinking about how you can make the most of your stitching in public. 1. Stitch in a small group if
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Orna Willis has added two new how-tos to her site. One is her new color experiment, using as it inspiration Bermuda Reef, pictured above. These kind of cool, analogous color schemes are just perfect for summer. My kids called them”swimming pool colors” when they were little and I think of them as a stitchy equivalent of a quick dip in the pool. The second is about Rhodes Stitches and how to use them to create symmetry. Rhodes is an interesting stitch. It’s named for Mary Rhodes, a marvelous British stitcher from the last half of the 20th Century. She was a very adventurous stitcher and her books can often be found at book sales. Anyhow, Rhodes is cool because you can make it any size or almost any shape. While square Rhodes are the easiest, there are rectangular ones, round ones, heart shapes and even irregular ones. The key to
Something I read recently got me thinking. The idea was that the best way to learn a craft was to teach the basics and then immediately give folks a chance to try it out. In other words, have them put some stitches into a cooperative project. It needs to be something large and divided into smaller sections as well so that many people working on small areas won’t matter as much. A piece which has a focal point and a background divided into squares or a large patchwork design is perfect. In my case, I want people to try out Bargello, so I’m designing a Bargello patchwork tote. It’s going to fit into this Stirling tote and each patch will be a different Bargello pattern. I’m planning on stitching either the outline or the first line of each patch. Then each person can take a few stitches to work on
Today is National Stitch in Public Day! After the success of the First Stitch in Public Day last September with events all over the country celebrating EGA’S 50th Anniversary, EGA decided to make it an annual event and designate the first Saturday in February as Stitch in Public Day. I’m stitching with some friends at Starbucks near the Solano Mall in Fairfield, CA from 9-11 and then at the nearby Barnes & Noble from 11-2. If you are in the area, stop by and see us. If you stitched in public today, let me know all about it in the Comments
The first Stitch in Public Day has now become an annual event. Since February is National Embroidery Month, the EGA Board has designated the first Saturday as being Stitch in Public Day. The day is on a weekend do more stitchers who work can participate. Now, I know that in most of the country the weather in February is a bit bad for stitching outside, but don’t let this deter you. I don’t mean stitching in the park wearing gloves, but I do mean find places indoors where you can stitch in public. Think about stitching in the Mall on a Saturday afternoon, out in the center where everyone can see you. During the day last September, many groups stitched at bookstores and coffee shops, this is a perfect time to do that. We’ve got three months to plan events, you can look at the many postings for activities by
Joyce Shannon from EGA’s Keystone Chapter in New Castle, Pa sent me an email about the wonderful success of their Stitch in Public Day activities. She wrote: “Just wanted you to know that the Stitch in Public Day in New Castle was a success. We were joined by members of a quilting group from the library, a lady who wanted so time to do some knitting in peace, and a lady who no longer stitched but wanted to see what was new and what everyone was doing. She requested – for next year – tents with displays and products. They all wanted catered lunch. The County Commissioners proclaimed it to be Stitch in Public Day and the State Rep showed up to officially present us with a citation. I got a picture of him presenting it to me, taken by the news reporter. The reporter and photographer were suitably impressed.
Who: Permian Basin Needle Arts Chapter (Midland/Odessa, Texas) When: August 31 – September 2 Where: check-in for Textile Division at Fair When: September 5 – September 13 Where: Permian Basin Fair in Odessa, TX When: first Thursday of the month, on-going, 7-10 p.m. Where: Barnes & Nobles in Midland,
Where:Barnes & Noble in Citiplace in their Cafe When: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m
The National Seminar of EGA is hosting some events in conjunction wit Stitch in Public Day. Where:Jefferson Square, a few blocks from the seminar and hotel in Louisville When: 11:30AM – 1:30PM Who: EGA National & Louisville Chapter, EGA The time corresponds with the lunch break between classes. There will be easels telling folks about what is happening and perhaps some helium balloons to draw people’s attention. Those attending seminar will be able to get more information as well as directions at seminar and in the seminar paper
The first Stitch in Public Day is in just about a week. In addition to the events I’ve already listed (click on the category “Stitch in Public Day” to find them all, the following EGA chapters have events planned. Keystone – Newcastle PA White Pine – Saginaw MI Threaded Artists – Bozeman MT Gentle Pursuits – Richmond VA Evergreen Chapter – Seattle
Where: Riverview Park in New Castle, PA When: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m Sponsor: Keystone Chapter, EGA Participants should bring their own chair or cushion to sit on the rocks in the park area. In case of rain, we will be at the New Castle Public Library. Chairs and tables will be provided in the library,
Sponsor: Hanging by a Thread Chapter (Placerville, Ca) All events in Placerville unless noted. Where: Centro in Placerville (coffee shop by the bell tower), 385 Main Street When: 8:00 am-10:00 am Where: Kelsey’s NeedleKrafts, 459 Main Street When:10:00am – 12:00 pm Where: Bel Air Supermarket (in their new coffee area), 3510 Palmer Drive, Cameron Park, CA 95682 When:12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Where: Starbuck’s on Broadway, 1228 Broadway When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Way to go Placerville!
Where: Barnes and Noble Bookstore, 365 Benner Pike, State College, PA When:2pm to 7pm Who: Nittany Valley Chapter
Where: Barnes and Noble, Arena Hub Shopping Center, Wilkes-Barre Twp, PA When: 7-9 Who: Wyoming Valley Chapter
Where: Hillsdale Barnes and Noble Store at 11 W. Hillsdale Blvd., San Mateo California When: 10-12 Sponsor: San Mateo Area Chapter