The aim of the monthly program is to introduce members to techniques they may not have tried before and to use fabrics and threads new to them. The programs are sold to interested members for $5.00 per kit. Some projects take multiple months; therefore, multiple kits.
The September program is a pin and the technique is a form of needle weaving called kamal kadafi which is an Indian technique.
The October program is a Christmas ornament which is done on perforated paper and uses canvas stitches, perle cotton, metallic thread and bugle beads.
We started this year’s programs with Christmas ornaments. In September we stitched a canvas ornament designed by Carolys n Mitchell (used with her permission). It was done on 18 count mono canvas and used Watercolors, floss and Kreinik braid.
In October, we received permission from Designs by Patricia to use her pattern named Blue Sapphire. It was stitched on 28-count linen with silk threads, beads and Perle cotton.
In November, Gillian Brown and Debbie Wells hosted a one-day workshop on how to finish these ornaments. The canvas was finished as a flat ornament and the linen one was finished as a pillow. Members were also shown how to make a cord and a tassel, which gave the ornaments a lovely finish.
January and February saw the completion of a canvas bowl, Spring Fling. It was offered as a free pattern by designer Laura Perrin. A choice of three color ways and used a wide variety of threads, Watercolors, Gold Rush, Kreinik Braid, Treasure Braid, Perle cotton and floss. The back was finished by using a stiff interfacing covered in a matching cotton print fabric that was donated by guild members.
In March and April, our concentration turned to Blackwork. Last year the guild purchased ten project courses that had been retired by the EAC. Sheila Anstey was able to use the Blackwork course and convert it into a program for January and February. This lovely pattern was stitched on a 28-count evenweave fabric using variegated and regular floss, Kreinik braid and DMC metallic.
Each month an average of 30 kits are prepared and sold at a charge of $5.00 per kit. Last year we spent $ 871.55 on materials for kits and collected $935.53 in fees.