Wee Care Thank You!!!!

This blog post is dedicated to the ladies in the guild that have been so gracious and giving to the Wee Care project for the last couple years.  As the gowns are being readied and packaged to send off to Camp LeJeune, it is obvious that women have gone above and beyond just a "requirement" and have donated some of the most beautiful gowns!  While it would be lovely to highlight each one, that would make a VERY long blog post and be very time consuming.  So, an overview will be shared instead.

At the September meeting, Kathy presented an opportunity to team up with Teeny Tears and sew diapers to co-ordinate with the smaller gowns.  Information was provided on what their requirements are and members were enthusiastic about participating and making the diapers as well.  This is not required and Kathy indicated that she would make diapers to go with the little gowns that are turned in without diapers.  Because a request had come in from Camp LeJeune, Kathy made diapers to go with this shipment.

23 smocked gowns, 2 smocked bonnets and 20 diaper sets will be mailed to Camp LeJeune and many families blessed during a most difficult time in their lives.

In addition to the diaper opportunity, Kathy also presented the idea of improving the presentation of the gowns that are sent.  Rather than shipping in zip lock bags,  it was proposed that organza bags could hold the gowns and look like a gift to the families.  The overall presentation is so much prettier.  All members present agreed with this proposal, so the purchased were made and gowns repackaged.

The new packaging also required new size tag identification, so these were made, printed and attached to the drawstrings of the bags.   Cards from Teeny Tears were also printed, cut and inserted between the 2 diapers (one for the baby to wear and one for a keepsake).

Members have given much of their time and talent to complete these beautiful items for our military.  The smocked bonnet was made using a design that Karin Eveland shared on the SAGA Facebook page.  It seems to be just right for the size 1 - 2 lb. gowns.

The ladies of Dogwood have been exceptionally creative with their gown donations.  Gowns have had beautiful hem treatments with pintucks, lace shaping, shell stitched tucks, featherstitching and both hand as well as machine embroidery at the hem of the gowns as well as beautiful lace added to some of the gowns.  Buttons or snaps have been sewn to the back and embellished with beautiful embroidered flowers.  Neckbands have been embellished with featherstitching.  The list goes on and on.

There has also been some creative and beautiful unisex color combinations.  A light lime green has been paired with yellow accents.  Gray smocking with peach accents is another unisex color combination.  Light turquoise and yellow is another.  

So far this year we've had 12 of our 30 members donate a total of 37 gowns - each one as pretty as the next!!!  Dogwood members - you've outdone yourselves!!!  Many families will be blessed by your beautiful stitching.  Thank you for carrying on this wonderful project and giving of your time and talent!

For members that are still working on their gowns for this year, remember that there will be a drawing for a goodie basket at our December gathering.  November will be the last month that your gown can be turned in to count for the drawing.  Each gown equals 1 chance in the drawing.  Included in the goodie basket is a couple sewing for children books (with patterns), fabric, gently used Children's Corner patterns, a tailor's press, etc.  Definitely some goodies that would be useful!  Don't miss out on the opportunity to win this basket!  It will be an early Christmas present to the winner!!!

Picture Smocking and Other News...

The Dogwood chapter met on August 4, 2016.  Members enjoyed a program on picture smocking. Kathy Dykstra gave a detailed power point presentation that went through the process of needed supplies, preparations and graph differences and then demonstrated for members to see how to stitch straight and full cable stitches.  Members got plenty of tips and hopefully will be ready to start a picture smocking project.  Kathy shared many of the resources, both old and new, as well as encouraged members to make use of SAGA's resources online.

Kathy had lots of pictures of her picture smocking for members to enjoy.

Many members brought in show and share items.  It was wonderful to see the variety of sewing projects that members have been working on.

We are looking forward to a new project for our September meeting - we will be starting on a smocked purse that has been designed and sewn by our member Rebecca.  She will be leading the program and giving instructions to complete this purse.

Plan to come to the September meeting and start on this purse!  We will be meeting on September 1 at 7pm.  

Stitching Through the Summer

The Dogwood chapter met on July 14th and members worked on the necktie needlebooks that will be used as table favors for the next workshop.  It was a fun project and Connie and her team did a great job and provided members with a fabulous selection of ties to choose from.  Hopefully there will be pictures of all the different ties chosen and completed after our next meeting.  :)

The August program will be on Picture Smocking and will be given by Kathy Dykstra.  This will be a presentation and demonstration with plenty of tips on how get better results as you tackle picture smocking.

Plan to come and have your questions answered!  Bring along a notebook and a pen to take notes - there is sure to be some tips that you'll want to remember.

As always, we encourage everyone attending (both members as well as guests) to bring along "show and share" items and we'll have a table set up with a clean, white table cloth to display these items.  We love to see what everyone is working on, even if it isn't complete.  It doesn't have to be smocking but can be any needle art!  To boost participation, we have a surprise gift bag that we'd like to give to someone.  Everyone that brings a show and share item will have their name put in the "hat" for a chance to win!!! 

Looking forward to seeing members and guests on August 4th!  Enjoy the rest of the summer!

Wonderful Workshop!!!

The Dogwood chapter had a wonderful workshop with Phyllis Brown on June 24 - 25.  Attendees worked on a sweet diaper shirt on Friday and worked on a Drawn Thread Notebook class as well as a cute baby boy bonnet on Saturday.

Phyllis taught beginners as well as seasoned stitchers at the workshop.  Everyone learned some new techniques and improved their embroidery skills.  As always, Phyllis has the best little surprises in the packaging of her kits.  Isn't this the cutest needle and button package!!!  It's like getting a gift with your supplies!  :)

Phyllis offered excellent instruction and also was also able to provide hands on help for everyone.  Under her watchful eye, students were able to fine tune their skills.

With all these smiles, you know that students were enjoying the class!!!

Students hard at work!

At the Friday workshop, when the group broke for lunch, they were surprised with an unexpected visit from Kelli Fox (SAGA treasurer) who was in town for a few days.  She updated members on some of the news and changes happening at the national level and provided an opportunity for members to ask questions and get answers.  It was great to see her and visit for a short time!  A big thank you to Kelli for her efforts at SAGA as well as for taking time out of your schedule to visit our chapter!!!

Those who missed this workshop will be hearing rave reviews at the upcoming meeting.  Perhaps we'll even see some finished projects in months to come.


What do needlebooks and men's ties have in common???  Come to the July meeting of the
Dogwood chapter (Thursday, July 14th at 7pm) and you can find out.  Members will be working on putting together some needlebooks to use as table favors for the October workshop. 

Aren't these adorable!!!  You'll be able to work on these and then will have the information needed to create more of these for yourself or as gifts for your other stitching friends.  Connie and her team have worked hard to put together what we need for this program.  She will be sharing her tips for creating these and avoiding any pitfalls.  You won't want to miss this meeting!  Supply lists will be sent out to members prior to the meeting.

If you're a guest that plans to attend and would like to work on these as well, feel free to contact us and we'll be sure to get a supply list to you as well.  

As you can see, there's lots going on with the Dogwood chapter and we are looking forward to more quality programs from our Education committee.  They have worked hard this year to organize programs and workshops and we've all benefited from their efforts!  Thank you to all those members!!!

Summer Stitching

The June meeting of the Dogwood chapter consisted of working on UFO's (UnFinished Objects) as well as an extended time of show and share.  Several members brought in Wee Care gowns that they had been working on and members shared ideas for finishing touches that could be used on both these gowns as well as other garments.

Show and Share time continued this discussion of techniques and finished that members have used on garments and the garments were passed around so that members could examine and ask questions.

It was just the kind of enjoyable summer meeting that was casual and relaxing while being informative.

Members are looking forward to a workshop with our own Phyllis Brown this weekend!  We ought to have plenty to share at our July meeting.  Hope to see everyone there!

Enjoy your summer stitching time!