The Thread Begins

Welcome to the duClay Chapter of The Embroiderers Guild of America blog.  Our Chapter is part of the Sun Region and we're located in Orange Park, Florida.  Thank you for your visit!

Our Chapter meets at the Orange Park Library in Orange Park on Plainfield Ave on the first Saturday of each month from 1-5pm to stitch.  Our monthly business meeting is held at the same location on the 1st Saturday of each month at 12 noon.   Our Chapter also hosts and participates in many other activities.  We would love to have you join us!

For more information on our Chapter, please email duclayega@gmail.com.  Again, we appreciate your visit!


Our Last Event of the Year

In December, we had our last event of 2017.  It's an event that is very much looked forward to all year long.  Our Christmas Party where we showcase what we have accomplished during the year.  Everyone brings their finishes for the year and we get to ooh and aah and be inspired.

Our day started off with a luncheon at Ted's Montana Grill.  There was talk of the holiday season, family, work and of course a lot of talk about our beloved needlework.

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After lunch, we went back to our regular meeting spot and set up our show and tell tables with our needlework we brought to share.  
Each member got a chance to show what they worked on during the year and talk about any particular challenges or learnings.

We then had our annual gift exchange which is an exchange of a stitched gift.
Here are a few projects shared:
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Everyone looks forward to the drawing for the WIP Challenge winner.  This year Susan won.  Susan lives in Pennsylvania so Melody gave her a call and put her on speaker phone so we could congratulate her!  She actually answered the phone and the room cheered for her.  Congratulations Susan!
duClay had an amazing 2017 and our Christmas Luncheon is always a great way to end the year.  With our stitching sisters and friends who share our love of needlework.  The photos we've shared today are just a small portion of the photos taken.  Please visit our Flickr Album for this event to see everyones projects.  We really do have an amazing group of stitchers as our members!


Meet Pat!

From time to time we like to feature one of our members here on our blog so we can learn more about each other.  Today's member is Patricia who will be teaching A Taste of Beaded Edging technique to us in October.  We hope you enjoy learning more about her!

grew up in the suburbs of New York City and married my high school sweetheart .  We have lived all over the country and have two children and two grandchildren. Even though we have lived in Florida longer than anywhere else New York will always be home.   Before retiring and moving to St Johns, I worked as the Administrator in a physician office. fullsizeoutput_177d 
My interest in cross stitch, sewing and  knitting began when I was a teen and I was encouraged by an aunt and also a neighbor. But I became an avid stitcher while living in Colorado in the 1980s. There a neighbor introduced me to EGA and my horizons were expanded when I saw the beautiful work the women in both the Foothills and Colorado chapters were doing. It is a wonderful way to meet people who share my interest when moving to a new city. IMG_0800 
My favorite piece is usually what I am working on at the moment. I love needlepoint, quilting and cross stitch.  A few of my my favorites designers are Blackbird Designs, Plum Street, Country Cottage, Little House, and Lizzie Kate.
I have been able to participate in many Regional and National seminars and have done numerous group correspondence courses.  Each class I have taken has expanded my knowledge  and allowed me to meet many new people who have enriched my life. My all-time favorite teacher is Jody Adams. Her needlepoint designs were beautiful and challenging. She is sweet, fun and taught me to love making French knots.  
My other favorite hobbies are traveling in this country and abroad. I love snow skiing in the Rockies and snorkeling in the Caribbean, seeing Broadway shows in NYC and spending time in my favorite Italian city, Florence. 

Thank you Pat!


Box Finishing Class

In May our member Linda F from Central Florida came up to teach us a box finishing class.    Specifically the Chessie & Me book finishes that are so popular.    Cathy of the Inspired Needle ordered the cardboard books for us and members selected their own design for finishing.  In April, we had everyone paint their boxes so they'd be ready to go. 

Linda put together kits for us to include little pots of PVA glue to use.
Everything you could imagine needing was provided.
Linda worked the room and helped, gave tips, and encouraged us all afternoon!
Here are some pics of boxes in a variety of stages of progress:





We also have a couple of finishes to share as well.



Linda thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us!  We appreciate you!

See all of the days photos in our Flickr album found here.

If you are in NorthEast Florida, we would love to have you visit our Chapter!

Blue Bunny

In May, our Chapter was pleased and excited to host Janeann Sleeman for a needlepoint class.  Janeann has taught for us before (see here, here, here) and we were thrilled to have her back.  Our class piece was this cute Blue Bunny.  It finishes about 5" square.
Here is Janeann's finish.  We didn't get a photo of it in the acrylic box that we all just loved!  It was filled with eggs.  Too cute!
Our class favor from Melody was this cute bunny!
Janeann led us through each section of the stitch guide and gave us plenty of tips along the way to improve as stitchers.  It's those little things that have big impact and really make taking a class extra fun!

Janeann giving a demonstration on turkey work.

Henri made the most adorable box in the theme of the class as a very unique thank you card for Janeann.  Henri has such talents and we are fortunate she is so generous with her talents!
Inside, each attendee wrote a brief thank you to Janeann.  Janeann, we cannot tell you how much we appreciate your friendship and knowledge and your willingness to teach for us!
Here is a members WIP about 2 weeks after the class. 
Another successful duClay class!  Many thanks to Melody for always bringing us something fun to do.  Lunch was catered by Brenda but we neglected to get photos of the food which was outstanding as always!  For all the photos from the day, please see our Flickr Album for this event.


A Taste of Basket Making!

In March our chapter had a Taste of Basket Making workshop led by our member Suzy.  This is the first scheduled activity in a year full of fun things for the chapter member to participate in and learn from.  Suzy saw a basket like this somewhere in a shop and was able to come up with a small and quick project to teach to the members.  
Our kits were thoughtfully put together by Suzy.
We immediately got to work, starting at the bottom. Suzy was constantly on the move ensuring we all got a great start and built a good base for our baskets.
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A mid-progress shot of the basket.
Here is Suzy on the right sharing some information with Donna.
Suzy is an accomplished basket maker.  Here are two baskets she made that she used to carry supplies.  Aren't they gorgeous?
Suzy is multi-talented.  She also hooked the piece attached to this large basket.
Most finished their project by the end of the afternoon.
JoyceAnne brought hers in the following month showing how she lined the basket.  It was absolutely beautiful!
She has a needlebook and a pair of scissors underneath her hand appliqued wool pincushion.
We would like to thank Suzy for facilitating the class for us. She even had a "make up" class the following month for a couple of members who missed the March meeting.

See all of the day's photos HERE in our Flickr Album.