Shakespeare's Garden Sweet Bag with Jane Timmers

On September 21 and 22nd, the duClay Chapter was thrilled to host Jane Timmers of Fancy Work.  Our class was held at the historic Bensel House which is located on the river.  Thank you to the Lynch's for their generosity in letting us meet there.  Eleven EGA members participated in the class and a big thank you also goes out to Melody, our VP of Programs/Education for another successful class!
Our class kits - lots of beautiful silk and linen from Lakeside in the Bittersweet colorway!  Real freshwater pearls too!
Our class project was Shakespeare's Garden Sweet Bag.  Isn't it gorgeous?  The class covered instructions on the  speciality stitches and the skills and techniques needed to finish the bag.  The two days were fun without being overwhelming.  Jane is a delightful instructor and her love of needlework, design, and finishing is very evident.   
The quotes on the back of the bag are from Shakespeare's plays and are related to flowers and gardens.
Thank you to our member Henri who made orts containers for each of the attendees.  They can be folded flat and can easily slip into a pocket in a stitching bag to take home.
One of our out of town members, Jill was in town for a family wedding and stopped by for a bit of stitching and lunch.  It was delightful to see her!  Come back soon Jill!
Speaking of lunch, we catered lunch for both days from Brenda at Fancy J's Catering.  The food was delicious.  Dessert was a bit hit too!
Melody (L) and Brenda (R)
Lunchtime view from the front porch of the Bensel House.
Henri also made this card for us to sign and give to Jane.  The Chapter gave her a pair of Bohin scissors as a thank you gift.  
Here are some other pictures from the class as well as some pictures of the projects Jane brought with her to share with us.  Lots of oohing and ahhing going on!  Thank you Jane, Melody and to our class members for a delightful weekend!
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Chapter Exhibit

During the month of September, duClay EGA has the honor of exhibiting in the gallery at the Orange Park Library.  This gives us the opportunity to exhibit our larger projects.  It's a beautiful exhibit and  we do hope that if you're local that you'll take the opportunity to visit in person.  Today, we'd like to share with you some photos of the exhibit.  A complete set of the photos taken (over 50) can be found in the set found here on Flickr.   Apologizes for the glare and reflections on the glass in some of the photos- the gallery hall is full of windows and light. 
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