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Stash Reallocation Sale and Potluck!

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 10 AM

Monday, August 19, 2019 - 7 PM

In the words of one of our long-time members, if you're looking for a place for needlework items that no longer "spark joy" for you the Stash Reallocation Sale is the place to bring them. And there's a good chance that you will spot something there that will "spark joy" that will have to go home with you!

Please note change in location starting in August. The morning meeting will be held in our usual space - the Community Room on the lower level. The evening meeting will be held upstairs in the Fireside Room.

In conjunction with the sale, bring snacks and treats to share that do not require either refrigeration or heating. We will have hot water for tea and coffee

This is our primary fundraising effort and the proceeds will support our education programs, so come prepared to shop!

Temari - Part 1

      • Tuesday, September 3, 10 AM
      • Monday, September 16, 7 PM

Temari, embroidered thread balls, are an art form that originated in Japan (or possibly China) five or six hundred years ago. Mothers and grandmothers originally made temari as toys for the children to play with. Women used remnants of old kimonos to construct the balls.

As time moved on the stitching became more and more decorative until the balls became very intricate. The designs can be geometric or freely embroidered. They are still highly valued and a cherished gift showing friendship and bestowing good wishes even though their use as toys faded after the introduction of rubber to Japan.

In this series of classes we will make a temari with a chrysanthemum design. Chrysanthemums are a national symbol of Japan and gift of them represent a wish for long life for the receiver by the giver.

Temari making is different from many other types of embroidery because the first step is to create the spherical surface. We will learn how to form the ball in Part 1. Supplies for this session will be provided to students. In addition, students should bring a scissors and a tape measure, preferably marked in metric.

In Part 2 (November) we will learn how to apply the marking lines to the ball, which become the framework used to apply the chrysanthemum design. Supplies for this session will be provided however students may choose to use size 8 perle cotton or a metallic thread such as Kreinik size 8 braid from their own stash. We will also talk about choosing colors for the chrysanthemum.

In Part 3 (January 2020) we will stitch the flower. Students should provide size 5 perle cotton in a range of three to five colors from light to dark or, as in my sample, a range from yellow to orange plus a coordinating color to use for the obi (the band around the middle). Students will use less than a full skein of each color.

The reservation form for this program is on the Forms Page.

Felt Birds

Tuesday, October 1, 10 AM

Monday, October 21, 7 PM

Some felt, a needle, and some thread is all it takes to make these cute little birds! The program is free, but please register using the coupon on the Forms page so that we have enough kits for everyone.