Notes from the President’s Desk
I was recently organizing some framed pieces, and came across a sampler that had been in my husband’s grandmother’s home. It is unsigned, undated, and yet someone took the time to stitch this simple little sampler. There isn’t anything about this sampler that would help identify the stitcher, or even the time in which it might have been stitched.
If many of you enjoy stitching samplers as much as I do, then perhaps you are one who does reproduction samplers. If so, then you stitch the sampler with someone else’s name. But what about your own name? How will anyone be able to tell who really stitched the sampler?
Several times on Antiques Roadshow I have seen lovely samplers being appraised. Some of them could be identified by the stitcher and the year in which they were stitched, but at other times, there was nothing to help the appraiser. The curious thing about the unsigned samplers is that they are no less valuable, but how much more exciting it would have been for the family if they had known more about the stitcher.
In a conversation not too long ago, it was asked about whether, when you are doing a reproduction of a sampler, if you signed the name of the original stitcher, or your own name. I have no idea which is more correct, but I believe the general consensus was that you sign the original stitcher’s name, and then “tuck” your own name in somewhere on the piece.
On some pieces, I have put “working notes” in a sheet protector and attached that to the back of the piece. This gives my future relatives knowledge about what was going on when I was stitching the piece.
Like any artist, I feel it is important to sign a piece of work. Future generations will then have some way of identifying which of their ancestors was responsible for a particular item. Also, it’s a way of letting others know how proud I am of the work I’ve done.
14th – Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Stitch In @ Alice & Kelly’s
25th – Wednesday
Newsletter Information due
26th – Thursday, 6:45pm
Heather Hills Retirement Village
We will continue working on A Case for Color #1. Joan A. has offered to assist with this project and her contact information is available in the membership directory.
Remember that until our May 2013 meeting the challenge is to finish projects! New projects, old projects, UFO – anything goes! There will be three prizes for the most finished projects, a prize for the oldest project, and a prize for the fan favorite finish.
July 20 ~ Diane H.
August 3 ~ Kelly L.
August 4 ~ Alice R.
August 24 ~ Dick H.
Information from EGA National:
On-line course offerings for July 2012 are:
Dresden Kitty ~ Drawn/pulled thread piece taught by Wanda Linsley.
Roses ~ Blackwork piece taught by Carol Algie Higginbotham.
More information and registration forms may be found at:
Upcoming 2012 EGA Events
July 28th - Michigan State Day hosted by the Marshall EGA Chapter.
September 21st - GLR Executive Committee and GLR Executive Board of Directors at the Indianapolis Marriott East.
September 22nd - GLR Semi-annual Meeting at the Indianapolis Marriott East.
October 28th- Santa Fe Enchantment ~ EGA Seminar 2012.
November 2nd- Santa Fe, NM Hosted by Rocky Mountain Region
November 29th – GGR-EGA Christmas Party
@ Pietro’s on 28th Street in Grand Rapids.
Michigan Stitches 6th Annual Shop Hop
Friday, Sept 7 - Sunday Sept 17, 2012
Stitching Bits and Bobs in Plainwell
Ladybug Shop in Royal Oak
Timeless Stitches in Tecumseh
In Stitches in Jackson
Passports are $5 and entitle you to 20% off your purchases in each store during the shop hop.
Each shop will have a door prize drawing and if you visit all four shops you will be eligible to win 1 of 5 great prizes! The grand prize is valued at over 1000!
Some of our members are allergic to and/or sensitive to fragrances. Our EGA meetings will be perfume, aftershave & otherwise scent free out of consideration for those who have these sensitivities!