Sunday, December 18, 2011

December Meeting - Potluck Dinner

We celebrated the holidays with a Potluck Dinner.  Members brought in such a variety of food it was hard to know where to begin.  Two tables full of savory dishes to taste and whole separate table full of sweets to for dessert.  After tasting the dishes we asked each other for the recipes.  The highlight was our show and share table which filled quickly.

Bob surprised us all with all the progress he made on his Borders Project.  The technique is Hardanger on canvas.  It's an original design and the flower detail in the squares is just beautiful. 

Enjoy the show and share - here are some more stunning finishes.  The first picture is counted canvas technique, "Galaxy", in a primary color palette.  Old St. Nick is in cross stitch - it had been sitting in stash limbo - we're glad you decided to finish it, Sue - It's just beautiful.
Galaxy by Needle Delights

Next are three Christmas painted canvases, beautifully interpreted by Cathy.  The pears have kept her busy too - here's 7 and counting!

A close up of the needlepoint

Kelly Clark Pears

Needle Delights

Rounding out the table of show and share are two pieces designed by Needle Delights, "Amazing Color" and "Color delights - Purple".  Each beautifully showcased.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

November Meeting - Finishes

A table full of beautiful finishes by our members.  There is needlepoint, pulled work, and Hardanger.

Hardanger on the left, Pulled work on the right

2011 November Meeting - Borders #1

Our chapter project is to learn about needlework borders.  In October we drew a 6" square onto 18ct canvas and devided it into 6 columns with a "floating" square in each column.  This month we stitched our squares.  The leader offered some suggestions (see the yellow square samples) and we all started stitching.  Each stitcher was creative in their choice of color, fiber and stitches.  Some of us just started our squares and some haved moved ahead of the class.  
The squares are made with 'Very Velvet' thread

6 different stitch ideas for your square

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Cancer Hearts Outreach program

Most of our members have been touched in some way by cancer, whether their own struggle or that of their family and friends.  When the new Wilmot Cancer Center opened a few years ago, the Flower City Needlers wanted to recognize the new facility and those whose lives have been changed in some way by cancer.  It was important that each member have the opportunity to express Cancers impact on them.  When we first started the project, we stitched needlepoint hearts in honor or in memory of specific people or cancers.  Unsure of what to do with the hearts after their completion, we contacted the volunteer coordinator at the cancer center.  We were excited when she asked for permission to give them to patients who were alone or having an especially difficult time with their treatment. 

Our first donation consisted of 25 hearts and since then we have donated over 200. We have also donated them to other individuals, whom our members know personally.  At last year’s Tri-City ANG Needlepoint Retreat, Buffalo and Syracuse Chapters also participated in the project. A local Red Hat Society has also contributed several of these needlepoint hearts.

The hearts are four inches wide and are frequently stitched using over dyed threads, metallic threads and beads. As the amount of  threads and canvas  needed to complete a heart are inexpensive and the time to complete one is minimal, our members experiment with new stitches, with new threads, and learn how to better compensate stitches.  A local retailer finishes many of them at a reduced price.

Our members are frequently seen in waiting rooms at the doctor’s office or flying on a plane stitching our hearts away.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Fall Kickoff Meeting

At our September meeting we enjoyed refreshments, signed up for future correspondance courses, and heard about the upcoming programs.  Show and Share is a favorite segment of our monthly meetings.  Needlework can take a long time to complete so we celebrate a members finishes.  Here are some photos of the evenings show.