Welcome to CyberStitchers!

We are an online chapter of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America, Inc. (EGA). Our approximately 250 members come from around the world to participate in a lively and vibrant community of embroiderers. We are a diverse lot ranging from new embroiderers to seasoned stitchers. CyberStitchers is a group dedicated to embroidery in all in its facets: skill, education, community, and outreach.

We love what we do. Cyberstitchers welcomes all manner of needleworkers. From cross-stitch to canvas, surface stitches to stumpwork, traditional techniques to modern mixed media, if you can or want to stitch it with needle and thread – we welcome you. We love to learn new things and we are eager to see what everyone is working on. We enable encourage our members in their embroidery endeavors and challenges. If this sounds like a place for you, come join us!

CyberStitchers is dedicated to increasing our knowledge of needlework. We offer members multiple educational opportunities throughout the year, from EGA's Group Correspondence Courses to online classes to Petite Projects. Our members also share their projects and knowledge on special interest lists and on our general chat list. With opportunities to learn a variety of techniques at all skill levels, there is something for everyone.

Our chapter meetings occur via email or web page in a Yahoo group. Meetings happen every odd-numbered month (January, March, May, July, September, and November) beginning on the second Thursday of the month. Because members are spread across the globe, our meetings last five days so that everyone can participate. We take attendance by poll, so you attend at you convenience. Our officers meet for board meetings on even-numbered months.

CyberStitchers is also dedicated to community outreach. With members world-wide, we have countless opportunities to reach friends and neighbors through embroidery. One of our most popular outreach programs is the breast cancer ornament auction held every year at The Attic Needlework in Arizona, U.S.A. We also stitch bookmarks for Project Literacy (a program that supports libraries with literacy programs) and kissing pillows for U.S. and Canadian service members (a program that provides deploying troops with a remembrance for their family until they return from deployment. Individual members also perform Outreach for One: projects not organized by the chapter but performed by individual members.

CyberStitchers was the first online chapter of the EGA. We were chartered in March 2000 in the Tennessee River Valley Region as a full fledged chapter. Our members receive all the benefits of the EGA and chapter membership from the comfort of their own homes. Many of our members are also members of their local EGA chapters.

So whether you are looking for an on-line resource, a supplement to your face-to-face chapter, or an online EGA chapter because you live in a place that doesn’t have one, come check us out. CyberStitchers is a fun, lively place. We're happy to welcome you.

A Tale of Two Raphaels

Most would agree that needlework falls into the folk art category. People might talk of a quilt's technical difficulty or the perfect stitches in a sampler, but rarely does anyone know the person who created the piece.

In this video Renaissance art meets technical tapestry brilliance. Raphael designed several tapestries for the Sistine Chapel and weavers in Brussels produced the vision. In 2010, Raphael's cartoons (the paintings from which the tapestries were made) and the finished tapestries were displayed together for the first time in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. See the history and journey of these magnificent pieces.

Video http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/videos/a/video-a-tale-of-two-raphaels/
Vatican Museums http://mv.vatican.va/3_EN/pages/z-Info/MV_Info_Arazzi.html
Biography http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raphael
More information http://religion.wikia.com/wiki/Raphael_Cartoons

 

Fashion as the Book

(Photos & text provided by Meg Welch)

These photos were taken at Palas Mall (http://www.palasmall.ro/) in Iasi (pronounced Yash), Romania on March 14th, 2014. Iasi has had an annual book fair for about twenty years, and this exhibit was part of it.
 
The dresses are all made out of magazines, newspapers, and books. The sign in last photo gives a list of all the dressmakers. The dresses are all full sized and very well constructed. With no guard and not even a roped off area, they had already survived the whole week on display and looked this beautiful.

Iasi is an industrial town that is attempting to become the 2027 European Cultural Capital. Palas Mall was built in the past two years, and the name refers to the Iasi Cultural Palace that it is adjacent to.

Meg says, "We go to Iasi periodically since, now that we can't go to Odessa, it's the place we can go to get a bit more sophistication than in Chisinau itself."

Bookmarks Made By Joanne M.

Joanne M made these bookmarks for last year's President's Challenge.  The bookmarks were donated to a local library in Ohio.  Aren't they beautiful?

Bookmarks Made By Mary

Mary D, one of our members, made this passel of bookmarks for our literacy program.  They're cute and will be loved by the children who get them.  Thank you, Mary, for your dedication and time!

Bookmark Love

One of the chapter's charities is stitching bookmarks for literacy programs.  The President's Challenge this year is to ask each member to stitch one bookmark and one Christmas ornament for the breast cancer fundraiser.  Here are six! bookmarks stitched by NancyAnn W., one of our members.  We will be featuring more of these in the next week, so keep looking.

New Member Contest

As announced in the meeting, you have the chance to win this beautiful beeswax heart!

Just complete the "A Little Gem" canvaswork project and post a picture in the Chat4 folder!

Here's the underside:

A bit of background on the heart: It was made in Moldova and was bought directly from the beekeeper.  She molded the heart herself, and you can see from the back that it's truly handmade.  It weighs about a hundred grams and measures two inches across and down, with an inch in depth.

Can You BEE Here?

As a benefit of membership in CyberStitchers, our members get a discount on one Group Correspondence Course per year.  This is called the BEE program (Big Education Event), and for the BEE, the chapter will pay the postage and course fee for one of the 10 (on average) GCCs we register under this program each year.  We'll begin registering for our 3Q BEE (Big Education Event) courses in the next few weeks.  Our 2Q BEE registrations are now closed.  The ten courses (and the quarter they're offered) this year are...

2Q GCCs (CURRENTLY UNDERWAY) -
Assissi
Cleopatra's Cat
How
To's of Swedish Naversom
Roses
Sashiko
Spring Splendor

3Q GCCs (REGISTRATION OPEN - ASK ABOUT SPACE AVAILABILITY) -
Brazilian Embroidery Purse
Embroidery with Mixed Media
Finishing with Flair
Floral Whimsy
Japanese Temari Basics
Spring Splendor

If you want to register for one of these classes AND have paid your 2012 CyberStitchers dues, send an email to our Education Chair, Ellen Sedlak.  Put your name in your email, along with the GCC you want to register for!

Welcome Home!

We're excited about our new site and hope you are too!  The new site has a lot of features and things to explore, but it's still a work in progress.  As you wander through the site, note what you think is good, what you think could be improved, and give us ideas!  Leave a comment here regarding the new site by March 31st, 2012, and be entered in a drawing for one of four prizes. 

Thank you to Kelly Jackson and Andreas Welch, especially, for getting this up and running!

Update 3/12/2012 - Prize list:  The four prizes are:
1. Sherry Serafini's Sensational Bead Embroidery
2. A packet of six skeins of silk thread.
3. Rosewood Manor's Family Reunion chart.
4. An assortment of stitching tools.

First person to get picked chooses first, and so on.

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