Special Classes:
The second special class, Hearts & Ribbons by Toni Gerdes, has started and the third special class, Jacobean Impressions by Deborah Tirico, is scheduled to begin on November 15. We are currently negotiating the details for the last special class, tentatively scheduled for next February. 

Two checks, totaling $750 were received from the TVR for the education grant. I will submit the request for the final $250 once we have a signed contract for the last class. That will be all of the education grant for 2014 so any further classes won't be subsidized unless the board decides to do so from chapter funds.

The committee has discussed an idea for next year that we thought might be fun and interesting for the members. What if we ask members to organize several 'stitch ins' around the country. I know I'd enjoy meeting chapter members who live in my area. If we could get volunteers to organize a couple of days where members in that area could meet, stitch, chat and get to know each other a little that might bring a more personal touch to the chapter. It could be organized around a stitch in public day, etc., it could include stitching a chapter name tag or other petite project, or just time for people to work on UFOs. 

Since we anticipate the groups would be fairly small they could be in someone's home or a community clubhouse, etc. so the costs would be minimal, if any. It would be up to the volunteers to find a location and work out any other details. I think next year is our 15th anniversary too, so we could do something with that.



EGA Lightening Rounds:

The latest BIG news in the GCC Program is the introduction of "The GCC Lightning Rounds";!  These are four rotating courses that are offered quarterly for all EGA members to register for without a group.  This is particularly favorable for Members-At-Large and small EGA chapters that have difficulty filling a larger group in order to take a Group Correspondence Course.  "The GCC Lightning Rounds" will include four courses every three months.  The schedule for these quarterly courses is as follows: March to May, June to August, September to November, and December to February. The time to complete your course remains the same – just the window for registration is limited.
The following group courses now open to individuals at the special rate of $30 per student plus text fee: 

From September 1 - November 30, 2014  The links below to go to the signup page.  Below are links to photos.

To view these pieces, click on their name:

Assisi              Beginning Teneriffe               My Favorite Bracelet             Swiss Sampler   *

* (this was the only photo I could find of Ilse Altherr's Swiss Sampler)             


The 2014 UFO Challenge:
kicked off at the January meeting. The deadline for signing up for the challenge is the end of the March meeting. A number of members have already registered in the database in the Yahoo group and are happily stitching on their UFOs! We are using the same definition of UFO that we used in 2013: A UFO is a project with at least one stitch in it. Finished is defined as completing the stitching. The item does not have to be framed, sewn, mounted, etc., to be considered finished. Cindy Steinhoff is again in charge of the challenge for this year.

Stitching Buddies:
A database will soon be set up for those who want to participate. This is for those working on their UFO pile and/or those who don't have UFOs but have projects they want to accomplish during the year. If you are interested fill in your profile so you can be paired up with a Stitching Buddy. You have until the end of the month to fill in the database at: so you can be paired up Stitching Buddy and you can start working together.

Creativity Contest:

2014 Creativity Contest

Here are the rules for the Creativity Contest. I tried to make the criteria clear, but let me know if you have any questions.

Criteria - please follow these rules for your design.

1. Use a single color family - you can use as many shades as you want, but they must all be blue, or green, etc.

2. Include two different stitches - you can use a daisy stitch for flowers, a cluster of french knots for the sun, etc.

3. Use two different techniques - use cross stitch and blackwork or pulled thread and surface embroidery. There must be enough of both techniques to be readily identified

4. Design a seasonal theme - use butterflies or flowers for summer, golden leaves or pumpkins for fall, etc.

5. Include one thing you've never tried before. It can be the type of stitch, technique or something else. This can be as small or large a part of the design as you wish. (We'll have to take your word for this one. <g>) For example, if you're afraid of french knots do 4-5 in a row for smoke from a chimney.

Have fun and be creative, think outside the box. If you can make a reasonable explanation for how your design fits the theme we'll take it. Maybe you always think of cupcakes for summer because your grandmother celebrated the last day of school by baking you some. Then design cupcakes!

Here is a website that gives some tips for beginning designers. 

Check out Little Extras and Petite Projects on our website in the Members Area.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED - Education is a big part of CyberStitchers and we are always looking for new volunteers.

Respectively submitted by the Education Committee,
Angela Farrington, Chair
Julie Baumler
Virginie Cornaglia
Cindy Steinhoff
Meg Welch