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Merrimack Valley Chapter - News

Merrimack Valley Chapter meets monthly April through December on the third Tuesday.  Meetings start at 7 pm at the Hampton Inn, 25 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford MA 01821 on the Bedford/Billerica line. Stitch-ins are held January through March on the third Tuesday

We’re winding down our program year, with only two months left before our winter stitch-ins in January, February, and March.

    1. In June, Kari Boardman taught the Gingerbread Heart Petite Project.
    2. In July, we welcomed Judy Jeroy who taught a Spider Web Sampler. This program was very popular, with 18 people signing up. Judy brought the model for Daffy Pansies, the lovely piece she will be teaching at NER’s Spring Break in March.
    3. In August, Rosemary Carter led us through making a right-angle weave beaded bracelet. Having Rosemary teach beading has become an annual summer program.
    4. September and October brought Diana Snyder down from Vermont to teach Schwalm Embroidery. In September, she got everyone started on the prep work and then in October, we learned the fun filling stitches.

Still to come:

    1. Amee Sweet-McNamara will be our teacher in November, for her Dove of Peace. We have asked Amee to bring the model(s) for her Rocaille Refinement Necklace that she will be teaching at Spring Break.
    2. Chapter member Pam Lathwood will get us started on designing and making a wool appliqué bowl. The December program will focus on designing the bowl, ideas for the appliqué, use of freezer paper or fusible web, and appropriate threads. The program will continue in May with assembling the bowl, adding a magnet, and tips/tricks to enhance the bowl.

Our Twelfth Biennial Seminar in July was a success. The students enjoyed their classes with Kay Stanis and Jennifer Riefenberg and the folks in Studio Time made progress on the projects, while enjoying the company and camaraderie of each other. We will be having another seminar, but not until 2021 or 2022.

MVC has engaged in two separate outreach activities during the past few months:

    1. Carrie Powanda-Croft contacted the House of Hope, a facility in Lowell, Massachusetts that transitions homeless families into stable housing, to determine their current needs. In response, chapter members donated bed comforters. In addition, we also used chapter funds to purchase additional comforters. In total, 13 comforters were donated.

In addition, several chapter members made monetary donations to the House of Hope. Carrie will contact them again after the first of the year to see what they need at that time.

Following the end of the yard sale at the chapter’s Twelfth Biennial Seminar in July, Sue Andrews hunted through the unsold items, pulling threads and ground fabrics that she then sorted to identify those suitable for use in the TOYS program. These items will be given to Diana Snyder. Sue will work with the MVC and NER to identify use for other specialty threads for potential outreach and chapter projects. Any books and magazines were donated to the Taunton Public Library, where they were quickly sold. The remaining unsold items were donated to the Tabernacle Baptist Church of Hope in Rhode Island, where the items were sold at their white elephant sale, with the proceeds being used for their outreach activities.

Pat Timpanaro


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