Day Meetings

November 21, 2019
Dorset Buttons Lecture and Hands-On Class with Pat Olski

All members are invited to attend the chapter’s free program, courtesy of our annual program funds.

Beautiful buttons are the ultimate enhancement for your knitted, crocheted or woven pieces! Handmade Dorset buttons have been around since the 1600s. They are as gorgeous and versatile now, as they were then. In this class we will discuss the history of these needle crafted beauties, share some great examples, and learn how to make buttons that will elevate any item that they adorn. We will also discuss practical aspects of attaching them to garments, as well as ways to use them for other purposes and gift items.

Although the buttons are based upon simple embroidery and needle weaving techniques, no knitting or sewing skill is required. All you need is patience, and a willingness to learn! You will leave with at least one finished button, and the knowledge and information to make many more.

Supply List:  Please bring at least 2 different colored skeins of pearl cotton # 5. This is a great time to use fun over-dyed threads from your stash!  Lighter colors are easier to work with. You will also need at least one size 16 tapestry needle and one chenille needle size 18, and a pair of scissors. A tape measure is useful.

Pat Olski is equally passionate about knitting, crocheting and embroidery.  Her articles and many patterns reflecting all three have been published in numerous issues of Vogue Knitting, Vogue Knitting Crochet, Knit Simple, Noro, Inspirations Embroidery, and Piecework magazines, as well as in a large variety of needle-craft and knitting books. She is the published author of a number of yarn craft books and booklets. Pat’s newest book “Creating Dorset Buttons” will be released in winter 2019.  Pat enjoys nothing more than translating complicated traditions into relevant and approachable designs that are fun to make. Please visit-

January 16, 2020

Shadow Stitched Rose and our Annual Pot Luck Lunch

We will complete stitching on the Shadow Stitched Rose.

Please bring your appetizer, salad or dessert with a serving utensil.  Each member is responsible for removing their dish at the end of our lunch.  The chapter will provide paper plates, napkins and utensils.

February 20
Finishing DVD
Diane DeNardo will show her DVD on finishing.  No registration is needed.

March 19
GCC The Snowflake Ball
Registration Ends:  January 16, 2020
Text fee:  $35

We have chosen The Snowflake Ball as our Group Correspondence Course for 2020.  All registrants will meet at the March and April day meetings to stitch this GCC. We will apply for the Region’s 2020 education grant of $175 which will pay for the course fee.  Supplies should cost each student $35 - $55.   “The Snowflake Ball, designed by Denise Harrington Pratt, is a three-dimensional, beaded needlework piece that is constructed based on one of the Archimedean Solids called a truncated octahedron. You don’t have to understand geometry to stitch this fun piece. Students will learn how to use Sticky Fabri-Solvy ™ to transfer the snowflake patterns onto the fabric. Many tips and instructions assist the student in embroidering the snowflake designs using backstitch on cotton fabric. The snowflakes are then embellished with seed beads and bugle beads to make the snowflakes sparkle. Lastly, the student learns how to put all the pieces together to construct and properly stuff a beautiful Snowflake Ball.”

Student to supply:
1 yard 100% cotton fabric (ball may be stitched on a single color of fabric or multiple colors of a variety of fabrics); a variety of threads (DMC, Anchor, silk, metallic, etc.); coordinating sewing thread; Mill Hill beads:  3 packages size 11 seed beads, 2 packages small bugle beads, 3 packages medium bugle beads; sheer weight interfacing; 3 – 4 sheets of Sticky Fabric-Solvy, fiberfill or cotton stuffing; needles:  sharps in sizes 9, 10, 11, and/or embroidery needles in size 9 or 10 and betweens needles in size 10 for attaching beads; 4” and 6” embroidery hoops; and optional is heavy duty template plastic.

April 16
GCC The Snowflake Ball
Registration:  Closed

May 21
HOLIDAY PATCHES designed by Susan Kerndt
Registration closes:  April 16, 2020
Registration fee:  $2
Instructions:  $34

Florentine patterns, laid fillings and composite stitches are used to create this holiday piece in red, green, white and a touch of gold metallic.  Incorporate holiday fabric of your own choosing, then embellish it with beads and stitches.  There is even a tree and garland to decorate!

We will also devote the September and October meeting to stitching this design.

Student to supply:
18-count canvas, 15” x 15”; DMC Perle Cotton #5 – one skein #367 and #498; two skeins #890;
Silk & Ivory – 9, 14, 83, 84; Splendor – S1064; Very Velvet – V255; Needlepoint Silk – 504; Silk Serica – 4067; Impressions – 0057, 5000; Soie Cristale – 0057; Wildflowers – Moss, 169; Kreinik - #4 braid 002HL; #8 braid 002HL (40m); #16 braid 002HL; 1/16” ribbon 002; Ombre 3200; Paillettes – gold size 12 or 14; DMC floss - #3045, #987; Mill Hill beads – 03049, 42030; Holiday fabric; Felt; Fusible web; Needles - #22, #24, #26 Tapestry needles; #10 Crewel; #24, #26 Chenille needles; 2 pair stretcher bars 15” each; tacks; usual stitching supplies including light and/or magnification if needed.

Note:  The colors indicated are for the model as stitched in Christmas colors.  Please select your fabric first; then match your threads accordingly. 

Also:  You don’t need to stitch this design in a holiday theme at all.  See below: 


June 18
Summer Stitch-In
Colts Neck Library

July 16
Summer Stitch-In
Colts Neck Library

August 20
Summer Stitch-In
Colts Neck Library

September 17
Patches continued

October 15

Patches continued