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The next Metropolitan Region Meeting will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2023 via Zoom. 

All Metropolitan Region members can attend.

Region Director Maria Hall holds a monthly “Chat with the RD” which is held via Zoom on

the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm. All Metropolitan Region members are invited. 

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The Metropolitan Region’s next virtual lecture is with Claudia Kistler who will be speaking

about The History of Paper Needlework, on Saturday, February 25, 2023, beginning at 2 pm.

This lecture will share with you the creativity of counted thread pieces worked on specific

"fabric" that was once very popular but is almost forgotten today. Between 1840 and 1900 a

popular needlework pastime for both children and adults was stitching on perforated paper. 

In this lecture you will see an overview of the history and different types of perforated paper

needlework. You will see some amazing technique and creativity in these antique pieces

that you may not know was possible.

The era of the counted thread linen sampler, with designs worked in cotton or silk on fine

fabrics, began to wind down about 1850. By 1870, brightly colored German wools were 

being used on needlepoint canvas for Berlinwork patterns of flowers, animals, and 

geometric designs. These two types of needlework are very different. Do you ever 

wonder what happened to bridge the gap between these two familiar types of 

needlework? Perforatedpaper, also known as Bristol card, filled that gap. Perforated

paper was a cardboard punched with evenly spaced holes that was sold in sheets. 

Perforated paper could be used for counted thread design, for needlepoint design, 

and for printed design. By 1860 perforatd paper was the common “fabric” for needlework

 because it was easy to find, affordable, and fun to work with. Bristol card allowed 

for new types of design,  offering different creative options that were not successful 

on fabric or canvas.  Stitchers began to choose paper over fabric, magazines offered

counted thread paper projects, and designers began to offer printed pieces.

This lecture presents an overview of three categories of perforated paper needlework – The

Smalls [1840-1860]; The Samplers [1840 – 1870], and The Mottoes [1870-1900]. You will see

examples from Claudia’s extensive collection of perforated paper pieces. Some of the

samplers reveal history about the maker, and Claudia will share those stories with you.

Come join Claudia for this special event and enjoy the wonderful creativity of the stitchers

wh0 worked their forgotten stitches on perforated paper.

Since there is a maximum number of attendees allowed on Zoom, those interested will need

to rsvp to Janice Meyers by Thursday, February 23. Janice will then send the Zoom 

invitation to those attendees on Friday, February 24.