Chapter News: Bella Vista Chapter (BVEGA) Presents Sampler & Embroidery Workshop

Judy Costello, Shiloh Museum of Ozark History Education Manager, welcomes the group.

Today we are bringing you news from our Bella Vista Chapter in Arkansas. We encourage you to learn more about them by clicking on their name and contacting them if you’d like to join them!

On August 5, a group of chapter volunteers led by our president, Karlene Susnik, met at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale, Arkansas, to present a program on hand-stitched samplers and to introduce a group of about 25 registrants to hand embroidery.

Karlene led by sharing her introduction to stitching as taught by her grandmother, who insisted that all young ladies must stitch pieces to fill their hope chests. She showed projects she stitched from four years of age to the present, demonstrating that samplers taught not only various styles of stitches, but also numbers and letters. BVEGA members brought additional samplers for display, along with EGA membership brochures and local chapter contact information.

After Karlene’s overview, workshop participants received kits with each containing a hoop, fabric stamped with a flower, skeins of floss, a needle, and a guide with five basic embroidery stitches. BVEGA members circulated among the stitchers, providing guidance, and answering questions.

Below are a few photos of the event. A good time was had by all!


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