Chapter News: San Antonio Needlework Guild, Bishop’s Peak Chapter, Muchas Manos Chapter, Channel Islands chapter and Dogwood Chapter

Today we are bringing you news from our San Antonio Needlework Guild in Texas, our Bishop’s Peak Chapter in Grover Beach, California, our Muchas Manos Chapter in San Diego, California, our Channel Islands chapter in Camarillo, California and our Dogwood Chapter in Atlanta, Georgia. We encourage you to learn more about them by clicking on their name. Now you can join the San Antonio Needlework Guild, Bishop’s Peak Chapter, Muchas Manos Chapter, Channel Islands chapters and Dogwood Chapter directly from this website!

San Antonio Needlework Guild

Members of our San Antonio Needlework Guild recently finished working on the Petite Project Rhode Rage by Heather Gitlin. They had fun while stitching this beautiful project. This project is available to all EGA members from the Petite Projects page.

Bishop’s Peak Chapter

On Saturday, February 3rd, Sandy Naumann organized Bishop’s Peak Stitch In Public Day! This was held at the Arroyo Grande Public Library. The library provided Stitch books for display on the above tables and an additional table that held stitched pieces that the participants brought. The youngest lady in the picture Cheyenne, brought her stitching to show us and was very interested in EGA. We hope she can attend one of our meetings.

Above are: Fran McCormick, Cheyenne, Sandy Naumann, Judie Neufeld, Connie Balding, and Linda Workman

Muchas Manos Chapter

On February 3, Muchas Manos celebrated Stitch in Public Day at the Mira Mesa Library. Our lovely members participating included Angelina, Susan S. Susan D-B., Marjorie, Heather, Gini, and Carlito.

Susan S., Gini, and Angelina had their hands full the entire time teaching participants how to cross stitch some of the pre-made stitch packs. They were great teachers and participants made some really good progress on their project. A special shout out to Marjorie for her wonderful idea to post the event in the paper, because many of the people who stopped in came because of that ad. We’re looking forward to some possible new members joining following this event.

Channel Islands Chapter

The Channel Islands Chapter is having a workshop with Debbie Rowley this coming June 2024. The project titled Tribute is a tribute to the legendary Jean Hilton, and it features several “twisty” stitches attributed to the designer. This workshop will take place in Camarillo, CA on June 7 and June 8, 2024. Learn more and register using this brochure.

Dogwood Chapter

The Dogwood chapter participated in its 8th Original Sewing and Quilt Expo this past weekend. We usually offer a class or two that participants can sign up for and this year, we offered a class in candle wicking, taught by Anya Gray. She had 8 participants and worked with each one, teaching the correct method of making a colonial knot. We also offered a make it/take it project at our booth, that was a HUGE hit. It was an adorable little bee-themed needlebook, designed by Rebecca Spitler and kitted by Debbie Rhodes and Rebecca Spitler.

In the 1st picture below, Robin Starnes is seated between expo attendees working on the make it/take it. She’s also pictured in the third photo on the left side of the table. In the middle picture, Cherie Barker is pictured on the left side at our display table while Robin Starnes is the in the middle position at our make it/take it table.

Our outreach chair, Debbie Rhodes thanked her crew in the email she wrote below and I thought it was worthy of sharing.


You guys are AWESOME!!!!! Thank you so much for your hard work and enthusiasm for the Expo. We ran out of all 100 kits on Friday!!!! After work Friday, I made up 25 more kits. The Saturday volunteers finished assembling the kits from the extra pieces and parts that were at the Expo. By the time the Expo was over, we used all 125 kits!!! And people were still asking for more. I heard so many good things about the volunteers and how you were so busy assisting others and sharing your love of needlework. We touched AT LEAST 125 people and shared our craft. I heard several people state how they forgot how relaxing stitching was. We planted many seeds this weekend, and I thank you!!

I don’t know how many members we may have gained this weekend due to the way the membership sign up changed this year. Perhaps we didn’t get immediate members, maybe future members. I know on Saturday, I assisted some ladies that came from Missouri….maybe they won’t be Dogwood Chapter members, but wouldn’t it be great if they became EGA members in their state? We never know how we will touch people, and when the seeds will grow, but we planted many this week.

I am deeply appreciative of all your help. I could not do it without you.

Pat yourselves on the back for jobs well done!

Kindly, Debbie


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