This summer, our Louisville Chapter participated at the Kentucky State Fair where they have been demonstrating needlework for at least 20 years.
The chapter has a designated day every year and members take two-hour shifts throughout the day working on projects they currently have in progress. At times, when the chapter has had a class by a national teacher, or if they have taken one of our Group Correspondence Courses, several members will be working on the same project. While the projects can be the same, the end result can be very different since stitchers at times use different colorways.
While the members demonstrate needlework at their table, many people stop by and comment, often bringing back memories from when they were taught to stitch by their mother or grandmothers. Several new members have joined the chapter after learning of EGA at the fair.
Every year, the Louisville Chapter does a community project. The chapter’s monthly meetings are held at a firehouse, so the past few years they have stitched a firefighter-themed piece to hang in the meeting room of the firehouse, and have also stitched a firefighter-themed piece for them to auction off for their annual charity drive that benefits children in the Louisville area.
Members of the Louisville Chapter also enter numerous pieces in the Textile department of the fair each year, and win numerous ribbons. The image on top is a close-up of Carrots, designed by Jennifer Riefenberg and stitched by Cynthia Welch.