October Stitch-a-long: Once in a Blue Moon and Halloween Tree

Once in a Blue Moon by Heather Gitlin

For our October Stitch-a-long on Facebook we are stitching two projects from our September 2020 issue of Needle Arts. The talented designers behind this month’s projects are EGA members Heather Gitlin and Mary Waldsmith.

Here’s more about this month’s project from Stitch-a-long admin Kate Gaunt:

This month we are focusing on the benefits of being a member of EGA. There are LOTS of reasons to join EGA and to start off, we have two projects from the September 2020 issue of EGA’s member magazine, Needle Arts. Heather Gitlin is a member of our Bucks County Chapter in Pennsylvania and she designed our Once in a Blue Moon canvas design. Heather’s inspiration was to try and look at things in a new way. Mary Waldsmith’s Halloween Tree is another in Mary’s series of small tree designs. These projects have been popular as guild programs and they make terrific holiday ornaments. Mary is a member of the Greater Dallas Chapter and she also serves as Education Chair for the South Central Region of EGA.

If you aren’t an EGA member, you’re likely wondering why our Stitch-a-Long page is showcasing projects that require membership in EGA to access the instructions. It’s because EGA prorates dues and they go down on October 1. You can currently join EGA for only $25 (as a member at large) and that includes membership through May 31, 2021, the next two issues of EGA’s Needle Arts Magazine (December 2020 and March 2021) AND you’ll receive the September 2020 issue in your “Welcome” packet when you join. That’s a win all around! You can join EGA by going here: https://egausa.org/join-us/

Halloween Tree by Mary Waldsmith

You’ll also have access to EGA’s Correspondence Courses and Petite Projects. EGA also features select Correspondence Courses as Lightning Rounds which means you can sign up for a special price as a solo student and you don’t have to be part of a group. Here is more about the Lightning Rounds: https://egausa.org/lightning-rounds/

You may also want to investigate chapter membership in EGA. Many chapters have converted to online meetings during the pandemic, so you can join and participate from most anywhere. Our South Central Region is also currently offering a special online beading class with Cindy Hambrick that is open to any chapter member in the South Central Region. (SCR includes Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Texas.) Information about that special class is included in the files section of this group.

So here’s what we’ll do this month…let’s convince anyone on the fence about the benefits of joining EGA. Let us know what YOU like about EGA. Let’s stitch these two great projects from our September 2020 issue of Needle Arts. (Special thank you to our two EGA-member designers, Heather Gitlin and Mary Waldsmith and thank you to Cheryl Christian, Editor of Needle Arts magazine for bringing us great content.) And for those of you who are just now joining, you are welcome to stitch any of our previous SAL projects while you wait for your Welcome to EGA packet to arrive. You can find most of our SAL projects on the EGA website here: https://egausa.org/ega-stitch-a-long/

With all these options, we should be happily stitching together for quite some time — and that’s the point: to share in EGA!

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The Halloween Trees featured at the top of this post were stitched by EGA administrator Cynthia Welch.