Molly Pitcher Stitchers

Chapter Programs and Region & National Events and other Embroidery Events


September 14--Ongoing project for the year: Finishing Techniques Notebook 

September 14--Felt & Embroider by Erma Yost

Erma Yost will give a presentation on her felting and embroidery work. Her presentation will be focused on her life and how she got started in the work that she does now. Below is Erma’s Artist’s Statement from her website. We hope you enjoy learning about a new technique and about the life of someone who has made a career of embroidery.

"Trained as a painter, my creative canvas is now felt–the most ancient of textile forms–long predating spinning and weaving. Its structure is unspun fibers, matted together using only hot water, pressure, agitation and tenacity. I form it by hand, create imagery with resist dyes, and finally add “marks” with thread and found objects.

I came upon “felting” by accident, but once introduced, I was captivated by the tactile qualities, deeply embedded colors and range of subtleties. From this magical mesh of fibers, I endeavor to create a language of symbolic forms inspired by the mysteries of nature. My Felted Gardens series focuses on the repeating patterns of planting, cultivating, harvesting–then lying dormant–only to rejuvenate and repeat the cycle again and again. I try to evoke personal worlds containing a sense of place, and solitude"

October 12--Beaded Fringe

November 9-- Ornament

Looking for a holiday ornament, our program is this lovely design which features using various canvas stitches. It is worked in quarters to create a square ornament. You choose your own colors using one skein of variegated thread, one coordinating skein of perle cotton thread and metallic thread. There is a kit fee of $8 for the canvas and instructions.

December 14--Annual Holiday Party and Ornament Exchange

Have you stitched your ornament for exchanging at our annual holiday party? This year we will gather at the the VFW in Carlisle at 6:30 pm for a socializing and dinner. Afterwards we will have our beautiful and creative ornament exchange.

January 20, 2018--Valentine Biscournu

January’s program is a beginner hardanger petite project - a Valentine Biscornu - found on the Members Only section of the EGA website under Petite Projects. The kit will contain a piece of 28-count white Lugana, one ball each of Presencia white perle cotton #8 and #12, iron-on interfacing, lining fabric, two 2 mm pearl beads, Mill Hill glass beads, a tapestry needle and beading needle. You will need to supply a skein of DMC floss or an over-dyed silk or cotton floss of your choice and your usual stitching supplies. The cost of the kit is $12.00 and the registration deadline is December 14. Sign up by sending an email to the webmaster.

February 10, 2018--Crazy Quilt Pyramid, Part 1

This intermediate canvas project is designed to teach different stitches (Byzantine, crouching goblin, diagonal variation and lace variation). The canvas stitches will be taught. Supplies needed for this class include your regular stitching supplies, 10x10 stretcher bars, tacks, perle cotton, DMC, and other threads from your stash. Variegated threads can be used as well. NOTE: this is a Saturday meeting at the Borough Hall. A break for lunch will be scheduled.

March 8, 2108--Crazy Quilt Pyramid, Part 2

The surface stitches will be presented.

April 12, 2018 – Front of Gingerbread Heart Ornament

May 10, 2018 – Back of Gingerbread Heart Ornament

June 14,2018 – Chapter Picnic.

Mid-Atlantic Region

April 13-14 2018

The Spring MAR meeting will be head at the Hilton Garden Inn, Wilkes-Barre, PA. The Executive Board will meet on Friday evening. The Saturday morning class will be a THaP (Take Home a Program), Curious Needlebook. It will be taught by Heather Gitlin. This is a small geometric canvas piece with lots of intricate stitches: waffle, triangular and circular Jessicas, sheaf, broken diamond, saw tooth triangles, couching, buttonhole, and darning. This is an intermediate-level project, but stitchers of all levels will be accommodated and become more comfortable with contemporary canvas stitches. The Board of Directors will meet in the afternoon. Saturday evening Deborah Tirico will help you create a cherry tart pin cushion using felted wool techniques. For more information see the Region website.


October 3-8, 2018

National Seminar "Diamond Jubilee" at the Galt House, Louisville, Kentucky