Forty years of promoting and encouraging embroidery is a significant milestone and the Pajarito Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America will celebrate the occasion Monday, May with a tea at 6 p.m. in Gibson Hall at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
Current and former members as well as anyone interested in needlework are invited to come and enjoy good food and conversation. Call Carole at 505.662.4604 or Marilyn at 505.672.9404 to RSVP or for more information.
The founding members of the local chapter, a group of six who met weekly to have lunch and stitch, called themselves the WWBs, Wednesday Wino Bunch. They found interest among other embroiderers and started the process of becoming part of the national organization. The official date of acceptance into Embroiderers’ Guild of America was March 16, 1977.
Today, Pajarito Chapter meets at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on the first Monday of the month unless the date must be changed because of a holiday. Chapter meetings, much like in the early days, consist of a short business meeting, a show and tell period when members can talk about their latest projects, plus a program about embroidery. The program can be a talk by a visiting artist/teacher, a project to be worked on by the group or a class about a particular stitching technique.
Since its inception Pajarito Chapter has contributed to the community. Notable achievements include sponsoring classes with distinguished guest teachers, contributing stitched items to local and national events and exhibiting needlework in a number of venues. In 1981 the chapter designed and stitched the Los Alamos Historical Quilt, which hangs in the Los Alamos National Laboratory Resource Center.
To mark its 40th anniversary, members of Pajarito Chapter are creating a wall hanging featuring ruby colored birds. Each bird will be the unique contribution of a
member. The hanging will be exhibited at the EGA Regional Retreat in August of this year in Taos.
For more information, contact Marilyn Foster at 505.672.9404.