Service to the community is one of the most rewarding goals for members of a chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America, Inc. The New York Capital District Chapter has been involved in many service projects in which we use our needlework skills to help organizations in the community:
Chapter members researched and stitched recreations of historical needlework for the Schuyler Mansion, Albany Institute of History and Art and the Ten Broeck Mansion. Projects included a sampler, pocketbooks, tambour work, a pocket, a small needle case, a silk picture, pincushion and chair seats.
Members of the chapter stitched 10 panels of gold work for the drapes in the Executive Chamber of the Capitol building. Five motifs taken from a sunflower motif found on the gilded, embossed wall covering were stitched on each panel.
Ronald McDonald wall hanging, stitched by chapter volunteers, was donated to the Ronald McDonald House, children's playroom.
An on-going service project for the chapter is stitching personalized samplers for all families who receive homes built by Habitat for Humanity Capital District (Albany and Rensselaer Counties) and Habitat for Humanity Schenectady County. On December 19, 2012, eleven homes, built to coordinate with the facades of Nineteenth Century homes in the neighborhood and named Morton's Walk, were dedicated in Albany's South End. This is the largest build undertaken by Habitat for Humanity Capital District.
"Make-it, take-it" samples used in teaching creative design at the Altamont Fair, Clifton Park Farm Fest, and Schaghticoke Fair.
Frou frous, stitched by many members of the chapter, were donated to Beverwyck Assisted Living
and Resurrection Nursing Home for their dining tables.
Two East Greenbush Public Library cases are filled with various types of needle art (e.g., Hardanger, needlepoint, cross-stitch, etc.) in response to a request made by the library.
Bookmarks stitched by chapter volunteers for the Albany Public Library's inner-city children's reading program.
Members of the chapter individually embroidered squares which were then
assembled into a wall hanging for Beverwyck's Country Store and Cafe.
Beverwyck Retirement Community's holiday tree decorated
with ornaments stitched and donated by chapter members.
Chapter volunteers making fleece lap robes for hospitalized Veterans.
Chapter members stitching together at the Ten Broeck Mansion.
Creative Stitches 2015 at the Bethlehem Public Library.
Presentation of a quilted wall hanging to Patric Ryan, Director at The Terrace at Beverwyck. This outreach project was worked on by members of the chapter and donated to The Terrace on March 16, 2017.
This sampler, the original of which resides in the Saratoga Historical Society’s Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa, NY, was stitched by Jerusha Calkins at the age of eleven in the year 1826. Sadly, she died just four years later, but she left us with a beautiful legacy of her work as an example of 19th century learning. This is an exact reproduction just as Jerusha stitched it, including her mistakes.
This project was undertaken by members of the Capital District Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America. Proceeds from the sale of this sampler pattern will be used by the Saratoga Historical Society (www.brooksidemuseum.org) to conserve the original sampler as well as other items in their collection.