Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery
International Guild, Inc.
Greetings from the president of Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery International Guild
BIRDS OF A FEATHER, FLOCK TOGETHER
Most of us have heard the old saying “Birds of a feather, flock together”. Originally suggested by Grita Gidner and then voted on by our guild members, it’s also our Seminar theme for 2014. And, I would like to suggest it can also be the theme of our guild for 2013-2014.
I am always amazed at how inspired I am by “flocking together” with other BE stitchers. This can be in person, attending classes or chapter meetings or informal get togethers. If you are lucky enough to live near other BE stitchers and have a chapter with regular get togethers you know how inspiring it can be to see what others are working on. But if you don’t have other BE stitchers near at hand, you can still “flock together” through a Round Robin, or via electronic media.
In keeping with our bird theme, I’m going to sing the praises of the Round Robin. Our guild Round Robin, originally started by Mary Crichton and now ably carried on by Jan Krepcik, is a great way to connect with other BE stitchers every month. You can also organize your own BE Round Robin. I’ve been lucky enough to be in two Round Robins this year: the guild Round Robin and another crazy quilt/BE Round Robin organized by Karen Gardner. Karen thought it would be neat to combine crazy quilting and BE into a unique Round Robin, so she organized one between two BE guilds in Washington state, the BELLS and the Valley Girls. It was as easy as that. Karen had an idea, put it out there, others said yes, and away we went.
Each month when I received pieces in the mail I was amazed and inspired by what others had stitched. Some stitchers used lovely color combinations I wouldn’t have thought of. Others stitched flowers I had never seen, or used our different BE floss weights in unique ways. The creativity and innovation on these pieces were endless, and a secondary gift of the Round Robin is becoming new friends, or closer friends, with the other people in it. We might not see each other in person throughout the process, but the connection is strengthened nevertheless.
If a Round Robin won’t work for you, maybe you can “flock together” electronically. Some of our guild members and designers have blogs, with creative BE ideas and a friendly tone. There are also on-line chat groups focusing on BE. These could be the next best thing to a get together with a BE friend.
Do you have other ideas on how to flock together with our fellow BE stitchers? Please let me know and I’ll put them in the next newsletter. It’s good for our creative spirit, and our general happiness, to connect with each other. Here’s to a wonderful year of BE connection and creativity for all of us “BE Birds”.
The Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery International Guild, Inc. was formed in 1991 as a non-profit organization to promote the art of Brazilian embroidery through seminars, newsletters, website, and workshops and has worldwide membership.
Membership to BDEIG is open to all stitchers, amateur and professional, novice and experienced. The only criteria for membership are a love of Brazilian embroidery and the desire to learn more about this needle art.
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