Show and Tell

Bethlehem Library Display

Members of our chapter recently displayed some of their work at the Bethlehem Library.

Seven Symmetries Sampler

Designed by Jennifer Paperman, Donna Logan, Mary Roylance, and Ginger Iorizzo

On April 17, 2021, Diane Herrmann gave a lecture to the EGA Metropolitan Region entitled
“Seven Symmetries: (Mathematics!) and Border Patterns.” When designing a band or a border
of repeating motifs, there are only seven ways of changing the orientation of the motif, hence
the name of the lecture. At the end of her lecture, Diane shared her Snowman Symmetry
sampler consisting of seven motifs, one for each of the seven symmetries. Diane challenged the
attendees to design their own sampler, using motifs from their region or chapter. Diane
mentioned that although she has given the lecture many times, no one had ever met her
challenge. Members of the New York Capital District Chapter rose to the occasion and designed
a Seven Symmetries sampler. Ginger Iorizzo stitched their design.
Diane Herrmann was thrilled that an EGA chapter finally met the challenge! The New York
Capital District Chapter’s sampler will be featured in future lectures she gives.


A Tale of Two Pandemics

Here are two versions of Pandemic, a cross stitch design by Julia Line of Long Dog Samplers.  The version on the left was stitched by Lynne Priestley using 36 count Weeks Dye Works linen and Glorianna overdyed silk threads. The version on the right was stitched by Jennifer Paperman using 16 count aida cloth and DMC floss.


Perfectly Counted Crosses GCC

Perfectly Counted Crosses is an EGA Group Correspondence Course taught by Carolyn Standing Webb that several of our members participated in.  The course taught several different variations of the cross stitch.  Participants were able to use Carolyn’s charted design or create an original design of their own, using the stitches that were taught.



This band sampler was designed by Jennifer Paperman.  Jenni created her own original design, using all of the various stitches that were taught in the course.  It is designed around a military theme: each band represents the opposing sides from a different military conflict.  The piece is stitched on 32-count linen (Zweigart pre-made linen band overdyed Boo! from the Silkweavers Classics line), using primarily blue shades, though the center band is done in red, white, and yellow.







This version was stitched by Terry Case.  Terry used some of Carolyn’s bands, in combination with some of her own choosing.  Her piece is stitched in mostly DMC threads.









Here is Maryann Gibson’s version.  Maryann chose some different bands and changed the colors to shades of green.