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2022-2023 Presentations

September 19, 2022

History of Handbags

   by Alice Latham

This month's guest speaker is Alice Latham. She is the President of The Flagg Creek Heritage Society in Burr Ridge which is dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of the Flagg Creek area. She will be giving a brief lecture on the history of the handbag to be followed with a show and tell of handbags from the Flagg Creek Museum's extensive collection, her own collection and a few from friends.

Members are encouraged to bring a handbag to join in the fun!

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October 17, 2022

Inside the Mind of an Artist

       by Natasha Lehrer Lewis

Our guest speaker this month is Natasha, Lehrer Lewis, who is an award winning fiber artist with a studio, Esther's Place, in Big Rock, IL. She raises sheep, spins, weaves and dyes her wool. With lots of photography and storytelling, she share her creative journey and inspiration behind her artistry.

She has a website at  Also, her studio website can be found at

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November 21, 2022

Chikankari Shadow Work from India

   by Jennifer Shekaran

We are excited to have our very own HEG member, Jennifer Shekaran here with us to give a slide presentation plus a show & tell on the very distinctive shadow work of India called Chikankari. Jennifer's husband, Chandra, is from India and she along with their two daughters have travelled and lived in India.  While there she became familiar with many different embroidery styles of India including Chikankari.

Chikankari originated in the city of Lucknow, the present capital city of the state of Utter Pradesh, India, and is used extensively to adorn clothing as well as home goods.

Unlike the heirloom stitching form of shadow work from Italy and England, Chikankari’s process is more complex.


January 16, 2023

What is Slow Stitching 

   by Mary Gemkow

Our own Mary Gemkow will make a presentation about slow stitching. You will learn about the history of slow stitching and its ability to help us relax. There are many other aspects to this technique but the greatest effect is relaxation.

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February 20, 2023

What are Knot Gardens

   by LIbby Sturdy

Libby, who is passionate about gardening, will give a power point talk on: “What are Knot Gardens”, their history and various garden types both real and stitched.


March 20, 2023

My Mother's Dolls

   by Mary Brown

Mary is a life- long resident of Clarendon Hills, an accomplished, published photographer, gardener, and she has volunteered in many Village groups. This month she will be sharing with us her Mother’s beautiful, handmade 3- dimensional origami dolls. They are spectacular!

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April 17, 2023

2023-2024 Programs Presentation

   by Linda Kennedy and Anne Zick

Our presentation this month will be an overview of the programs planned for the 2023-2024 Guild year.

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May 15, 2023

Field trip to the Flagg Creek Museum and Vial House in Burr Ridge.

Since we are so lucky to have many small history museums in our area, we thought that we would plan a trip to the Flagg Creek Heritage Society and visit with Alice Lathum again. The Flagg Creek Heritage Society has two buildings for us to explore:

  • the Museum whose building exterior is a painted mural of the history of the area.  Inside are seasonal displays and artifacts.

  • The Robert Vial House, build in 1856, is a local treasure and is on the National Register of Historic Places.  Their motto is "Preserving the Past for the Future".

​More information on the Museum/House can be found at

Presentations 2022-2023: Programs
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