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2023-2024 Presentations

September 18, 2023

My Journey Through Textiles and Fibers

   by Valerie Rodelli

Valerie Rodelli will be our speaker for the September meeting. She will share her creative process and pictures of her some of her creations. Here are a few examples of her work!

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October 16, 2023

The Eliza Anne Marlett Sampler

   by Nancy Johnson and Libby Sturdy

When visiting Nancy Sturgeon's home last spring, we saw many historical samplers. This sampler, The Eliza Ann Marlett Sampler, stitched in 1838, can be found in the historical collection at the Aurora, IL. museum. It was originally created by a stitcher living in Illinois. Libby and Nancy will share historical information about this sampler.

Nancy Sturgeon has a blog post about starting this sampler reproduction that you might find of interest:

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November 20, 2023

A Historical Look at Women's Hats

   by Jessica Ann Pushor

Jessica Ann Pushor, the collection manager of the costume and textile collection at the Chicago History Museum, will make a presentation about women’s hats from the 1870’s – 1950’s.

More information about the collection of hats at the Chicago History Museum can be found at the following link,

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January 15, 2024

WonderFil Embroidery Threads

We are thrilled that Stephanie Ngai from WonderFil  Threads will be speaking to us about threads to use for wool appliqué and embroidery.  She will show how different weights of the same thread will change the look of your project.  She will also discuss the use of rayon and metallic threads.  Examples of her work will be shown.  This should provide excellent additional information and options to use when working on your year-long embroidery project.  Stephanie will be making her presentation to us via Zoom. 

For information about WonderFil Threads, visit

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February 19, 2024

Embroidery Embellishments on Clothing 

   by Sara Hochhauser

Sara Hochhauser will be our featured speaker for this month’s meeting. She will be sharing some of the embellishments that she has made to garments. Pictured here is a Harris Tweed from Hebron Scotland that was her father’s. It fits her and she added silk ribbon to embellish it.

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March 18, 2024

A Quilt Trip Around the World

   by Alice Ridge

Alice Ridge joins us this month from Indiana though she has lived around the world and collected textiles from each location. She will be sharing her collection with us.

She has a website,, where you can find more information about her.

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April 15, 2024

2024-2025 Programs Presentation

   by Mindy McMahon and Pamela Novey

Our presentation this month will be an overview of the programs planned for the 2024-2025 Guild year.

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April 15, 2024

Fairyfelt by Siso Presentation and Trunk Show

   by Silke Sordyl

Silke Sordyl is originally from Germany and presently lives in Northern Illinois on a farm with many sheep. She creates dolls using needle felting. They each have a name, personality and a wonderful story about who they are! She will share her techniques and present a trunk show.

While Silke doesn't have a webpage, she has a presence on Facebook under the FB name Fairyfelt by Siso.

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May 20, 2024

Field trip: A Visit to View Libby's Many Collections 

   with Libby Sturdy

We will be headed to Libby’s home to view her many collections, including teaspoons, figurines, artwork and doll collections, just to name a few. This will be followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Details will be available in April

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