Aiken Stitchin' Belles Chapter
Aiken, South Carolina

Origin:

The chapter was founded in 2001, and membership currently is 30.

Meeting Information:

Regular meetings are on the third Monday of each month from 10:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., at the Aiken Public Library, 314 Chesterfield Street, S, Aiken, SC. Handicap accessibleHandicapped Accessible.

Past year’s projects have included Swedish Huck Weaving, a beaded necklace, a Susan Portra canvas project, lecture on early 20th century needlework, as well as several yearlong sampler project, and other projects.

Members may elect to do the project of the month or may elect to work on past projects or projects of their own at the meetings.

This year we held an exhibit in the Aiken County Library during the month of March and in September 2011 we will, in conjunction with the local ANG, hold an exhibit in the Aiken County Historical Museum.

Membership:

Annual dues are $48.00.

Guests:

Guests are always welcome and may visit twice before joining.

Special Interest Groups:

Stitchins are held on the first Monday of the month at the Aiken County Historical Museum 433 Newberry Street SW, Aiken, from 10:00 am till noon.

Outreach:

Habitat for Humanity samplers is an ongoing project for the Aiken Stitchin’ Belles, as well as “Cuddle Buddies”, small fleece blankets with soft animal heads for the children in the area children shelters. We are also doing bookmarks for the Aiken County Library summer children’s program and a local Aiken women’s organization literacy program in the fall.

For the sixth year our chapter has held classes in a local Aiken school to further interest in needle arts. Knitting, cross stitching, and canvas work have been some of the mini-classes offered to the students.

(click on the picture for a larger view)

Aiken Stitchin' Belles Aiken Stitchin' Belle members proudly display the pillows they stitched for terminally ill children. (Pillows by Pat Carson.)

Making Scarves A previous project was making scarves for a center for abused women.

Newsletter:

AIKEN'S STITCHIN' BELLES is published every other month. Advertising is $25.00 per 1/4 page per year.

Contacts:

President:

Debbie Vanous, vanous101@bellsouth.net

Vice President:

Halley Townsend, halleytown@bellsouth.net

Secretary:

Jeanne Shanks

Treasurer:

Belinda Ebert, jsebert@atlanticbb.net

Region Representative:

Anne Phillips, valerieanne@bellsouth.net

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