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Embroiders Meet at Holy Name Catholic Church in Niceville

Perhaps it’s a little quirky, perhaps a lot of artistry, and even more camaraderie and friendship: The Sand Dunes Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America (EGA) hosts its annual membership coffee and programs reveal for the 2023-24 season on Aug. 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Room 1 of the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church religious education building. “It’s called a coffee, but we don’t have coffee,” said Sand Dunes Chapter President Linda Anne Buehler. While the quirk is no coffee, other foods and drinks will be served. As for the programs, Buehler said “they’re all obviously related to embroidery.” The embroidery that the guild member produce is not created by a machine; these pieces are handcrafted by the artisans, who apply skills that date back centuries. “The focus of the organization is education,” Buehler also said. Throughout its meeting season, the guild hosts guest artists who can teach correct techniques in the many varieties of needlework.

Members of the Sand Dunes Chapter of the Embroideres Guild of America display awards at a recent meeting.

Sand Dunes Vice President Cheri Hammer said that as part of the national Embroiderers’ Guild of America, the local chapter this year “is going to focus on the aspects sequentially to try to spur creativity, and to work on techniques maybe some of the people haven’t explored before.” What drives the members, Hammer also said, “is the love of stitching, to see something handmade and as correctly as we can.” Past programs have included surface embroidery, needlepoint and canvas techniques, beading techniques, Swedish weaving and hedebo embroidery. The Sand Dunes Chapter members have also made samplers for the area Habitat for Humanity, gifts for the new home owners. They also make fidget mats, about the size of a table place mat, but providing tactile elements for people who suffer memory loss. The Sand Dunes Chapter belongs to the Sun Region of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, Inc. The Sun Region has 14 chapters throughout Florida. There is a membership fee. This chapter includes members from the immediate area, as well as Panama City and Pensacola. “We also do Zoom (Video Communications),” Hammer said. “For some people who don’t want to venture out, Zoom might appeal to them. “The August coffee will also be on Zoom,” she added. While the coffee is held on a Saturday, the monthly guild meetings are held on the fourth Sunday of each month from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. On the second Sunday of each month, same hours, the chapter holds a stitch-in. Members bring a variety of project and simply sit and stitch while sharing companionship and a common bond of stitching. Sand Dunes chapter meetings and stitch-in gatherings are held at Holy Name of Jesus, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd. in Niceville, Room 1 of the religious education building, found behind Angel’s Attic, A Thrift Shoppe. For membership information about Sand Dunes Chapter or for the meeting Zoom link, contact Cheri Hammer at (850) 543-2492 or

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