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The November/December Newsletter is now online,  click here. We look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday November 7th where our own member Rose Ann Hunter will present a lecture and workshop about folk art techniques.


By Donna Childs, ECNG  Librarian

Theme: “Back to School–learn something new!”

Arm Knitting; 30 no-needle projects for you and your home

Published by DK 2016
Clear directions with plenty of photographs, shows how to knit using only your arms, with super bulky yarn, multi-strands of worsted yarns, or with t-shirt yarn. Fun projects.

Beginner’s guide to Crochet; 20 crochet projects for beginners

By Sarah Shrimpton, published by F&W Media 2015
Great guide for learning to use international symbols and charts; or use the written pattern to make some basic, but attractive, projects. Note: this book uses UK abbreviations for stitches, but includes US equivalents in the general directions.

Doodle-Stitching; fresh and fun embroidery for beginners

By Aimee Ray, published by Lark Crafts 2007
Includes basic embroidery stitches, and suggestions for making freestyle decorations on unconventional surfaces like sneakers or lampshades.

Upcycle Quilts

By Linda Causee, published by Leisure Arts 2017
Suggestions for turning to unconventional sources for quilt materials such as men’s shirts, printed tote bags, doilies, and even Crown Royal bags. Describes special circumstances for how to work with the unusual fabrics.

The Magic of Crazy Quilting; a complete resource for embellished quilting

By J. Marsha Michler, published by Krause Publications 1998
Excellent step-by-step resource for beginners as well as advanced quilters, most notably for the twenty full pages of stitches with many variations for each.
Judith Baker Montano has also written many excellent books about crazy quilting.

Visual Quick Tips; Sewing

By Debbie Colgrove, published by Wiley 2008
Clear step-by-step directions, down to the smallest details, with plenty of photographs, almost as good as taking a class. This is only one of the many helpful books in the “Visual” series by this publisher, some full-sized, some abbreviated versions as “quick tips.”

The books listed above are all available via the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium, either on your own library shelves or through interlibrary loan. Check with a librarian for assistance in getting these or any other books through your local library.Do you have a favorite needlework book? Email me at donna.childs.crochets@gmail.com


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ECNG Member Grant Program


  • This grant is offered to assist members in furthering their knowledge and skill in a particular needle craft. It can also be used to explore a new area of interest to them in the world of needle arts.


  • Grant recipients are expected to work with the Program Chair to put together a presentation about their grant experience at a subsequent guild meeting within a year of receiving the grant (workshop optional).


  • Any member in good standing after one year as a guild member is eligible to apply for a grant of up to $500.


  • Grant request forms can be found online beginning on July 1, 2018. Interested members should fill out the form and then return it to any member of the Board on or before the October meeting of the following guild year.

The grant request should include:

  1. Member’s name
  2. Name of the program, workshop, training event, etc.
  3. Location, date(s) and cost (including travel and lodging, if applicable)
  4. Reason member wishes to attend
  5. Requested amount


  • Members of the Board will be responsible for reviewing all requests and making the final selection.


  • One grant recipient per year, if appropriate, will be announced at the November guild meeting by the Program Chairperson.