Fall 2014

Welcome back to ECNG

 for the 2014-2015 year!

I’m so excited to be your new president and am looking forward to all our fun times together coming up.  Thank you for trusting me to guide the Guild for the next 2 years. 

So many delightful programs are lined up for us – thank you to Program Chair Maureen and the Program committee!     I hope everyone enjoyed our first meeting in Sept.  – Autumn’s Challenge.

My history with ECNG began back in 2003.  We had recently moved to New England and I discovered the ECNG Anniversary Tea that year.  Luckily for me, I was able to join and become a new member in Sept.  ENG has enchanted me ever since.  I have been active on the programs committee and directed trips for several years.   Interacting with the members of ECNG is empowering.  So many wonderful ladies have multiple gifts to offer, not only in the needle arts areas, but in living.    There are inspiring persons who give me goals in life-  and many make me think:  ”I wish to be like her - when I grow up!”   We hope to highlight various members each year and introduce them here on our web site. 

My background in needle arts comes from past generations of my grand mothers who shared their skills with their daughters: more specifically mine came to me from my mother, who taught Home-Economics. She had me sewing in 4-H programs when I was 8 years old.  I didn’t like sewing then, (but I still have my first projects:  an apron & a skirt).  However, each decade of my life has seen more needle arts become part of me.   Currently, I have developed into a soft sculpture artist and craft wild and unusual puppets, various hats and whatever else I can design and produce.   I still love to crochet, cross stitch, embroider, do smocking, basic knitting, sew clothing, and can claim ‘splinter skills’ in quilting.   Taking classes and workshops always adds new and old needle-arts interests to my collective skills. 

Do enjoy your visits to our website and our updates on our programs, projects and members.

And again - Welcome to the ECNG year 2014-1015!

Barb Harrold, President
Essex County Needlecraft Guild

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