Count Your Stitches members finishing round robin


July 07, 1998|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SUMMERTIME can be a great time to rekindle interest in a hobby or craft or maybe even explore a new pastime.

Members of the Count Your Stitches cross-stitch club have been using the summer months to share a project that has really sparked interest among club members.

A half-dozen members of the group are putting the finishing touches on a stitchery project known as a round robin. Each of the participants stitches a themed design in divided portions of fabric to create a sampler for each person stitching in the round robin. The finished pieces will be returned to each participant this month.

"We're really excited about getting our finished pieces back and seeing what each person stitched in the samplers," said Dorothy Harris. a founding member of the group.

Harris is an avid cross-stitcher and recently participated in an international round robin she found on the Internet. Portions of her sampler were completed by cross-stitchers in Canada, England and Australia.

Love of cross-stitch is something shared by people around the world, and there is a great deal of information about the hobby waiting for those who surf the Net.

Count Your Stitches recently posted its own Web Page on the Internet touting the club's history and meeting times and places. You can check out the Web Page at



Count Your Stitches was formed nearly 2 1/2 years ago and meets twice a month. About a dozen members attend regularly, but the group is open to newcomers.

The informal meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of the month at Elders Baptist Church on Liberty Road and at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday at Springfield Hospital Center in the Administration Building. Because of the Fourth of July holiday, the club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at Elders Baptist Church.

Novice to expert stitchers are welcome to spend time stitching, socializing, sharing knowledge, experience and finishing tips, and borrowing from the club's growing lending library.

Information: 410-795-8674.

Legion donations

Sykesville American Legion Post 223 has made a tradition of its Thursday night bingo games. The post also has made a tradition of giving generously to the community from the bingo proceeds.

This year, the post has donated $1,500 each to five schools in the South Carroll area to be used in the schools' Media Centers.

Carrolltowne and Eldersburg elementary schools, Oklahoma Road and Sykesville middle schools, and Liberty High School have been able to upgrade media center equipment and services, and add new books and periodicals.

The post plans to continue its support of area schools with donations during the 1998-1999 school year.

Bingo is played at 7 p.m. Thursdays at American Legion Post 223 on Slacks Road. The doors open at 6 p.m. for light fare.

Information: 410-795-7242.

Children's concert

On Thursday, Baldwin's Station will present the second in a series of children's concerts in association with Uptown Concerts.

Folk singer and American traditionalist Bill Staines will perform such favorites as "Home on the Range," "Kookaburra" and "The Gypsy Rover." Staines has recently recorded an album of children's favorites.

Showtime is 10: 30 a.m. with the concert lasting about an hour.

Tickets are $6.95 for adults and children; ages 2 and under are free.

Call 410-795-1041 for tickets or information.

Five years and counting

This month marks the beginning of my fifth year as a neighborhood columnist for The Sun. This is column No. 207 and counting.

During these years, I have enjoyed meeting many new people in PTC the growing Southeast area. I hope to become acquainted with even more of you as I continue with this weekly writing.

If you are a regular reader of the neighborhood columns, you are probably familiar with the type of news items that are appropriate here, so be sure to call me when you have something of interest or importance to share.

Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears Tuesdays in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 7/07/98

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