Needle, thread and cloth may not seem like much, but for members of the Augusta chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America Inc., those items equate to creative artwork.
"When people think of embroidery, they think of senior citizens and cross-stitching," said Janine Bangs. "Actually, people of all ages do embroidery, and there are tons of other techniques that you can do in addition to cross-stitching."
According to the guild, embroidery is "the process of textile designs, embracing both traditional and contemporary needlework as an art form."
The Augusta chapter uses a variety of forms including cross-stitch, beading, needle-weaving and black work to create everything from ornaments and dresser scarfs to pillows and Christmas cards.
"It's amazing what you can do with different techniques," said Myrtle McGee. "It's truly an art form."
Guild members also use their creativeness to give back to the community. They embroider pieces for babies at the neonatal intensive care unit at University Hospital, create bereavement bags, sell pieces to benefit the American Heart Association, and hold workshops to educate the community about embroidery.
The group meets once a month to participate in different programs and twice a month to work on embroidery.
"We enjoy meeting with each other to work on our pieces," Ms. Bangs said. "There's a strong camaraderie in the group because of the love and appreciation for needlework."
Stitching can become addictive, Ms. McGee said.
"You'll want to do it as much as you can," she said. "I even keep a piece to work on in the car when I'm waiting on my husband. I enjoy it that much."
Reach Nikasha Dicks at (706) 823-3336 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: Augusta chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America Inc.
Meetings: 7 p.m. first monday of each month
Where: First Alliance Church, 2801 Ingleside Drive
Information: Call (706) 863-5159 or (706) 736-5508