Who got the tree?

Sunday, December 2, 2012
Barbara Morgan and Whitney Danhof were on hand to decorate this year's tree. (Submitted photo by Libby Covington)

Each November, a certain buzz whispers through the air at several local banks.

"Who will get the tree this year?" bank employees might ask each other.

Last week, local ladies skilled in needlework revealed the lucky recipient of their tree, beautifully adorned in detailed colors of red and white.

Grateful recipients

First Community Bank on Elm Street watched as the Shelbyville Satellite Group of the Cheekwood Chapter (Nashville) of the Embroiderer's Guild of America -- decorated a Christmas tree in their front lobby.

"This project is of interest to our local banks," said Libby Covington, a spokesperson for the group. "We rotate among them, year by year. When our group contacts a bank, it is always heartening to hear bank personnel ask 'is this about the tree???'

The bank provides the ladies with a tree that has already been set up and has lights. Ladies display their fine ornaments made by cross-stitch, needlepoint, hardanger, crewel and blackwork, the techniques enjoyed by the ladies in the group.

This year's tree theme was "Red and White."

Eye on beauty

Shelbyville Satellite Group of the Cheekwood Chapter (Nashville) of the Embroiderer's Guild of America is a place for those interested in needlework that uses a needle with an eye (as opposed to, say, knitting needles or crochet hooks, though many of us also do those things) to come together for pure enjoyment of a common hobby.

Visitors are welcomed to view the tree inside the bank lobby; it comes down sometime during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day.

This year's tree marks the last project for current group leader Janelle Douglas. Local University of Tennessee extension agent Whitney Danhof is taking over as leader next year.

How to join

New members are always welcome to join the group, which meets the third Saturday of the month (beginning again in January) at First Christian Church, 309 Madison St. at 9 a.m.

"Anyone interested in needlework described above is welcome to visit," Covington said. "No skill level is required."

For more information, go to EGA's website at http://www.egausa.org/

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