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DuBocage ABWA members hear program on thread art at recent meeting


Arleen Parsley was the speaker at the DuBocage Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association meeting held recently at the Pine Bluff Country Club.

Parsley is the mother of chapter president Joyce Ann Green. She spoke on “Thread Art” and showed samples of her work she had made into cards or framed pictures. She said she had gone to a workshop for the art and fell in love with it. She told the group that the only supplies needed after you have a pattern are a corsage pin, card stock, needle, thread, scissors and glue. The pin is used to punch holes in the card stock and take the needle and thread and following the pattern complete the picture. She uses metallic sewing threads because it makes the cards look so elegant.

Parsley said you could find patterns on the web for this art. Her cards contained angels, hearts, flowers, butterflies, a house and even a motorcycle. The cards were all very beautiful and delicate looking. She gave a framed thread art picture as a door prize.

Parsley was born and raised on a farm in Arkansas County. She was taught to embroider, crochet and sew on a treadle sewing machine by her mother. She learned to quilt by watching her mother, aunts and neighborhood women quilt. In 1985, she helped organize the Pine Bluff Quilt Guild that now has a membership of over 40. She worked at Davis Hospital as a registered nurse. She is a widow and has five children, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

There were four new members attending the meeting — Karen Cash, who works at Simmons First Trust Co.; Glenda Dean, who works at Simmons First Trust Co.; Kelly Ruggeri, who works at Simmons First National Bank; and Pam Lohnes, who works at Simmons First National Bank.

During the business meeting, educational chairman Rana McClain reported on scholarship recipient Elizabeth Davenport’s grades as being all A’s and one B. The scholarship recipients are required to maintain a certain grade point average to have their scholarship renewed each semester. McClain had not heard from the other recipient, Chapel Jones, on the date of the meeting.

Dewanna Rogers won the dollar pot and Christy Bush, Deanna Smith and Mary Coburn won door prizes. Rhonda Gammel led the benediction.