A gourd patch is a local group of Virginia Lovers' Gourd Society members who get together to learn gourd gardening or crafting. Each patch has its own 'flavor' dictated by the interests of the members. Usually small groups of 6-8 people, gourd patches name themselves, make their own agendas, and basically guide their passions in a self-directed fashion. They work as a team to support the chapter and promote gourds and gourd education within the chapter and at public events when possible.Need tips on how to organize an active group of gourd enthusiasts in your area? Contact VLGS and learn how to start a gourd patch in your area of Virginia. Email us.
The Gourdacious Dappled Apples was the first gourd patch of the Virginia Lovers' Gourd Society. Located in the Winchester/Stephens City, VA area, members are far flung up and down the Shenandoah Valley and into West Virginia. The group is a collection of devoted gourd enthusiasts from many varied walks of life. A science teacher, an ER nurse, a psychologist, retired military officer, a cake baker and more - with this kind of diversity, the conversation is never dull and the ideas flow!
This patch as in experimental group. The Gourdacious Dappled Apples have a two-prong system of meetings: every Thursday evening are designated work nights, and the second Saturday morning of the month is a project or field trip day. See the 2017 schedule...
Big News for the Gourdacious Dappled Apples is they have been accepted in the Artist-in-Residence program at the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum for the months of April, May, and June 2017. Members will be rotating time in the studio there to educate the public about gourds, gourd growing and crafting. Monthly project days will be announced through the Discovery Museum website.
The contact for this patch is Angela Mohr.
The Warrenton Wacky Warty Gourd Patch is a small but vivacious group of dedicated gourd artisans and crafters who meet in the Warrenton/Nokesville/Marshall area. Meetings are held the third Saturday of every month. Members teach new crafting skills and techniques to their fellow gourd patch "brothers and sisters." A tasty lunch gathering and a photo shoot of the completed projects always follows the class.
This group also volunteers and participates in many VLGS events. The Wacky Warties are indeed committed to the success of the Virginia Lovers' Gourd Society.
Our recent meeting of the Gourdacious Dappled Apples involved gourd rims. Using traditional embroidery stitches and beads, patch members learned how to enhance the edges of their gourd bowls with color and texture. Once the gourd was cleaned, opened and gutted, holes were made along the edge of the bowl. Then, using whip, back, running, and blanket stitches, embroidery and crochet threads were sown forward and backward to create a design. Beads were then captured and looped into place where the threads intersected. Some beads were strung together to get from one intersection to another. Each result is as individual as the person who made it!
The Laugh & Scratch is currently re-grouping. Leader, GourdFather Mike Connolly, is fearlessly putting together the 2.0 version in the Lynchburg area. Mike is also Auction Director of the Harvest Festival of Gourds & Heritage Arts.
Be bold, join this sea captain of innovative gourd ideas! See the slideshow for GourdFather creations. Contact Mike to be a part of the gourd journey in the Lynchburg area!
The Crackled Apples is an online gourd patch of the Virginia Lovers' Gourd Society. This group meets on a blog that posts interesting gourd pieces of information (see the original gourd telephone) and projects that build into tutorials over time. The Crackled Apples patch is for members who cannot make meetings on a regular basis, but want to be included in the innovations that gourds can inspire. It is best suited to members who are, or want to be, online and open with sharing tips and information. VLGS members can contact Angela Mohr at firstname.lastname@example.org for the introductory session to learn the ins and outs of Blogger, the Google tool used for this unusual gathering of enthusiasts. Check out The Crackled Apples Gourd Patch!
Join or Start a Gourd Connection
Patches are small local gourd groups within the state's official Virginia Lovers' Gourd Society (VLGS).- you and your friends and neighbors can