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Classes are the heart of the Guild. Come to classes to learn something new, to refine your technique or to join the Independent group and do some research in our library or plan your next project. The camaraderie is great, no matter how you approach it.

Each class comprises 6 sessions, usually two weeks apart. The class day starts at 9:30 am. After a morning welcome and information period of 10-15 minutes, we get right to the instruction. Instruction and stitching carry on until noon. Most bring a brown bag lunch and join the other stitchers for some relaxed socialization. At 1 o’clock we’ll have a speaker or special project or trunk show until 2 pm.

Registration for the coming year will be on Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 from 10 am – noon at Kortright Presbyterian Church, 55 Devere Drive in Guelph. Classes for 2018-19 will be announced in August 2018. In the meantime, scroll down and see our class information for the 2017-18 year to give you an idea of the types of things we do.


Full membership for 2017-18 (includes registration for fall and winter classes, workshops etc.) $85.00 

Associate membership for 2017-18 (includes afternoon programs, workshops, mailings etc.) $40.00


9:30 am  Guild Announcements
9:45 am – noon – Classes
12 pm – 1 pm – Brown Bag Lunch
1 pm – 2 pm – Afternoon Programme

Library Hours:  9 am to 12.45 pm


Basic: are those who need guidance in reading stitch patterns or who are new to the technique. 

Intermediate: are those who understand stitch patterns but may need guidance; have taken the technique or similar one at the basic level; have a basic understanding of colour and design. 

Advanced: are those who can read charts and stitch diagrams with ease; good understanding of stitch technique; good understanding of colour and design; able to work independently.


On Registration Day, Tuesday, Sept 11th, 2018 from 10 am to noon, the instructors will have samples of their work on display (it’s a mini art show!) and will be pleased to tell you about their classes. Registrants will fill out a Registration Form (also available at Registration) and will be asked to make 3 class choices in order of preference for the Fall session, and 3 choices for the Winter session. To ensure fairness, the selection of participants for each class will be made by a draw. Most people get their first choice and we hope that the same will occur this year.

The draw will take place at 12 noon or shortly thereafter and you will be notified, by telephone or emailof your two classes for the year. Please make note of your classes, although class lists will be available on the first day of class.


Members are responsible for course supplies. A list will be provided at Registration. Some courses may have an additional fee for supply kits or photocopying.


Any questions about registration or classes, please contact the Teaching Program Coordinator, Judy Eckhardt 519-846-2214. 

There are no advance registrations.

If you are unable to sign up in person, do so through a friend or mail (at least a week ahead) your registration, with cheque, to C.E.G.G. P.O. Box 1782, Guelph, ON N1H 7A1. Note, we have no access to mail sent to Kortright Presbyterian Church.


2017 Class dates: Sept 19, Oct 3, 17, Nov 7, 21, Dec 5

Instructor: Mavis Brown

This is a basic stitches class to motivate you to a world of opportunity. Emphasis will be placed on learning the most common stitches used … running stitch, stem stitch, chain stitch, satin stitch, long and short stitch, French knot, and more. There will also be a discussion on threads, needles, fabric, and basic accessories.

A basic design will be suggested, but students will be free to choose their own project on which to apply the stitches. Stitches will be learned using DMC cotton threads, but an opportunity will be given to try the same stitch using different threads.

For those who have some knowledge of these stitches there will be an opportunity to practise combining these stitches to create an effect.

Skill Level: Beginner and up

ribbon flowers in a vase

Sept 19, Oct 3, 17
Instructor:Nancy Wells

Filling a basket with more realistic flowers is always a delight and, in this course, you will begin by designing your very own flower basket or you can use a design that is provided.  Next, you will learn how to make several three-dimensional flowers to start you on this journey.

You will learn how to make yoyos, stuffed centres or small stuffed flowers, pansies, rose buds, bluebells, asters, petal-on-a-string flowers, centre tufts, folded leaves, boat leaves, gathered roses, ruched chrysanthemums and any other flowers that we can fit into our three sessions.

 I will also be discussing how to embellish these flowers with embroidery floss, rayon thread or beads and showing you how to make tiny bias stems.  

Beads, embroidery floss, cotton thread, rayon thread and quilting threads will be available from the instructor if required.

If students wish to purchase silk ribbon, I will order the amount required and each student will be charged the cost per yard plus postage, shipping and tax.

Skill Level: Confidant beginner/Intermediate

Nov 7, 21, Dec 5
Instructor: Ann Bernard

This is a lighthearted course and technique. Use artificial silk flowers, take them apart, cut them up and put them back together in different ways. There are no rights and no wrongs.

Your teachers have used this technique and created pieces each in their own style.

They will help you get started on your own way of mixing things up. These ‘never seen before’ flowers can be used for small items such as cards, broaches or coasters. Larger projects just use more flowers and have greater opportunity for mixing and variety. As Christmas will be approaching, we will hopefully be able to make some seasonal items. It depends on what flowers and small items are available in the stores.

Plain stitching plus some basic stitches including French Knots – French Knots will be taught.

Skill Level: All levels

embroidered doll

Instructor: Judy Eckhardt

Explore the world of intuitive stitching while sampling several non-traditional stitching backgrounds. Traditional stitches, some old and familiar, some not so familiar, will be used to create stitched art work and/or useful items for the stitcher’s collection. These will make great gifts. Paper, silk, wool, in combination with a variety in threads will help create a new learning experience in each class.
Kit fee of $25 will apply as I will supply the fabrics and other unusual supplies.

Skill Level: All levels

Instructor: Alison Jackson

Do you have an heirloom blanket that you don’t want to part with, but never use? Use it to make an heirloom teddy bear and embroiderer it with colourful wools. Then you can cuddle your own bear.

Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

beaded and ruched embroidery

Instructor: Lyn Barrett-Cowan

I propose to talk about textures in the context of jewelry for the first three weeks of the course. Each student will create original jewelry made from a sampler which will be unique to each student. Eight techniques will be taught and done on each student’s sampler. Each student will then create something meaningful to her – a neck piece, a purse, a small wall hanging or anything else that is appealing to her.  The sampler is the beginning of a creation. 

I also propose to talk about the use of tones, colour and texture which will enhance images using fabric and thread in all of its combinations.  I will bring samples of my work to demonstrate many techniques which I have found useful and teach why these tones, colours and textures are useful in creating fibre art landscapes with fabric and thread. Each student may make a small landscape with these lessons in mind. 

Skill Level: All levels

colourful circles on black

Instructor: Susan Harrington

Plan to explore various forms of Machine Appliqué during the 6 week course.  The students will learn my favourite as well as other types of machine appliqué. Plenty of time will be allotted for in-class work and instruction on the various forms.  This course is suitable for the beginner as well as those more experienced who want to further expand their knowledge of machine appliqué.

There will be a kit fee charge of $35 which will include all necessary fabrics and elements needed to take this course with the exception of thread and embellishment items.

Each student will receive a comprehensive outline of the course along with what is needed each week.

This course will be fun and informative to all who participate and discussions will no doubt ensue.

I look forward to passing on everything I know regarding machine applique and hopefully instil my love for the craft to all students.  You must have a good working knowledge of your sewing machine.

Skill Level: Beginner/All levels


The Independent group is ideal for completing projects, doing research or planning or working on a project of your own design.

Winter 2018 COURSE LIST

2018 Class dates Jan 16, 30, Feb 20 Mar 6, 20, Apr 3 

pink box with embroidered lid

Instructor: Judy McMullan

Boxes are a beautiful alternative for displaying your embroideries. We will make a box from heavy cardstock, covered with fabric and embellished with embroidery. You may bring a piece you have already made and incorporate it into your hand-made box or you can plan and embroider your box as you go. The sample box has a 4” x 5” lid but you can make another size or shape, if you wish.

Skill Level: All levels

stytlized bird

Instructor: Ana-Maria Kramer

In this course we will focus on the following stitching techniques: long and short, satin stitch with/without padding, several filling stitches, outlining a motif before/after stitching the motif and open eyelets. All stitches will be done first on a practice fabric, and then applied to the motif of your choice. We will use mainly DMC floss, the teacher will have some “Floche” thread available for purchase. Handouts will be emailed the week prior to the lessons.

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Instructors: Joanne Holt

Working on needle point canvas we will do three to five stitches per class. The end sampler will be a tablet cover or an ereader cover.  Or you name it! Then we wrap it up with finishing ideas.

A great way to relax with new inspirations. 

Canvas will be provided, with limited yarn colour selections. If you have a specific colour in mind you are welcome to bring it along, but it must be needlepoint yarn. 

Homework should be doable in busy life schedules. 

Skill Level: All

turquoise felt vessel

Instructor: Hazel Alexander

Using resists and wet felting of wool, various 3-dimensional objects will be created – needle book cover, slipper, vessels. Resists will also be used to create cut-outs. Threads, yarn and other fibres can also be incorporated.  After felting the objects become a canvas for embellishment with embroidery and beading.  Kit fee $30 

Skill Level: All levels

yellow/orange flower with stitching

Instructor: Renata Georgeff

Soft and warm wool appliqué without the fuss of turned edges!  We will be adding lots of fun embroidery stitches to colourful wool appliqué designs, going beyond the traditional ”penny rugs” with blanket stitch edgings.  Wool is a wonderfully smooth stitching surface, accepts thicker threads easily, and is ideal for Folk Art and Jacobean designs.

You will learn how to add cotton fabric highlights, embellish with beading, and introduce exotic fabrics in reverse appliqué for a modern look.  Kit cost is $10 for a pincushion starter pack and full access to a huge stash of wool fabric.

.Skill Level: Intermediate

finished quilt square small

Instructor: Susan Strachan Johnson

This is primarily a design course. Learn how to examine your favourite piece of music in simple terms. Next consider mood and a colour scheme; then assemble. All materials will be from your own stash. Before the first class you will be asked to send a title(s) and/or composer(s)/performer(s) to the instructor so a copy can be available at the first class.

Skill Level: All Levels


The Independent group is ideal for completing projects, doing research or planning or working on a project of your own design.