Our Guild will be having our own Open House show on 16 April. As well as the April show, we will also be hosting the display of works for the Ontario Network of Needleworkers. The ONN consists of several groups of stitchers from across the province. So you’ll have a chance to see what other groups are doing, as well. This show will be at our usual venue of Kortright Presbyterian Church, 55 Devere Dr in Guelph. It will be Saturday 4 May from noon – 4 pm. Free admission!
The list of 2023-24 Classes has been posted! We have 12 great ways to scratch your itch to stitch! Registration Day is Tuesday September 12 from 10 am to noon. Registration Forms will be available then but keeners can find the forms on our Resources page, as well.
Stitchers! One benefit of the pandemic was our days spent stitching outdoors, together. We very much enjoyed stitching “en plein air”. Why should the painters have all the fun? So, we are planning 3 outdoor stitching events this summer. To make your life simple, they are all on Tuesday mornings!
Dates: Tuesday June 27th, Tuesday July 25th, Tuesday Aug 29th. All at 10 am – noon.
Let’s meet in Riverside Park in Guelph near the green-roofed pavilion. Bring a lawn chair. There are some nice trees for shade, if you prefer that. If it starts to rain, we can scurry into the pavilion. For detailed directions and a map, please click here!
What will you show at Open House? It’s been a while since our last in person show! Here’s a reminder of some of the things we have done since then!
2019-2020 Classes (in person) Beginners Stitching with Alison Jackson Beginners Stumpwork with Dana Trimble Needle Lace with Pat Bowley Hand Stitched Reverse Appliqué with Cathy Williams Counted On Canvas with Ietje Jackovich Stitched Edges and Insertion Stitches with Ruth Douglas Feathers and Fur with Mavis Brown Free Standing Dimensional Stumpwork with Ana-Maria Kramer Beaded Embroidery Sampler with Judy Eckhardt Sashiko with Jane Londerville Soutache and Shibouri with Renata Georgeff Experimentation in Felting with Hazel Alexander
CHALLENGES During 2019-2020 we had an ongoing Brown Bag Challenge. In 2020, President Mavis Brown issued a Fanciful Face Mask Challenge. In January of 2021 Mavis introduced the Covid Bug Challenge (or any bug). Later in 2021, Mavis issued the Spring Fling Challenge.
ONLINE While we were meeting online, we participated in a number of smaller projects. Embroidered Mouse with Ana-Maria Kramer Little Landscapes with Alison Jackson Brooch with Pat Menary/Jay online Christmas workshops in Nov 2020 were Dove of Peace, Large Ornament, Roses & Noel ornament, Christmas Box Bauble, With My Heart ornament, Starbursts and Baubles ornament. The Christmas Workshop in Nov 2021 was the 3D tetrahedron Ornament by Elfrieda Jackson (with poinsettas on it), the swoopy Christmas Tree and the felt angel.
Alison Jackson Workshop: Hardanger
Winter 2022 online classes Wool appliqué with Bridget O’Brien Canvas Work sampler with Ana-Maria Kramer Crazy Patch Tree with Judy Eckhardt Beginner Designing with Ruth Douglas Variations in Landscape with Sue Ronchka
2022-2023 Classes (in person) Stitch with Confidence with Bonnie Evans A New Look at Stumpwork with Laura Dobrindt Slow Stitching with Pat Bowley Pocket Project with Judy McMullan Ricamo di Parma with Ruth Douglas I Wish I Had a BIG Hat with Sue Ronchka Motifs and Slips with Judy Eckhardt The Circle Game with Bridget O’Brien Glazig Embroidery with Janet Sunderani Hardanger – Basics and Beyond with Alison Jackson
Our website had an unwelcome vacation for the last 3 months but we are back! Your webmaster will take a couple of weeks to do some updating.
Our next big event is our Open House and Display of Work! It will be Tuesday April 18 from 1-5 pm. What will you see? Works from our recent classes; works from our online classes which took place during the pandemic; other pieces which our busy fingers have done on our own. That’s 3 pent up years of art ready to be displayed!
Come along and see what we’ve done and take a break in the Tea Room to discuss it all!
The Embroiderers’ Association of Canada has declared the last Saturday in September to be National Stitch-in-Public Day. That will be Sat Sept 24th, this year. While our Guild is not a member of the EAC, we are all in favour of stitching! So, you are encouraged to bring your work to the park or the mall or even your own front yard and let others see your love of embroidery! Have fun!
We are a small group, looking to hold a seminar for new (or previous) students of Japanese Embroidery in Ontario. This style of embroidery uses lustrous flat silk and metallic threads on Silk fabrics to create traditional designs (please see the photos below) . We hope to spread our passion for this art form in Ontario. Contact Marian Preshing (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lyndi Dougherty (Lyndi.Dougherty@schlegelvillages.com)
Class date: Proposed – Thursday October 27- Monday October 30th or in Spring 2023
Location: TBD – Guelph/Mississauga Area
Class Size: 8-10
Teacher: Marian Preshing – Certified by Japanese Embroidery Centre In Georgia
Phase 1 approx. cost: $170-260(See website to Choose Design, Ordered through Marian)
One time basic supplies cost: $90-200 (cost of embroidery frame TBD)
The Royal School of Needlework, in England, has released their summer online programs specifically timed for the Americas: 10 am-4 pm EST. There are 2, 3 and 5 day classes offered for both beginners and experienced stitchers during July and August. Find out more at royal-needlework.org.uk/courses/international-summer-school-2022.
We received this news about the upcoming Almonte (near Ottawa) FibreFest:
This year the Almonte Fibrefest will be returning as an in-person event. To reassure visitors and maintain a healthy festival space for all, we will have more space between vendor/demonstrator booths at the venue, and will continue to offer virtual, as well as regular in-person workshops. And while masks are no longer mandatory, they are definitely an option for visitors who would like to wear one. Are you a fibre/textile artisan? Space is available for vendor and workshop applications. Visit almontefibrefest.ca for details on how to apply.