Shazam! What a Success!

Winner of People’s Choice Group challenge – Canvaswork Tiles

Geetag’s Golden Scrolls

Our much anticipated exhibition flew by last weekend . By all accounts a raging success. The quality of work was amazing and it is always a joy to see items that have been produced by our members at home and which suddenly see the light of day at exhibition times.

The Raffle Winners are as follows:

1st Jacqui Beltchev No. 0905

2nd Sue Butler No 0308

3rd Barbara Tol No. 0336

4th Jenny Bakos No. 0145

5th Madeleine Campbell No. 0232

6th Sally Atkinson No. 0546

7th Jenny Foster No. 0134

8th Georgia Mellas No. 0479

9th Barbara Morgan No.0588

10th Pauline Veale No. 0436

11th Joyce Hunter No. 0498

We ran a People’s Choice award and the worthy winners were:

Most Popular Exhibit: “Rackham fragments” Quilt by Brenda Ryan

Individual Challenge: ” Treasure Chest” by Denise Bell

Guidance Group Challenge: “Tiles” by Canvas Work Group.

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Shazam! 50 Magical Years

Canvaswork A Monagle 18Excitement builds as we  prepare for our exhibition – a very special one for our 50th birthday with the theme of 1001 Arabian Nights.

From Friday September 14th to Sunday 16th from 10am – 4.30pm at the Vines Road Community Centre, Hamlyn Heights, Geelong

There will be over 300 items on display and lots of Gold for our birthday. Specially worked challenge pieces on the Arabian Nights theme have been made by individual members and our special interest groups. They will make for a very exciting exhibition.

Hand made gifts will be for sale and refreshments are available at the venue.

Download a copy of the colourful poster

Thanks to our sponsors

Geelong Connected Communities, Bunnings, Spotlight and Cottage Garden Threads.

 

Celebrations! We turned 50!

The Geelong Branch of the Guild started after a public meeting held on 25th June 1968 at the Royal Commonwealth Society rooms in Latrobe Terrace Geelong. Mrs T.R. Garnett convened the meeting and welcomed Mrs C.T. Coleman, Mrs T. McAlpine and Miss P. Strangward, office bearers from Melbourne.

About 46 people were present. It was proposed that a group be formed in Geelong and this was carried unanimously.

A temporary committee consisted of Mrs T.R.Garnett, Mrs R.A.Long, Mrs G.A.Chomley, Mrs J.F.Menzies, Miss A.J.Ronaldson and Mrs J.M. Macintyre was elected. 25 of those present became members.

The Guild aimed not only to maintain high standards, but also to provide mutual enjoyment, stimulus and books. However to become a member an interest in embroidery was the only requirement!  (these notes are taken from the first history of our branch written by Isla Adamson and can be read or borrowed from our Library.)

We celebrated our Golden Anniversary with a Luncheon at Truffleduck on Saturday 23rd June and over 90 members and past members enjoyed a fabulous day. Several founding members were contacted including Penny Garnett, Norma Long and Isla Adamson. Isla was able to attend the luncheon and Penny sent a speech to be read by a friend.

More about our special day to come.

We are now looking forward to our spectacular Exhibition in September – SHAZAM! 50 Magical Years with the theme of 1001 Arabian Nights. There will be plenty of golden embroidery on show as well as challenge pieces on the theme. Our guidance groups have been busy since last year working on their on special challenge pieces and there will be some spectacular items to view. There will also be individual entries on the challenge so reminding all our members to start stitching on the theme.

Save the date 14th – 16th September 2018.

Click here to download our Exhibition Poster

Off and running

Breaking Ts cropOur first Sit and Sew meeting for the year was held at St Davids on Monday 12th February. A great turn out to hear the speakers from the Lions Club of Quilters, Victoria They are endeavouring to collect, record, preserve and display quilts that reflect what local quilters produce in communities across the state.

We have already had a very successful introduction to the year with the first Summer school teaching Wool Hexagons, Tassells, and Bejewelled Treasure Chests.

We also featured at the Craft Alive show in Werribbee and had the first meeting for the year of our Wyndham Vale Group – now  meeting at the Manor Lakes Community Centre on the first Thursday of the month. Canvaswork group meets on the third Thursday of the Month and have had one session designing amulet bags and are about to learn creative ways to colour canvas

Don’t forget to save the date for Breaking Traditions our GEEtag Textile Arts Group Exhibition on March 16th- 18th. Entry is free from 10am – 3pm at The Shearers Arms Gallery, 202 Aberdeen Street Geelon West

Tickets are now available ($10) for the Opening night with Glenys Mann, drinks and nibblies and of course the stunning exhibition.

Xmas is coming…

… and we are on display at GPAC the Geelong Performing Arts Centre in Little Malop Street. Our tree bears decorations stitched by our members: birds, stars and balls.

Atop the tree perches our 50th Birthday Angel stitched by Rosalie Cull who masterminded this wonderful display. Thanks to all those who organised workshops, stitched ornaments and trimmed our tree.

Don’t miss seeing it on display in the foyer at GPAC until 12th night – 6th January

Our GPAC Tree

Decorations

Santa’s been

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Become a certified Embroiderer!!

Have you ever thought of doing an Intermediate subject? This year we are offering Surface Stichery and Goldwork as our options.

Goldwork by Alison Cole

Elephant by Marj Kavanagh

What is an Intermediate Certificate Subject?
An Intermediate subject is a series of classes designed to move you beyond the beginner stage. It develops your skills in a particular technique as well as your confidence in general. Different techniques are offered from year to year.Each course leads you beyond the basics of a technique, building up a collection of stitch samples and knowledge pertaining to that particular technique.

Most courses require the student to produce two small pieces and one major piece. A ‘major piece’ does not mean that the student has to produce a huge piece of work, but rather a piece of work that demonstrates that the student has a good grasp of the skills learned for the technique. Student work is assessed by the tutor, and a date for assessment is usually set for approximately six weeks after the last class of the course.

Each subject runs for six sessions, from 10.00am to 2.30 (including a 30 minute lunch break).There will be homework after each session, and at the end you’ll hand in a folder of notes and your finished works for assessment.

To enrol in most subjects, students must demonstrate a knowledge of basic stitches, as well as some experience in the basics of the chosen technique. Surface Stitchery is however a basic course. If you successfully complete three Intermediate subjects within five years, and take part in the Intermediate Final Display, you will receive your Intermediate Certificate.

Or you can simply take individual subjects from time to time. Many members find these courses so valuable that they complete more than three courses, learning a wide variety of techniques.

 

Birthday treats

We celebrated our 49th birthday as a branch of the Guild with Victorian President Linda Hagar presenting 25 year membership awards to Dorothy Day and to Jacqui Volpe (in absentia).

She also presented the Intermediate Certificate to Leonie Lister and Carmel Schulze. Their work for the three subjects completed was on display and was marvelled at by all.

25 year 2017

Dorothy Lyn and Linda

Inter Certs 2017

Lyn Linda Carmel and Leonie

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