The New and the Old(er)

Our Birthday celebrations were held at our June meeting. Sadly the President from The Guild in Melbourne was unable to travel to join us (due to yet another lockdown) but our very own Valda King who is the Branches Liaison Officer was able to present our long standing members with their certificates to commemorate their support over many years.

L-R Berry Millard, Marj Kavanagh, Rosa Cullen, Jean Shinners, Valda King (Branches Liaison Officer) and Pauline Mackenzie (EGV Geelong President) [Irene Roach, not present]

We all enjoyed our morning tea and congratulate these very special members.

We’ve expanded our Special Interest Groups to include 2 new ones and a proposed one.

Just started are the Artist’s Books Group and the Slow Stitch Group.

We also want to try restarting the Counted Thread group so if you are interested please let us know

Excitement is building

We never stand still! We have our birthday meeting on Monday 14th June with visitors from Embroidery House. We will be honouring our members who have reached their 25 year status.

We are trying out a new Guidance Group – Slow Stitch starting on Thursday 8th July

We are on track now for our exhibition, brought forward from last year but now up and running on Friday 10th – Sunday 12th September. Up, Up and Away! is the theme and it should prove to be very well worth a visit, as usual.

More about these will be announced as the time nears.

We are busy!

If you are new to embroidery, or need to refresh your stash (and who doesn’t!) you must visit our garage sale. We have burrowed through our stashes and donated so that you can have one too.

Our Geelong Design Week display (19th and 20th March) at the Geelong Library was fun and those who visited were impressed. Hopefully we will have a few new members who found us there.

Activity at last

Dragonflies in the Garden canvaswork class

We are thinking positively and have some wonderful activities planned for the next little while. Check our special interest groups for their days and times

We will be out and about Stitching in Public for Geelong Design Week on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th March 10 – 4pm at the Geelong Regional Library and Heritage Centre, 51 Little Malop Street. Come and see our work. You can even try out some stitching for yourself!

We have a Garage Sale organised for Saturday March 27th 9am – 1pm at St David’s Hall Aphrasia St Newtown. Books and Kits, Fabric, Sewing Tools, Threads and Beads. Come along and add to your Stash!

Classes are starting, including Ann-Marie Anderson-Moyes Dragonflies in the Garden canvas work class . Intermediate Surface Stitchery is a six class series giving you a very good introductory base for your embroidery adventure. Classes info page is Here

We started our year with a very chatty Sit and Sew in February and ( we look forward to our next on Monday 8th March at St David’s Hall Aphrasia St Newtown 10am – 2pm) Join us on the second Monday of the Month

A New Beginning

A Message from our new President for 2021 – Pauline Mackenzie

Just staying in touch…..

Hi everyone, a lot of us have been chatting on our Facebook Group and it has been amazing and also wonderful to see everyones’ beautiful pieces of work.It has been a very arduous 2020, and we don’t want a repeat performance.

Some of our members have been meeting in small groups and that is great in order to maintain our contacts with various people. I have always felt that our Branch is a wonderful friendship group, where we share our achievements and maintain our various friendships. We don’t want to lose members, because it is our members who we all learn from and who have life time sewing skills that they are all eager to share.

For our first meeting for 2021 there will be strict Covid rules which are there to keep everyone safe. We even have our very own COVID coordinator, but she promises not to carry a whip or long darning needles…!

So to you all, stay safe and look forward to seeing you all Monday, February 8 at St. David’s Church Hall, Aphrasia Street Newtown at 10am. Bring lunch and your own mug for tea or coffee.

Hands were kept busy while we were at home…

Still Stitching

Tamari Balls 2002.

Tamari Balls from Madge Pinge’s workshop.

It looks as though we won’t be meeting again for some time yet. I’m guessing that being at home is a mixed blessing for our members. Some will be on their own and hopefully you are managing to look after yourselves and take the opportunity to do some stitching. Others will be sharing their isolation with their immediate families. Learning to manage working arrangements for yourselves or your partners, and maybe your children,  may not leave so much time for “play”.

Don’t forget that stitching can be a very soothing and meditative process as the needle slips in and out of the cloth.

There are lots of places on the Internet that can give some help, ideas or jolts to your creativity. If you are a Facebook member you might like to join our own group there. Many lovely pieces of work are being shown and web places of interest are shared.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/www.embroiderygeelong.org/

Our future activities are still on hold, we will keep you informed as things change. Hopefully we will be getting together and stitching together soon!

Stitching Alone!

The Covid-19 virus is affecting all sorts of activities. We will be closing our meetings and classes until at least the end of April when we will be seeing what is appropriate then.

Here is a letter from our President

Dear Members

I am very sad to have to let you know that as a result of the current COVID-19 (corona) virus situation the Committee has decided that all scheduled classes, the April Sit and Sew meeting, the Sit and Sew session scheduled at the Library for Heritage Week in April and all meetings of our Guidance Groups will be cancelled (or postponed in the case of classes) from 17 March until the end of April. 

If you know a member who doesn’t have access to email, would you kindly pass this information on to them. I will also try to contact these members.

Embroidery House is closing for the next few months, and other branches are taking similar actions to ours in order to protect the health of our members. The Committee will meet again at the end of April to assess the situation and we will let you know what the next steps will be for our Branch. 

I suppose that the only positive thing to come out of this is that some of our unfinished projects may get completed! 

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any questions about this decision. It wasn’t taken lightly, but we all felt that the safety of our members was the priority.

Kind regards – and keep stitching. – Leonie Lister

Connecting Stitchers

Kaz

Kaz McGlynn Mixed media

K Maloney book2s

Kerrie Maloney Book binding

weaving variation 2 and 3

Brenda Ryan’s Playing with Stitch

We are about to start our year’s program. Some of our groups have already met and our Intermediate Certificate Surface Stitchery students have their first class on Feb 3rd. I know they are getting excited. The Embroiderers Guild, Victoria turns 60 this year and there are many celebrations to come.

We start our Up Up and Away Exhibition year with a program of classes and workshops which will be open to the public. Connect 60: A seminar for those who like to Stitch It runs from March 10th to 22nd with  classes for all interests from Goldwork and Tudor Embroidery to more modern Playing with Stitch, Mixed Media  and Bookbinding.

To see the many other  classes and workshops we have this year Click here  Classes 2020

One of our groups is GeeTAG – the Geelong Textile Arts Group. This group meets on the 2nd Saturday of the month  12.45 – 3pm at St David’s. The program for the year contains lots of different techniques culminating in some final works and a Challenge entry for the exhibition in September.

Join us at our Sit and Sew meeting on the 2nd Monday of every month starting on Feb 10th at 10am. Bring your lunch and something to sew…you’ll never look back.

Most of our meetings are held at St David’s Church Hall, Aphrasia St Newtown.

Year’s End and New beginnings

Patchwork Glenys

Patchwork scrappy quilt by Glenys Sikorski

We had our Annual General Meeting in October this year, as we will do from now on. It used to get very busy around Christmas time so now we can just celebrate!

A new committee was elected with Wendy Findlay, President of the EGV presiding. A very welcome guest along with Jenni Smith.

Committee for 2020 is:  Leonie Lister (President), Jenny Bakos, Yvonne Davidson, Ann Lawrence (Secretary), Marilyn Marshall (Treasurer), Anne Monagle, Gillian Norris, Dianne Richmond and Marion Dines (co-opted as minutes Secretary)

Xmas tree 2017 1

Santa’s been

Christmas will be celebrated by many of our groups, as well as the Big Sit and Sew Bring- a – Plate shared lunch on Monday 9th December. All are welcome to this meeting at St David’s Church Hall starting at 10am. Bring something to sew and join in the fun.

 

We have some busy Guidance groups with a recent Patchwork group showing off some

Patchwork Lyn (2)

Group scrappy quilt

of their work. This quilt was put together by Lyn Hughes using blocks made by group members in a workshop on scrappy blocks. Random choices made for a colourful finish.

Seniors Festival Special Invitation

By Laurene Wilkes

You are invited to our celebration for the Geelong Seniors Festival on Monday October 14th 2019 from 12 noon – 2pm

Join us for stitching, a chat, a light lunch and see what we are embroidering.

Our Sit and Sew meeting at St David’s will be open to the public between 12 noon and 2 pm. A light luncheon will be available for everyone. If you have something you are working on please bring it along, or we will provide a small item to stitch if you wish.

The Geelong Seniors Festival is the largest community celebration for Seniors in Regional Victoria and a major partner of the state wide Victorian Seniors Festival.

As well as being a great opportunity to get out and about for little or no cost, the Festival provides a rare insight into what is on in Geelong for the rest of the year, as most of the events are staged by local clubs and interest groups.