Once again we have been prevented from running our excellent exhibition.
We have sadly decided that it is too much of a gamble to go ahead. It is too much to ask our volunteers and loyal visitors to be exposed, with the numbers of covid cases on the rise in our neighbouring areas. Extensions of the lockdown now seem likely.
The raffle will still be drawn as advertised and if you have tickets please hang on to them.
We hope that you will get to see the wonderful artworks that we have been creating at some time in the not too distant future when our Phoenix finally rises from the ashes.
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.
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.
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 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 forGeelong 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 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.
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.
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
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
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.