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)
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
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.
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.
Classes and workshops are one of the most important ways of passing the skills of embroidery on from one embroiderer to the next. Recent classes and workshops have been fun and we have learnt an enormous amount. There is a lot of talent in our group.
Why don’t you join in for our next classes or workshops.
Some photos including Katherine Hamer Fox’s class in Creative Machine Embroidery, Delva White’s workshop in Wessex Stitchery and Jane Croxford’s Long and short stitch workshop – Hedgehog
Our next Sit and Sew meeting is on Monday 11th March from 11am to 2pm at St David’s Church Hall Aphrasia Street Newtown At these meetings we work on our existing sewing or join in the Try-Out table to try a technique that may be new to you. We bring our lunches, chat and exchange ideas and sewing tips.
We also have access to the comprehensive library collection and are able to see what classes are coming up in the future. This year has already seen some wonderful work from class members and there are two International tutors lined up for later in the year
Education is an important part of our Guild actitivities, passing on the traditional and new styles of embroidery. Classes are held throughout the year and prove very popular including our recent Summer School ones. Lists of upcoming classes are available at the meetings and in the newsletter that goes out to our members. Coming up soon, Alison Cole will be teaching a Goldwork project in March – get in quickly for this one.
A Taste of Candlewicking workshop will be held on Friday April 5th
Alison Snepp, from NSW will be back for her final teaching session here and you must not miss her class, which will impart much of what she has learned in her long career as an embroiderer.
Hazel Bloemkamp, Crewel embroidery expertfrom South Africa, will be visitiing us in September so lots to look forward to.
New classes and workshops are added all the time, so come to meetings or join the Guild to get our newsletter for more information.
We are about to have our Annual General Meeting at which we ratify the appointment of those members who have been nominated to positions on the committee for next year. Thanks to those who have thrown their names into the ring this time.
The meeting is on Monday 10th December from 10am at St David’s Hall, Aphrasia Street Newtown. We welcome new members to join our many activities.
Summer School is an exciting time for us and there are so many things to try. See the Classes page for full details.
Blackwork, Scrumbling, Brenda’s Rackham Fragments and Needle lace are all on the list. Drawing for design is an important skill that we all need and we have a tutor from South Australia – Lorelle Leham to set us on the right path.
Kathryn Harmer Fox is to visit later in the year, very exciting.
We are also planning a retreat at Melrose Cottage in Ballan 15th – 17th April, Contact us now if you are interested
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.
Excitement 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.
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.
Our 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.