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.
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
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.
The new year is well on the way and we are starting to think about our activities for 2016.
Our first Sit and Sew meeting will be on Monday February 8th at St Davids from 10am.
4th Wednesday Patchwork and 4th Saturday Sit and Sew groups start back in January and Counted Thread and Juniors in February.
If you belong to one of the home groups check the starting dates.
Classes are now booking and we have some exciting ones to start the year. Intermediate Canvaswork Investigations, “Rinceau” designs, and Tatting are coming up, as well as a visit from Velma Bolyard a paper artist from the USA. See the classes section for details or down load a classes flyer
We held our first Sit and Sew meeting for the year today with a great turnout and several new members welcomed.
On Display this month were the works of our talented Patchwork group. They impressed us with everything from a Teddy Bear, Crazy Quilting, Dresden Plates and Double Wedding Rings. There was even a teeny weeny Suffolk Puff quilt made for a dolls house.
Our guest speaker Eva Abbinga described the Rajah Quilt made by convict women on their voyage to Australia. She outlined the quilting project that she is running at the National Wool Museum this month Click for more details of the Rajah Quilt
Our first classes for this year are Fabric Postcards (Feb 18th) and Macbeth Bauble and