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

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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

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Geelong In Stitches

Barbara Abley with EGV Geelong President Valda King at the Opening

Barbara Abley with Valda King at the Opening

We’ve just completed our 2015 Exhibition!  It went very well with lots of admiring visitors.

Some fabulous Raffle Prizes hand made or donated by our members were won, and here are the results:

1st Prize: Patchworked Quilt –  Heather De Grandi  (Ticket 0770)

2nd: Wall Hanging – Liz Moloney (0143)

3rd:  Embroidered Bell Pull – Gwen Mackie (0082)

4th: Silk Fibre Bowl – Patricia Crooks (0572)

5th: Tote Bag – Gwen Graham (0652)

6th: Crewel Cushion – Meredith Stafford (0806)

7th: Crochet Doiley – Marion Dines (0342)

8th: Shadow work Cloth – Marice Goodwin (0177)

9th: “Magoo” the Monkey – Marie Nolan (0842)

10th: “Gemma” the Rag Doll – Penny Tucker (0825)

11th: Chatelaine and Cottage Garden Threads – Janet Evans (0591)

Congratulations to all the winners.

Choosing a winner to vote for in the Viewers Choice Award was nearly impossible but the worthy winner was Dianne Clarke for her Framed Tapestry of a vase of flowers.

Our winner of the My Geelong Challenge was Pam Fletcher for her beautiful 3D Sculpture of the Carousel

The Exhibition Committee lead by Sue Patterson did a wonderful job to produce and run the show so successfully. Hope they have their feet up for a little while!

August meeting

Our meeting in August welcomed Elizabeth Izak, one of our members who also represents the Geelong Lacemakers. She demonstrated bobbin lace making and talked about some of the lace pieces in her collection.

Exhibition card 1 Exhibition card 2Our exhibition is coming up in October and we are all stitching for our gift stall and finishing our projects for the My Geelong challenge.

To get an entry form for items to be exhibited:Exhibition Entries Submission Form 2015

To download  our publicity card:  Exhcard 1 final

Exhcard 2 final

Showcasing the Artisans of Geelong

Stitched by Alice Harrington

Stitched by Alice Harrington

Showcase 2015
10am – 4pm, Saturday & Sunday, 13th & 14th June, 2015
at The Geelong Club, 74 Brougham Street, Geelong.

The Geelong Branch of The Embroiderers Guild is a member of the Artisans of Geelong and there are many beautiful pieces in this display embroidered by our members

A unique opportunity exists for one weekend only in June 2015 to view over 180 new and exquisite creations, made by fifty-five Artisans of Geelong.
These pieces were carefully curated over a period of two years by The Johnston Collection and featured in their recent ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas exhibition at Fairhall in Melbourne.
Each piece will be displayed in the magnificent rooms of the historic Geelong Club, a location rarely opened to the public. You will be able to view these incredible works of art and learn more about each of them from the Artisans.
Techniques include embroidery, textile art, porcelain art, lace-making, tatting, beading, patchwork & quilting, weaving & spinning, art dolls, painting, weaving with plant fibre, woodcraft, tapestries and more.

Heritage Festival

We have a wonderful display of embroidered items from traditional smocking to modern Textile Arts pieces as part of the National Trust’s Heritage Festival. This year the theme “Conflict and Compassion” relates to the centenary of the Anzac landing and leads us up to Anzac day next week.

Join us at The Geelong Wintergarden, 51 McKillop Street Geelong from 9am to 4pm on Friday 17th to Sunday 19th April.Postcards Jock002Postcards Jock001

A special part of the display is 2 original embroidererd postcards sent from France by  Jock McQuat, a Geelong ANZAC to his sweetheart.

You can also see the postcards that our members have stitched as a challenge on the theme.