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.
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
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.
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
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.
We enjoyed our Annual General Meeting in December with our visitors from Melbourne and elected our new committee for 2017. Our new President is Lyn Hughes. Retiring President Valda King was thanked for the amazing work she has done to keep our group vibrantly alive with a bright future.
Committee members are from Left to Right in the picture: Jo Pitts, Brenda Ryan, Anna Schroeter, President Lyn Hughes, Yvonne Davidson, Tina Elms, Margaret Neill, Shirley Wilson, Lesley Duff, Vic President Linda Hagar and Gillian Norris.
We have had two very interesting meetings in the past months.
At our October meeting we had two guest speakers, Diane Looker and Pam Timmins from ‘Geelong Coast Days for Girls’ which is part of a world wide group. They offer a feminine hygiene programme providing quality, sustainable solutions for girls who have nothing suitable to manage their periods. Kits are made and distributed to help give dignity, health, education and safety to the girls who receive them, including so far in Nepal, East Timor, The Solomon Islands, New Guinea, Uganda, Cambodia, Malawi and Zambia.
Several of our members have become involved and are doing a great job.
The display for October was Brooches and they ranged from beautiful to quirky!
Narrow tape Idrijan Lace
In November we met at All Saints Hall for our Christmas lunch which was a shared plate affair and proved a hit for variety and taste. Speaker was our own Denise Bell, enthusiastic Lace maker who visited Slovenia this year for the 17th World Lace Congress of OIDFA — the International organization for bobbin and needle lace held in Ljubljana. She also attended some of the classes offered as part of the congress. Idrija and Pag are two areas that have their own styles of lace making. Lace is so important in Slovenia that stamps were issued to mark the occasion.
Our December meeting at St Davids on Monday 12th is our AGM and you are all welcome to join in and also view the Intermediate Certificate Canvas Work Display. Classes for next year will be available for signing up so don’t miss out.
Our Sit and Sew meeting on 12th September was the occasion of a bounteous display on the botanical and floral theme for Spring. It is always fascinating to see the variety of treatments of floral motifs.
We are looking forward to our international visitor Hazel Blomkamp and her Needlelace in Embroidery class.
Lesley Beltrame’s Stumpwork flower
Some more floral work is bound to be stitched as a result.