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.
Waratah by Barbara Grose
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.
Queen Mary at our June Meeting
May June July and August find many of us indoors by the fire stitching, or travelling north for the sunshine.We did venture out for our Birthday celebrations in June and welcomed our new State President Linda Hagar. Four members Hilde Brenner, Barbara Coote, Marj Kavanagh and Dorothy Cavill have earned their 25 year membership brooches.
Meetings have, however, shown off some of our work on themes.In May we honoured Mothers and several pieces embroidered by our mothers were on display.
June’s Queens Birthday included a Mary Queen of Scots doll. July’s theme was the appropriate Woolly Warmth.
August proved that bags are popular items to stitch as many and varied ones appeared on show. September will show that Spring has sprung with a Floral and Botanical theme.October gives us a chance to show off our Brooches.
Eco Prints at the recent Geetag workshop
Our special interest groups have been busy with interesting results.
Patchwork by Glenys Sikorsky
Our enthusiastic speaker, Robyn Steele Stickland from Opendrawer in Camberwell showed some of her many collections including Buttons and Embroidery tools. She discovered that many of us have similar addictions and explored the reasons why we feel the need to “hoard” such things (not to mention the dreaded “Stash” word.
Kerrie’s Crewelwork Cat
At her shop she runs classes in all sorts of textile work and also gives us a chance to recycle some of our stash at her market stall days. See her web site for more of what’s on.
We also had fun working on the delightful kits for pincushions that Brenda Ryan had brought along. Hopefully some will be done for our next exhibition! We plan to have a group to work on making items for the exhibition and if you want to join in please see a committee member.
Come and visit Kerrie’s Cat at Our Heritage Festival display at the Wintergarden, 51 McKillop Street this weekend April 29th to May 1st : 10am to 4pm
Classes coming up include a visit from Internationally acclaimed tutor Hazel Blomkamp who will be exploring Needle Lace in Embroidery on 13th and 14th of July.
Kumihimo Braids from our Xmas Mystery Class
There was much chat and exchange of Show andTell as we met up again after the break.
Guest speaker Collin Peebles from the Geelong Food Bank opened our eyes to the desperate need for this service in Geelong. We brought basic pantry items along to donate and will try to do this at our meetings in future. It was sobering to realise that tea and coffee are considered to be luxuries!
Our visitor from the USA Velma Bolyard will be teaching us Paper Manipulations and we are looking forward to spinning thread from japanese paper, amongst other things. One place remains in this class if you are quick. See the classes section for details
Our next meeting is on Monday 21st March which is the 3rd Monday due to the public holiday.
Intermediate Certificate Canvaswork Investigations
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
At our December Annual General Meeting we welcomed our Guild President and Vice President Ann Denmead and Linda Hagar. Ann officiated for the election of the Branch Committee for next year. All nominees were elected.
Committee 2016 is:
Valda King – President, Marion Dines – Minutes Secretary, Gillian Dawson – Treasurer, Anna Schroeter – Assistant treasurer, Tina Elms – Correspondence Secretary, Gillian Norris – Classes Convenor, and committee members: Brenda Ryan, Lesley Duff, Yvonne Davidson and Margaret Neill.
Our outgoing Committee members Glenys Sikorsky and Pauline Mackenzie were given a token of our thanks for a job well done.
We sewed, lunched and chatted until time to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a Stitching New Year!
Our first general meeting for 2016 is on Monday 8th February and some of our groups will be starting up again in late January. (Patchwork and 4th Saturday)
Wishing you Seasons’ Greetings!
Hilde’s Xmas Tree
We like to spread out the joy at this time of year. We celebrated the start of the Christmas season at our November meeting which was held at All Saints Church Hall. We shared a tasty finger food buffet and lots of chat. Winners from our Exhibition, Dianne Clarke (People’s Choice Award) and Pam Fletcher (My Geelong Challenge winner) were presented with their awards.
Our December meeting is to be held on Monday 14th December where our Melbourne President will conduct our election for committee for next year at our Annual General Meeting.
Please come and join us – we have some new members nominated for committee and would like a good turn out of members to welcome them. The meeting starts at 11am back at our usual place – St Davids Church Hall, Aphrasia Street Newtown.
Don’t forget our Mystery Christmas Workshop at 10am on 3rd December. Bring a plate to share for lunch but contact us so we can organise supplies for you to work with.
Classes for next year are available for signing up – including our Intermediate Certificate Canvaswork Investigations
Gift Stall quality
At our Sit and Sew meeting on Monday we oohed and ahhed over all the lovely items that have been made for the Gift stall at our Geelong In Stitches Exhibition now only 2 weeks away [ 23rd – 25th October at the Vines Road Community Centre] First to see some of these will be buying!
We are also making beads for our Bowl of Beads and if you haven’t made any yet you can bring them with you when you visit the exhibition. Beads are felt, tyvek, fabric and paper and will be irresistible.
Our next Monday meeting is our Christmas Luncheon to be held at All Saints Hall in Noble Street on Monday 9th November.
Marion Dines’ Felt Applique Leaves
We were very lucky to have a visting speaker at our meeting this month. Ruth Mundy is a keen patchworker who works in the Women’s Prison system and teaches patchwork to some of the inmates.
While searching for topics to interest them in she came across the “Underground Railroad” a network of secret routes and safe houses used by 19th-century enslaved people of African descent in the United States in efforts to escape to free states and Canada with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause.
It is believed that women who made quilts used a system of symbols as quilt blocks which were hung on washing lines or fences to indicate the direction to travel or where safe houses, food and clothing could be found. For example the wild geese pattern could be used to show the direction they should travel and the log cabin may have indicated a safe house. Many other patterns have been linked to this system of coded messages although the theory has been challenged by researchers in the United States.
We also had a wonderful collection of gifts made for our gift stall at the exhibition next month.
Marion Dines showed finished versions of her work from our recent Fun with Felt workshop and Barbara Mullan’s Maharani’s Fishpond class.