February Meeting

Kumihimo Braids from our Xmas Mystery Class

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.

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We begin again

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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

A new beginning

ACommittee 2016smt 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!

Christmas is coming!

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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

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!

Gorgeous gifts

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Exhibition card 2 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.

September Sit and Sew meeting

Marion Dines' Felting Fun Leaves

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.