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.

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

Creative canvas

Anne marie Anderson-Mayes1We had two visitors to our July meeting.

Representatives from the Geelong Connected Communities through the Bendigo Bank presented a very welcome cheque towards our Exhibition in October.

Anne Marie Anderson-Mayes, visiting from Perth, talked to us about her passion for Creative Canvas embroidery. She showed some fascinating pieces including a miniature William Morris patterned arm chair and beautiful brooches. She is working towards a range of kits of her designs.