We have started the year on a high note with a new committee elected at our recent AGM. Congratulations to President Trish VanKuyk and to Alana Young, Ann Horne, Christine Casey, Jenny Bakos, Leonie Lister, Margaret McDonald, Pauline Veale, Sue Patterson and Vicki Smart who will form the 2023 committee.
Classes have begun and most of our groups have now had their first meetings for the year. For more information about these please go to their pages: CLASSES and GROUPS
We have already planned several special activities, The first is an introductory class at the Geelong West Library on Friday 31st March. This is open to the public so anyone can join in.
We will be – Sharing Stitches also at the Geelong West Library on Friday 21st April during the National Trust Heritage Festival. There will be a display of our work and demonstrations of stitching and a chance to try out your own skills.
Our long awaited Exhibition 2023 “UP UP AND AWAY !” will be held on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September at the Geelong West Town Hall
We will be there doing some stitching and would love to have people to talk to.
Dijanne Cevaal will be our guest speaker at our next Sit and Sew on Monday May 9th. She is well known internationally for her Travellers Blankets and her series of female Sentinelles. She has worked on printmaking on fabric to embroider. She is going to bring some of her prints and fabrics for us to buy so don’t miss out. Visitors are welcome so bring your friends.
Our meeting starts at 10am and goes until 2pm. Bring your lunch and join us at St David’s Church Hall, Aphrasia Street, Newtown.
Winner of People’s Choice Group challenge – Canvaswork Tiles
Geetag’s Golden Scrolls
Our much anticipated exhibition flew by last weekend . By all accounts a raging success. The quality of work was amazing and it is always a joy to see items that have been produced by our members at home and which suddenly see the light of day at exhibition times.
The Raffle Winners are as follows:
1st Jacqui Beltchev No. 0905
2nd Sue Butler No 0308
3rd Barbara Tol No. 0336
4th Jenny Bakos No. 0145
5th Madeleine Campbell No. 0232
6th Sally Atkinson No. 0546
7th Jenny Foster No. 0134
8th Georgia Mellas No. 0479
9th Barbara Morgan No.0588
10th Pauline Veale No. 0436
11th Joyce Hunter No. 0498
We ran a People’s Choice award and the worthy winners were:
Most Popular Exhibit: “Rackham fragments” Quilt by Brenda Ryan
Individual Challenge: ” Treasure Chest” by Denise Bell
Guidance Group Challenge: “Tiles” by Canvas Work Group.
Excitement builds as we prepare for our exhibition – a very special one for our 50th birthday with the theme of 1001 Arabian Nights.
From Friday September 14th to Sunday 16th from 10am – 4.30pm at the Vines Road Community Centre, Hamlyn Heights, Geelong
There will be over 300 items on display and lots of Gold for our birthday. Specially worked challenge pieces on the Arabian Nights theme have been made by individual members and our special interest groups. They will make for a very exciting exhibition.
Hand made gifts will be for sale and refreshments are available at the venue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This year the wonderful Christmas at The Johnston Collection decorations were created by members of the Artisans of Geelong Group. EGV Geelong belongs to this group and many of the creations this year were embroidered by our members.
The Exhibition includes some breathtakingly special works and is well worth a trip. You need to make a booking and you have until 24th February to see the items displayed in the rooms that Mr Johnston filled with his delightful collection of antiques and curiosities