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
By Laurene Wilkes
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.
We celebrated our 49th birthday as a branch of the Guild with Victorian President Linda Hagar presenting 25 year membership awards to Dorothy Day and to Jacqui Volpe (in absentia).
She also presented the Intermediate Certificate to Leonie Lister and Carmel Schulze. Their work for the three subjects completed was on display and was marvelled at by all.
Dorothy Lyn and Linda
Lyn Linda Carmel and Leonie
Committee 2017 with Guild President Linda Hagar
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.
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
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.