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.
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.
Our 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
We 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.
Our 47th birthday celebrations were held at the June Sit and Sew meeting with EGV President Anne Denmead and Vice president Linda Hagar
Anne presented Erika Praskunas with a 25 year membership pin and we saw some of her beautiful stitching.
Intermediate Certificates were also presented by Anne to Bronwyn Bell, Kerrie Maloney and Valda King. Their work on display showed that they were worthy recipients. Techniques covered included Crewel work, Surface stitchery and Art of Stitch..
We had some fabulous visitors to our March Sit and Sew meeting. Jan Brasher and Mary Connolly from the Trolly Dollies Cloth doll makers talked about their creations and showed us some wonderful examples. Cloth dolls have such intriguing personalities and often have minds of their own when it comes to how they will turn out and the clothes they will wear.
Next Sit and Sew will have a display of work by our creative group known as GeeTag (Geelong Textiles Arts Group) Join us on Monday April 13th at 10am