We have had two very interesting meetings in the past months.
At our October meeting we had two guest speakers, Diane Looker and Pam Timmins from ‘Geelong Coast Days for Girls’ which is part of a world wide group. They offer a feminine hygiene programme providing quality, sustainable solutions for girls who have nothing suitable to manage their periods. Kits are made and distributed to help give dignity, health, education and safety to the girls who receive them, including so far in Nepal, East Timor, The Solomon Islands, New Guinea, Uganda, Cambodia, Malawi and Zambia.
Several of our members have become involved and are doing a great job.
The display for October was Brooches and they ranged from beautiful to quirky!
Narrow tape Idrijan Lace
In November we met at All Saints Hall for our Christmas lunch which was a shared plate affair and proved a hit for variety and taste. Speaker was our own Denise Bell, enthusiastic Lace maker who visited Slovenia this year for the 17th World Lace Congress of OIDFA — the International organization for bobbin and needle lace held in Ljubljana. She also attended some of the classes offered as part of the congress. Idrija and Pag are two areas that have their own styles of lace making. Lace is so important in Slovenia that stamps were issued to mark the occasion.
Our December meeting at St Davids on Monday 12th is our AGM and you are all welcome to join in and also view the Intermediate Certificate Canvas Work Display. Classes for next year will be available for signing up so don’t miss out.
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.
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.