Meetings: from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
first and third Tuesdays in each month
Kortright Presbyterian Church
55 Devere Road, Guelph
Bus route #10
Judy McMullan, ONN Representative
Open House is a beautiful fibre art show with about 50 artists each showing a few works. For 2018, the show will be on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, from 1 to 5 pm. As well as the work of the Guild members, you will see demonstrations of different styles of embroidery, throughout the afternoon. Relax in the Tea Room with friends or fellow enthusiasts. Handmade greeting cards will also be for sale. Frame them for yourself or give them to someone special!
Report – December 2017
This year we had 87 members sign up. Having a large number always means lots of chance for exchanges of ideas. It’s been a good fall session.
Come winter, our classes will be Creative Box Design with Judy McMullan, Beautiful Whitework Changed Up with a Splash of Colour with Ana-Maria Kramer, Point by Point Needlepoint with Joanne Holt, Three-Dimensional Felting with Hazel Alexander, Embroidery on Wool Appliqué with Renata Georgeff, Music Inspired Needle Art with Susan Strachan Johnson. We always have one table for Independent work, as well and it will be full.
One highlight of the fall was our two-day workshop with Carol Arsenault. She guided us through a gorgeous stumpwork piece with strawberry flowers and fruit. Carol was a thorough and patient teacher and we really enjoyed having her with us.
This fall we also tried something new to get our scissors back in shape. We had a mobile knife sharpening service come to the church where our classes are held. Sharp My Knife was in the parking lot while we held our classes and people brought their scissors out to the van as they arrived and then picked them up later in the morning. We found the prices reasonable and the service excellent.
At the end of November, we had our one-morning Christmas Workshop with a choice of several different ornaments or Christmas items to stitch. I chose the velveteen wine bag with the goldwork Christmas tree. Thanks to the Guild members who volunteered to teach these mini-classes.
Our Canada 150 challenge is ongoing. Members are invited to contribute a 6” x 6” square for a group display. Laura Dobrindt has headed this project and she has brought the display to several different venues where it has been very well received.
Our afternoon programs (1-2 pm) are open to all, so if you are in Guelph please do stop by! January 16 will be Demo Day with several stations demonstrating useful techniques. Next will be a Make & Take in Hand Felting. In February, we’ll create an Ort (Scrap Thread) Holder. The first meeting in March will be our Stash Sale and later in the month will be a hands-on session in Thread Painting. Our last meeting will be a trunk show with Donna Funnell. Please check our website cegguelph.ca/ for the exact dates of our programs.
We have been communicating with the Ontario Network of Needlework members to see what we can do about meeting this year. At the time I’m writing this article (Dec 5) we have not made a firm date for the ONN AGM but I can tell you that people are very clear that they find ONN beneficial and value our association with each other.
I’ve included a few photos of recent work by our members.