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
Report – January 2019
Judy McMullan, ONN Representative
CEGG has 85 members this year. It’s always more fun with more people and our classes have been well attended.
In addition to our regular classes, a smaller group was able to attend a workshop in November with Mike Parr from Ottawa. We worked with silks and Japan gold to create a lovely little evening purse.
Thanks to the volunteers who led at our Christmas Workshop at the end of November. Collectively, we put together a great bunch of Christmas decorations.
Coming up for January-March we will have 6 classes and also our Independent group.Look for: All That Glitters with Marsha Fontes, Exploring Possibilities with Mavis Brown, Friendly Faces in Fascinating Fields with Ruth Douglas, Handmade Sewing Box with Ietje Jackovich, Kantha Embroidery Interpreted with Pat Bowley and Wild Rose Blackwork Sampler with Barbara Lee Johnson.
To learn more about our Guild or our classes, please visit us at cegguelph.ca.
Report – April 2018
Judy McMullan, ONN Representative
CEG Guelph has had a few more stitchers join us recently and we are now up to 88 members.
Our Open House and Display of Work will be on Tuesday, April 24, from 1 to 5 pm at Kortright Presbyterian Church, 55 Devere Drive, in Guelph. As usual, we will have pieces created in our classes and the work which our members have completed on their own. We will have our special Canada 150 display again in order to show off the projects that were completed in the latter part of 2017.
CEG Guelph will also be participating in the Quilt and Fibre Art Festival of Waterloo Region. We’ll be in St. Jacobs Mennonite Church in the town of St. Jacobs from Tuesday, May 22, through to Friday, May 25. We’ve also been invited to participate in the new Black Sheep Festival of Contemporary Textile Art at the Elora Centre for the Arts in Elora on Saturday, July 7. We’d love to have you visit either one!
We also very pleased to say that Norfolk’s Own Needle Arts Guild and Oakville Stitchery Guild are going to work with us and we will be able to have an ONN AGM this year. However, we don’t feel we can have something as quickly as May, so we have booked our venue for Tuesday, October 30th. That will be at the Kortright Presbyterian Church in Guelph.
We’ll have a morning business meeting, as usual. In the afternoon we plan breakout sessions to discuss the future of ONN and how we can best continue our Annual General meetings. New technologies may be helpful. We’ll know, by October, if having 3 or 4 groups working together to host a meeting is a good idea. We can discuss some of the challenges that were mentioned in the survey last fall.
I’m looking forward to rolling up our sleeves and addressing some of the difficulties. The benefits of the ONN are there. We want to continue to enjoy them.
In the meantime, Kathryn Robicheau, our Treasurer, will continue with paying for the website and collecting the fees for the coming year. The AGM will just be a little later.
Report – December2017
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.