Canadian Embroiderers’ Guild – London

London_7-cegl-LOGOMeets: September to April
Day Guild – 2nd and 4th Thursdays :: 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Evening Guild – 2nd and 3rd Mondays :: 6:45 pm to 9:30 pm

Website: “A Textile Arts Group”





Report – July 2020

Submitted by Roberta Whitmore, ONN Rep       6 July 2020

CEG, London has cancelled our fall classes, but have not yet made a decision about our winter session.
We are maintaining contact with our members through email and telephone.
All our members from last year have had their membership extended to the end of this calendar year. We are not accepting any new memberships at this time as a fee schedule has not been developed due to the cancellation of activities.
Our AGM is scheduled for Saturday, September 12 and we will be proceeding with it but offering our membership the opportunity to participate electronically, by proxy, or by completing paper copies of our motions.
We have a wonderful education team who will be offering our members the opportunity to participate in some online classes during the fall.
Planning for Summer Workshop 2021 with Karen Astrid Clark and Richard McVetis is proceeding.
Our 50th anniversary celebration “Evolution and Diversity of Textile Arts” will occur during our 2021 – 2022 year and will be a year long celebration culminating with several workshops in June. Details will be posted on our website early next year.
Stay healthy and happy stitching.



Report – March 2020

Submitted by Roberta Whitmore, ONN rep     17 March 2020


Day group began the New Year with Inspiration Day on January 9.

“My Life in Stitches” was presented  by Jackie Venus at the afternoon program on January 23.

Another well attended Winter Retreat was held at Camp Trillium from January 30 to February 2.

On March 7 there was a workshop with Mandy Forbes “ Fun with Photographs on Fabric”


Afternoon programs included  the following:

Feb 27…Shirley Clement who spoke about her hand dyed fibres.

Members “cotton fabric” sale followed the speaker.

March 12 was soup day followed by a presentation by Dr Stephanie Radu on “Preserving Heirlooms”.

COVID-19 update: CEG London Executive has cancelled classes and workshops for the remainder of the current year.
They also decided to cancel Showcase of Textile Arts and Summer Workshop for this year, too.

Please see our web site for more information.




Report – January 2020

Submitted by Roberta Whitmore, ONN rep

On November 2,2019 a workshop called “ Creative Collage” was held with Sarah Cowling.

Afternoon programs for the Fall term included the following:
Sept. 26. Rug Hooking with Peg Fairs and Marjorie Duizer
Oct. 10. Flax Processing with Cat Haggert.
Oct. 24. Costume Design and Tailoring with Matt Dawe.
Nov. 14. Book Arts Today with Jan Taylor
Nov. 28. Bean to bar chocolate with Philippe Lehner

Evening group enjoyed the following classes:
Seeding of Stitches; Sacred Geometry in Fabric Arts; Hand -Coiled Baskets; Needle-felted birds in 3D; Boro; and Fold,Tuck and Stitch.

On Monday Dec 9 Evening group enjoyed a Christmas social and orientation for Winter Classes

On Thursday Dec 12 Day Group enjoyed a pot luck lunch and orientation to Winter Classes

Summer Workshop June 8-12 2020 Venue: John Labatt Visual Arts Centre, Western University
Stitching Stories — Chung-Im Kim
3 day workshop, June 8-10, 2020– $300 for CEG members– $350 for non-members
Embroidery and Mixed Media— Takashi Iwasaki
3 day workshop, June 10-12, 2020- $300 for CEG members– $350 for non-members

Registration will open to non-members on January 1st, 2020
For further information please visit our web site at:

Report 2019 – October

Submitted by Roberta Whitmore, ONN Rep

The CEG Annual general meeting was held on Saturday September 7, 2019 at Wesley-Knox United Church

Total membership for CEG  to date is 175 including 28 new members.

Classes for the Fall term include the following:

Day Group

Using Images to print and adorn; Textile wrapped coiled baskets; Just rust; Beginning Stitches;  Bead Knitting and Corralling; Pulled Thread; Fabric Covered Books; Garden Delights; Independent Stitchers.

Evening Group

Beginning Stitches; Sacred Geometry in Fabric Arts; Hand Coiled Baskets; Flight of Fancy..Needle felted Birds; Boro; Fold,Tuck and Stitch; Independent Stitchers.

Saturday November 2 there will be an all day workshop with Sarah Cowling on “Creative Collage with Tissue and Fabric.”


Report – August 2019

Submitted by Roberta Whitmore, ONN Rep

Showcase of Textile Arts was held on April 26 and 27 at Wesley Knox United Church and marked the end of our Guild year. This exhibition was a display of all the work created over the Guild year.

Upcoming classes, workshops and Summer Workshop for 2019-2020 were also on display.

Through the summer months various focus groups continue to meet at members homes.

Summer Workshop for 2019 was held from June 3 to June 7 at Western University.

Kate Bridger from June 3 to 7

Janet Scruggs from June 4 -5

Nell Burns from June 6-7


Next year Summer Workshop will be held from June 8-12, 2020 at John Labatt Visual Arts Center, Western University.

5 day workshop…” Hot wax and cool dyes” An introduction to Batik with Karen Astrid Clark

Karen is from Flin Flon Manitoba

3 day workshops ….”Stitching Stories” with Chung-Im Kim

Chung-Im is from Cookstown, Ontario

………”Embroidery and Mixed Media” with Takashi Iwasaki

Takashi is from Winnipeg, Manitoba

For further information please see our web site at











Report – April 2019

Submitted by Roberta Whitmore, ONN Representative

Inspiration Day
“A Modern Take on Penny Quilts” with Tammy Sparling was held on Thursday January 10, 2019 and was for all members of CEG.

Winter Retreat
Another successful retreat was held at Camp Trillium from January 31 to February 3
The 30+ members who braved the cold weather had a wonderful time.

Afternoon programs included the following:
January 24…..My Sister’s Place Expression Group
February 14….Valentines Day Party
Speaker: Art and Spirituality with Monica Bodirsky from OCADU
February 28….My Life in Stitches with Ann Fenwick
March 14….Whistle Stop
Everything you Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask

Upcoming events:
Members are looking forward to an Indigo dyeing workshop with Bethany Garner on March 30.

Showcase of Textile Arts will be held on Friday April 26, 2019 and Saturday April 27, 2019

Summer Workshop will be held June 3-7,2019 featuring:
Kate Bridger…5 day workshop..”Earth, Wind, Fire and Water”…June 3-7
Janet Scruggs…2 day workshop…”Scorched”…June 4-5
Nell Burns….2 day workshop…” Creating texture with Free Motion Embroidery” June 6-7

Please check our web site for further information…


Report – January 2019

Submitted by Roberta Whitmore, ONN Rep

A successful two day workshop was held on September 22 and 23 with Gunnel Hag on Colour Vie.

Afternoon Programs held during the Fall term included the following:

Sept 27  Pat Burns Wendland, Master Spinner, Weaver and dyer

October 25  Leila Nattagh spoke on “Recycling Fabrics”  Members were encouraged to wear repurposed clothing.

November 8  Shana Elijah spoke on : Indigenous Regalia”

November 22  Tea tasting Tea Party with Stefanie Stolze from The Tea Haus

Community Outreach:

November 29 another “Bag Ladies Day” was held with local CTV news covering the process with a video shown on the evening news. An article outlining the work CEG does to provide Mastectomy Bags for St Joseph Hospital was also a focus in the Newsletter for St Joseph Hospital. 400 bags were made that day by CEG volunteers.

Read the article here:

December 10

Evening group enjoyed a Christmas social and orientation of classes for Winter term.

December 13

Day group celebrated the end of the term with a Pot Luck Lunch. A Show and Share was held after lunch for members  to share their projects from the Fall classes. Following the Show and Share was Orientation to the Winter Term classes.

Summer Workshop will be held during the week of June 3-7, 2019

5 day workshop:  Earth, Wind, Fire and Water with Kate Bridger   June 3-7, 2019

2 day workshop:  Scorched with Janet Scruggs   June 4-5, 2019

2 day workshop:  Creating Texture with Free Motion Embroidery with Nell Burns   June 6-7, 2019

Please see our website for more information

Registration for non CEGL members opens January 1, 2019

Report – April 2018

Submitted by Roberta Whitmore, ONN Representative

We started Winter Term on January 11, 2018, with Inspiration Day which was an all -day workshop with Bethany Garner called ”Sea Garden Pouches.”

Bethany guided participants in the making of small bags or wall hangings using collaged fabric scraps which were then beaded and embroidered.

“Let’s gather and stitch” was held on Thursday, January 18, and is another day for all members to get together to stitch independently and socialize from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm

Evening classes began on January 8 and day classes on January 25.

Winter Retreat, held at Camp Trillium in Waterford, Ontario, from February 15 to 18 was well attended.

Afternoon programs continued with the following:

January 25: Open Forum – Bounty Bag Fund raiser

February 8: Speaker from Westland Gallery – the Marsh Store (vendor)

February 22: Speakers from the Spinners and Weavers Guild – The “other fabrics” sale

March 8: Jen Wilson – Embroidered faces graffiti style! & Member and library: book, paper and pattern sale

March 22: Ann Campbell, Doll Collection – members display of their own doll collections

April 12: Pot Luck lunch, Spring budget, Show and Share & preview next year’s classes

Report – December 2017

Guild began for CEG London with the annual general meeting on September 9, at St Michael and All Angels Church. The first classes got underway on September 11, for the evening group and September 28, for the day group.

Afternoon programs take place on days when the day group meets and all members are welcome to attend.

This year the committee has enhanced the afternoon program to include speakers, vendors and fabric sales. Our speakers for the fall term were:

  • Sharmista Kar: Not your grandmother’s embroidery
  • Stephanie Hull: Art Therapy
  • Cynthia McNair: Quilts from Israel
  • CEG member Jesse Amery: Special presentation of clothing and household goods from life in Lebanon, Syria, Arabia and Egypt.
  • Laila Brandt and Teresa Ainsworth: The history of the London Potters Guild
  • Vendor: Krafty Kennedys

Fabric and notions were the focus of our sales.

A lino block workshop with Jen Hamilton that was held on November 4, went well.

Congratulations are in order for three CEG members.CEG-LondonShow_3669Laura Wythe on the publication of her first novel “The Bones” whose main character is a textile curator with the Royal Ontario Museum. The novel is about climate change. Laura will be having a show in April at the Masonville library called “Text to Textile” which will be a show based on her novel “The Bones.”

Jackie Venus for her invitation to submit works. After taking an online course in thread painting from Dionne Swift, Jackie was invited to submit up to three new pieces to be shown at the Knitting and Stitching Shows at the Alexandra Palace, Dublin and Harrogate shows during 2018, and also Olympia and Hawar in Holland and Abruzzi in Italy. Pictures will be available on the CEG London website after their first showing.


Sylvia Alwan for winning an award in the art and photo contest for depicting London area architectural structures built in 1867 or earlier. Sylvia’s art was of the Talbot building past and present.

Our final meeting for 2017 was held on Thursday, December 14, with a pot luck lunch and orientation for classes in 2018.

CEG London Summer Workshop 2018
(Registration for non-members begins February 1, 2018)

Crazy Quilting |  June 4 – 8, 2018
Judith Baker Montano | 5-day workshop

Nature Narratives |  June 5 & 6, 2018
Alice Vander Vennen | 2-day workshop

Indigenous Beaded Artwork |  June 7 & 8, 2018
Katherine Boyer | 2-day workshop

Please see our website for more information: