Embroiderers’ Guild of Peterborough


September to May

Monthly General Meetings

3rd Wednesday, 9:30 to noon, Real Canadian Superstore

Monthly Stitch-ins

1st Wednesday, 9:00 to 12:00 noon, Real Canadian Superstore
2nd Wednesday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., member’s home, Sept – June
3rd Wednesday, noon to 3:30 p.m. (follows monthly general meeting), Real Canadian Superstore
4th Wednesday, 9:00 to 12:00 noon. Real Canadian Superstore


Submitted by Fiona White, ONN representative

The Annual Fibre Arts Festival & Sale will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Fleming Sport & Wellness Centre, 775 Brealey Drive in Peterborough.

Report – October 2017

After a summer of informal meetings it has been lovely to be all back together for the start of our 2017-2018 year. Our guild has regular meetings four times a month, with our general meeting on the third Wednesday morning of the month, followed by an afternoon stitch-in, and stitch-ins on the other Wednesday mornings. We use our stitch-in time to work on projects, share materials and ideas, and inspire each other. We meet in a light-filled room at our local Superstore for three of the Wednesdays, and for the fourth one we meet at a member’s house for easy access to our library.

The guild participated in EAC’s National Stitch-In-Public Day by gathering for the morning of Wednesday, September 13, at the Silver Bean Cafe in Millenium Park, which is beside the Otonabee River in downtown Peterborough.

Wenda Mortlock and the program committee have developed an interesting program for the year, building on strengths and interests of the group, and based on member requests rather than a particular theme. Program sessions will include a felting workshop, creating star ornaments for our exchange at our Christmas luncheon, instruction on redwork and painted accents, and on drawn thread. We will also be involved in preparing for our display at the annual Peterborough Fibre Festival in March.

The first program event was to share the results of the President’s challenge to complete a UFO. As always, deadlines are lifelines. There were quite a number of members who worked hard to complete their UFO by our September 20, meeting, and were then rewarded with lovely gift packages of coordinated felt, fat quarter, special button and ribbon – which will serve as material and inspiration for new projects! Prizes were awarded for the oldest (a candlewicking piece started in the 1980s), for the most, for “I never thought I’d finish this”, for the “I loved it, but now I hate it”, for the “closest to your heart”, the most creative, and for the “not quite there, almost done, tried to get it done”. The latter prize went to Linda Vassiliadis, who claimed the “frog did her in”. She has produced an amazing crazy quilt, with wonderful detail, but the needle was still in the last piece with half an embroidered frog.

Carol Rand won for the most projects completed, and also for the most creative. At each general meeting we have a loonie draw for a gift bag. Whoever wins is responsible for filling the next gift bag, with materials costing under $5, but often augmented with little things from the member’s stash. Carol’s piece was created by using all the items in a gift bag that she once won. Starting with felt squares she embellished each one and used them to create a cube which now serves as a button box.

Sharing our UFOs and the stories that went with them was a wonderful way to start the year, and inspired us for the projects we will work on this year.