September to May
Monthly General Meetings
3rd Wednesday, 9:30 to noon, Real Canadian Superstore
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
Report – April 2018
We kept ourselves busy (and warm) working with wool this winter. We started with a felting workshop in November with Christianna Ferguson, a local fibre artist. After learning some basics of wet felting, we created embellished pieces of felt which then inspired us to further stitching. More details and pictures are available on our website http://egpstitch.ca/home/what-s-new/2-uncategorised/72-felting. Linda Vassiliadis used her piece to create a wonderful garden.
Our December lunch and star ornament exchange were well-attended as usual, giving us a welcome respite in the midst of a busy season. Tina Lubimiv gave us all pieces of felted wool blankets and a challenge: to make phone cases for our Fibre Festival display, following the design Carol Rand had created as a gift for Tina, our webmaster extraordinaire. Tina had pre-cut the felt pieces for us, and with the skills in wool appliqué that Carol had taught us in a workshop in the previous year, augmented with a wide range of embroidery techniques and materials, the guild members used January and February to produce an inspiring collection of work. (two pictures of the phone cases)
In January we had a wonderful workshop given by Carol Rand, who also serves as the secretary for our guild, on how to use acrylic paint on different types of fabrics, which can then be embellished with embroidery. The technique was used by some to create tea towels, which had been a popular item at our Fibre Festival display in a previous year.
In February we gathered the materials for the 2018 Peterborough Fibre Arts Festival and Sale to be held on March 17. The Fibre Festival has been running for eight years, starting as a small gathering of local guilds and vendors in the basement of the Peterborough library, hosted by the Peterborough Weavers and Spinners Guild.
Needing more space, it has moved to a larger venue at the Peterborough Wellness Centre, with more vendors and displays, and drawing from a wider area. While the focus is on spinning, weaving, felting and knitting, our EGP booth always attracts interest. Initially the EGP used the display to show the guild’s work, but with many visitors wishing to buy what they saw, the guild has incorporated a featured item for sale each year.
This year we featured the phone cases and tea towels, but also included some cards and buttons left from last year’s show, and some other items. Not only does it provide our guild with a fund-raising opportunity, it has helped to advertise our organization and increase our membership.
With several new members joining us as a result of seeing us at the Fibre Festival, we had a full house for Part 1 of our pulled thread workshop, presented by Seanagh Murdoch. It was lovely to switch to working with linen for the first day of spring.
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.