Norfolk’s Own Needlearts Guild

norfolk_nag_250_LOGO2nd and 4th Wednesdays (September to June)
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Activity Room
Norfolk General Hospital Nursing Home
Corners of Elgin Ave and Robinson St, Simcoe

See location on Google Maps

Heather Hollands, ONN Representative

Report – December 2021

Submitted by Heather Hollands, ONN Rep

During the fall, our guild has continued to meet informally every Monday from 10 am – 4pm working on our own projects. We have also been able to meet on the second and fourth Wednesday evenings, with one being a business meeting and the other one a programme. Since we can not have outside teachers, it was decided that each of our members would choose a technique or interesting tip to teach or share with the group. Grace Smith did our first programme in November, where she demonstrated the five bead knot stitch. It is done like a cross stitch over 4 threads. The first part of the cross has 2 ends on it and the second trip to complete the cross has 3 beads on it. This makes the stitch look like a small flower. Some people did several of these stitches, then added some stems and leaves and they then placed them in cards that we will sell at a local shop in Waterford.
Also, this fall, eight of us signed up for the EAC seminar to be held in Toronto in May, 2022. We have received our classes information, and booked our rooms and anxiously wait and hope that this will be able to happen as planned!
We finished off our evening meetings with a Christmas dinner at a local restaurant in Simcoe, where everyone had a great time.
In the new year, our plans are to continue to have our members teach a small project each month and also to start a gold work dragonfly project.

Report – September 2021

Submitted by Heather Hollands, ONN Rep

Our guild has been able to have social distance stitch ins from early June until the present. During the pandemic we have been concentrating on completing our unfinished projects.
Two of our members had registered for the EAC seminar which was to be held in Richmond, BC. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, going to Richmond had to be cancelled. However, seminar proceeded online. Our two members had signed up for the Assisi sewing pocketbook. These courses took place on Friday afternoons for six weeks via zoom, straight from the instructor’s home in Italy. It was an interesting experience, complete with a tour of her lovely 17th century home .
At our final evening meeting in June, one of our members presented us with an interesting challenge. We were each given scraps of window screening and some leaves that she had preserved and told to complete something with them to be shown at our September meeting. Some of our completed pieces are photographed below.
This coming year we have plans to work on a goldwork dragonfly design and also to make some all occasion cards that our group sells at a local shop. We are also planning to make some temari ornaments as a Christmas project.

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Report – January 2020

Submitted by Heather Hollands, ONN Rep

We have had a busy fall, as the pictures below will illustrate. In October some of our guild joined with the Tulip Tree guild for a retreat at Elmhurst Inn in Ingersoll. It was a wonderful time away with lots of stitching accomplished. We felt spoiled, as the accommodations and food were lovely.

people stitching around a table

hand-made pendants
Also four of our members participated in a goldwork workshop hosted by the Brant Embroiderers guild. It was a lovely butterfly designed and taught by Barb Cook. We thoroughly enjoyed this and now goldwork does not seem as intimidating for some. It was a wonderful day!
Our Fall project within our guild consisted of a goldwork pendant kit that we ordered from Tanja Berlin. The instructions were very precise and most members completed their pendant.

Goldwork butterflies, in the hoop
Our stitching year ended with our Christmas dinner at the Blue Elephant in Simcoe.

We are looking forward to the New Year where one of our projects will be a canvas work maple leaf pattern which is a fundraiser for the EAC 2020 seminar in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Report – October 2019

Submitted by Heather Hollands, ONN Rep

Our guild stitched together informally throughout the summer on Mondays. Many members of the guild were finishing up their canvas work projects from a workshop taught by Lorene Salt in April. Others continued to work on their own projects.
 We are a very small guild (11 members) and it was difficult to fill executive positions for the upcoming year. Jane Hunter volunteered to be our president until December and then we will be searching once more. Currently we do not have anyone in charge of the programme and are working on that co-operatively. We began our programme learning a goldwork pendant designed by Tanja Berlin and everyone is progressing well. Upon finishing these we will possibly do a double sided embroidery design .
Our guild meets on the second and fourth Wednesday evenings at 7 pm at the Norfolk nursing home activity room, from September – May. For December and June we have dinner meetings. We also meet informally every Monday at Waterford United church. The first Monday of each month we meet at the home of Kim Smit.
Some members of our guild are looking forward to attending a goldwork butterfly workshop put on by Brant Broderers.

Report – April 2018

As the winter is finishing up, many in our group are just finishing up our fall and winter Mountmellick sampler and looking forward to starting some new projects this spring.

In a recent calendar produced by EAC, there was an article about hornbooks, which are a wooden paddle-like shape and were used in the past by children in school. On these hornbooks would be the alphabet or numbers to help the children learn. Embroiderers have used the idea of a hornbook where a small piece of stitching can be secured, and with loops attached to the stitched piece, it can have threads for a project attached and organized. One of our family members has a woodworker who made these hornbooks for us, with each one a little different. We are now busy stitching a small 3- to 4-inch square of stitching of our choice to attach to our hornbooks and they will be ready to use to hold our threads.

Also, we are beginning a stitchers challenge to be completed by our final meeting in June. Each member received a bag with an object inside with a design on it. Our challenge is to reproduce the design in whatever type of stitching we feel would best reproduce the design. We are to use whatever materials we like, with our background fabric being 6 by 6 inches.

Also, in the near future we are planning to do a stump work sampler designed by Sherri Del Rizzo.

We have also been contacted by CEG Guelph to assist them with the upcoming ONN annual general meeting scheduled for October. We will be responsible for sending out and collecting the registration forms.

So, as you can see, spring promises to be a busy and exciting time for Norfolk’s Own Needle Arts Guild.


Report – December 2017

Norfolk’s Own Needle Arts Guild has had a busy fall. In September our new programme chair, Cori Angus introduced us to a Mountmellick sampler which we have started and will continue to work on throughout the year. It consists of 21 leaves placed on a twill fabric in three rows of seven leaves or to design your own sampler. Each of the leaves will be a different Mountmellick stitch. We have found it necessary to have a practice piece to help us get the correct and even tension before working on our good design.

Also, in November, we had a guest teacher, Naomi Smith, come and do a workshop with us on moose hair tufting. In order to help cover the expenses we extended an invitation to other local guilds who may have been interested. It was a really wonderful experience and left many of us with the feeling we would like to do more, if only we had access to moose and caribou hair!

As Christmas draws near, many in our group are working on Christmas cards and finishing gifts for special loved ones.

In the new year we will be continuing our Mountmellick sampler and will be adding a stitched crazy patch round robin.