Meets: 4th Monday – September to May (excluding December; AGM – June)
7:00 – 10:00 pm :: Joshua Creek Heritage Centre, Oakville
Report – April 2019
Submitted by Hermien Venter, ONN Rep
The Oakville Stitchery Guild has been busy with workshops.
Barbara Hodkinson gave us a stumpwork workshop and instilled in us a huge respect for that skill set. We have several members who are really accomplished at stumpwork, so it was great for the rest of the group to learn a bit more about it.
Debbie Bianco and Hermien Venter gave a Critters and Monsters workshop inspired by the work of Amanda Louise Spayd after that, where we had loads of fun creating troll-like dolls.
Our hands-on sessions during our monthly meetings are still turning out fantastic work. We created scissor fobs at the February meeting that now keep our small scissors from getting lost.
Also, Sybil Rampen from our group is currently having a retrospective show of her work at Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre that also show-cases some of her fiber art from the last 7 or so decades of her work. It’s worth a look-see!
Report – January 2019
Submitted by Hermien Venter, ONN Rep
The Oakville Stitchery Guild had a second eco-dyeing workshop for its members, presented by two of our own members and, as the first time, it was a resounding success.
And because we love workshops so much, we will be having another workshop on stumpwork mid-January, again presented by one of our own. Later in the year we will have a dyeing, silk screen & marbling workshop in the same manner.
During our monthly meetings we are continuing with our hand-on sessions. The group made Christmas decorations, as you see below, during the November meeting.
For December, we followed the example of Constance Howard’s Colourama exercises and wrapped cards in different colour combinations for an exercise in colour, right after we celebrated the season with a potluck dinner.
Report – April 2018
Joan Lindo, ONN representative
The calendar says Spring and though still somewhat chilly it is wonderful to see the blue sky and the sunshine!
After our wonderful as always Christmas Dinner at Joshua Creek, the guild has once again settled in for some serious stitching and investigating some different embellishments.
January – Hands on Fabric Brooches from scraps of fabric, thread, metal etc.
February – Fun with buttons – fish buttons & couching and necklace
Other finished show & tell items from our members.
Felted bag (with just the right button!).
Dying with onion skins and avocado peel
In our March meeting we will be exploring Fabric Collage.
In the meantime … Happy Easter and spring everyone from us at the Oakville Stitchery Guild
Report – December 2017
Our guild has had a busy year so far … Our new president, Debbie Bianco, welcomed all to the first meeting in September after our summer break. She explained that the first half of our meetings will be about the business of the Guild; the second half will be about fun and learning something new.
For that September meeting we welcomed a guest speaker, Ann MacMillan, who presented a wonderful showcase of her felting work – a combination of wet and dry felting and needle felting.
Our members’ show and tell included Nancy’s eco-dying projects.
In October / November the ‘Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre’ was the venue for ‘The Fibre Art Feast Exhibition’ featuring the ‘Connections Fibre Artists’ group. Several of our members submitted pieces for an accompanying Oakville Stitchery Guild exhibit which was very well received.
For our October meeting we worked on a series of ‘Twinchies’ – a fun project – to get us thinking quickly.
At the end of October we engaged Monika Schaefer for a 2-day workshop on felting. All who attended had a wonderful time and learned much from Monika – we learned techniques with wet felting – on its own and with silk, and needle felting.
For our November meeting project we made fabric beads.
Our last meeting for the year will be next week – our Christmas Potluck. Our project for that meeting will be Handmade Felt Appliqué Pincushions … I’ll tell you about that in the next report.