Scarborough Needlearts Guild

scarb_flag_280_LOGOMondays (September to May, except December)
9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Cedarbrook Community Centre,
51 Eastpark Boulevard

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Report – July 2020

Submitted by Alexandra Semeniuk, ONN Rep            17 July 2020

The regular Monday meetings of the Scarborough Needlearts Guild were suspended in March because of COVID-19.  Also cancelled was the Guild’s annual weekend retreat at Elim Lodge.

However, members have had the opportunity to keep in touch and see each other every Friday via hour-long  Zoom get-togethers.  Usually 15 to 18 members participate, enjoy each other’s company and share news on a variety of topics including  projects started and/or completed.  The idea of a picnic in a local park sometime during the summer has been proposed but plans have not yet been confirmed.

The Guild’s program for 2019 -20  has included a series of 6 mini workshops presented by Guild members, each featuring a different embroidery technique to create a decorative button.  To date buttons demonstrating black work, cross stitch, Christmas themes and silk ribbon embroidery have been completed.  Hardanger and needle painting are the topics of the next 2 workshops once regular meetings resume.   When that will be is still to be determined.  No date is under consideration at this time.

Keep safe everyone.   We look forward to seeing you in Cobourg next year.



Report – March 2020

Submitted by Alexandra Semeniuk, ONN Rep          15 March 2020

2020 is off to a busy start for Scarborough Needlearts.  In early February we celebrated the Guild’s 44th birthday with a beautiful cake and the sharing of fond memories.

Anniversary Cake

Also in February, the year-long series of 6 mini workshops, begun last fall, resumed. Various members have taken the lead in presenting the workshops. Before the holiday break, workshop participants, worked on decorative buttons featuring 3 different embroidery techniques including black stitch, cross stitch and Christmas-themed designs.   The focus of the 4th workshop presented in February was embroidering with silk ribbon. Many beautiful results have been appearing on our weekly display table.   Hardanger is the theme for the 5th button.  That workshop is scheduled for April.  The program concludes in May with a  workshop on needle painting.

2 Embroidered buttons

embroidered button

In late April, the Guild will hold its annual retreat at Elim Lodge. This fun -filled, annual weekend-away is a highlight of the Guild’s year.

Guild members  are looking forward to participating in the May ONN conference in Cobourg. We hope to see many of you there.



Report – December 2019

Submitted by Alexandra Semeniuk, ONN Rep

Members of the Scarborough Needlearts Guild are well into their year-long program of creating decorative buttons, each being two and a half inches in diameter and each featuring a different stitch.   The focus of the first button is the black stitch.  Participating members received a small kit containing a button, threads, fabric and a suggested design.  As completed buttons appear at our weekly display table, it has been interesting and very enjoyable to see how some members have embellished the basic design with beads and cording or added magnets and clips turning them into broaches, pendants, fridge magnets and hanging ornaments.  The second button features the cross stitch.  The suggested design is semi-circular with room in the centre for additional stitching.  By adding a name in the centre, some members have created a new name tag for themselves or a personalized gift for someone else.  The Christmas ornament button project is now underway.  Members have received 4 themed designs on fabric, that includes an embroidery key for 9 different stitches, and 3 spools of variegated threads.   We’ll soon be seeing some beautifully completed decorations on our display table.

To complement its button program, the Guild invited internationally known button collector Carolyn Webb to an October meeting to share her knowledge.  During her fascinating presentation, Carolyn drew on her display of a representative sample of buttons from her extensive collection. She described the history of buttons, their importance and significance in society and how buttons have been decorated over the centuries.   Three specific examples that she showed us included a metal button imitating fabric that included sequins, a button made entirely of fabric and decorated with beads, and a button made of black glass imitating fabric with long and short stitches on a fabric background.

Until the 20th century and before the wide use of washing machines, most clothes were hand-washed on an occasional basis.  To protect them, buttons were removed first. Looking at Carolyn’s collection of imaginative and unique buttons, it is easy to conclude that most modern buttons, while functional, are not too exciting by comparison.  One of the impacts of technology has been a change in button appearance.

The Scarborough Needlearts Guild will be closing 2019 with its annual Christmas potluck lunch and sale.  We wish all ONN members a very happy holiday season and good health and many completed projects in 2020!

metal buttons

stitched button

members' buttons


Report – October 2019

Submitted by Alexandra Semeniuk, ONN Rep

After a long summer break that included several very enjoyable stitching garden parties, the Scarborough Needlearts Guild has reconvened and launched its 2019-2020 program.  It promises to inspire both experienced and new stitchers.

For example, besides working on their own individual projects, in the coming weeks members will have the opportunity to participate in decorating and assembling buttons that feature a different stitch on each one.  Various Guild members will lead the button workshops and demonstrate and provide coaching on specific stitches beginning with cross stitch and blackwork.

The Guild is also exploring the possibility of arranging a tour for members to a location of interest that would complement the weekly gatherings.  As well, we will be continuing to feature the stitching stories of Guild members. This is a popular and highly appreciated program item at Guild meetings.

The annual Christmas ornament project will begin in early November to be finished in time for the holiday season.

On a sad note, we conclude here with a tribute by past president Dale Edwards to Ella Reid who passed away this summer. “Ella was a valuable, long-time member of Scarborough Needlearts.  She was always cheerful, with a smile for everyone.  Beginning with patterns from members and designers, she went on to create her own special designs.  She was a faithful attender and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.”


Report – August 2017

Submitted by Meagan Mather, ONN Representative

I hope that everyone is having a great summer and would like to thank everyone for making this year a great one. As we continue to meet at the fabulous garden parties hosted be many of our members, we would like to thank all the members to who have hosted and attended theses events.

Our members ran program this year; each month different volunteers facilitated a group workshop, project, or talk. We had great response from all members, and a wonderful variety of lesson and talks were done. Thank you to everyone for making this past year a success.

This year in addition to program, individual members have been asked to share a stitching story. This story can be about anything they would like to present on, members are encouraged to share about their personal history in stitching, or provide the history of a stitch.

Have a wonder summer, and looking forward to seeing everyone come the fall.