Submitted by Roma Smith, ONN representative
Report – April 2018
This guild year began with offering a new technique and a project. The new technique we learned was “passementerie” or “button making.” The class was taught by one of our members, Carmen Huggins. After her presentation on all the lovely buttons one can make, we followed an instruction video and completed one Dorset button that evening. These buttons can be used on articles of clothing or to embellish a piece of needlework.
The following month we offered a project, a cross stitched biscornu, which gave us a small item that can used as a gift or Christmas ornament.
Our second project began in the new year. We decided to try something different. It was a pretty project that combined some beading and pulled thread skills that had been presented last year. We called it “Mystery Stitches of the Month”. It works like a mystery block of the month quilt project. We set aside four classes (one a month) to do it. The first month, participants are given a small section of a pattern to work on. The rest is hidden from them. The second month, a little more is revealed. By the fourth month the entire mystery image is revealed. The concept of a mystery to be solved seems to keep them stitching and without a finished project to look at they select the colours and the threads to work with. No two projects will be exactly the same. This project was popular and fun.
Many of us are trying to finish UFOs to get ready for our “Quilts on the Rocks” show that takes place this fall. This show will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14 from 10:00 to 4:00 at the Parkside Centre/ YMCA, 140 Durham Street, Sudbury. If you are in our area drop by and see our stitchery display. We would love to see you.
Report – August 2017
The Sudbury Guild’s year ended on April 24th, followed by a delightful banquet. A fashion show was a new feature we enjoyed at the banquet. Some members modeled quilted outfits they had made. Linda Lachance was our guest speaker at the banquet. Linda is a well-qualified EAC teacher who owns her own stitchery design company called “Northern Pine Designs”. After dinner, she shared with us her journey in stitchery with a slide show of her creations. There were pieces of her more recent works on display for us to drool over.
The banquet is preceded by the year-end workshop. This workshop alters between quilting one year and stitchery the next year. This year the stitchers enjoyed a “Stitching Around the Void” class taught by Linda Lachance. The ladies selected their own void shape to embroider around. Linda demonstrated how to use numerous stitches and a wide variety of thread fibres to create texture in their piece. Best of all, she showed them how to attach all sort of items like gem stones and shells to their work to embellish it. We look forward to seeing these completed creations at our next quilt show in October 2018.
On display at our banquet were the entries for our Canada 150 Challenge. The entries had to be the stitcher’s original design. The stitcher could choose any technique to interpret what Canada meant to him/her. The challenge was judged by all guild members in attendance at our last meeting. Many thanks go out to Juliet McDonald for co-ordinating this challenge. Pieces entered in this challenge are currently on display at the main branch of the Sudbury Public Library for the public to enjoy.
The accompanying photos proudly display the winner’s work. First place went to Evelyn Yade for her piece “Provincial Flowers”. Second place was awarded to Juliet McDonald for her flag creation entitled “Celebration”. Third place was awarded to Sylvie Thibodeau for a piece stitched on a Canada print fabric.
When guild starts back again in the fall we will hear about another challenge. This one will be part of our quilt show “Quilt on the Rocks”.