Report – December 2020
Submitted by Roma Smith, ONN Rep
The beginning of our new guild year has found us still locked out of our meeting headquarters, a municipal community centre. Eager to keep connected and to ensure the continuance of our guild, we started holding our meetings using the virtual platform, Zoom. Not all of our members have access to this technology but we have managed to connect with a significant portion of our members. Since our first Zoom meeting in early October we have hosted two meetings with professionals as our guest speakers. Of interest to stitchers was a presentation by Monika Kinner, a textile artist from Saskatchewan. Monika spoke about her journey into embroidery and explained how her craft has become her main source of income. She shared with us a few of her thread painted landscapes of her prairie home. You might enjoy looking at some of her work. You can find it on her website: http://www.mysweetprairie.ca
We are thankful that our dedicated stitcher, Juliet McDonald, has stepped forward and set up a programme to keep us stitching this year. She had us begin with stitching a Mystery Stitch Along (SAL). Instructions are offered in four parts. She sends us instructions for each part, each month, in our email; then, follows it up with a zoom meeting to give us help and guidance. We are also stitching ornaments for our Christmas ornament exchange. In the past, we would bring a handmade ornament to our annual Christmas banquet. The ornament would be wrapped in a plain paper bag with no name on it. All bags were placed on a table. After dinner, we would take turns going up to the table to select a bag. If you brought an ornament, you could take an ornament. The fun part was the surprise when you opened the bag. You didn’t know what was in the bag or who it was from until you opened it. This year we will have a modified version of the ornament exchange. We will know who is going to get our ornament because you will have to deliver it to them.
In the New Year we look forward to finishing our SAL bell pull and to trying our hand at embroidering on voile.
Make the best of your COVID Coop-up and Stitch, Stitch, Stitch.
Report as of 5 July 2020
Roma has sent us a brief report saying that everything is on hold with the SDQSG as their meeting venue – the Parkside Older Adult Centre – is closed and they don’t know when it will re-open.
Report – April 2020
Submitted by Roma Smith and Juliet MacDonald March 9/20
Hello again. We’re back! That’s right we were lost in the icloud for a few months but now we are found. Well, we have been stitching since you last heard from us. Two ladies in our stitchery group, Juliet MacDonald and Sylvie Thibodeau worked diligently putting together a well rounded program this year. The Sudbury guild is composed of 2 groups, mainly quilters & a lesser number of stitchers. So, in choosing any stitchery workshop, there must be a wide appeal to a diverse group of members with varying stitchery skills. As a result, development of the stitchery program in our guild can be quite challenging to appease the advanced & intermediates as well as the novice and beginner stitchers.
This year we offered the following workshops: an introduction to sashiko, a hardanger ornament, a blackwork valentine and a stumpwork butterfly. The stumpwork butterfly project was by far the most challenging. If you are interested, here is how we managed to handle it.
4-part Stumpwork Butterfly Workshop
This project, the stumpwork butterfly was chosen as a workshop because it is a ready-made project workshop on the EGA website. The pattern is free and is available to anyone but this is an advanced project aimed at those who are familiar with stitchery. Since it is a piece meant for intermediate & advanced stitchers, accommodations had to be made in the workshop in order to help the novice & beginner stitchers. The teachers have had to supplement the pattern to include additional instructions & pictorials and offer additional help.
Since the project was relatively difficult and stitching intensive, it would require many meetings to teach & finish this project. It was decided to teach it in 4 parts: 1) buttonhole stitch the wire butterfly outline 2)colour the wings with irregular satin stitches, 3) add embellishments & beading, and 4) finish & assemble it as a brooch or magnet. In doing so, it made each part of the workshop manageable for the teachers to teach, and the students to stitch and finish each part. Due to time restrictions, the butterfly outline was reduced 20% to allow the students to finish each part in a reasonable amount of time.
So far, it has been a successful workshop, about 20% higher enrolment; plus a few beginners joined in too. Those who have finished their butterfly have showed great satisfaction in finishing this challenging project. This 2020 workshop worked well because it was organized into 4 parts, making it very manageable and possible to finish. There were only basic stitches involved, so the skill level is relatively low. The difficulty level is moderate, – working and stitching on wire, creating your own butterfly design, stitching through bulky layers of the wings, and the assembly of a 3-D butterfly, all of which proved more challenging.
As the photos of the finished butterflies reveal, the ladies were successful. I’m still working on mine. We should see more butterflies on display at our annual year end banquet.
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”.