In August, we had a stitch-in at Stanley Park, and had some of our work on display there. Here are some photos of the display.
Our Guild does not have regular meetings during the summer like we do during our official guild year (September – May). However, we still keep busy! In July, we had a display of our work, and hosted a stitch-in where others could join or watch what we were working on. Here are some photos of our display at Pioneer Park Library in Kitchener.
At the end of April, embroidery guilds across Ontario gathered together for the Ontario Network of Needleworkers (ONN) annual meeting. This year it was hosted by the Toronto Guild of Stitchery. Representatives of each guild sat in to make decisions that will help this Network run smoothly. You can learn more about ONN by visiting the website here.
Each guild was able to display some of the work their members had created. These are some photos of our display. Items we had created from some lessons in Carrickmacross Lace earlier in the guild year received a fair amount of attention from some of the other guilds. You can see them in the bottom left photo.
Every once in a while we break up our normal routine and do a special event. This morning we went to Stanley Park Library and taught a lovely group of people how to make a Christmas ornament. Our guild member Maria created the original design.
Thank you to all our guild members who helped prepare and teach, and a big thank you to our students who made the event a rewarding experience! We had lots of fun with you!
This is a display of some of our work which was shown at the Stanley Park library last year.
Our Kitchener-Waterloo Guild is one of over 20 Embroidery Guilds in Ontario that are part of the Ontario Network of Needleworkers. (Check out the ONN website here: www.onnguilds.ca) This year we have the privilege of hosting the Annual Guild Meeting here in Kitchener. Many of the Guilds from across Ontario will have displays of their embroidery work, and there will be a few vendors there too.
The grand finale of the day will be our guest speaker – Ray Dugan. Ray Dugan has hand-stitched a reproduction of the Bayeux Tapestry, which was recently featured in The Monuments Men film. The tapestry is already hung up on display at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, and reaches most of the way around the church gymnasium. It is really worth taking the time to see! You can find more information about it here: dugansbayeuxtapestry.com
Here is a photo of Ray with his tapestry:
(Photo Credit: David Bebee/Waterloo Region Record)
If you’re near Kitchener on May 10th, we encourage you to stop by!
The displays of Guild embroidery work, vendors, and Ray Dugan’s lecture are all open to the public. We just ask that you let us know if you plan to come so that we can set up enough chairs! You can RSVP by calling Maria at 519-744-8275.
In recent years, we have had the opportunity to join other local Guilds in an annual event held on the front lawn of the Joseph Schneider Haus, a local historical landmark and museum. The weather in September 2013 was a little nicer to us than the previous year, as we had some nice sunshine, and did not have to rely so heavily on a cup of coffee to keep our hands warm!
This year we also brought some extra supplies along, so that people could have a try at doing some needlework of their own. Our guild really is a friendly guild, open to ALL levels of skill and experience, each of us helping each other out along the way. We call ourselves a “teaching guild”, which means that at our Guild meetings we have instructors teach guild members new embroidery techniques and projects. Some people that view our displays feel intimidated by the completed projects they see, but I think any of our Guild members would agree that we each have our areas of comfort, strength and weakness, and we only get better by practicing!