Events and Exhibitions

2017 ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show Super Toyworld Crafts Expo

The Guild is looking forward to participating in the Crafts Expo at the Canberra Show, 24 to 26 February. We will be helping to set up the Needlework display. During the show we will demonstrate embroidery and provide information.

The Embroiderers’ Guild ACT 2016 Exhibition

This was held at the Albert Hall, on Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla ACT, 16th – 18th September, 2016. Special features: Extensive and diverse display of current pieces of work, both traditional and modern, made by Guild members; Displays of vintage embroidery and Guild Challenge history pieces. As part of the Exhibition, there was a public seminar on Saturday 17 September. Victoria Pearce, Director of Endangered Heritage in Phillip, talked about what individuals can do to keep their own treasures safe from damage, moths and light fading. The talk covered storage, display and framing issues focusing on embroideries and textiles.

Victoria Pearce is a qualified textiles conservator and the Director of Endangered Heritage in Phillip. She has worked for the major institutions in Australia on iconic National collection items. Victoria has worked overseas in China, Malaysia and the Philippines training and supporting the preservation of irreplaceable items of significance. Victoria now heads a brilliant team of Senior objects, painting framing and paper conservation specialists, delivering the same high service for families and individuals. Endangered Heritage has bespoke storage and display solutions for family memorabilia, art, antiques and decorative art items.

Golden Wattle patterns for sale
In May 2015 the Embroiderers’ Guild ACT was commissioned to embroider a specially developed Golden Wattle design on a blanket that was the official gift from the people of Australia, for HRH Princess Charlotte. After completing this commission, the ‘Blanket Embroidery Team’ went on to develop small projects using part of the original design on items that are of interest to stitchers and embroiderers. The projects are a card, a paperweight, a scissor keeper, a trio of pin cushions, a book mark, a needle book. Patterns for these projects are now available from the Embroiderers’ Guild ACT at a cost of $5.00 per pattern (by email) or $6.00 per pattern (printed and posted). For further details, see the order form:

ACT Guild Pattern order form Version 3

Community Diversity Festival, Saturday 27 August 2016

The festival was held at St Margaret’s Church, Hackett ACT (on the corner of Antill St and Phillip Avenue) from 11am to 3pm. The Guild participated with a display of touchy-feelies.

World Embroidery Day 2016

30 July was World Embroidery Day. The Guild celebrated with a day of stitching on Monday 25 July. Our special guest was Dao Midgley who talked about a group of Hmong embroiderers in her village in Laos and the transition from traditional designs to modern designs using the traditional technique of reverse applique. Examples of these beautiful embroideries were displayed.

Annual Stitching Weekend 2016

The Guild held a ‘Stitching Weekend’ on 20th – 22nd May 2016 at the Greenhills Conference Centre. Over 30 people attended and the accommodation and catering were excellent. The range of embroideries, knitting, quilting and other crafts being worked on was fantastic.

Gift Shop at Gold Creek Markets, Sunday 24 April 2016

Our Mother’s Day stall at the Gold Creek markets was a very busy successful day.

CAPEX: a report on the Guild’s participation 2016
The Connect and Participate Expo was held at the Kingston Old Bus Depot on Saturday 19 March. There were over 160 stalls representing community groups. The Guild had a popular display with samples from the Princess Charlotte blanket, a selection of Touchy Feelies, and samplers of Young Stitchers and Creative projects. We had all bought work along but none of us had a chance to actually stitch. We were busy all day answering questions about the Guild and the works on display. It was particularly nice to see how many people knew of and admired the Princess Charlotte work, and how many young people enjoyed touching the samples and asked questions about learning to stitch.