News Update

Hi everyone

A quick newsy post.

We’re Moving on 1 May

Mega news – on 1 May we’re moving from Gorman House to 100 Maitland St in Hackett. There’ll be no Monday morning or evening meetings on 5 May because we’ll still be unpacking. Our first meeting at the new premises will be on 12 May.

As you can imagine this issue has been taking up a huge amount of the Committee’s time and energy for the last nine months. We’ll all breathe a huge sigh of relief when the move happens. Here’s crossing fingers, toes and everything else that it all goes smoothly.

Threads for sale

We’ve been contacted by Belinda Jessup a local textile artist to say that she has some threads for sale on her blog here. Belinda says that all these threads were bought before 1996.

Update of Members Gallery

The following galleries have been updated. The newest photos are at the top of each gallery.

Bags & Purses



Contemporary Creative

Crewel & Surface Stitchery

Cross Stitch

Stumpwork & Textured Stitching


Here’s a trailer of a scissors keep stitched by Marjorie Gilby that’s now on the Crewel and Surface Stitchery Gallery

Bee scissorskeep

Bee Scissorskeep stitched by Marjorie Gilby


Bee Detail from Scissorskeeper stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Free Canvaswork Design

If you love doing Canvaswork you might want to have a look at this free Boxed Heart pattern


which you can download here

Take care


For Downton Abbey Fans

Hello everyone

Hope you’re having a lovely weekend. Those of you who are fans of Downton Abbey will know that the location used for the series is Highclere Castle in Newbury, West Berkshire.

This historic house also has famous gardens with spectacular beds of perennials and walled gardens. You can see some of the garden’s glory in the gallery on the Highclere Castle website here.

Pat Bootland visited Highclere Castle a few years ago and created a walled garden scene from a composite of two photos. Like all her original pieces it uses an amazing array of stitches densely layered on the fabric to create a sense of profusion and texture. There are also her signature ferns created with needleweaving.

We’ll start with the work in its frame

Walled Garden from Highclere Castle by Pat Bootland

now closer up

Unframed Walled Garden from Highclere Castle by Pat Bootland

The view through the arch – the lawn was created by using very small straight stitches. Pat laid down the straight stitches in one colour green and then repeated the process in four other greens until the whole lawn area was covered and blended.

Archway with Cat from Clereview Castle by Pat Bootland

the wonderful espaliered plum tree with its bullion leaves and padded stem stitch branches. The brickwork of the wall has been created using canvaswork stitches in a range of colours.

Espaliered Fruit Tree from Walled Garden at Clereview Castle by Pat Bootland

and here’s the beading which is so totally cool

Close up of espaliered fruit tree from Walled Garden at Highclere House by Pat Bootland

then there’s this adorable puss

Cat from Walled Garden at Highclere Castle by Pat Bootland

He was based on her daughter’s cat. Pat wanted to show its dark striped coat so that it had definition and presence but without being overpowering. The plant next to it was embroidered by first doing very long straight stitches and then wrapping them in blended threads.

Finally these cute hedgehogs and delicately woven ferns

Hedgehog detail from Walled Garden with Cat by Pat Bootland

Watching Pat at work is an amazing experience. She usually has a rough drawing of what she wants to do but no detailed plan. She starts and decides how she’ll do a particular bit. Then when that’s finished she’ll work out the colours and stitches for the next section and so on. It’s a very open and fluid creative process……and fast, very fast. She flies through pieces while chatting away and telling very funny stories.

We’re trying to persuade her that doing some You Tube videos on her needlewoven ferns would be an awesome idea.

Take care





News Update

Just a quick note to say I’ve updated the following galleries. The new work is at the top of the each gallery:

Bags and Purses





Contemporary Embroidery

Crewel and Surface Stitchery

Cross Stitch






A Sense of Place

Hi again

In this post I’m going to share another work by Caroll Pichelmann. Caroll is a longstanding member of the Guild and a gifted textile artist. I’ve had some long conversations with her recently while arranging for her work to be photographed for the Members Gallery.

Lyn’s Postcard

This story starts with a postcard that Lyn Baldwin (another member of the Guild) stitched and sent to Caroll. Lyn draws with thread and fabric and her postcard featured some sandpipers. Here’s a fragment of it

Sandpipers on Blue Book Cover by Caroll Pichelmann

Caroll is highly creative and very focussed on the potential of materials for making art. Textile art isn’t static for her and she can see future stories and purpose in anything she makes. She constantly recycles pieces and they evolve over time.

She also has a very strong sense of place and how it can be evoked in fibre and yarn.

So when she received Lyn’s postcard she didn’t put it away or on a wall or somewhere safe. She sent it on a journey.

Textured Seascape

In the postcard’s next life the sand pipers have found a context and a sense of place in this textured seascape that was in the Guild’s 2013 Annual  Exhibition.

Contemporary Textured Seascape

Contemporary Textured Seascape by Carroll Pichelmann

Detail of Textured Seascape

Detail of Textured Seascape by Carroll Pichelmann

Diary Cover

Then Caroll decided to look more closely at these shorebirds and their habitat along the shoreline – especially the inter-tidal zone where they feed.

So she deconstructed the seascape and out of this morphed a diary cover that evokes all the rich detail of life in that zone.

It’s worked in wool in many forms and with a relatively restrained palette of stitches – darning, couching, Tunisian crochet, french knots, chain stitch, fly stitch, buttonhole stitch, back stitch, some needleweaving. But the main story is the wool – the variety of yarns, fibres, colours all put to awesome use in freeform stitching.

Here’s the diary opened out

Blue Diary Cover 3 by Caroll Pichelmann

And here are the covers and then detailed close-ups of the surface textile. I’ll leave you to enjoy the richness of the detail

Blue Diary Cover 1 by Caroll Pichelmann

Blue Diary Cover 4 by Caroll Pichelmann

Blue Diary Cover 2 by Caroll Pichelmann

Blue Diary Cover 8 by Caroll Pichelmann

Blue Diary Cover 9 by Caroll Pichelmann

Blue Diary Cover 10 by Caroll Pichelmann

Blue Diary Cover 15 by Caroll Pichelmann

Blue Diary Cover 7 by Carroll Pichelmann

Blue Diary Cover 16 by Caroll Pichelmann

Blue Diary Cover 17 by Caroll Pichelmann

Blue Diary Cover 18 by Caroll Pichelmann

Blue Diary Cover 11 by Caroll Pichelmann

Blue Diary Cover 12 by Caroll Pichelmann

Blue Diary Cover 13 by Caroll Pichelmann

Blue Diary Cover 14 by Caroll Pichelmann

Blue Diary Cover 21 by Caroll Pichelmann

Blue Diary Cover 20 by Caroll Pichelmann

Blue Diary Cover 6 by Caroll Pichelmann

Blue Diary Cover 5 by Caroll Pichelmann

I feel like I’ve been looking into rock pools and under rocks and beach combing along the shoreline when I explore this piece.

Did I mention that Caroll is also the most generous of people? So where are the sandpipers now? Back with Lyn of course and on the cover of her annual diary.

Caroll’s creative process where all the textiles are forming and reforming into new stories and surfaces reminds me of Jude Hill. You can see her work on her Spirit Cloth blog here

Have a great weekend


Looking Over Shoulders 5


Hello again everyone

I’ve been busy with my iPad over the last couple of weeks taking pics as I look over people’s shoulders at the Monday morning and evening meetings.

To the members of the Guild thanks so much for sharing your work and being so patient with me as I whisk away your work to take a pic.

This post comes with its own warning – it’s a mega post just in case you need to get a cup of coffee or tea…….

Here goes……

Irene Burton is incredibly fast at finishing work – look what she’s done in the last couple of weeks:

Granny Square

Granny Square crocheted by Irene Burton

Blue Crochet Bag by Irene Burton

Ballroom Dancers x-stitched by Irene Burton

I love the sparkly bits on the dancer’s dress – they add something special. What do you think?

We had two special visitors on Monday

Margaret Kilby from Ottawa is working on this lovely field of red poppies:

Red Poppy in Progress x-stitched by Margaret Kilby

and Dee Glenn from the USA on this elegant quilt:

Quilt in Progress by Dee Glenn

While we’re talking about quilts here’s where Dorothy Rudland is up to with her butterfly quilt:

Butterfly Quilt in Progress by Dorothy Rudland

Detail of Butterfly Quilt in Progress by Dorothy Rudling

and Lee Scott  is finishing the crazy quilt block she started on her recent stitching cruise around New Zealand:

Crazy Quilt Block by Lee Scott

You’ve seen this crazy quilt block that Fran Novitski has been working on in previous posts so here it is finished and very cleverly turned into a folder cover:

Crazy Quilt Folder by Fran Novitski

Julie Knight who is just the most creative person across a range of media was showing us the pieces she’d entered into the Canberra Show last month. Just look at this awesome baby doll – don’t you just want to pick her up and give her a big cuddle?

Baby Doll by Julie Knight

Her other pieces were this baby’s outfit

Baby Dress by Julie Knight

and this silk ribbon embroidery

Ribbon Embroidery in frame by Julie Knight

Shona Phillips has also been adding some ribbon embroidery to this retro design:

Lady with Roses Silk Flowers in Progress by Shona Phillips

while Pat Bootland is stitching away on a new piece inspired by a Sydney Long painting in the National Gallery of Australia.

Woman Piper by Pat Bootland

Floriana Basilisco finished this embroidery for a cushion

Surface Embroidery in progress by Floriana Basilisco

This piece is a bit deceptive because the painted green background suggests you’re looking at appliqué when in fact it’s surface stitching.

Floriana’s now started on this filet inspired by similar pieces she saw on her last trip back to Italy

Filet in Progress by Floriana Basilisco

Near her Catharina Koopman was working on this cross stitch

Sogno in Progress x-stitched by Catharina Koopman

Gail Haidon was working away at this stunning piece of wool embroidery that you’ve seen in an earlier post

Wool Embroidery by Gail Haidon

and Lesley Fusinato has started another block of her super cute French mouse Monet quilt

Monet Mouse Quilt Block by Lesley Fusinato

Jan Senti has finished her too cute bear stitched with mingled threads to give a ‘tweed’ effect

Teddy Bear x-stitched by Jan Senti

and now she’s onto Sashiko

Sashiko in Progress by Jan Senti

On Monday night Sarah Kimmorley was painstakingly counting threads for the tassels on a baby blanket

Preparing Tassels by Sarah Kimmorley

While Jenny Balderson was adding the finishing touches to her Stitch of the Month book cover

Stitch of the Month Sampler in Progress by Jenny Balderson

Now if you love Hardanger and drawn thread work here’s some eye candy for you that various members are working on

Lesley Jemeson

Hardanger in Progress by Lesley Jemesen

Germaine Esther

Hardanger in Progress by Germaine Esther

Nan Horne’s Ukrainian work

Ukrainian Embroidery in Progress by Nan Horne

Here’s a corner of a large Hardanger tablecloth that Brenda Phillips is making as a raffle prize for a special birthday of the Yass Country Women’s Association – we all want to win it!

Hardanger Tablecloth Corner by Brenda Phillips

Mmm I have to apologise to the owner of this Hardanger piece in progress as I can’t read my scrawled notes – so if you recognise it please let me know and I’ll add your name

Blue and Cream Hardanger by

For something completely different check out the progress that Sharon Boggon has made on her contemporary piece

Contemporary Embroidery in Progress by Sharon Boggon

and Agnes Sciberras on her very evocative seascape

Contemporary Seascape by Agnes Scibberas

Margaret Roberts is almost finished her Australian landscape and is looking for feedback and ideas on whether she should put something at the foot of the tree – so your comments would be very welcome…

Landscape in Progress by Jenny

For the history buffs among you here’s the Millennium Sampler being worked on by Jan Prowse

The Milennium Sampler in Progress by Jan Prowse

Detail of Milennium Sampler by

while Patricia has started this panel of the Bayeux Tapestry and was showing me her Bayeux Stitch

Edward the Confessor Panel from Bayeux Tapestry by

Detail 2 of Bayeux Tapestry Panel in Progress by

If you’re a fan of Diana Lampe’s designs then you’re in luck because two members are working away on very similar pieces. In the morning group Janice Brennan was finishing this design

Diana Lampe Embroidery in Progress by Janice Brennan

and in the evening group Rosie Collis is just about finished this

Diana Lampe Embroidery in Progress by Rosie Collis

There’s also lots of cross stitch going on

Ruth Jackson

Geometric Square x-stitched by Ruth Jackson

Delma Burgdorf

Coffee Cups x-stitched by Delma Burgdorf

Barbara Bailey 

Cottage in progress x-stitched by Barbara Bailey

Anne Small 

X-stitch in progress by Anne Small

and Samantha Benda

Bouquet of Flowers x-stitched by Samantha Benda

Threadpainting always generates a lot of interest at our annual exhibition and on the Members Gallery so here’s a lovely violet by Ros Stanford

Violet Threadpainting by Rosa Stanford

There’s the same kind of delicacy but a very different technique in these Stumpwork elements that Margaret Cooper is working on

Stumpwork in Progress by Margaret Cooper

Evelyn Foster is working on this winsome Trish Burr miniature

Trish Burr Miniature in rogress by Evelyn Foster

While Mary Doherty is almost finished a block for our Sunbonnet Sue quilt

Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Block by Mary Donohue

For a pop of colour have a look at these pieces by Jan Hure

by Jan Hure

Polly Templeton 

Canvaswork in Progress by Polly Templeton

and Diana Churchill

Surface Embroidery in Progress by Diana Churchill

Surface Embroidery in Progress 2 by Diana Churchill

We’re going to end on a Christmassy note with this stocking being stitched by Carol Van Gelder

Xmas Stocking in Progress by

and Glenda Hudson’s fun button Christmas Tree from the Creative Group workshop

Button Xmas Tree by Glenda Hudson



Encore for My City Lives by Caroll Pichelmann

Hi everyone

Last year on 28 September I wrote about our 2013 Annual Exhibition here. I included some photos of Caroll Pichelmann’s My City Lives – a major piece of textile art in the Retrospective of her work that was part of the exhibition.

Those photos were taken at the Exhibition in not very good light. There’s been quite a bit of interest in this work and so Stewart Bath has re-photographed it in detail. We also have some images of the whole work by Andrew Sikorski of Art Atelier.

 If you haven’t had a chance to read the earlier post then the important thing to know is that this an imaginary city composed of bits and pieces from various Australian cities.

So here we go with an encore of My City Lives.

These first two photos are by Andrew Sikorski. It was fascinating to watch Andrew at work. The first photo presents the work as a textile – you can see the folds and creases in the fabric:

ART_1The second presents it in a more ‘art work’ way with less dimensionality and texture:


Both approaches are accepted ways of showing textile art and I wanted to share them with you. Which do you prefer?

A more detailed look… 

Caroll says that this next section is inspired by The Rocks area of Sydney and I’ve included a selection of photos to give you some close-ups of the layers, texture and stitching:

Detail 7 of My City Lives by Caroll Pichelmann


Detail 8 of My City Lives by Caroll Pichelmann


Detail 4 of My City lives by Caroll Pichelmann


Detail 5 of My City Lives by Caroll Pichelmann


Detail 9 from My City Lives by Caroll Pichelmann


Detail 11 of My City Lives by Caroll Pichelmann

Now this next section is a bit of a mystery – Caroll doesn’t have any notes on which city this is from so if you recognise the buildings please let us know.

Detail 1 of My City Lives by Caroll Pichelmann


Detail 3 of My City Lives by Caroll Pichelmann


Detail 2 of My City Lives by Caroll Pichelmann


Detail 10 of My City Lives by Caroll Pichelmann


Detail 6 of My City Lives by Caroll Pichelmann

This work is also special because Caroll is very committed to upcycling materials and it incorporates many re-used fabrics, yarn and thread.

Enjoy and take care


News Update

Hi everyone

Well about an hour ago I managed to erase the whole Cross Stitch Gallery and it’s taken me all this time to figure out how to restore it! WordPress is seriously scary at times….Anyway it’s back & updated to boot.

Here’s the list of all the galleries that have been updated:



Contemporary Creative

Crewel & Surface Stitching

Cross Stitch



Landscapes & Scenes

Stumpwork & Textured Stitching


All the new photos are at the top of the galleries.


We’re on Facebook and you can find us here. Yay! \0/




News Update

Hello again

This is a quick news update:

New photos uploaded to Members Gallery in:



Contemporary Creative

Crewel & Surface Stitchery

Fabric Postcards

Landscapes & Scenes

Stumpwork and Textured Stitching


Young Stitchers

The new photos are at the top of each gallery so that you can see what’s new easily.

Awesome Win for Young Stitcher Lara at Actew/AGL Canberra Show

One of our Young Stitchers Lara is 8 and she entered some of her beautiful embroidery in the Canberra Show.

And ta-da look what she won:

Elephant with Canberra Show Prize Ribbon by Lara Espeland

And a closer look….

Elephant by Lara Espeland

But there’s more – she won Student Champion!!!!

Vase of Flowers with Canberra Show Prize Ribbon by Lara Espeland

Vase of Flowers by Lara Espeland

How awesome is Lara’s stitching?!!! Those grub roses are just so cool!

2014 Exhibition

Just a head’s up about two of the wonderful special features of our 2014 Exhibition which will be held from 18-21 September at the Albert Hall.

If you’re a fan of Sharon Boggon’s Pintangle blog then you’ll know all about her Love of Stitching Band Sampler.


This sampler is many things:

– an amazing and beloved piece of embroidery and creativity that’s over 32 metres or 29 yards long x 6 inches wide

– a stitched journal of her life

– an important teaching tool


And Y-E-S it’s going to be an awesome part of our 2014 Exhibition!! Yay! \0/

Another delightful work on show will be Doreen McGregor’s Dollhouse for Stitchers (seen here) and visitors will have the chance to look in the windows and see all those exquisite, tiny contents up close! Yay! \0/

Crafty Tadpole Dollhouse 6 by Doreen McGregor

And top of this there’ll be the curated exhibition of the postcards in the Stitching Love and Hope Challenge – Can’t wait!!

New Website & Facebook page of Qld Embroiderers’ Guild

The Queensland Guild has a bright new website with a real pop of colour here and a new Facebook page here. So go have a look and if you’re on Facebook then you might want to ‘like’ their site – it’s really important to support our fellow Guilds.




This and That

Hi everyone

We’re going to cover a bit of ground in this post.

Update of Members Gallery

Over the next 24 hours I’ll be updating the following galleries:

Bags & Purses

Contemporary Creative

Crewel and Surface Stitchery


Landscape & Scenes

Quilts & Wallhangings

To help you find the new work quickly I’ve reversed the order of the photographs so that the latest additions are at the top of each gallery.

 Game of Thrones

Are you a Game of Thrones fan? If the answer is ‘No’ and you haven’t watched this TV series then it’s a fantasy drama based on the novels of George R.R. Martin.

If you answered ‘Yes’ then you’ll know it has sumptuous costumes and some include quite extraordinary embroidery. This adds a decorative effect but is also closely integrated into the story and evolution of certain characters. The embroidery has been stitched by Michele Carragher – although the word ‘stitched’ seems woefully inadequate in the face of her artistry. On her website she explains how the embroidery reflects the narrative of a character’s life and showcases an extensive gallery of her work. It’s really worth a look!

Here’s an example from Cersei’s wedding dress:


This photo comes from Michele Carragher’s website and the copyright for it belongs to her.

A Couple of Wonderful Works from Pat Bootland 

Here’s some Goldwork and Or Nue eye candy from Pat. It’s her own design:

Goldwork and Or Nue Snowy Owl and Rabbit by Pat Bootland 2

(this photograph is by Andrew Sikorski – Art Atelier)

And a close-up of the gorgeous Snowy Owl:

Detail of Snowy Owl in Goldwork and Or Nue Work by Pat Bootland

(Detail from photograph by Andrew Sikorski – Art Atelier)

Not to mention this super cute rabbit:

Detail of Rabbit from Goldwork and Or Nue Snowy Owl and Rabbit by Pat Bootland

(Detail from photograph by Stewart Bath)

Another of her works is this elaborate 3D embroidery of Fountain Abbey:

Fountain Abbey by Pat Bootland 2

(this photograph by Andrew Sikorski – Art Atelier)

This piece has a lovely story as this Abbey is in Yorkshire close to where Pat’s Mum lived.

A Vintage Gem

For something very different here’s a vintage tea cosy from the collection of Jillian Bath. It’s a family heirloom. Aren’t the saturated colours fantastic? And the butterfly has a real pop!

Vintage Tea Cosy from the Collection of Jillian Bath

Detail 1 of Vintage Tea Cosy in the Collection of Jillian Bath

Detail 2 from Vintage Tea Cosy in the Collection of Jillian Bath

Detail 3 from Vintage Tea Cosy in the Collection of Jillian Bath

Detail 4 from Vintage Tea Cosy from the Collecton of Jillian Bath

Heartfelt  Quote

A favourite blog is Susan Elliott’s Plays with Needles. She’s a member of the Costellation Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America in Maryland. If you’re not familiar with Susan’s work she does awesome stumpwork and exquisite crazy quilts. Her best known work is probably a marvellous piece called Breakfast at Tiffany’s with a stumpwork Audrey Hepburn as the Holly Golightly character.

She recently wrote a very expressive post about the experience of participating in a Challenge at her Guild:

Beauty not only in the stitched pieces but the women themselves. It’s a real blessing to have such a great group who share the same passion.

We gather. We teach one another. We encourage one another. And together, we are all the better for it……

Her words really resonated as she could have been speaking about our Guild and the way it enriches our lives.

A quick thought – you might like Susan’s story about the first time she met our Sharon B –  it’s told here


Looking Over Shoulders 4

It’s going to be 39C here today so if you’re looking to escape the heat (or the cold in the Northern Hemisphere) by staying inside here’s some eye candy from the evening meeting of the Guild last Monday:

Jenny Balderson was working on a large crewel design:

Crewel work in progress by Jenny Baldessin

At another table Prue Deacon was adding a border to one of her striking canvaswork designs:

Canvaswork in progress by Prue Deacon

While Jan Senti was cross-stitching a teddy bear in an interesting way – she was mixing the thread to create a ‘tweed’ effect:

Tweed style Teddy bear x-stitched by Jan Senti

And Margaret Callinan was also doing cross stitch – a very atmospheric scene of a waterfall and cherry blossom:

Cherry Blossom and Waterfall in progress x-stitched by Margaret Callinan

Sarah Kimmorley was stitching this footstool cover for her dollhouse – my eyes were protesting just looking at the tiny size of the stitches!

Miniature Footstool cover stitched by Sarah Kimmorley

At the next table Lee Scott was knitting this gorgeous green lace:

Green Knitted Lace Shawl 2 by Lee Scott

and a closer look:

Green Lace Knitted Shawl by Lee Scott

Sitting nearby was this crocheted bag that Lee was about to start blocking:

Crocheted Bag with Pearls by Lee Scott

Across the way Anne Eccleston was bringing another vintage Semco piece to life:

Semco Vintage Strawberry Cushion and Pattern x-stitched by Anne Eccleston

Semco Vintage Strawberry Cushion x-stitched by Anne Eccleston

It’s a cross stitch cushion with strawberries and matches the tablecloth she had in last year’s exhibition which you can see here.

Jillian Farrer was also into vintage and embroidering this softly delicate piece:

Vintage Embroidery with Blue Flowers stitched by Jillian Farrer

On a totally different note Monica Andrew was working on this contemporary textured piece:

Contemporary Textured Embroidery on Marrone fabric stitched by Monica Andrew

Next to her Jill Travis was adding stitches to her Stitch of the Month book cover:

Stitch of Month Bookcover by Jill Travis

While Mary Bowron was chatting to her and knitting this bright piece for one of her family:

Blue Knitted Childs Dress by Mary Bowron

Lel Whitbread was very excited about stitching these blackwork flowers from a new book which gives this traditional technique a modern twist:

Blackwork stitched by Lel Whitbread

Just then Catherine Fetherston arrived and pulled out these two works in progress – a striking Hardanger motif:

Hardanger on Red Fabric in Progress stitched by Catherine Fetherstone

and some contemporary Casalguidi which is a UFO she’s trying to finish:

Contemporary Calasguidi in Progress by Catherine Fetherstone

Speaking of Casalguidi Yvonne Kingsley had this lovely needlecase sitting on the table next to her embroidery stand:

Casalguidi Needlecase by Yvonne Kingsley

She had this date palm in her hoop:

Date Palm on Wool blanket stitched by Yvonne Kingsley

It’s part of a large wool blanket – here’s a camel that’s also in progress:

Camel in progress from Wool Blanket being stitched by Yvonne KingsleyIf you’re curious about the white material around the camel – it’s soluble interfacing onto which Yvonne has traced the design. A cool way to get a design onto a dark fabric.

Well that’s it for now – I’m off to get a mega dose of high wattage energy – the Young Stitchers have their first meeting of the year this afternoon!