Show and Tell 20 July 2020

Members are continuing with everything from finishing projects (that might have been waiting for a while!) to trying something new for them, or any kind of textile work. After a short lull in dog photos, here’s another one – I admit it took me a few moments to figure it out!

Cecilia S is trying out a crochet pattern to make butterflies.

Cathy M has finished her crewel work piece

Elvi McC has finished her Christmas advent calendar that she started for her 18 year old grandson when he was a little younger than he is now.

Gloria S was working on this lovely flower. She is trying out thread painting for the first time and it is coming up well.

Lesley F has finished three small cross stitches, with one still in progress.

Look closely to see Jan H’s brother’s adorable groodle keeping his nose warm while he sleeps!!



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The Blog is Back! April 2020

Due to time and volunteer pressures, our Blog has been idle for quite a while. However, while in the current circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 virus we are unable to all meet in person, we have decided to share some of our members’ recent work here.

Show and Tell 13 July 2020

Guild members are continuing to produce a huge variety of work. It’s nice to see the progress being made on items, whether slowly or very fast! Although there are no dog photos this week, who knows what the future may bring?

Alison A has been inspired by a plant she has seen growing on local Mount Majura

Catherine M is working on some lovely small bullion rose motifs

Cathy M continues to work on her crewel work.

Elvi McC has had framed this beautiful piece as a gift for her sister. You can’t tell so well in the photo, but the frame really highlights the gold in the embroidery.

As if Fran didn’t have enough work on the go, this work in progress is a reverse applique pond.

Gloria S is working on some Aztec inspired embroideries.

Kathy P is continuing her cross stitches of window views.

Liz C is continuing work on this very cute caravan.

Lynden Y is continuing her work on her very first stumpwork piece. Lots of learning involved, but it is coming along nicely. The scary cutting is to come.

Prue D has started work on a canvaswork glasses case

Sarah K took advantage of puppy nap time to cut out her hardanger. Her husband says she took a perfectly good piece of material and cut it to pieces! Sarah says now she just has to remember how to do the needle weaving!

Tracey K has produced a very hungry caterpillar for a baby shower that her daughter is attending. That is a lot of bullions, but very effective.

Trish P is almost finished each of the motifs and ready to stitch the lines between.

Show and Tell 6 July 2020

Members are continuing to enjoy being able to gather in the Real World. Although this week we are continuing the theme of cute pet photos, someone is in the bad books!

Anne D has finished making up a Sashiko quilt. It is called ‘Perseverance’ as there were many challenges that she needed to overcome to get to this amazing result.

Alison A made amazing progress with this lovely lighthouse cross stitch made for
her son. There is a lot of detail in it and being locked down allowed her to really crack on
with it.

Monica A has put aside the work that she was doing and picked up again her lovely
Autumn leaves

Yvonne K is making great progress on her cutwork piece from Christine Bishop’s class, with it all stitched together.

Sarah K got to pick up from the framers some blackwork that her mum, Claire did. It is a lovely souvenir from her trip to London with the pattern purchased while visiting the Royal School of Needlework.

Remember Clive, Sarah K’s newest doggie addition to the family? Well, Clive, although still loved, is in disgrace after destroying Sarah’s Challenge piece from the Guild’s 2018 Exhibition!
… and here is Sarah’s Altoid Tin Challenge piece, pre-Clive’s “help”.

This is why Sarah didn’t do any sewing over the weekend. With her mum visiting with her Cocker Spaniel Paris, Sarah’s lap and hands were rather full! (Editor’s note: clearly Clive is not in THAT much disgrace!)

Show and Tell 29 June 2020

Here are our latest photos, and it seems that we may have started a trend in photos of cute pets assisting (or not, as the case may be) with stitching, at least let’s hope so!

Patricia P is working on a lovely fine embroidery kit from Colleen Goy

Cathy M has finished her chicken scratch piece from the internal Guild class earlier this year

Cathy M is now also working on her crewel work piece from a class with Anna Scott

Patricia P is also working on her one from the same Anna Scott class.

Cecelia S is sewing together some squares that had been donated to make a rug.

Catherine M has just started her first piece of ribbon embroidery purchased from the recycle

Elvi McC is working on her piece from the Delma Moore honeyeater class.

Pat B was working on her tweed piece, another project from the Creative Group.

Jillian B has been performing doggy day care duties for a new Toy Cavoodle belonging to her daughter’s family. Jillian decided to weigh him in the Thermomix, and we assume he was removed before it was time to cook dinner! That’s surely an acceptable reason for not showing any stitching.

Sarah K has been able to get to some surface stitching, ably assisted by furry friends Chloe and Clive.

Show and Tell 22 June 2020

Apart from the busy behind the scenes work going on in the Guild Library and Recycle Room, members have been working on all types of projects. If you’re wondering why there’s a non-craft photo, I couldn’t resist because it’s the best reason for not stitching that I’ve heard in a while! (Apologies to members if I’ve mixed anything up – I seem to have had a few “technical difficulties” in sorting photos!)

This cutwork bag from Christine Bishop’s class has progressed to the assembly, but sadly Cathy M forgot to bring her thread to the guild. It’s always tricky to remember to bring everything with you, but maybe we are a bit out of the habit?

Look at the progress that Anne D has made with her cross-stitch since last time!

Anne D mentioned previously buying a Trapunto kit from a craft fair, and here it is!

Elvi McC is putting finishing touches to a cross stitch advent calendar that she has dug out of her stash.

The Creative Group had a project entitled “Inchies”, and here is Fran N’s interpretation

Jasmine H was working on a beautiful smocked dress

Leonie H is doing a series of embroidered blocks for a quilt.

Sharen B is working on some beautiful 3 dimensional embroidered flowers.

And finally this week, a very relaxing photo. Sarah K has a great excuse for not stitching in the past week in Clive, her
new 10-month-old whippet!

Show and Tell 15 June 2020

Members have been very happy to be able to resume some small meetings, and share their work in person (subject to appropriate restrictions, of course). For those of us who are unable to attend for now, here is a little selection.

Leigh C was working on this lovely piece of hardanger

Pat B is continuing her work on her Or Nue piece inspired by a picture on a card. Some of us have been watching this one with interest, and there’s still a way to go yet

Elvi McC has been doing some very delicate stitching on some quilt blocks. The sayings and pictures are lovely!

Lynden Y is making her first foray into goldwork with a lovely kit from Alison Cole. It is definitely looking spectacular

Anne D has only just started a cross stitch piece with a saying that many of us can relate to

Jasmine H has been making her daughter a hat for her birthday every year. This year her daughter has helped design and create the hat. Very beautiful!

Show and Tell 8 June 2020

Our “regular” weekly sessions don’t usually take place on an ACT Public Holiday, however in these different times, we are finding more flexible ways to operate. For details of our current meeting procedures for members, see here.

Sarah K’s progress report: “After every stitching session on my cross stitch for the last 5 months I have been asking my husband if he likes the horse I am making him. Finally this week we broke through and he could see the horse! It is all downhill from here. “

Show and Tell 25 May 2020

It’s a little quiet on the members’ photo front this week, although I’m sure that there is plenty of craft work of all kinds going on. Sarah K’s comment prompts me to remember how great it is when the picture starts to “appear” when doing counted cross stitch.

However I have heard on the grapevine that some members are still contemplating what to do about this year’s “Members’ Challenge” project, and I confess I’m one – will my idea work out? Who knows, but I’m pressing on.

Robyn D has been diving into her stash and found this lovely lavender bag that hadn’t been made up, so she finished it up ready for the gift shop.

Sarah K: “I have finished making up my challenge piece and am making good progress on my cross stitch, so I am feeling quite self satisfied at the moment. Progress picture on the cross stitch is attached. At last I have started the horse!
I have just spent another afternoon with my niece on video doing some surface stitching this time. We are really getting into the swing of it now! I think that she has already decided that she prefers the canvas work. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

Show and Tell 18 May 2020

Jan H has once again been busy producing Pippa the Pygmy Hippopotamus. (Gotta love those ankles!)
An original design.

From Gloria S, here are some of the cards she has been cross stitching. Gloria says she really enjoys seeing what others are making.

From Sarah K: “My niece finished her very first embroidery, a canvas work bookmark that I showed her how to make over video conferencing. A very good first effort and hopefully I have helped her find a new interest.”

Sarah K: “[Spool hoops] are available at Fox Collection and on ebay and I now couldn’t imagine stitching with a hoop without them.”