It is the philosophy of the Guild that there are no limits to the materials used in modern embroidery and that embroidery is neither confined to fabrics alone, nor limited to surface decoration.
We believe that embroidery is a fine art form and that there is no one way to create art, and no single best way to work with fabric.
October brings Thanksgiving, cooler weather, wonderful colours and Hallowe'en. For guild members it has also brought the opportunity to take online classes with each other, meet up at Gibbons Park and to attend our first-ever Zoom Gathering. If you were unable to participate on Thursday, October 15, you will find a link to a recording on our website in the Members section, under Announcements. This will remain on the website for two weeks. It was great to see so many of you participate in this and I hope even more will on November 19. Our Afternoon Program is working on something to include - stay tuned!
Your executive made some important decisions this week. We will continue with the online version of Guild for the remainder of the year 2020-2021. It is of paramount importance that we continue to explore and offer as much as possible to keep the membership engaged and connected. Your Members-at-Large, Sue Hickey and Lynda Watson, would be happy to hear any suggestions from you and to listen to any concerns. The Education Team, led by Maria Myers, is working hard to develop classes and you are encouraged to participate either as a student or instructor. And our librarian, Patricia Silver, has generously arranged opportunities for members to access parts of our library.
It was also decided that members from 2019-2020 will not have to pay any additional fee to the end of 2020-2021. Our treasurer, Michelle Squire, is confident that this is a sound financial decision. We will also invite people who were not members last year to join as associate members. See the Members Welcome Page for details about how this can be done if you know of someone interested in joining us.
So, keep stitching and creating! As Erma Bombeck once said: "When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and I could say ‘I used everything you gave me.’ "
CEG, London Executive
Ontario Network of Needleworkers
Read the ONN Newsletter for Summer 2020.
Stay healthy and happy stitching.
CEG, London Executive
Summer Workshop 2021
Summer Workshop 2021 is planned for June 7 to 11. Our guest instructors are Karen Astrid Clark and Richard McVetis. More details will be announced at a later date.
Our 50th Anniversary
Our 50th anniversary celebration "Evolution and Diversity of Textile Arts" is planned to occur during our 2021-2022 year and will be a year-long celebration with several workshops in June. Details will be posted on our website early next year.
Information regarding our 50th Anniversary Gold Challenge is included in our 50th Anniversary section.
Western University, Fall Semester, 2021
We will again be co-teaching our "Expressive Stitching with the Guild" course through the Department of Visual Arts available to all Western students.