I hope you are all well, and that the warmer weather (after some lovely rain) and the reduction in Covid rules have made you happier and more optimistic about the future.
Last month we asked you to let us know about embroidery suppliers near you so that we all have places to go when we need things, and that we can spoil ourselves a little in the interests of keeping these places open. Jenni has collated the list, has made sure the businesses concerned are happy for us to share their details (POPI regulations) so please look them up. I’m sure they will stimulate interest and get you to be your usual creative selves and produce some beautiful work. There are always presents needed, particularly towards the end of the year, and now is a good time to start. The list is on the new “Resources” page of this website, which can be accessed via the menu links above.
Other than that, the Covid “Through the Eye of the Needle” project is going ahead. Jenni Langford, Lynn Puttick and Louise von Glehn met at Hilary Walker’s house and, with the added input from Helen O’Hanrahan, your pieces have been placed and the backing and framing fabric has been more of less decided upon. We look forward to more news on this front. This is really exciting.
We will let you know as soon as the Recreation Centre has been upgraded and meetings are like to start again. We presume it will all be ready for the beginning of next year. Let’s hope the builders don’t hit any snags which could cause delays.
Before we begin with the embroidery business of this month, I’m sure we all want to wish our other centenarian, Helen Bird, hearty congratulations on reaching this awesome milestone earlier in April. You are an inspiration to us all, and we are privileged to know you. We all wish you well for the future.
Very Exciting – we are going to start meeting again this week – this coming Tuesday the 4th at 09h00, and this coming Saturday the 8th at 14h00. It will be wonderful to start again. However, some of us are still being very careful, and that is totally acceptable and quite understandable. If you feel safer staying away until vaccines are further down the track and the weather is warmer, by all means. You are still a valued member of the Guild. However, Ina, Danny and the committee have been very intentional about making sure everything is well within the Covid regulations, so we can safely welcome everyone who wants to attend. If we are all sensible and considerate of one another, there is no reason why a very pleasant time will not be had by all. Agness has asked that since the library was always held on the 2nd and 4thTuesdays, that we NOT hold library this week, and it will also give us time to work out the logistics of how safely to borrow books. You can however bring back books previously borrowed. I am sure Diane will be on track with the library by Saturday. I also presume those who wish to buy embroidery things from Janis have already been in touch, and that is all organised.
If any of you Tuesday ladies are prepared to come a little early this week to help with the sanitizing, the temperature taking etc, please WhatsApp or sms Danny and find out if anything from you will be needed.
Some of you have asked who the committee for this year is – last year’s AGM took place in another era, but the committee then is as it is now:
Chair — Danny Wimpey
Secretary — Hettie Moller
Treasurer — Helen O’ Hanrahan
Library — Agness van Rensburg (Tuesday) Diane Walker (Saturday)
Tea — Sue Sylvester (in abeyance)
Sales table — Jenny Henning (in abeyance)
Workshops — Carol Robinson (Tuesday) Jenni Langford (Saturday) (both in abeyance)
Communications — Margaret Place (co-opted)
It has been suggested that we get a list of resources for embroidery things – cloth, threads, haberdashery, and also good framers. Janis will keep us supplied with the essentials, but sometimes we need something not readily available. We want not only walk-in shops (and where they are located) but also online suppliers – with their online locations too. We live in different times, and a lot of things have changed. Please help us to help you keep up to date. You can email the Guild address, let any of the committee people know, or else post it on one of the WhatsApp groups.
“Eye of the Needle” Covid project – made easier
We are in the last two months before the closing date for “the Eye of the Needle”. Covid project needs to be handed in. Some lovely things have been submitted but it’s still a little bit slow. We know that some of you are at a bit of a loss as to what to do, and to that end, Carol Robinson has made a very helpful suggestion. She says:
If choosing something to do for the frieze is too much of a challenge, we have some printed cotton fabric that lends itself to stitching and embellishing (Leek embroidery). As the fabric is printed, creating a background, only a portion needs to be worked to have an effect.
Perle No. 8 and normal embroidery thread work well
No backing fabric needed
Work out where the seams will be to ensure work done in the correct space
Use hoop to keep stitching and tension right
All kinds of stitches work fine on this fabric (stem, satin, blanket, French knots etc.)
No two pieces of fabric exactly the same design so all will be unique
Simple redwork (outline stitching) an option
Beads, lace, braids can be added
Jenni Langford has the squares at a cost of R10 per square. (see example in the picture)
All squares need to be handed in at one of the meetings by the third week of June
That’s all for this month. Have a wonderful time, and we look forward to seeing some of you this coming week.
I hope that you have managed to keep cheerful and keep sewing, and that
we have many more lovely winter days as we have had this past week. The good
news is that our sewing shops all seem to be functioning either with reduced hours
or online and pick up. I suggest that should you need something, phone the
relevant shop first and find out what their arrangements are. I have found all
their lockdown regulations on their websites and Facebook pages for level 4,
but I don’t know whether or not they have changed anything for lockdown 3. Whatever
they have done, I know that most of their customers are, like us, of the
“vulnerable” age group and they will be managing accordingly. If not, then it
is up to us to manage ourselves and take advantage of the helpful things they
have put in place. Whatever the system – we can buy embroidery supplies again.
On Tuesday this last week, I took part in a wonderful Zoom meeting with
those of us ladies who normally share our table on Tuesday mornings. Since it
was my first attempt at hosting a Zoom meeting, we were given a little extra
time. It was so great to see one another, and catch up, that we have agreed to
do it again in a fortnight’s time. Zoom is ideal for small groups of 6 to 10
people, and I think we all thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s been a long time since
we have seen one another. Even if we stick to the free 40 minutes, it’s amazing
how much talking can get done in that time.
I would urge all of you to try and make some effort to communicate with
others of the Guild, if you are not already doing so. Staying in touch with
those you normally interact with on Tuesdays or Saturdays keeps our group
alive, and modern technology gives us many options – Zoom, Skype, Facetime,
emails, and even ordinary telephone calls. We are all in different places with
this, but we can all do something.
A day or two after that I had a letter from Danny our Chair person, and
she may well communicate with you herself at some stage. It appears that it
will be some time before we are able to meet again and that is worrying for the
life of the Guild. I’m sure we are a tough lot and the Guild will survive, but
we will try and make it easier and more pleasant if we can. Ideas are still
brewing. Watch this space!
In the meantime, keep sewing. We love seeing what you have done on the
FaceBook page (and for those of you who may have forgotten, it is to be found
under “Jozi Stitch”) Robyn de Klerk has posted a fascinating article on
Embroidery becoming a Power Player – a very worthwhile read. The WhatsApp group
is also alive and well, and we are seeing lovely stuff there too.
Embroidery began long before we did, and it will still be creating
beauty and keeping sewers happy long after we are gone. Covid 19 is just a
hiccup. Let’s keep the flag flying – and we will fly flags done in
cross-stitch, Crewel, Jacobean or whatever!
Below is a link to an article telling us why it’s a good idea to sew.
A message from Danny. Until we know a bit more about this Covid 19 virus, ALL EMBROIDERY MEETINGS ARE CANCELLED – SATURDAY AND TUESDAY. Please will you let those who are NOT on email know about this so they don’t turn up and find no one there.
As soon as we know more, we’ll let you know, and we will also tell you when meetings will resume.
In the meantime, catch up with all those UFOs you can never find time for, watch movies on TV, and enjoy the clean, traffic-free air.
Keep safe, and may your supply of soap never run out!