What an exciting week we are going to have! The first attempt by Gauteng of holding “Ighali” is slowly but surely getting underway. “Ighali” is a sewing-teaching-meeting-learning embroidery weekend experience which up till now has happened every second year in either the Western or Eastern Cape. At the initiative of some of our members, led by Toni Olivier, we are beginning to make plans to hold this event next year. Toni will be at the Tuesday and Saturday meetings this week to tell you more about it, so I am not going to say anything more. Please come and learn all about our biggest, most wonderful venture to date.
As regards workshops – Jenni Langford is not teaching anything new this month, but is available for anyone who would like help with unfinished pieces. She says:
For May there will not be any workshops but you are encouraged to bring any WIP (work in progress) or UFO (unfinished items) you have problems with. Bring them along to the meetings and I am sure there will be someone who will be able to help or encourage you with your project/s.
Sometimes we need help and/or encouragement when we have lost interest in a project we are/were working on.
One of the things our Guild has undertaken is to provide items for the “Goodie Bags” for each participant at Ighali. Carol Robinson has designed and produced some blank felt needle cases to go in each bag. We are asked to embroider some form of Mandala on each as one of our gifts to those who attend the Ighali weekend. Carol will be at both Saturday and Tuesday meetings to explain what is needed and to distribute those needle case kits she has already prepared. You are invited to take one and embroider it for the event. You will be required to provide your own thread – and Carol says you need either perle cotton or else 3 strands of regular embroidery thread. Carol has made one already as a sample – see below – but you are free to design your own.
All the very best, and happy sewing!