Newsletter — June 2024

Our June 2024 newsletter is in the multi-page PDF below. You can read it here on this page by clicking within the frame below and then scrolling, or you can download it by clicking the ‘Download’ button below the cover image.

HIGHLIGHTS

The two-day embroidery conference, Ighali Gauteng 2024, has unfortunately had to be cancelled. 

The next outing is taking place on 29 June. It is to Spinnerin in Benoni – a fabulous sewing, knitting and embroidery shop, that caters for a multitude of other handcrafts.

Beginners’ workshops will be run on request, so if you are interested, please email the Guild. Let us know if there is something in which you are particularly interested.

The upcoming workshops are:

  • A very large group took part in the Chicken Scratch workshop (also known as Broderie Suisse, Australian Cross Stitch, and Depression Lace). This workshop will be continuing at the next meeting on 22nd June.
  • July: Smocking Balls (“Christmas in July”)
  • August: Shadow Stitch
  • October: Slow Stitch
  • December: Year End Craft

The cost of each workshop will depend on the cost of the materials, but the minimum charge for 2024 is R50.

Newsletter — May 2024

Our May 2024 newsletter is in the multi-page PDF below. You can read it here on this page by clicking within the frame below and then scrolling, or you can download it by clicking the ‘Download’ button below the cover image.

Highlights

The two-day embroidery conference, Ighali Gauteng 2024, is taking place on the weekend of 7-8 September.

The next outing is taking place on 29 June. It is to Spinnerin in Benoni – a fabulous sewing, knitting and embroidery shop, that caters for a multitude of other handcrafts.

Beginners’ workshops will be run on request, so if you are interested, please email the Guild. Let us know if there is something in which you are particularly interested.

The upcoming workshops are:

  • June: Chicken Scratch (also known as Broderie Suisse, Australian Cross Stitch, and Depression Lace)
  • July: Smocking Balls (“Christmas in July”)
  • August: Shadow Stitch
  • October: Slow Stitch
  • December: Year End Craft

The cost of each workshop will depend on the cost of the materials, but the minimum charge for 2024 is R50.

Newsletter — April 2024

Our April 2024 newsletter is in the multi-page PDF below. You can read it here on this page by clicking within the frame below and then scrolling, or you can download it by clicking the ‘Download’ button below the cover image.

The upcoming workshops are:

  • April: Candle Wicking
  • June: Chicken Scratch
  • July: Smocking Balls (“Christmas in July”)
  • August: Shadow Stitch
  • October: Slow Stitch
  • December: Year End Craft

Newsletter — March 2024

Our March 2024 newsletter is in the multi-page PDF below. You can read it here on this page by clicking within the frame below and then scrolling, or you can download it by clicking the ‘Download’ button below the cover image.

The upcoming workshops are:

  • April: Candle Wicking
  • June: Chicken Scratch
  • July: Smocking Balls (“Christmas in July”)
  • August: Shadow Stitch
  • October: Slow Stitch
  • December: Year End Craft

Newsletter — January 2024

Our January 2024 newsletter is in the multi-page PDF below. You can read it here on this page by clicking within the frame below and then scrolling, or you can download it by clicking the ‘Download’ button below the cover image.

Meetings start again on the 9th and 13th January 2024.

Newsletter — December 2023

Our December 2023 newsletter is in the multi-page PDF below. You can read it here on this page by clicking within the frame below and then scrolling, or you can download it by clicking the ‘Download’ button below the cover image.

Meetings start again on the 9th and 13th January 2024.

Newsletter — November 2023

Our November 2023 newsletter is in the multi-page PDF below. You can read it here on this page by clicking within the frame below and then scrolling, or you can download it by clicking the ‘Download’ button below the cover image.

WORKSHOPS

Note especially the upcoming workshops. Details are in the newsletter.

  • Beginners’ workshops will continue to be run in alternate months on a Saturday.
  • Smocking workshop in November. The focus will be on making decorative smocked balls. This will be the final internal workshop of 2023.

Newsletter — September 2023

Our September 2023 newsletter is in the multi-page PDF below. You can read it here on this page by clicking within the frame below and then scrolling, or you can download it by clicking the ‘Download’ button below the cover image.

WORKSHOPS

Note especially the upcoming workshops. Details are in the newsletter.

  • Beginners’ workshops run in alternate months on a Saturday. The October workshop will cover another five basic stitches.
  • Traditional Japanese Sashiko workshop on 3rd and 17th October.
  • Smocking workshop in November. The focus will be on making decorative smocked balls. Details will be sent out in due course.

Newsletter — August/September 2023

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.”

Leo Tolstoy,Anna Karenina’ 

Our August/September 2023 newsletter is in the multi-page PDF below. You can read it here on this page by clicking within the frame below and then scrolling, or you can download it by clicking the ‘Download’ button below the cover image.

WORKSHOPS

Note especially the upcoming workshops. Details are in the newsletter.

  • Beginners’ workshops run in alternate months on a Saturday.
  • Goldwork workshop. We have managed to source some goldwork materials, so will be putting together a kit for those who attend (in contrast to the announcement in a previous newsletter).
  • Smocking workshop in November. Details will be sent out in due course.

Newsletter — June 2023

Hello everyone,

Eid Mubarak to all our Muslim members. We hope you all had a happy and peaceful Eid al Adha.

Mid-winter has certainly hit us with a bang. The images of snow on the Drakensberg, and all over the Cape, as well as the excessive rainfall and associated flooding have been incredible. Its clear that extraordinary climatic events are becoming more and more common. The Winter solstice has passed and now the days are getting longer, even if we can expect many cold days in the next six weeks. Winter solstice at my son’s school was always celebrated as the festival of St John:  a festival of rebirth with a bonfire and singing. The children made lanterns and we all brought soup. A precious memory.

Happy Birthday to our members who have birthdays in July and many, many more.

WORKSHOPS

EXTERNAL

Alice Per continues to run external workshops on a Saturday. If you know someone interested in embroidery, please contact us.

witsembroidery@gmail.com

INTERNAL

The next internal workshop will be on the 8th and 24th of July when Jenny Langord will be teaching felt applique. 

This is one of the designs she has prepared, and she also has a house and a bunch of flowers.

After the successes of the Dorset Buttons and Ribbon Embroidery, these are sure to be wonderful. 

Please let Jenni know if you want to attend and she will send you the details and include you on the Workshop WhatsApp group. 

GOLDWORK and SMOCKING

These will be held during September, and November. 

Goldwork: 10 and 24 September (bring your own kit and equipment) 

Smocking: November date still to be finalised with Helen O’H who will be teaching it.

Those attending the Goldwork workshop, please be on the lookout for gold thread and other similar materials, as we are not making up a kit. Jenni has contacted Spinnering and Diana van der Walt has a few Gold Work items in stock. Jenni can forward details if anyone would like to know more.

PATTERN RESOURCES ON THE INTERNET

https://www.needlenthread.com/patterns  This is a site run by the wonderful Mary Corbett who has a number of You Tube channels and is an excellent teacher.

Anyone who is on Instagram will know that there are a myriad of accounts with amazing embroidery. The Royal School of Needlework is a good place to start  @royalneedlework 

Vervaco, a Belgian needlework company, has a regular ‘Secret Stich- along’. If you are interested, here is a link:

https://cdn.flxml.eu/r-e7180e94ad2ec16301c06db39541e7ac848f5f5fbc0b99fb

Please let us know if you encounter any difficulties registering, and we will try to help you. (Spoiler alert: this one is cross stitch)

SALES

Linda Putter ran the sales table in June, and we raised a decent amount of money for the Guild. We welcome anyone who would like to sell at the Sales: you run your own table, enjoy Linda’s company, and give us 10% of your turnover, on an honesty basis. Thank you Linda for your ongoing help with this least glamourous of roles.

FROM THE COMMITTEE

SHOW AND TELL

Our inaugural “Show and Tell” displays  were held on the 24th and 27th of June. To say they were a success is an understatement. 

Members voted for their favourites and on Saturday these were Tricia Leishman’s Bee eater and Aneeba Imran’s Memory Book.

On Tuesday the winners were Janet Holloway’s beautiful table runner and Sarie Sawers’ Rhino. 

Some of the other items on display:

We will be holding these displays regularly. If anyone has a suggestion for a theme, feel free to drop it into the suggestion box. These events are meant to be a bit of fun, and to other work.

In terms of the Constitution, they are also to allow members to share other kinds of crafts which they do, with each other. They do not have to be embroidery related as it is a chance for people to see what else is out there.

NEW CUPBOARDS

We have bought two new (second-hand) cupboards to store the workshop equipment and other stuff in. These will all be in the Strelitzia store and once we’ve moved everything, our workshop stash and other resources will be moved to its own cupboard. Hopefully this will make things much easier for Alice and Jenni.

PLAQUES

We have bought two plaques for the donated embroideries at the SAVF centre and the Trinity Methodist Church:

SPRING MARKET

Work on the next Market is proceeding. These are the initial details:

  • 2nd September 2023 at the Linden Methodist Church
  • One Table and one chair, bring your own table cloth
  • R100.00
  • R10.00 entrance fee

Please contact Helen O’H to book a table. As with last year, the YOCO machine will be available. We will not be taking a percentage, just the cost of the table.

OTHER SALES

Toni will continue to sell her threads and other delights on the first Tuesday and the first Saturday. As mentioned before, she also now has stock of Chameleon and House of Embroidery threads. Please do support Toni.

COMMITTEE

The committee at the moment is

  • Danny, Helen, Jenni, Diane, Agness
  • Linda Putter for Sales (we are still trying to get her agree to be co-opted)
  • Ciairan (Tea) (alternate)

Anyone willing to assist as an alternate or has a particular interest in an aspect of the committee’s work, please let me know. You will be very, very welcome.

MEMBERS’ NEWS

Dear Agness had to return to surgery for an additional clean out of her wound. She is making an excellent recovery and is as always, so cheerful, loving, and kind. She is an inspiration. Hilary Walker very kindly visited Agness and anyone else who would like to do so, please contact Danny for details if you need them.

Both Alice Per and Danny Wimpey suffered a trauma in June as their husband’s fell, in separate incidents, and each suffered a cracked rib. So painful, and very difficult for the person taking care of the injured. Please send us your strength. 😊

Our name badges are here. Please collect them from Helen and bring R35 if you have not already paid.

Please send me any members’ news you would like to (and may) include here.

IGHALI Raffle

Raffle tickets in aid of Ighali are R5.00 each, and they will be on sale until the end of July. The draw will be conducted by Ina to ensure impartiality. Contact Helen or any other committee member.

LIBRARY

The committee has decided to buy this beautiful book by Trish Burr. We have ordered it and will let you know when it arrives which will probably be in mid-July.

You can find it on her website: 

https://trishburr.com/2023/06/21/kew-book-of-nature-samplers/

TEA TABLE

Please remember to put your name on the tea roster. The way we find works best is to join with someone. The Tuesday roster is on the inside of the tea cupboard. Please ask Jenni or Di for the Saturday roster. Thank you everyone who has already brought tea this year. It is always appreciated.

Stay warm in July, not long to go.

To contact the Committee or Guild members, please email us: witsembroidery@gmail.com