Marigold Guild of Needle Arts, Truro Annual Stitch-In

On September 8th, we were in Truro for the Annual Stitch-In.  We brought finished work in for display and spent the day stitching and admiring everyone’s work.  Starting in 2014, the Marigold Guild has been hosting the stitch-in where Atlantic embroiderers can get together, exchange news and ideas, and generally have a great time.

Truro 2018 Display


A Day at the Hooked Rug Museum of North America

To celebrate our twenty years as a guild, we spent a day at the Rug Museum, stitching and exhibiting our work.  The museum hosted us in a large room inside the exhibition area.  In addition to all the spectacular rugs on display, visitors to the museum could also see us at work and explore the various types of embroidery that were set out on tables around the room.  It was such a grand day, in fact, that we’re booked for the same next year!

Bridging Stitches – Seminar 2018

This summer, nine members from our guild attended the EAC Seminar in Prince Edward Island, July 17-22.  For many of us, it would be our first.  Months before, we had sent in our applications, and now the time had come.  PEI is a favorite destination for vacationers from around the world, so many of those attending were combining the seminar with holidays.  In getting to know our fellow seminar partipants, we discovered many were from as far away as the US.

After arriving at the University of PEI Campus, where the seminar was being held, it was a flurry of excitement getting checked in to the residence and picking up our welcome packages filled with information and goodies put together for us by the local coordinators.  That first night there was a meet-and-greet where we got to meet fellow attendees and our instructors.  There were food and games and an embroidery challenge, won by the ANG table!

The next five days would be filled with course work and shopping at the Vendors Market as well as several pop-up stores open during the seminar.  Set in the middle of the week, there was a choice of a one-day workshop, or seeing the sights of PEI on excursions arranged by the organizers.  At the closing banquet, everyone was tired and happy.  A request had been made that we should try and wear an item that we embroidered to the banquet and one of the highlights of the night was a parade around the room of everyone who had brought something they had made.

Our thanks to the organizers for a job well done.

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Thread Painting

On May 2nd to 4th, 2018, the Alderney Needlearts Guild invited Margot Kearney, from London, Ontario, to come and teach our guild the art of thread painting (replicating a photograph using embroidery floss).  Fourteen people from our guild and three from the Bedford Guild attended the three-day workshop.

Thread Painting Course

This was a new technique to all in attendance and was open to new and experienced needlers.  Each member was asked to bring in a picture that they had taken. Margot helped us to chose the best one and provided us with the silk fabric we would use. Over the three days, various thread painting techniques were taught by Margot and by the end of the workshop everyone had a good start on their project.  A great time was had by all.

Submitted by:  Shaureen T. and Monique P.

And Wendy M. finished hers; here it is!

Postcard Wendy M.

New Books in the Library

Cave, Oenone.  Cut-Work Embroidery and How To Do It

The history of cut/pulled/drawn work; how to design it; how to embroider it; and how to finish it.  This a Dover reprint of the 1963 edition.

Preston, Doris.  Needle-Made Laces and Net Embroideries

This is a Dover reprint of a book originally published in 1938.  It includes instructions for the following needle laces and embroidered nets:  Needle run, tambour, Carrickmacross, Irish crochet, reticella, princess, filet, and tatting.

Submitted by Margot W.