The Alderney Needlearts Guild was formed in 1998, bringing us to twenty years of exploring all styles of needlework. It’s amazing just how many forms of embroidery there are, with the older techniques being made new again by imaginative designers. Beading and quilting have also been embraced by needleartists, with the growing popularity of “crazy quilts” which include many styles of embroidery in their execution and bead embroidery that uses glass beads in place of thread to create beautiful designs.
Recently, our group has welcomed several new members and we’re looking forward to twenty more years of sharing the joys of embroidery, learning modern techniques and remembering the old, keeping them relevant and vibrant.
Our Guild has been keeping busy this autumn with appearances at two public events. The first was the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival in Amherst, N.S., October 10-14, 2017. Along with other members of the Embroiderers’ Association of Canada, we had needlework samples on display and were available to answer any questions from visitors who stopped by at our exhibit table. Craft Nova Scotia held their Designer Craft Show at the Cunard Event Centre from November 17 to 19, 2017. Like Amherst, we had lots of work on display and were eager to share all things embroidery with fellow crafters.
Early this spring, Alderney Needlearts participated at the Shearwater Hobby Show. Over a weekend, we had a good cross section of needlework styles on display and answered any questions people may have had. Wendy and Doreen had the first shift and started things off in style with their beautiful table display.
If you ever want to add words to your cross stitch, needlepoint, or embroidery, this is a website which will allow you to download (free) a chart of whatever you want to write. You have a choice of four fonts for cross stitch or needlepoint and two fonts for backstitch. It’s great for name tags, samplers, etc.
Our annual Christmas luncheon and ornament exchange was held at the Inn on the Lake, Fall River. As in past years, the venue was perfect and everyone had a great time. The shape for this year’s ornament was a wreath, and the finished examples did not fail to impress. Looking forward to a great 2017!
Stitch-In-Public Day was September 24th, and this year, Alderney Needlearts held its demonstration in the activity room of a condominium where there was plenty of space to display various completed needlework and room for visitors to browse comfortably. We had quite a cross section of items on display, including Japanese temari, gold work, cross stitch, canvas work and bead work. Our visitors were impressed and interested, asking questions and taking the time to watch us stitch on our latest projects.
Have you ever wondered what the Bayeux Tapestry would look like if the embroidery were animated? Take a look at this:
Contributed by Margot Walker