The Inn on the Lake, Fall River, was the venue for our Christmas Ornament Exchange. The shape chosen for this year was a cylinder and everyone had lots of fun opening their packages and seeing what was inside. Each ornament was so unique and beautiful. It’s such a lovely tradition and a wonderful way to close the 2015 year of stitching.
This year’s retreat was in Wolfville at Victoria’s Historic Inn. We all arrived late on Tuesday and after gathering in the Inn’s drawing room for refreshments and conversation, we made our way to the Troy Restaurant for a wonderful meal.
The next morning, we got down to business and began work on our selected project. The majority had decided on a pulled thread design, which was a pattern developed and published by the Louise Breton, sister of our guild member, Marie-France. Called Mozaique Vegetale, it is a circular pattern highlighting several whitework stitches. It was fun and challenging, and we can’t wait to see everyone’s finished pieces. Another night out for supper to wrap things up, we headed home the next morning.
It was a fine getaway and the people at Victoria’s Inn treated us royally. We were very pleased. Can’t wait ‘till next year!
Friday, November 24, 2015, was the first day of this year’s annual Nova Scotia Design Crafts Council Christmas Show, and our guild had a table display. Our volunteers demonstrated various needle working techniques throughout the day to an appreciative and interested audience. The response was so positive, it was proposed that we make this the venue for our next Stitch-in-Public Day. Margot, Sharon and Marie-France, thank you for representing us so well!
Today, instead of our usual stitch-in, we visited the Hooked Rug Museum in Hubbards, NS. There is an admission charge, but what is on display inside is truly inspiring. There are several rooms of hooked rugs and the variety of sizes and designs is astonishing. The history of the craft from the earliest settlers to modern interpretations is well represented. And the Noah’s Ark Exhibit is epic! Try and visit if you can; you won’t regret it!
Deanne completed the “One Long Panel” design by Laura J. Perin. Congratulations, it turned out beautifully.
This joint project has been undertaken to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation and consists of two large embroidered panels – East and West – which, when completed, will be on display in the Governor General’s residence in Ottawa. The East panel has made its way to our guild and many of us are eager to contribute some stitches. We are all looking forward to seeing the completed work.
If any of you have had the privilege of taking a class with Alison Cole, you know she is a very skilled embroiderer and also has a great knowledge of needlework history. Here is a video hosted by Alison where she discusses 17th century embroidery. Thanks go to Margot Walker for sharing this with us!