"It takes ages to finish a quilt you're not working on!"

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

What's news?

I spent the first Tuesday of this month at the Embroiderer's Guild as usual, in my volunteer role as 'Front Desk Hostess' which means I sit in the library (which doubles as a reception area) and answer the phone, greet anyone who walks in the front door, and catch up on EGV gossip. Not that there is any gossip as such, but another member is there in her role of Librarian, and we chat to each other as well as the members that drop in during the day.
The Display committee were busy setting up the new display for the month (it is changed once a month). This month's work is from members of the country branches of the Guild, and I was blown away by the quality of their work. All the work done by the experienced stitchers in the Guild is stunning, and this was no exception. A few projects used Australia's ongoing drought as a theme for their work - bush huts in arid land, on fire, being rained on...and so forth. There was stumpwork, blackwork, Jacobean work, Hardanger, quilting, patchwork, cross stitch, you name it. For anyone in Melbourne reading this, if you can spare the time to drop into the Guild (170 Wattletree Road, Malvern) this display is well worth a visit.
The July display is going to be "Doilies" and members have been asked to submit their favourites for display. I asked the co-ordinator how many she needed and she said "How many do you have?" "Probably about a thousand" I replied and she said at once "Oh gosh no, not that many! Just pick half a dozen favourites". Gulp...I love them all....Another Group leader has asked me to do a talk on my apron collection at the Guild in June, which I have agreed to do in spite of it being a working day for me. I don't get these opportunities very often, and I don't like to knock them back, so I'll have to ask my boss to cover my shift for that day.
One of the many nice things about my day at the Guild is being able to sit and stitch in between phone calls etc. I put quite a lot of work into the anniversary sampler I'm doing, so in another week I hope to be able to show it to you here. In the meantime I haven't got anything else to show - sorry!


Pear tree cottage! said...

Gina, one day when you are there I think I will come over and take a look around, it sounds wonderful. see you soon.


Chelle said...

It sounds like the hostess function has a lot of perks! :o) How in the world are you going to choose just half a dozen doilies? I wish I could be there to hear your apron talk. I just picked up two chicken-scratch aprons last week. Any way you can record your talk?

Gina E. said...

Hi Lee-ann and Chelle,
It will be impossible for me to select half a dozen doilies out of my collection, so I'm taking about 100 to the Guild and get some of my colleagues there to pick out what they consider are the best for the display.
I never thought of having myself recorded or video-taped when doing one of my apron talks! I should get someone to do it, and put it on You-Tube!