Ontario Network of Needleworkers Novice
Deb, Marilyn and I headed off to Kitchener on Friday, May 9th, 2014 to attend the Ontario Network of Needleworkers (ONN) Annual General Meeting. The Best Western Hotel was our choice of accommodation. Before our good night sleep we, of course, had to do a little bit of shopping and we managed to leave a little of our money in the local shopping mall. We had a very nice supper at a restaurant not far from the Hotel. As a new member of the Embroidery Guild of Peterborough (EGP), it was really nice to spend some time with and get to know Deb and Marilyn.
The next morning, Saturday, May 10th we found the Church of St. John the Evangelist and began setting up our Guild display along with two other members of the EGP; Susan and Marie.
Marie stayed and supervised our display while the remaining four of us attended the meeting – Deb and Susan as meeting participants and Marilyn and I as meeting observers. The meetings agenda included various committee reports and discussion on the future of the organization and its’ association with Threadworks. The lunch hour provided some time for shopping at the vendors and seeing the various displays from the other embroidery guilds attending the meeting. A special Vintage Sewing table was also on display and the St. John’s Anglican Church ladies displayed their embroidered footstools.
A photo gallery of the day can be viewed here: 2014 AGM
Individual Guild Displays can be viewed at: Guild Displays at the 2014 AGM
After lunch there was a guest speaker – Professor Ray Dugan who has stitched a 200′ long x 2′ wide replica of the Bayeux Tapestry using only two types of stitches – outline or stem stitch and couching stitch. It is a truly a work of art. His talk about the tapestry was very interesting and heartwarming and was enjoyed by all.
Of special note are the awards received by our Guild – Deb’s ornament received a 3rd in the Silver Celebration Challenge and our Guild received an Excellence in Needlework Award for our crows.
As a novice embroiderer and a new member of our local embroidery guild and, thereby a new member of ONN, I was so very impressed by the talent exhibited by the various members of the Ontario embroidery guilds in attendance.
Submitted by Tina Lubimiv