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Scottish Diaspora Tapestry Exhibit
Scottish Diaspora Tapestry Panels Arrive in Ottawa
In early January the 300 plus panels that make up the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry arrived at the main branch of the Ottawa public Library for an extended visit. The panels are entirely done in Crewel work on a linen background. The wool for them used was provided by the Appleton Wool company. If the panels were all put together continuously it becomes one of the largest tapestry works in the world at over 160 metres long. The embroidery on these panels was done by 1000 or so embroiderers from around the world. Some panels being completed by a single person and others by a team. Some of our friends in the Winnipeg Embroiderer's Guild worked on these panels.
The designs for the tapestry were created by artist Andrew Crummy with stories and input from the various diaspora communities around the globe. As I viewed them, I found some of the stories to be educational sometimes sad and in some cases quite humorous. I was rather taken with the one about a town in Italy named Barga where the largest group of Scots descendants resides. I chuckled at the concept of a small Italian town having a "Fish & Chips Festival". I goes without saying the the crewel work on all of these panels is a lesson in good crewel embroidery. I noticed some amusing touches such as a bell of a locomotive engine had been stitched in yellow rayon took make it look metallic against the Appleton wool colours it contrasted with.
If you wish to view the tapestry It will be on display at the main branch of the Ottawa Public Library until January 25th. It will tour to Iceland after it leaves Ottawa. There is a guide app that you can download from the Tapestry website to help you enjoy the experience more fully. You will find it at:
Scottish Diaspora Tapestry Website
OVGS Past President
Please note all photos accompanying the article are courtesy of, and copyrighted to
Jenny Bruce and The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry Organization. We Thank them both for granting us permission to use them here.
Canada 150 Panels
Canada 150 Panel - come and stitch on the Western Panel!!
This is your chance to come and stitch on the Western Panel of the Canada 150 project. We are coordinating stitching time as follows:
- Moncion Independent Grocers on River Rd
15 Nov - all day until 6pm
16 Nov - all day until 3pm - this is is the OVGS Guild Meeting night (Wednesday)
19 Nov – 11:00-1600 – OVGS Stitch In day
22 Nov - all day until 6pm
26 Nov - upstairs room is booked. We can book the downstairs room by the cash registers all day
- the Guild Meeting on Wednesday, 16 Nov, 2016
- at Madeline's in coordination with her.
Madeline has again taken lead to coordinate for this exciting project. Thank you Madeline!!
Workshop Autumn 2016
Back to Basics Embroidery Panels in preparation for Nancy's Box Class
OVGS Workshop, Sunday, October 30, 2016 and Sunday, November 27, 2016 at Moncion's Independent 9am – 4pm
As embroiderers we all receive a sense of pride and accomplishment from completing a project but for me, the most satisfying element in a finished project is the knowledge that it is my own work from start to finish. This is a fun class that will encourage you to explore the world of embroidery on your own terms without the need for predesigned projects and prescriptive step by step instructions whatever your level of embroidery expertise.
The first morning will be spent developing individual designs. The class will discuss various sources for design or things in general that provide inspiration. Bring along a few images or objects which appeal to you and we will develop individual designs. Prepare a list of embroidery techniques you are interested in using on your box as this will have a bearing on elements of your design. As a group we will discuss the various embroidery techniques chosen and their basic requirements, ie type of needle, thread and fabric.
In the afternoon you will transfer your design onto an 8" square of fabric suited to the technique you will use. There are a multitude of ways to transfer and we will discuss many of them and determine which one is best suited to the fabric and technique you have chosen. Transfer materials will be provided.
You will have an opportunity to review the material provided to acquaint yourself with the variety of stitches that can be used for your choice of embroidery technique. A preliminary selection of stitches, colours and threads to be used on the first panel can be identified on your design sheet as a working guide. You will use the stitch compendiums to begin to work on your first panel independently. It is expected that you will match your project to your own level of skill and experience. Please don't expect to create a masterpiece if you have never picked up a paint brush. Things will go wrong and choices of stitches, colours and threads will have to be reconsidered and revised. Don't be discouraged: happily, advice or assistance will be provided individually when requested.
At the beginning of the day on the second Sunday each individual will present their finished panel to the class and we will discuss possibilities for the remaining panels. Some will want to use the same design to complete the box perhaps simply changing colours and threads, or maybe using several different techniques. Others will want to develop new designs entirely. The day will be devoted to working out details and beginning the next panel.
Supplies to bring with you
For the design work you will need to bring several sheets of plain and tracing paper a soft but sharp pencil an eraser and a ruler.
Bring along a few simple images or objects which appeal to you and we will develop individual designs. (The designs on my box were adapted from a 16th century embroidered purse motif [the crown], one was a direct copy from an early Liberty of London embroidery transfer catalogue [the stylized flower] and one was simply an embellished fabric pattern [the stars]. )
6 – 8" squares of different types fabric of your choice. (The type of fabric depends on the choice of embroidery technique for example if you prefer to a counted thread technique an evenweave would be appropriate. Similarly basic embroidery stitches, crewel, gold work or stumpwork works best on a medium weight, tightly woven fabric. I suggest bringing a selection of different fabrics because your choice will depend on the final design and technique.)
Bring along a stitch compendium or two if you can but there will be several available to refer to. (I always keep my copy of J & P Coats 1967 publication "100 embroidery stitches" handy. A more recent publication is Betty Barnden's 2003 "The Embroidery Stitch Bible".)
To stitch with, include an inspirational selection of threads from your stash and some you can bear to part with just in case someone else finds them irresistible.
Of course, bring your embroidery kit including a selection of needles, scissors, pins, purple or blue disappearing ink marker, tape, a 4", 5" or 6" embroidery hoop, and anything else you think you may need.
Also bring your imagination, enthusiasm, your patience and determination!
New library aquisitions as of January 2016
Gorgeous Wool Applique by Deborah Gale Tirico
Sadly, Deborah's classes at seminar this year were cancelled but we have obtained a copy of her published designs which include well ilustrated, step by step instructions on how to make her most gorgeous wool creations.
We have also just aquired coulour sample cards for the entire line of Kreinik metallic threads. Please come and feast your eyes at the next meeting. Please note that thread sample cards are not permitted to be checked out of the library.
RSN Sampler Competition
OVGS member, Chris House has distinguished himself by tying for first place in the Royal School of Needlework's Millennium Sampler Competition. Titled "Whirlwind of Stitches" ,Chris has designed a marvelous spiral swirling sampler that reflects styles, size and colour in an almost shell-like effect. Chris used PowerPoint to design his winning entry and then submitted that image to the RSN judges. Chris is now in the process of completing the stitching of the sampler in time to meet the final deadline in early 2015 at which point the finished and framed piece will eventually become part of the permanent collection on display at Hampton Court Palace.
Congratulations Chris we are very proud of you!
Click on this link to read the RSN press release
|The doors will open. Members are welcome to join in setting up.|
|Social time / Library This longer period gives members a chance to visit the library, sign up for programs, or just circulate and socialize.|
|The library will close for the evening and a brief business meeting will be held.|
|Immediately upon conclusion of the business meeting, approximately 15 minutes, the programme portion of the meeting will commence.|
|As the Guild has the premises until 10:00 pm, members are free to stay till then if they choose.|