Welcome to the OVGS
Announcing OVGS Autumn Workshop 2017
Weekend of November 18 & 19, 2017
Moncion's Independent Grocer on November 18 & 19, 2017
Workshop cost: $65
If you wish to pre-register for this workshop please send an email to:
in person sign up will be offered at the October Guild meeting only.
Free Embroidery Class
The Ottawa Public Library will offer a free class to make a stitched card using the Canada 150 logo taught by our very own Rochelle. The class will be on Nov 4th. All supplies will be provided by the OPL. Registation is through the Library's website at this link:Register Here
Congratulations on a Finish-1
In honour of the hard work of our members we are starting a new series of articles on the website to show off any completions of Guild or Seminar classes & OVGS workshops. Other things too if our members wish to share them. The lucky first person to get a shout out is Pauline. Congratulations on finishing her Jane Nicholas Stumpwork Dragonfly & Berries which was taught by Mike in Oct/Nov of 2016.
Ovgs Summer News
Upcoming Stitch Dates at Moncion's Independent:
We have booked the community room at Moncion Grocers. Bring your UFOs, bring your lunch (or you can get something at the store), bring your enthusiasm for stitching!
The store is located at 685 River Road, Ottawa, 613-822-4749.
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!