Welcome to the OVGS
Books For You
Invites you to a
Sale and Stitching Drop in
at 9391 Parkway Road, Edwards
Take the 417 exit number 96, go south 2 kilometres to Parkway Road.
Your invitation for an annual drop in and book sale Wednesday Novemberber 9, 2016 from 10:00 to 15:00 and Sunday November 13, 2016 from 13:00 to 15:00.
Come and enjoy a day of stitching fellowship and fun, browse the inventory of books, many will be on sale. Many books will be discounted from 25% to 35% in preparation of our upcoming move.
Refreshments will be served, coffee tea and goodies. Bring your lunch if you like.
Carole Van Die
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!
Here are some images from our AGM this year which featured a fascinating Guest speaker, Roberta who brought examples of some wonderful textiles aquired during her travels.
Karen receiving her Presiden'ts pin as she assumes her new responsibilities.
Turner receives a Thank You gift from the President recognizing him as our most dedicated and hard working volunteer.
Spring Workshop with Barbara Kershaw
OVGS Spring Workshop 2016
When: Saturday, Jun 4th and Sunday, June 5th, 2016
Arrive 8:30AM Class Starts 9:00 Ends 4:00PM
Where: Saturday – Loblaws College Square (Baseline) across from Algonquin College
1980 Baseline Road
Sunday – Moncion Independent Grocer (by the new Strandherd Armstrong bridge)
697 River Road
Teacher: Barbara Kershaw
Project: "Sandi" (Punto Anticuo technique)
Cost: $15 Class Fee + $75 Kit Fee (OVGS Members) Non-OVGS Members $73 + $75 Kit Fee
Total Cost: OVGS Members: $90.00 ($50 Deposit)
Non-Members: $148.00 ($50 Deposit)
Student Needs to Bring:
The participants will provide their preferred embroidery equipment e.g. lights, magnifiers and thimble (if you use one) a 4" or 5" (10cm or 13cm) wooden hoop, small sharp pointed scissors, and basting thread. The participants will also need to provide a small white or light coloured hand towel.
Left Handed Instructions will be available
Spring Shopping Trip
Spring Road Trip-Shopping
We are planning a road trip to a lovely stitching shop on the way to Montreal. This is your chance to touch the fabrics, choose from a wall of threads and stock up for Summer projects. The ladies there do speak both English and French with no problem.
They also carry very spiffy looking hardware for making purses (and one half of the store is a yarn shop!...did we mention the books??)
This time we are going to start with a visit to a local art store, then the stitching store. Bring your stitching as there are tables to work at in the back and they will put the coffee on for us. We will have lunch locally before returning to Ottawa.
Interested? Sign up and let us know if you are interested in being a driver or passenger and we will coordinate. There will be a sign up sheet at the March and April meetings or send an email with your contact information.
When: Saturday, April 23rd, 2016
Amitié et Passion
18 Rue Nicholson
Qc - J6T 4M3
Tél : 450-370-1001
Amitié et Passion
Boutique Arts & Fantaisies
567 ave de Grande-ile
Spring Stitching Days at Moncion's Independent Grocer
I know it's hard to believe this week, but Spring is just around the corner. With Spring comes more OVGS Stitch Days!! The following dates have been booked at the Moncion's Independent Grocers:
We have the room from 10:30 to 4:00 each day.
If you are in the Catherine de' Medici Stitch class, bring your work to the March 19th stitch day and we will work together, all stitching in different directions and (hopefully) ending up in the same place. Anyone who was at the class last night will know what that means!
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.