One of the most valuable benefits of OVGS membership is the wide-ranging educational programme. Even if there is no specific programme or correspondence course on a particular needlework technique or style, individual members are always willing to share their expertise and there are a host of technique “gurus” to call upon. The range and quality of their knowledge is literally encyclopaedic. There are also comprehensive guild and EAC libraries to call upon.
The workshop chair and Programme chairperson consult with the membership regularly to obtain ideas for future classes and workshops.
OVGS provides a comprehensive selection of educational opportunities:
- A Programme of tutorial classes takes place at monthly meetings during the calendar year, September through June. The Schedule provides for three learning streams. Members can participate in the in the tutorial programmes or join others and stitch their own pieces or work on pieces in support of our Outreach programmes.
- OVGS hosts two workshops every year, in fall and spring, featuring leading practitioners and world class teachers.
In addition, the EAC offers correspondence courses in a wide variety embroidery styles.
Members can take project oriented individual or group correspondence courses and use the OVGS “members only” bulletin board to find partners. It is hoped that the group members will stitch these courses together, sharing resources and helping each other to learn.
- The Beginners level courses present a set design in which the fundamental skills of the embroidery style chosen are covered.
- The Intermediate level presents more complex techniques with encouragement for the student to research and develop ideas to include within the given design. Students must have completed the beginner level of the embroidery style chosen.
An additional benefit for OVGS members is the opportunity to apply for the Marian Parry Annual Education Scholarship, named in honour of a founding member of our guild. The scholarships may be applied towards the cost of workshops, and EAC correspondence courses or seminar attendance.