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2018 President's Challenge Winner
Congratulations to Joanne the winner of the 2018 President's Challenge to finish an original design that had been mothballed for a long period. We had 4 wonderful entrys this year. This stunning and impressive piece was the winner by a very large margin of the votes. Photos courtesy of Joanne.
Summer Stitching Challenge 2019
OVGS Summer Bunting Challenge 2019.
The OVGS Executive is asking all Guild members to take part in stitching a bunting flag (or three) to create an attractive display that will be visible from a distance for our visits to Fiberfest and other activities when we promote the Guild.
To take part you can obtain either plainweave or counted fabric from the executive along with the triangle outline to use to create the borders of your bunting. If you choose to provide your own fabric it must be white. We would like the backgrounds to appear all the same colour to better show off all the stitching. No Ivory, ecru, antique white etc.
Use your favorite cross stitch pattern or pattern element. Surface embroidery or whatever you choose. Many attractive bunting flags have been created by appliquéing things like ric-rac with very basic stitching for the embroidery. Remember this will be seen from a distance.
Instructions for the outline:
For surface embroidery just trace the outline with a washable pen using the template provided.
For those who want to make a counted work bunting using Aida, linen or evenweave.
This works best if you do it on a frame or hoop with the fabric reasonably taut.
Begin by using sewing thread to create a horizontal line of running stitches that is exactly 14 cm long. This will be the top edge of your bunting piece. Find the midpoint on the line at 7 cm and measure downwards 19.6 cm. Place a pin at that point. This marks the bottom point. Use 2 long pieces of masking tape to connect the ends of the top line to the point of your pin. Finally with your thread make a long stitch couching down at regular intervals from one end of the horizontal line to the bottom. Do the same on the opposite end. Now you have your dimensions and can stitch any pattern you wish inside it.
We ask everyone to hand in their completed flags uncut and unfinished with all embroidery completed. The executive will look after the finishing once we have sufficient flags to create a full streamer of them. The printable outline is below.
Stitch Days for 2019
We have booked the remianing Stitch Days for 2019 please note the following dates in your calendar.
OVGS Stitch Days:
Sunday, July 21, 2019 (8:00 - 4:00)
Sunday, August 18, 2019 (8:00 - 4:00)
Sunday, September 22, 2019 (8:00 - 4:00)
Sunday, October 20, 2019 (8:00 - 4:00)
Sunday, November 17, 2019 (8:00 - 4:00)
Sunday, December 15, 2019 (8:00 - 4:00)
Bring your mug for coffee/tea, bring your lunch and your stitching projects.
Moncion's Independent Grocer
671 River rd (near the Strandherd bridge)
we meet in the classroom upstairs above the front entrance. An elevator is available.
Update April 2019
Please note: our June stitch Day at Moncion's Independent has been changed from June 2nd to June the 9th. Please update your calendars accordingly.
Here are a few images from the Guilds exhibit of the work of our members which is on display at the Emerald Plaza Branch of the Ottawa Public Library. The exhibit will remain on display for the month of February. Thanks To Meredith for making this happen.
2019 Spring Workshop
Thread Painting by Hand.... A Landscape
Instructor: Margot Kearney
Level: intermediate to advanced
Date: 2 day workshop Sat. April 13, 2019 10:30 am to 5 pm and Sunday, April 14, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Moncion's Independent Grocer, 671 River Rd. at the Vimy Memorial Bridge, Gloucester
Participants will need to supply:
· a photo: which "speaks to you" of water, fields, trees, hills etc. approx 4"x 6"(no paintings, card illustrations or computer/phone images). The photo should be your own or you should have permission to use it.
· sewing kit.
· tracing paper, pencil, eraser, ruler.
· floss in colours relevant to photo. Note that this project uses a lot of thread and that you will probably need several shades in many of the colours to achieve the gradations of colour appropriate to the landscape you have chosen. The instructor will be bringing some threads.
· good quality embroidery hoop with bound inner ring which will fit over entire image.
· small hoop and doodle cloth for practice.
· cotton or non-iron interfacing for lining of project.
Winter Workshop 2019
A Bargello Travel and Jewelry Case
Taught by Bonnie McEwen
Sunday, Jan. 13 & Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 at Moncion's Independent Grocer. 9:30-3:30 both days.
Workshop cost $8.00
Students must provide: DMC # 5 PEARL COTTON: 4 hanks of coordinating colour, one hank in a light colour, 2 hanks in a medium colour and one hank in a dark colour plus a fat quarter of fabric for finishing the case 2 buttons and some ribbon. This is a great way to make use of some of the stitched buttons from our button club.