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Congratulations on a Finish-3
As the Christmas season is fast approaching here is Mike's finish of the charming Christmas card that was a joint inspiration of Nancy & Andrea. Kits were given to our members at the December 2016 meeting as a gift from the executive. Congratulations to them both on coming up with this beautiful and unique design...another OVGS first.
Congratulations on a Finish-2
Congratulations to Jane on her finish of this beautiful rendition of Designer Pat Caffrey's "Squares of Colour" Workshop which was taught to our members in 2010. Wonderful work!
Announcing OVGS Autumn Workshop 2017
Weekend of November 18 & 19, 2017
Moncion's Independent Grocer on November 18 & 19, 2017
Workshop cost: $65
Workshop Day 2 Create a Bead box
Create a glazed paper bead then incorporate it into a piece of stitching on top of a small box.
If you signed up check your email for details and supply list. We will share the room with the Guild Stitch In.
Teacher: Andrea Schlosser
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.