Programme for the Year


The theme for 2023-2024 is BIRDS. We have an owl, a rooster, a hen and chicks, all stitched using different techniques.

Thanks to our Programme Chair, Gosia, and her excellent team of teachers for putting together this exciting and beautiful mix of classes and techniques for all of us to learn.

  • Should you wish to register for a class please send an email to the Programme Chair or sign up at the monthly guild meeting.
  • Payment is by cash, personal cheque or via e-transfer.  Please bring your cheques and cash to one of our monthly in-person meetings.


October and November 2023

Kantha Owl Purse (This class is full.)

  • Teacher: Mike P.
  • Design by Mike Parr
  • Cost: $5 for pattern.  You will be using your own stash for fabric, thread, needles, etc.
  • Maximum attendees: 10 people
  • Registration closed September 20th, 2023.

This project for a small purse uses the colourful and historic techniques of Kantha embroidery. The cheerful designs and riotous colours have been traditionally handed down in the Bengali region of India, and Bangladesh. This useful purse is fully stitched on both sides and uses simple embroidery stitches that are appropriate to beginner and experienced needleworkers.


January & February 2024Chanticleer1


  • Teacher: Pauline V.
  • Design by Patricia Girolami
  • Cost: $16.00 for the kit (doesn't include pattern). Students will be asked to provide fabric for the sachet insert.
    Pattern is available as a $10.00 download from Inspirations website or is in Inspirations Magazine Issue #82 if you have this issue. It is sold out.
  • Maximum attendees: 15 people
  • Registration has closed.

"A noble rooster is elegantly worked with ivory cotton perl√© thread in traditional needlelace stitches at the centre of a tiny fragrance sachet. Surrounded by a border of counted thread stitches, the ecru rooster contrasts beautifully with the burnt orange silk of the sachet insert. [The fabric for the insert will be provided by you.]  An antique hem stitch border and bullion knots form an intricate decorative edge around the sachet."  This Punto Antico linen sachet measures 3.5 inches square.


March & April 2024 brown-hen

Little Brown Hen Needlebook

  • Teacher: Jayne S.
  • Design by Anna Scott
  • Cost: $20.00 for kit (doesn't include pattern). You will be asked to supply your own background fabric. 
    Pattern is available as a $10.00 download from Inspirations website or is in Inspirations Magazine Issue #114 (if you are lucky enough to have this issue).
  • Maximum attendees: 15 people.
  • Registration has closed.

The needlebook features a plump brown hen and her sweet yellow chicks. Stumpwork techniques are cleverly combined with surface and raised embroidery to bring this charming little family to life on a background of print cotton.  (The print cotton will be supplied by you.) Stranded silk and cotton threads are used to stitch the design and tiny glass beads add sparkle around the edge of the needlebook.

The pattern includes two projects, a framed version and a needlebook.  The course is the needlebook but students may stitch the framed version if they wish.



Program Policy revised 2018                      OVGS Program Fund

Please note the OVGS Programme Fund applies only to the Programme Chair and is included for information purposes only.


To register or for more information please contact Gosia, the OVGS Programme Chair.



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