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Sunday, May 21, 2023

May 2023

 Show and Share

Victoria stitched 'Willing Hands' from Blackbird Designs Sewing Club book.

It was mounted on the called-for wooden box.
Marilyn stitched 'A Pennsylvania Bird' designed by Hello from Liz Mathews. Marilyn's husband, Kevin, made the frame.
Geri brought in a punch needle piece, 'Lilac Garden' by Michele L. Palmer. It measures 3" x 6".
She also showed off 'Redwork Pears' designed by Annie Beez Folk Art. They were stitched on 40ct linen with the called-for Dinky Dyes Cranberry Cocktail silk thread. The leaves are felt and the stem is an actual piece of twig.

The guild's Constitution and Bylaws were discussed, voted on, and unanimously passed. Next month our Trillium Annual Themed Award (TATA) projects will be judged. The pieces needed to be finished sometime after June 2022. The theme this year is 'Nature'.

Thursday, May 4, 2023

April 2023

Some lovely pieces were on display at this month's meeting.

Marilyn completed a monogrammed French purse with her original design and also created a Wessex stitch needlebook to go with it.

Siobhain displayed a German sampler,
bargello on the lid of a box, and a pincushion mounted into a tart shell.
Our spring retreat at Elim Lodge was a big hit with 13 guild members in attendance. Some members from the Scarborough guild joined us. The fall retreat is being planned for the end of September.

Thursday, January 19, 2023

January 2023

The guild had a stitching day on the first Saturday of January. About a dozen stitchers attended. These were among the first enthusiastic folks to arrive.

At this month's meeting the needle questionnaires were handed in. Members were given several size 26 needles to use for at least 1 hour each and evaluate them. Next month the results will be revealed and there will be a draw among those who completed the questionnaire for a little prize.

Sylvia displayed an Alison Cole piece on silk with various stitches with metal threads.

Marion created a filet-style drawn thread reindeer ornament.
Bernie showed us her first cross stitched piece started in 1998, almost finished in 2008 and fully finished into a pillow thereafter. She modified the original pattern by omitting the carolers in front of the house and inserting a snowman.
We are hosting another Saturday stitching day on February 4 and our annual spring stitching retreat the last weekend of April.

Friday, December 23, 2022

25th Anniversary and Ornament Exchange

2022 marks the 25th anniversary of the Trillium Guild. We celebrated at our December meeting with cupcakes and tea.

We also had our ornament exchange. Names were picked via a 'Secret Santa' app. 

10 people participated:

Christmas sweater by Lila Designs.

A quilled Christmas star.

Christmas Star by Faby Reilly Designs
Vintage Christmas Ornament by Victoria Sampler.
Bargello Christmas Ball
Joy by Blackbird Designs
Gingerbread star cookie.
Silk ribbon and velvet acorn designed by MJ Hiney

There were several pieces for Show and Share. 

Jeanette brought in several; some which had just been picked up from being framed by Kimat Designs.

Scarlett House Smith Sampler using Cosmo threads.

Wachet Auf Sampler by Long Dog Designs

A Bothy Threads long stitch kit.
'Mary Barton's Work: An Antique Reproduction' by Mojo Stitches.
Thread painted pansy.
Winter Garden from the Seasonal Stitchwork Series by Summer House Stitche Workes.
An art nouveau piece in Robert Mackintosh style.
Barbara's goldwork reindeer from the Royal School of Needlwork published in Inspirations Magazine.
Suzanne scanned a picture her 5 year-old granddaughter drew for her. She then recreated it as an embroidered piece. She gave her granddaughter the option to have it framed or made into a pillow and the child opted for a pillow.
Marilyn's Mill Hill Christmas snow globe and needle-felted snowman.
Geri stitched Barbara Ana's 'Holy Night' from the 2019 Christmas/Winter issue of Punch Needle and Primitive Stitcher Magazine.
Barb also stitched the Smith Sampler
Bernie's seasonal pieces pop in and out of the frame.
Victoria stitched Jeannette Douglas' Mini Bouquet stitchalong this year. Patterns were released monthly. The layout and patterns are available for free from her website until December 31, 2022.
We have an open stitching day planned at our meeting place on Saturday, January 7, 2023 from 10 - 4. Many of us will be starting our French purse guild project. Others will spend the day doing any craft they choose. Scarborough Embroidery Guild members have been invited to join us. Another stitching day is planned for February 4, 2023.

The program committee has lots of fun things planned for us for 2023.

Friday, September 23, 2022

September 2022 - Back Together Again

This month we met in person for the first time since February 2020. We did meet via Zoom during the pandemic but it was great seeing everyone and their stitching in person.

We have lots of exciting program plans for the rest of the fall. At this meeting, Geri went over the steps for fully finishing the triangular scissor case. 

Some members remembered to bring the smalls they received in our June smalls exchange. Jennifer received the bee triangular scissor case and fob from Geri and Barb crafted the pink needlebook for Siobhain. The blue and yellow needlebook was our Wessex stitch guild project last spring. 

Jeanette was the recipient of the unusually-shaped pin cushion crafted by Victoria. The flower pot was a project designed by Carol Arsenault which the guild undertook for one of the programs several years ago. The canvaswork ornament was another guild project. Kim Mather taught us the technique. 

There were many interesting items for Show and Share this month.

Meagan had social media vote on what project, colours and framing she would use for this piece. 
Suzanne stitched and painted this from a photograph taken several years ago in Latvia.
Jeanette's strawberry was an online course.
Jeanette painted the fabric for this piece.
Felt gingerbread and a wooly homage to Mr Rogers.
This was one of the first group projects undertaken by the guild many years ago. It featured several kinds of specialty stitches.
Jeanette created this long stitching piece on canvas.
Barbara showed this stunning goldwork piece - the Astrolabe by Cynthia Jackson. 
Punch needle snowman by Kim.
Jeanette's scissor fob/case was inspired by a pattern in the Cross Stitch Guild magazine, "Stolen Moments".

We are looking forward to our guild's fall stitchery retreat at Elim Lodge next weekend.