Embroiderers’ Guild dedicated to teaching and learning new skills

Embroiderers Guild Victoria Ararat Branch President Chris Harris, Treasurer Jan Richardson and Secretary Elaine Jeffers

Embroiderers Guild Victoria Ararat Branch President Chris Harris, Treasurer Jan Richardson and Secretary Elaine Jeffers

ARARAT - The Ararat branch of the Embroiderers' Guild Victoria has been in the Ararat community for almost 30 years and continues to look for new members.

Guild members are dedicated to teaching and learning new skills involving embroidery, patchwork and creative textile work.

They also encourage learning to all age groups in conjunction with the Ararat Regional Art Gallery.

A children's group meets once a month and members help teach them a progressive range of skills.

This is a proactive community group committed to encouraging others with similar interests to join the Ararat branch.

With ANZAC Day commemorating its Centenary next year, Ararat branch guild members have decided to participate, creating poppies that will go to Federation Square in Melbourne together with a dedication.

This can be a personal or group project as recognition of all who were in involved in World War I from either this region or Australia wide.

The guild is working with the Ararat Library staff on this project.

Members are eager to set up a display of poppies with information about the Ararat branch in an attempt to attract new members.

The Ararat Library is the venue for the Ararat branch for a 'sit and sew' and on June 18, the branch will host a display in the main area of the Library

Ararat and district residents are invited to attend, have a chat, view members at work and look over the display.

The branch has organised an exhibition at the Ararat Regional Art Gallery from July 19 to August 17, 2014.

The theme is 'Fields and Forests'. This will be an opportunity for Ararat and district residents to visit the Art Gallery to view the work.

Branch members also have regular internal classes and also external tutors, some of who teach worldwide.

This year Alison Snepp is leading a workshop on 'Derivations from Medieval Egyptian Samplers' in November.

Renowned patch worker, Michele Hill, will lead a workshop on making a wall hanging in William Morris fabrics.

Non members can apply for these classes and are welcome to participate.

People interested in joining the group of stitchers can contact Chris Harris, 0418528401 or chalambar27@gmail.com

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