Christmas is just around the corner.  It is a wonderful time of the year to get together with family and friends to celebrate the season.  One of the traditions that the Winnipeg Embroiders' Guild participates in is its annual Christmas Sale at Dalnavert.  Dalnavert is a local museum housed in a beautiful, restored Victorian home once belonging to Sir Hugh John Macdonald, the eldest and only surviving son of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first Prime Minister.  Macdonald, a lawyer and politician, moved to Winnipeg in 1882 and lived here until his death in 1929.  The heritage house is a warm and friendly place, decorated each year for the holidays with traditional Victoriana.  It is a popular Winnipeg tourist attraction.

Our Guild’s affiliation with Dalnavert began around 1998 when members designed and produced Victorian style ornaments for sale. Since then the sale has grown and become an annual event at which members sell varied and lovely handmade items to the public. Participants and guests alike have lots of fun sharing in the busy day.

Here are some of the photos from this great event.  Thanks to Kit Gates for the photography, and to Kit, Barb Smith, and other members of WEG who make this sale such a success each year.

Beryl Burnett


  1. Glad to hear the sale went so well. The stitched items and Christmas tree loaded with beautifully stitched ornaments looks lovely.

  2. Looks wonderful - glad to hear it was a success!


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