Diane Scott graciously designed an ornament, and the anniversary committee promoted it to the TGS members encouraging them to stitch the ornament Kits with beads, a selection of red fibers, beads and white linen were included in the kit along with a pattern that included 12+ different designs that could be stitched in the various panels of the ornament. This allowed each one to be personal to the stitcher, and yet reflective of the Ruby Anniversary.

What was created, you will see, is masterpiece after masterpiece. Each one finished slightly different than the next. Some even revamped into something completely different, yet still reflective of the anniversary. Below are only some of the many pieces that were on display.



Photos courtesy of Helen O'Malley
The Finale: A Gala Luncheon to Celebrate 40 years of Stitching

On Saturday November 7th, 2015 sixty-three members of the Toronto Guild of Stitchery gathered at the Lambton Golf and Country Club for the final celebration of 40 years of stitching together. 

Lambton Golf and Country Club is like an oasis in the city of Toronto. The wall of windows in the banquet room allowed us to view the elegant grounds that displayed the changing fall colours. The theme for the year has been the colour red – red for ruby. How wonderful to see so many participants wearing this celebratory colour at the luncheon! Tables were elegantly dressed in white linens with red napkins and a delicate arrangement of red and white carnations as the centerpiece. 


In the window alcove we had an elegant display of our carefully stitched unique creative ornaments – 23 in total. Thank you members for sharing your work. We dined on a delicious squash soup, followed by a stuffed chicken breast supreme or orange roughy with a finale of a delectable apple strudel. Thanks to Lorna Anderson our generous sponsor, who also treated us to chocolate truffles and and lemon wafers to top off the lovely lunch. Tables echoed with delightful conversations. 

Lorna Anderson, Past President
Display of ornaments stitched by TGS members using Diane Scott's design.  Each peice is unique and different
    Gratitude goes to Victoria Moorshead for masterminding the clever stitching trivia cards to encourage challenging our knowledge of the finer points of stitching. We were very fortunate to have two lifetime members join us for this event, Bea McQuade and Bobbie LaSueur. Bobbie provided us with a delightful recapitulation of the beginnings of our wonderful Guild including how we became a part of the Embroidery Association of Canada. Our esteemed president, Lisa Carlin, provided us with an enchanting review of the many creative and pleasurable events over recent years. Lorna Anderson kindly provided us with a brief history of Lambton from 1902 to the present. In our acknowledgements we presented a handmade quilt made up of different carefully stitched pieces by members of our guild to Mary Wahl, a long time member and pillar both creatively and administratively to our Guild.

Bobbie La|Sueur, one of the founding members regals members with stories of how we began
Mary Wahl being presented with a mini quilt full of squares stitched by members, 
   Submitted by Pia Kallas-Harvey


Tanja Berlin has provided some thoughtful options for Valentine’s Day. Tanja has generously allowed us to share the information from her website, Berlin Embroidery Designs, where she explains her idea to stitch a heart to help a friend by designing and stitching a broken heart.

Tanja also provides a "whole heart" option, too. You'll see the heart she stitched to commemorate her 15th wedding anniversary. Check out the free blackwork heart patterns and the excellent, and very thorough, instructions. On that page, you'll find the link to the PDF instructions and patterns in blue, just below the image of the heart framed in red.

While you’re there take a few minutes to look around. Tanja generously provides a number of free patterns in a variety of techniques and her Intermediate Needle Painting On-line Class “Red Fox” is calling my name!

Celebrating 40 years 

40th Anniversary Ornament stitched by TGS member
We kick started the year in January 2015 with the distribution of a calendar and a beautifully handcrafted booklet of stitch plates by Christy and Victoria. February brought the challenge of stitching the 40th anniversary ornament so exquisitely designed by our own Diane Scott. Her design allowed participants to create their personal ornament through a wide variety of stitches depending preference – hence each ornament became a unique art form! March brought us to another opportunity to celebrate our 40th anniversary via a great Stitch in Public Day at the Duke of York Pub on Prince Arthur Avenue.
Calendar and Bookplates

OPEN HOUSE  May 2nd, 2015, Blythwood Church, Toronto

We hosted an open house at Blythwood Road Baptist Church where members welcomed family and friends to discover the fabulous needlework that we do. Our guests were also treated to sweet delicacies with coffee and tea. Our Open House was so successful due to the many members who pitched in! Thank you to Trudy Michailoff and Barbara Leach for being the queens of the kitchen. Through their careful organization and attention to detail, delectable treats appeared, thanks to the donations of many of our Guild members. Our tables were exquisitely set with tablecloths and delicate flower arrangements. Thank you to Mary Lunnie for willing pitching in to serve the tea. Our gratitude also goes to Christy Thomasson, Karen Doak and Marian Moorshead for their part in helping in the kitchen and the clean up. Special thanks also go to Jeanette Craig who assembled all the stitching for display and assisted with the set up and take down of the artwork; and to Susan Hawkins and Mariela Hewetson for assisting in our display area.

MONTGOMERY’S INN  June 27th, 2015

On Saturday June 27th several Guild members ventured out in the pouring rain to Montgomery’s Inn for a wonderful afternoon of stitching. Historically our members have stitched on the premises but not for several years. We booked a tour of the Inn to allow us to take pleasure in the history of the building. Montgomery’s Inn was built in 1830 by Thomas and Margaret Montgomery who came from Ireland. The Inn provided a meeting place for the local community and provided food and shelter for travellers. It’s heyday was between 1847 and 1859. The family had 7 children but the household included servants, farm labourers and billeted workers from nearby businesses. The Montgomerys employed Irish famine refugees and emancipated American slaves. Their farm extended from Bloor Street north to Dundas Street West and from Kipling Avenue in the west to Royal York Road in the east. It was farmed until the 1940s.  

We had the wonderful opportunity to sample some traditional delicacies, both savoury and sweet in the Tearoom as we were served tea by volunteers in period costume. We stitched in the comfort of the Briarly Room and enjoyed the camaraderie of our Guild members from 12 noon until 5 pm. Due to the rain it was a tad dark but that did not deter us as we switched on our lights. 

¡Viva México! at the ROM

On Saturday, September 26th, 2015, 28 members of TGS went to the Royal Ontario Museum to have a guided tour of their textile gallery. The Textile Department is showcasing their collection of Mexican textiles until May 2016. It's one of the largest and most important in the world, yet few textiles from this remarkable collection have ever been displayed. Vibrant expressions of creativity, the pieces in this exhibition showed remarkable technical skill with exquisite artistry. Over 150 stunning historic and contemporary pieces are on display, including complete costume ensembles, sarapes, rebozos, textiles, embroidery, beadwork and more. The evolution of Mexican fashion reflects the history of Mexico, where the textile arts reach back over many centuries. After the Spanish Conquest of 1521, European styles influenced the distinctive clothing of the Maya, the Aztec and other great civilizations. 

Saturday, September 26th, 2015 was also EAC’s celebration of Stitch in Public Day! 

So we will continued our celebrations honouring this day once again at the Duke of York Pub for lunch and stitching in the afternoon. A grand time was had by all! 

Watch for part 2, and hear all about the Gala Luncheon

 Submitted by Pia Kallas-Harvey
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