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


  1. What a fabulous year of activities! Congratulations of your 40th year anniversary - the ornament is beautiful and a great idea!

  2. Congratulations! It looks like it's been a busy year for TGS with lots of opportunities for learning and fellowship. The ornament is a lovely keepsake.


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