by Faith Cormier, Atlantic-Central Regional Director

The Marigold Guild of Needle Arts held its Third Annual Maritime Stitch-in on Saturday, September 10, at the Fire Hall in Truro, NS.

Around thirty stitchers spent all or part of the day at the Fire Hall. All the Guilds in Nova Scotia (Alderney Needlearts Guild, Stitchery Guild of Bedford and Town Clock Stitchers), as well as the Embroiderers’ Guild of Fredericton, were represented. We brought our own lunch, but were treated to delightful desserts made by Marigold Guild members. Tea, coffee, juice and water were also provided.

Many participants had brought display items. Between looking at them and checking out what everyone else was working on, one could easily have spent the day wandering from project to project without ever putting needle to fabric oneself.

Near the end of the day, organizer Leslie Burrows passed out the Stitch-in Challenge kits, canvas and wool to make a needlebook. The first prize is bragging rights, as are all the other prizes, and the deadline for sending Leslie a picture of our masterpiece is the end of October.

The Fire Hall is a great venue. It’s fully accessible and has free parking, lots of windows and strong artificial light as well.

Thank you, Marigold, for this new Maritime tradition.

La Marigold Guild of Needle Arts a organisé la troisième Journée des arts de l’aiguille le samedi 10 septembre à la caserne des pompiers à Truro (N.-É.).

Une trentaine de brodeuses ont passé au moins une partie de la journée à la caserne des pompiers. Toutes les Guildes de la Nouvelle-Écosse (Alderney Needlearts Guild, Stitchery Guild of Bedford et Town Clock Stitchers), ainsi que la Embroiderers’ Guild of Fredericton, y ont envoyé des représentantes. Nous avons apporté nos propres dîners, mais nous avons raffolé des desserts exquis préparés par les membres de la Marigold Guild. On a aussi servi du thé, du café, du jus et de l’eau.

Un bon nombre des participantes avaient apporté des projets à exposer. Il aurait été tout à fait possible de passer la journée à regarder ces articles et à se promener entre les projets en cours, sans mettre aiguille sur tissu.

Vers la fin de la journée, l’organisatrice Leslie Burrows a distribué les trousses pour le défi de la Journée. Il s’agissait de canevas et de laine pour faire un étui à aiguilles. Le premier prix est le droit de se vanter de sa réalisation. Idem pour les autres prix. Nous devons envoyer une photo de notre chef d’œuvre à Leslie avant la fin octobre.

La caserne des pompiers est un excellent endroit pour de telles activités. Elle est entièrement accessible, le stationnement est gratuit, il y a de nombreuses fenêtres et l’éclairage artificiel est bon.

Merci, Marigold, d’avoir établi une nouvelle tradition dans les Maritimes.

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