The Victorian Embroiderer’s Guild is celebrating its 50th Birthday next year, and there will be many exhibitions at Melbourne’s Embroidery House and around the state at the various rural Branches. One of the special pieces of work will be a banner, made up of 4 1/2 inch squares, embroidered in some way to be determined by each branch, but in a specific colour set by the Anniversary committee. Each branch will make about 15 squares, that will be set together in a line – each line will represent a branch and the lines of colour will be arranged in a spectrum. The whole, when together, will be photographed and then printed onto a durable plastic material that will adorn the outside wall of Embroidery House in Malvern.
The colour for Castlemaine is red, and two clever members have drawn a landscape which represents the rock formations in the area around the town, which has been divided into 15 squares that will be stitched by 15 members of the Castlemaine Guild. I’m one of those, and I approached the task with considerable apprehension. I am not a skilled embroiderer, I’m a relatively new member of the Guild, and there are many more experienced and skilled stitchers than I. I asked for a very simple section of the drawing, and have been working on it for the last few days. On Monday I shall take it to show the others, and the woman who is coordinating the whole banner – a bit like being seen by the Head Mistress……I do hope it is OK. This is it.
Two more photos from my trip to Foxglove Spires, for my friend Mary-Anne who mentioned these two places in the garden as favourites. It was a very beautiful place.