...their knowledge, their passion, their experience, their hints and tips, and most of all their time. I am joining in with Tuesday Treasures at Melody's blog and my Treasure this week is the Embroiderer's Guild of WA. You can view their website here.
The Guild has over 500 members throughout the state and I have been one of those members on two different occasions. Previously I was part of one of the metropolitan groups and meeting with them every Monday was the highlight of my week. The lovely ladies who joined me helped to teach me and cement my love of embroidery and I developed friendships that still exist 10 years later.
Currently I am a lone member due to work and family commitments. I love to take advantage, when possible, of the workshops the Guild offers and am seriously considering undertaking their teacher training. I was also lucky enough last year to be able to join them for part of their annual retreat in beautiful Muresk. The skills, knowledge and experience of many of the ladies is incredible and very inspiring. I am forever grateful for their willingness to share.
See below some of the stitches I learned at a couple of the Foundation classes. These will (eventually) be turned into some lovely, useful items.
The Guild has an amazing collection of historical textiles and masses of information on all types of embroidery. They also have a library of approx. 2,000 books and a range of 'technique files' that they loan out to members who wish to learn a particular type of embroidery in more depth.
There is an Embroiderer's Guild in each state. I highly recommend checking them out if you are interested in stitcheries and embroidery as they are a wealth of knowledge. It doesn't matter whether you are a beginner or more experienced, there is something for everyone at your local Guild.