The YTFG was a completely new concept for the Embroiderers' Guild when it started in 1995. With little formal needlecraft taught in schools today and families often busy or scattered, many children do not have any exposure to needle or fibre arts.
In the YTFG, the emphasis is on creativity and fun rather than on the formal learning of techniques!
The Guild, with a wide network of experienced embroiderers and many members who are interested in supporting and actively encouraging the young, is in an ideal position to set up YTFG Clubs in NSW and to provide practical backup.
The YTFG started on 1 March 1995, membership is open to all aged between 5 to 18 years, each of whom will be an individual member of the YTFG. He/she may or may not be part of a YTFG Club, depending on where he/she lives.
For the membership fee of $10 a year a member receives -
- three Newsletters a year
- information about basic requirements for using textile and fibre
- the right to attend YTFG Days in the area if there is a Club and to attend classes, workshop and other events at Guild Headquarters at Concord West
- the right to visit Headquarters, have access to the Library facilities whilst visiting (but not borrow books) and can shop in The Threaded Needle.
There are clubs in the Metropolitan area, regional and country areas as well as a distance education course. There are over 250 members around New South Wales and interstate. Each club is guided by a YTFG Leader who is assisted by, and responsible to, the YTFG Committee.
YTFG Clubs meet monthly, or only in the school holidays, to suit individual curcumstances. Each Club has a YTFG Leader, assisted by helpers drawn from Guild members. Meetings normally take the form of an informal workshop with children working on a different theme at each day and producing something to take home at the end of the day.
Events at Guild Headquarters at Concord West
There is a small ongoing programme of classes and workshops at Headquarters each year for YTFG members for which there will be a class fee.
For more information phone the Guild on 02 9743 2501 or Contact Us
Why not read our YTFG Members Blog