YTFG Distance Club News
by Wendy Fuller July 2012
CREATIVE KIDS AND COUNTRY SHOWS From a YTFG Distance Club Perspective
The majority of the students who have been enrolled in the YTFG Distance Club are from country areas. For rural families, the annual local Country Show is an event which is usually eagerly anticipated.
“The Show” allows for group and individual participation in a wide range of activities which are particularly relevant to country people. In the arenas, these will include livestock presentations, horse riding skills, wood chopping etc, while in the Pavilions the Creative skills will be featured. Included will be handcrafts,cooking, produce, painting, photography, flower arranging, cake decorating, and several other categories.
Now, in the Handcraft section our YTFG Distance Club students have a proud record.
We regularly receive reports from children who have entered one or more pieces of embroidery in their local show and have earned major prizes. Frequently the items are from “Fun With Stitches” lessons, and we feel very proud of their efforts.
Claudia has been successful at Queanbeyan on several occasions.
Samantha has exhibited successfully at Nowra Show in 2011 and 2012. This year she entered several pieces, two of which were her Lesson 5 Glasses Case and Lesson 6, Canvas Work Wall Hanging, each winning a 1st Prize. Then she was awarded the Purple Ribbon for Most Successful Exhibitor in Junior section, earning her a Spotlight voucher for $25, plus a cross stitch kit. What a confidence booster! Also a great advertisement for “Fun With Stitches”.
Further north, Walcha is on the Northern Tablelands of NSW. The small school of Nowendoc is about 70 ks south east towards Gloucester. The 5th and 6th year students from Nowendoc regularly exhibit at Walcha Show.
The wonderful Suzanne Lyon mentors these children as they do their “Fun With Stitches”, then she encourages entries in the appropriate Show section.
This year, Lissie won 2 First prizes and a second prize and was awarded the “Ivy Partridge” Encouragement Award.
In 2011, Sarah was a prize winner at Walcha Show. This year she entered several pieces; one of which was her lovely cushion. She was named Champion Junior Exhibitor! She also intended to follow up with entries in the Gloucester Show.
Hearty congratulations to all these children!
News from places which have local YTFG groups is that some young members exhibit at their local shows, eg, Grafton , Maitland, Bulli. I’m sure there are many more that we haven’t yet heard about.
So, these Creative Kids are learning to sew with individual flair, gaining skill, satisfaction and confidence. Then a wide cross section of the public is given the opportunity to become aware of these clever people through visiting and viewing the Craft Exhibits at the Country Shows.
Encouragement and recognition are strong motivators.
Hooray for Creative Kids! Hooray for Country Shows, wherever they may be!
A proud grandmother's story:
(Re-published with permission from The Record, Embroiderers’ Guild NSW Inc August 2011)
With the guidance and help of 'Distance Pilot Study' I teach my grandson to embroider. This sometimes raises the eyebrows and brings forth the question 'why teach a boy a thing like that?'
My answer: 'So one day if he chooses to be a surgeon he can be a good one'.
You see, I taught my son to embroider and when he became a novice surgeon he was very proud of his built-in-skill to sew people together.
'I don't tell the 'raised eyebrows' that there are other more important reasons to teach people embroidery'.
It keeps alive their childhood creativity which is often suppressed in unavoidably regimented schooling. It teaches the child patience and introduces the calm often achieved with the needle and the thread in one's hand.
It teaches the joy of achievement 'I have made this and and there isn't another piece of craft like this in the whole wide world.'
I would very much like to see many, many other children participating in and benefiting from learning embroidery.