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Members and Guests (MAG) Day 

Workshop Rooms on Level 2, 76 Queen Street, Concord West arrive 10 am for 10:30am guest speaker

Why not put aside the 2nd Wednesday of the month to catch up with Guild Members and friends at Concord West? Come and see the current exhibition and support your Guild.

Guests and members are invited to 76 Queen St, Concord West to hear what is happening at the Guild and elsewhere. MAG days are both social and informative. Often there is a Guest Speaker, show and tell and sometimes a piece from our Collection is displayed and discussed.

Assemble at 10am for a bit of a catch up and the speaker will start at 10:30am.  The session ends in time for a quick lunchtime bite, with friends. All welcome !

The MAG program for the remainder of 2023 is below:

March 8 - MAG Day is not running this month due to TexStyle.

April 12 - We will hear from Catherine Porter on Rabari Embroidery with specific reference to embroidered garments, household decorations and animal trappings.  The social role of embroidery in a woman's dowry as an expression of her capability and creativity is also considered.

May 10 - Featuring Treasures of the Guild honouring Judith Langdon (Laterals/Wollongong), Maureen Hazelwood (Laterals/Wyong), Betty Parsons (Blue Mountains), Fay Grant (Wagga Wagga), Yvonne Wilcock (Newcastle and Lake Macquarie) and Doris Gordon (Creative Correspondence and Mt Colah).

June 14 - Marlene Arditto on the "Age of Mrs Macquarie". Marlene is the President of the Jane Austen Society, a Member of the Needlework Tools Society and an expert in Regency Needlework Tools.

July 12 - Margaret Gollan  Lateral Stitchers was formed in 1991 with the aim of designing, stitching and creating innovative Textile Art to exhibit to as wide an audience as possible. To this end, we have exhibited in art galleries (including Gallery76), various community venues and traveling exhibitions. Every two years, Lateral members work towards an exhibition of new works..

August 9 - Lisa Mattock Forage Lara Moo Forage SlowStitching began in 2017 producing patterns and teaching workshops using vintage textiles and foraged treasures from around the world. The business grew quickly to include an online store and boutique textile tours of Paris.  The School of SlowStitching was launched after Lisa met Lara in 2021. SlowStitching centres around the "make do and mend" and "waste not want not" ethos of yesteryear.  It is a nod to the generations that came before ours in which reusing and recycling were necessary and admirable. 

September 13 - Lesley Groombridge and Suganthi Singarayar on "Design Divas" a group of embroidery artists who completed the Contemporary Stitch and Design Course with Mary Brown. The group began in 2021 as a way of keeping in contact and supporting each other's art practice. Lesley and Suganthi shall discuss how members of our group influence each other in work and design practice and describe the process adopted by the Design Divas as they prepare for a themed exhibition. 

October - MAG Day is not running this month as the Guild's AGM is scheduled this month.

November 8 - Featuring the Treasures of the Guild  honouring Valerie Craven (Blue Mountains), Julie Roy (Narrabri), Carolyn Pearce (West Pennant Hills) and Sue Wood.

December 13 - We round off with Liz Meakin's  "Embroidery Life'". A member of the Wollongong Group since the late 1990s, Liz loves portraits !  Liz has recently been accredited as a Guild judge and is now working towards tutor qualifications..

Past Meetings

February 8 - Boro and Kantha Stitching with Roz Miller.