What a Weekend

Once again What a Weekend organized by a sub committee of the Nelson Embroiderer’s Guild has come and gone and received great reviews from participants and tutors alike.  The weather wasn’t particularly Nelson-like but the venue, with its excellent classroom space for work areas and huge hall for traders, exhibitors and all comers more than made up for not being able to gather in the sunshine. 

After the initial shock of the untimely death of the main organizer Catherine Dunkley, the committee rallied under the guidance of Anita Burns, recruited a couple more helpers and got under way with getting the weekend back on track.  An excellent range of classes was offered that appealed to everyone from traditional, such as Punto Antico and Ephrata Gold Work, to more contemporary such as a beaded book cover and hanging work basket (with stitches changing the look of the feature fabric), along with a beautiful Pansy Hussif and Huckaback stitching.  The traders’ mall catered for everyone with brilliant displays which inspired even the most hesitant of stitchers!

This year we had a Viewer’s Choice competition in memory of Catherine, with work done at past WAW workshops on display for voting.  This was won by Claire North.  We also had a display of stitching worked into bags done by the Children’s Embroidery classes run by Guild Members.  Encouragement was given to the children who displayed their work, with notes written by participants and put in the individual bags, as well as generous support from the traders and viewers of beads, threads, fabric etc.  We hope the children got a real thrill when they checked out their bags on their return to them!

All in all, another great weekend, well supported and great fun – if you missed it, diary it for next year around the school holidays in September, at Waimea College in Nelson – you won’t be disappointed

Jill Richards (Vice President) Nelson