I love the things we have here in South Australia the fabulous food, wine, people and places beauty everywhere. And, for more beauty in my life, I own and operate a gorgeous little gallery called Mrs Harris Shop: www.mrsharrisshop.com.au
And, it's enjoying something of a resurgence. Love or hate the show, the sumptuous costumes of Game of Thrones have fashionistas salivating. And who doesn't love the elegance of Phryne Fisher's divine apparel in Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries? They'd not be much without the art of embroidery!
The Guild was formed in1965 to promote the practice, study and appreciation of embroidery in all its forms and to encourage excellence by practice and example.
St Barbara by Barbara Mullan
Having just celebrated its 50th Anniversary, Guild members are eager to maintain the energy created by the recent celebratory Golden Thread exhibition and have created some stunning masterpieces for Artful Stitches. And, we can expect that some of the richness and golden treasures from Golden Thread will make their way into this exhibition.
Monet Memories, Amanda Fretwell
The works have been created by members over the past two years for this, the Guild's regular biennial exhibition, one of the largest textile exhibitions in South Australia.
You're sure to be delighted by all types of embroidery from traditional to contemporary and everything in between.
Members of the Guild will be in attendance at the exhibition, demonstrating the various forms of embroidery and the amazing array of stitches employed to achieve the stunning effects on display.
They will come from the Guild's branches across the state: the Barossa Valley, Bordertown, the Copper Triangle, Flinders Ranges, Gawler, Mount Gambier, Naracoorte, Port Pirie, the Riverland, the South Coast and Yorke Peninsula.
Embroidery has a long tradition as a skilled art form. The Embroiderers' Guild of SA works to continue this tradition by welcoming all-comers to practise, study and appreciate embroidery in all its forms. There's a place for you as a beginner, or as an experienced needleworker.
My Art, Wendy Ness
The title of the exhibition, Artful Stitches, was chosen to reflect this aim.
In the past, embroidery has been seen as the domain of women and girls. Don't be deterred by that notion.
Grunwald, Penny Crompton
If you appreciate that art has many forms, the Embroiderers' Guild is sure that you will enjoy the diversity of what its talented and creative members have to offer.
The exquisite embroidery of Artful Stitches is on show at the Guild's city premises at 16 Hughes Street, Mile End.
It's open 10am 4pm daily, with extended hours until 8pm on Thursday, from 7 19 March. Entry is $5.
For more information about the Embroiderers' Guild of SA, or to become a member, visit www.embguildsa.org.au, contact them at email@example.com or phone on 8234 1513. Office hours are Monday Friday 9:30am 2:30pm.
Renoir's Dance at the Moulin de la Gallete
In addition to its masterful exhibitions, the Guild also has a magnificent museum, established in 1965 to make available a study collection of embroidery. It holds over 2,200 items. The museum is open on Tuesdays (see website for more details.)
In 2005, in recognition of its excellence, the museum was granted full accreditation with the History Trust of SA, then re-accredited in 2010, acknowledging its compliance with national museum standards.