"I began sewing at the age of 7 and I haven't stopped stitching since," says Sylvia Taylor, Honorary Secretary of the Embroidery Guild Victoria. The blue-eyed mature lady of 76 gestures to the hexagon-patterned quilt draped behind us, adding,
"Can you imagine cutting out each hexagon and sewing each one together by lamplight?"
She herself is manning the welcome desk of the exhibition while crocheting an orange place mat. We must have looked striking to visitors to the exhibition, a dark-haired Asian girl in a hot pink sweater and baby blue pants and a white-haired Caucasian woman in a peachy orange suit, with an intricately-woven patchwork quilt as the backdrop.
"People bring a piece in and they don't know anything about it. So we have to put what we think is the right date on it," says Sandra Warren-Smith, an EGV member and hostess on the day.
I was particularly taken with the 'Dandelion' (the topmost picture), a 1973 design of dandelion heads on rust-coloured furnishing fabric using hand embroidery with silks, wools and beads. I love it when artists use a variety of materials to create something unique and cohesive.