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Toowoomba in Stitch: Embroidery Exhibition 2017 - Review

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Passionate embroiderer’s exhibit stunning work
Toowoomba Stitch Embroidery Guild 2017
Toowoomba in Stitch was hosted by St Ursula's College, girl's boarding school.
The Toowoomba Embroiderer's Guild presented 'Toowoomba in Stitch'; an exhibition of stunning and original embroidery, plus the chance to get started on your own embroidery project.

Toowoomba Stitch Embroidery sample 2017
Embroidery to aspire to, at Toowoomba in Stitch. The goldwork by Bimal Josan was my favourite.

Members of the Embroiderer's Guild spend long hours indulging their passion, sometimes working until the small hours of the morning. For someone with next to no knowledge of embroidery, the exhibition was an eye-opener. So much more than just placing stitches in a line or as fill-in of colour, there's a huge variety of styles and intriguing techniques in embroidery.

This year's theme was 'celebrating our beautiful city and surrounds in thread and stitch'.

With close to two hundred works to feast your eyes on, the exhibit displayed pieces by over forty members of the past two years. The types of things which invite embroidery include table centres, mosaics or beading to cover box tops or other items, coat hangers, bags, wall hangings, cushions, books and just about anything you care to think of.

Techniques on display were extensive and gorgeously applied, such as Japanese beading, sashiko, temari, huckaback Swedish weaving, bargello, Spanish blackwork, cross stitch, hardanger, goldwork, stumpwork and lots more. Not as commonly employed, white Italian Trapunto was on display, useful as squares to include in a quilt, especially as a centre square.

Second Hand Rose and the gift store offered a range of instructional magazines, beautiful gifts and embroidery goodies at reasonable prices. Members were in full force at the exhibit to assist with enquiries. For those eager to try their hand, brief tutoring was available on request.

Toowoomba Stitch Embroidery sale 2017
Second hand magazines, gifts and embroidery goodies at reasonable prices.

Visitors were encouraged to vote for their favourite embroidery exhibit. My personal favourite was #21, the blue 'Carnival Flower' (pictured above), goldwork of original design by Bimal Josan. The work celebrated the Carnival of Flowers.

Included in the exhibit's entry fee, delicious home made cakes and slices with a refreshing cup of tea or coffee.

St Ursula's College Toowoomba
St Ursula's College grounds compliment the carnival spirit each year.

The Embroiderer's Guild of Queensland, Toowoomba Branch, hold meetings in St David's church hall on Tuesdays and the fourth Saturday of the month, 9am - 2pm. For those living further out at Highfields, there's a Thursday meeting 9:30am - 12:30pm, at the Highfields Cultural Centre. New members are welcome; all skill levels accepted. Throughout the year, classes are held at reasonable rates. If you join, you can expect to make new friends and receive support and encouragement. Contact June Lederhose on 07 4630 8816 for further information.
St Ursula's College Carnival Flowers
The grounds of St Ursula's College were blooming for the carnival season.
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Why? Admire world class embroidery and learn more about embroidery.
When: 10am - 3pm
Phone: 07 4630 8816
Where: Newtown, Toowoomba
Cost: $5
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