Ten years ago the Embroiderer’s Guild Geelong branch launched the GeeTAG group to experiment with textile art and stitch. Next weekend we celebrate a decade of experimentation and sharing of skills and techniques with our inaugural exhibition at Shearer’s Arms Gallery. All are welcome to the opening by Glenys Mann on Thursday evening at 6pm ($10 entry, tickets from Gillian and Jenny- please pre-book for catering).

Breaking traditions

Below is a Taster slideshow of some of the wonderful pieces that may be on display:

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and a sneak peek of Gillian’s “Under the bay”

Under the bay

Thank you to Pauline who has sent through a proposed plan for the next few months:

April Resist dyeing using bleach- (requirement list will be emailed out prior)

May Mini show and share from my fun with Claire Benn at Ballarat

June Demo of felted portrait with Martina

Hope to see you all at the exhibition opening



And We’re Back

Our first meeting for what is going to be an amazingly busy year. Planning is well and truly underway for our group exhibition in March, celebrating ten years of adventures in textile arts. For the first two months we have agreed to work on our own projects, some of which will be featured in the exhibition. There was lots of discussion about the year ahead and some show and tell.

Rosalie brought along her paper vessels. They are much smaller than you think. 

These are photos of  Pauline’s scroll /book, not quite finished but will be for the exhibition.

Laurene had her scrolls.

And Jenny had some pieces that she had been ‘playing’ around with.

Xmas joviality

Yesterday was our last GeeTAG get together for 2017 and we partied with delicious food, had fun making tricky origami books and secret boxes and continued stitching for our 10 year celebratory exhibition next year.

Here is a taster of some works in progress that will be on show at “Breaking Traditions”, The Shearer’s Arms Gallery, Geelong, March 16-18, 2018.

The 2018 program has been sent out. Don’t forget to email your March exhibition entry forms through to Jenny by 5th February 2018, do not leave it to the February meeting as it is after the cut off date.

We will be starting 2018 at our first meeting on 10th February with Mixed media and the Golden Scrolls for our Embroiderer’s Guild 50th Anniversary exhibition in September.

Contact Leonie or sign up Monday for the Summer School, get in early before it is opened up to other branches of the Guild or you may miss out.

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas.



Origami books continued

We are having some technical issues with the sign in for Kerrie, so I will pop up the photos from our November meeting and an update in the meantime and when we have resolved the glitch Kerrie can add her own inimitable, effervescent style!

Firstly Kerrie tutored us in another of her wonderful mini books, we should all be able to have our own mini bookshelves after the past few months.

Origami BookmakingGeeTAG1

Please bring along your finished books for show and tell at the December meeting.

Our December meeting will be ‘Party Time’. Please let me know whether you will bring a sweet or savoury item to share for lunch, with a 12noon opening for a 12.30pm luncheon.

After lunch I will show you how to make a Chinese secrets box which may be added to your book pages and Kerrie will have another interesting book format to demonstrate. See your emails for the requirements.

A suggested program for 2018 has been emailed out. I have already had some great feedback and adjusted the program to suit. If you have ideas to add to the program for next year please email these through, I will send out the amended program just before the December meeting.


Twining Away

Making twine was the focus for the September meeting. This is a super easy thing to and very easily done in front of the television. Carol demonstrated the technique using fabric strips and Kerrie followed on with paper twine. There are many uses for the twine, wrapping cords, pots, baskets, mats and weaving.

These are pots that Kerrie made using the technique. The first is made with dressmaking pattern/tissue paper, the second with silk and the third with calico. The twine is coiled and then each coil stitched to hold it in place.

Fabric strips, two different widths made into twine and below yarn twisted into twine.

Strips of dressmaking tissue twisted into twine. Kerrie likes to wrap the finished twine around some cardboard to keep it neat and stop ant tangles.

Strips of newspaper can also be twisted, however, may make your hands a bit dirty.

This is a little incentive, Carol has finished her concertina book ready for the exhibition in March 2017

And a couple of detail photographs

Following on from last month’s bookmaking session.

Carol has produced another book of her altered papers

And another as a keepsake of 60th

Rosalie had a few of her books to show

Another book form also made with altered papers

Twining Away

Making twine was the focus for the September meeting. This is a super easy thing to and very easily done in front of the television. Carol demonstrated the technique using fabric strips and Kerrie followed on with paper twine.

Bookmaking in August

Thank you to Kerrie for a fantastic display and tutorial of her handmade books at the August meeting. Hand stitch book

Following our ‘Messy Day’ on the 5th Saturday in July Kerrie constructed a concertina spine book and led us through the process step by step.

concertina spine book tutorial 1

Pauline went home and made a book:

Gillian shared some of her books:


I also went straight home to make a book out of my papers and finished it on the weekend. My pages were a little loose so I made the holding tabs a little larger than the spine folds to keep them snug. The linen paper I used for the cover was perfect, I just folded it to size so it has a double up along the bottom and one end which has made it stronger:

And here are some teasers of books in process for our GeeTAG exhibition in March 2018 to celebrate 50 years of EGV Geelong Branch and ? years of GeeTAG (we are working out that one).