Beth showed the group how to finish the ornaments with ribbon treatment at the top and bottom of the ornament. This was the quicker way to finish them and didn't require any embroidery skills.
As you can see - nobody wanted to miss the demo!!!
After Beth finished her demonstration, Virginia showed how to do a spider web embroidered finish to the top and bottom of the ornaments. Again, their was a captive audience.
How fortunate to have such talented ladies that are willing to share their skills with the group! I'm sure that there will be some pretty ornaments decking the trees this year with the newly acquired skills.
While the demonstrations were going on at the front of the classroom, 2 of the newer members of the guild were getting some sewing/construction help at the back of the classroom. Rebekah and Kathy were helping with some of the instructions that seemed confusing to the ladies and demonstrated an easy way to finish a placket. With the extra help, both of these members should be able to finish up their projects!
Several members of the group brought along some beautiful things to show/share as well. Rebekah brought some bigger girl Christmas dresses that she'd made for her girls several years ago. One was machine embroidered and the other was smocked and twinkled with beads in the smockin - unfortunately, the sparkle in the beads doesn't show up in the picture.. Both were quite stunning!
Rebekah also brought in a bigger girl smocked top. This had to have been a favorite! It also included beads in the smocking.
Janice brought some beautiful ornaments that she had made. The technique is called Temari and is a Japanese art of thread wrapping to create beautiful designs. Janice is a lady of many talents!
Janice also brought in the most delightful baby dress. The picture just does't do it justice. The embroidery on the dress was beautiful.
The guild is looking forward to our last meeting of the year in December and will enjoy dining together at the Red Rocks Restaurant on Thursday, Dec. 3rd. If you didn't have the chance to sign up at the meeting, be sure and contact Sharon to let her know that you plan to attend.
This has been an exciting year for the guild. We've gone from 10 members to 30 members, have enjoyed some great programs, had lots of fun workshops, enjoyed a 3-day workshop weekend with Gail Doane, donated many gowns to the Camp LeJeune as well as to Be Not Afraid, and we're looking forward to another great year next year!
If you are in the area and would like to visit and/or join our guild, we'd love to see you!