Retreat & Exhibition Update

Designed_&_hooked_by_Maggie_Whyte_ACT_Australia_sheep        It’s time ……

to give members an update on the Guild Retreat & Exhibition at Strathnairn, ACT.

The Retreat will take place Saturday and Sunday 3rd/4th September at the Woolshed at Strathnairn Arts Association, 90 Stockdill Dr, Holt ACT 2615 (about 20ks from Canberra).  For more detail on Strathnairn and the location click Strathnairn Arts.

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This Retreat is a gathering of Guild members from around Australia coming together to socialize and share their rug hooking techniques.  Non-members are also welcome and there is no charge.

Talks by textile artists will take place on both Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday –  Christine White will talk “Textiles” at 11.00am.  After a lunch (soup provided by local Guild members) or visitors can take themselves off to the café, Lynne Johnson will give a talk on Knitting at 1:30pm.

Throughout the day there will be various rug hooking demonstrations by Guild members, in particular, punch-needle hooking, also braided rugs using a braided-in technique (there are many names for this traditional technique)

A short Guild General Meeting is scheduled for late afternoon Saturday, followed by dinner at the Strathnairn Café (BYO) around 6.00 to 6.30pm.  Maggie is thinking of organizing a Buffet, depending on how many are interested, or members can order from the menu.  If you are planning to stay on for dinner, please let Maggie know how many will be in your party so a reservations can be made.

The Café is open all day on both days so members and visitors can please themselves when they’d like to have lunch or snacks.    Click here to see the menu and prices for the café – the Café is happy to accommodate for gluten free or special dietary requirements.

Sunday, there will be an overlap of the Retreat and Exhibition Opening.

The Retreat, brings more socializing and sharing at 11:00am Sunday morning we will hear from Carol Divall, Felt maker and then the challenge pieces will be judged.  There will be a quillie demonstration, showing how to make a brooch.  Also Maggie Hickey and Gail Nichols will demo the stretcher frames used by members of the Narrowilly Proggers and made locally in Milton, NSW. This type of frame is featured in Miriam Miller’s book Proggy & Hooky Rugs, the specifications are included so you could make your own.

The opening of the Exhibition by Nancy Tingey, will take place at 3:00pm on Sunday afternoon in the Woolshed gallery – drinks and nibbles will be provided.

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Maggie, as curator would like to know how many members and guests to plan for, so please let her know if you think you’ll stay on for dinner on Saturday evening and that you will also attend the Opening on Sunday.

Information about the entry forms due at end of this month (July) has already been emailed to members. If you’ve missed the email, please contact Maggie Whyte or

email      Jo Franco, Editor

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