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Artist of the Month – Embroidery Groups

The Artist of the Month exhibition is on at Ferry Park Gallery Maclean till Wednesday August 23. Image: Contributed.
Tell us a bit about your group We have three embroidery groups associated with Ferry Park who meet here regularly. Well known tutor, Susan Porter, has been a tutor with two of our groups for several years. She has been coming down from Grafton once a month to our Saturday morning group, and has been holding another group which meets each Monday afternoon. She has a wealth of knowledge and her tutorship has been invaluable. She has just left on an extended holiday but the groups will continue to meet and we will help each other as we each have different areas of expertise. Can you explain your techniques? Our embroidery techniques are many and varied. Some of the many techniques include goldwork, stump work (three dimensional embroidery) white work, black work, and silk ribbon embroidery, hardanger, cross stitch, bead work, surface embroidery and wool embroidery. This only covers the main work we do but there are also many other techniques. When do you meet? We have a full day of classes on a Wednesday where silk ribbon embroidery and fine embroidery with embellishments are taught. Classes run from 9am to 4pm at Ferry Park Gallery. You are all welcome to drop in and see what is going on, have a chat, and maybe join us if you are interested. For more information contact Pam Le Couteur on 6645 1766 or 0408 112 190. Currently the Saturday morning group meet on the first and third Saturday mornings each month from 9am to 12pm, and the Monday afternoon group meet on the second and fourth Monday from 1pm to 4pm. Do you have any other information you would like to share? For the last five years we have had a highly qualified and experienced embroidery judge from Brisbane, Jenny Jorgensen, come down to judge the creative needlework section at our annual Arts, Crafts and Quilts Exhibition. She regularly judges at the major shows in Brisbane and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts. Year after year she has commented that the work she sees down here is far superior to what she sees up north and she looks forward to seeing what surprises we have in store for her next visit. This has been her last year as a judge with us, but she will be back to visit again next year as she says it is an absolute pleasure to see such “works of art” created with a needle and thread. Please enjoy our embroidery display. There are many prize winners on view, of which many are for sale. Bec Davies