Highway to Hell & AC/DC Stitch It Up Rock Patchs

If you have seen the Festival of Perth programme, you will know that Highway to Hell is the Festival’s mammoth closing event. It is a sizzling celebration of the connection of the rock band AC/DC to the cities of Melville and Fremantle and a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the death of its legendry lead singer Bon Scott who was a Fremantle local.


On Sunday March 1st, starting at 5pm and finishing at 8.30pm, local and international acts will perform AC/DC songs on the backs of semi-trailers as they progress along Canning Highway from Canning Bridge to the Fremantle Traffic Bridge. There will also be entertainment zones along the way, including a family friendly one at Tompkins Park, Alfred Cove, which opens at 3pm.


And where is Guild House located? 565 Canning Highway, smack bang in the middle of this once in a lifetime event. The opportunity for our Guild to join in the hell raising is too good to resist. The forecourt of Guild House will host a flaming good rock band of its own, ‘The Spartans’, a devilishly fun ball game, and a place for weary rockers to rest and recuperate.


If you are in the area, you are welcome to pop in but please remember that there will be no parking at Guild House on that day and Canning Highway will be closed from 1pm until about 9pm.


The Guild will also be running two sessions for the public on embroidering AC/DC themed rock patches. The sessions will take place at Wireless Hill Museum on Tuesday February 25th., 1pm to 3pm and 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Cost is $5 for the afternoon session and $10 for the evening session. All materials and equipment are supplied, and the afternoon session includes tea or coffee and the evening session includes a glass of wine or beer. Helen Jones and Pam Manika have done a wicked job designing the patches for the Guild.


If you have friends interested in embroidery let them know about the patches sessions. These should be loads of fun. Bookings are essential through the City of Melville website.

For more information or to book your place in the Stitch It Up Rock Patches workshops, go to the City of Melville website at Melville City Council and Melville City Council or the Perth Festival website at www.perthfestival.com.au/event/highwaytohell.

‘New Directions for Surface Embellishment’

Great Southern Workshops has an International Tutor, Mary Hettmansperger from the USA coming to the Porongurup Ranges to teach her brilliant Metal Alternative Surfaces workshop…. ideal for Jewellery Makers, Paper and Book Artists, Mixed Media and Collage Artists, Encaustic Artists, Sculpture and Clay Artists, Fibre Art and Basketry… in fact any discipline of art… A great opportunity for students to learn and apply to their own craft.   Follow the link for more information https://greatsouthernworkshops.weebly.com/.


Update on Kathryn Harmer Fox workshop ‘Sew a Picture’

We now have photos and details of the kits available at Kathryn’s workshop at the ‘Threads of Gold’ Convention Saturday and Sunday 21st and 22nd September, 2019. 


These last three images of postcard pictures adapted for this workshop.

Limited bookings available, so be quick!

Update on Taster Workshops at ‘Threads of Gold’ Convention

The Guild is pleased to announce the mystery tutor for our ‘Threads of Gold’ convention, Taster Workshop ‘Stitching with Difficult Threads’ is a Guild favourite – Pam Carter Learn the tips and tricks for working with difficult but beautiful threads.


Updates on 1,2,3 day workshops at ‘Threads of Gold’ Convention


Some exciting updates on 1,2 3 day workshops at the Guild’s ‘Threads of Gold’ Convention :

More choices have been made available for Hazel Blomkamp’s ‘Audrey the Ostrich’ workshop- alternative to Audrey could be any of the creatures in Hazel’s book ‘Crewel Creatures’. Namely, Maureen the Owl, Janet the Snake, Roger the Rhino, Shirley the Elephant or Norman the Tortoise. Prices of kits will vary slightly.


Similarly, there is now a choice of 5 mandala kits in Hazel’s Post Convention 2 day ‘Free Wheel Mandala’ workshop. Wholehearted, Pretty Paisley, Sunburst, Seaspray, Free Wheel mandala kits are now available, some for more experienced embroiderers. There will be slight variations in prices of kits.




If you have already booked and wish to make changes to your original choice, please contact Liz Robson by emailing lizzie@nullwn.com.au.

To make a booking online go to Trybooking https://www.trybooking.com/XAJU OR to book manually by submitting the booking form http://embroiderersguildwa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/50th-Anniversary-Booking-Form-Convention.pdf.

Closing date for choice of kits is 17 August. Bookings to the workshops are open until 31 August however there may be limited choice of kit.



‘Following the Thread, Let the Cloth Speak – a decade of works by Marjorie Coleman’


The Embroiderers’ Guild of WA is pleased to promote a forthcoming exhibition by early member of the Guild, Marjorie Coleman.



Official Opening 2pm Saturday 27 July

Exhibition dates 22 July through 10 August

Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm

Using contemporary stitch as an expressive medium, Marjorie has produced rich evocative pieces over decades. She takes pleasure from working with cloth, drawing on a lifetime of intimate knowledge to stitch for her own enlightenment. Now in her 90s, Marjorie’s recent work exhibits the same ongoing exploration that decades ago gained her national recognition.  This exhibition comprises a selection of 35 works from the last ten years.   ​



















Rusty Walkley Prize and People’s Choice

The winner of the Rusty Walkley Award for 2019…. the City Stitchers’ Group with their book  ‘You Don’t Have to be Born Here to Belong Here’. This beautiful book was designed and stitched by Group members and will be given to a refugee child.













The judges also awarded 10 Highly Commended Certificates to: 

  • Mary Azzopardi (565 Group) for her box ‘By the Light of the Silvery Moon’
  • Marnie Whitford (Alfred Cove Night Group) for her Reticella cushion
  • Mary Pearson (Applecross Group) for her thread painting ‘Western Spinebill’ 
  • Gloria Turpin (Belmont Group) for her 3D ‘Germination’
  • Jenny Quartermaine (Innovative Stitches) for her concertina book ‘Eradu’
  • Claire Sas (Innovative Stitches) for her book ‘Exoplanet’
  • Anne Illman (Innovative Stitches) for her free machine lace, ‘Microscopic’
  • Tania Cohen (Malaga) for her goldwork picture ‘Golden Protea’
  • Rita Petters (Thread Magic) for her vessel ‘Midnight Blooms’
  • Alfred Cove Night Group for the ‘Alice Project’

The winner of the People’s Prize … the Alfred Cove Night Group ‘The Alice Project’..














Well-deserved congratulations to all the prize and certificate winners.  The Rusty Walkley Award and the People’s Prize will be presented at the 50th Anniversary Celebration Lunch on 12th July.  



Governor Hon. Kim Beazley AC opens Exhibition

The Governor did us proud with his opening speech on Thursday, congratulating the Guild on the high standard of the Exhibition, and providing some background from his own research on the traditions of embroidery.  He then went on, drawing attention to his family connections to Northam and their triptych entry.  His ancestor, a carpenter, played a role in the building of early government buildings one of which was depicted in Northam’s piece. 

Mr Beazley was preceded with an introductory few words from our own President, Prudence Ford.  Congratulations to all of the Guild members contributing to the Exhibition, what a fabulous event!