Port Pirie Branch
Port Pirie is a town of approximately 13,000 people situated on the Eastern side of Spencer Gulf. It is perfectly situated at the Southern end of the Flinders Ranges. It is home to the largest lead smelter in the southern hemisphere.
Port Pirie branch was formed in 1973 by Heather Langford and Helen Wilson who were both members of the NSW Guild. In 1975 the first formal meeting took place with 8 members present and 4 apologies. We still have one original member, Johan Ahola. We celebrated our 40th birthday in 2013 with a lunch including past members, and members from Adelaide and other branches.
World Embroidery Day 2017
On Sunday 30th July, members of our branch met for lunch before heading to the library where we spent an afternoon stitching and enjoying the opportunity to share our interest in embroidery. The library very kindly set up a display of books relating to embroidery and we added some samples of our work to the display. During the afternoon we had a couple of enquiries about our meeting days and since then we have had one visitor who sat and stitched with us at our meeting. It was a good day out and we all enjoyed the chance to put in a few more stitches while sharing time with our fellow embroiderers.
This year the Port Pirie branch members have decided to follow the example of some of the other branches and participate in a spot sampler. Some will do this as a single cloth sampler while others will choose to do business card size samples to put in a booklet. Each member is going to teach a technique and we are looking forward to being involved in this ongoing project.
Each year our branch has an exhibition held at the Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery. We also are involved in the annual flower show held by the Uniting Church in September and the Christmas tree festival organised by Helping Hand in the begining of December.
Over the years we have also participated in community projects. These have included a special project making a patchwork banner for the Northern Festival Theatre; involvement in the Bi-Centennial Banner for South Australia and more recently, yarn bombing for SARWAG when it was hosted in Port Pirie in 2013 and poppies for the ANZAC commemoration in 2015.
Mrs Annette RimmerSecretary