Friday, September 28, 2012

Last Weekend in Saskatoon

Last weekend we travelled to Saskatoon where I chaired the Prairie Pacific Regional Meeting for the Embroidery Association of Canada.  The weekend of activities was hosted by the wonderful members of the Bridge City NeedleArts Guild.  What a wonderful event these ladies put on!  If you are in the Saskatoon area and looking for a needlework guild let me know and I will be happy to provide you with contact information - you couldn't find a better stitching home than with these ladies!

A highlight of  Saturday was the speaker that the Bridge City ladies had in for us - A. Elizabeth Muirhead.  I was really upset that my camera battery was dying at that point and I was only able to snap one photo!
I've cropped the photo here to try to let you see a bit more of what type of fibre art Elizabeth creates.  I love wool felting but I had NO idea that anyone had taken it this far!  She makes large, vibrant, three-dimensional pieces that are just exquisite.  There was a purse displayed (at the far left of the photo with the pink roses on it) that I would have traded my firstborn child for! lol   If you ever have a chance to see a display of Elizabeth's one-of-a-kind handcrafted felt creations - go for it!

A heartfelt thank you to the Bridge City Needlearts Guild for their hospitality last weekend.  This was my first large "away" meeting and I was very nervous but these ladies immediately made me feel I was with friends.  I am sure all the other delegates left with the same warm feelings I did.
Gary and I arrived in Saskatoon a day early to tour around a bit because neither of us had been there before.  It is a lovely little city and seems to be very active with cultural events and venues.  I was very excited to visit the Ukrainian Museum of Canada!  No photos allowed inside unfortunately but it is definitely worth a visit if you are there any time because the examples of Ukrainian embroidery are unbelievable!   I have a real love of Ukrainian culture - Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Eggs), the distinctive embroideries and the foods!

One last photo here to show you why they call Saskatoon the Bridge City.  With the South Saskatchewan River running through the city, there are a lot of lovely bridges!


Marie Alton said...

Hiya Kerry!
Wow ... the last time I travelled abroad ... my flight landed me in Saskatoon. I was there for my cousin's 25th Anniversary party. I was one of her bridesmaids & simply had to be there!

Would have loved to visit that museum ... being of Ukranian heritage ... I'm sure it would have been so cool to see ... I was also privelidged to see such superior work first hand ... both of my grandmas were supremely skilled stitchers/seamstreses.

Melisa Bakos said...

hey kerry you should have looked me up. I would have taken you to the local shops. I would have loved to see you. remember me if you come back
Melisa Bakos

JennyPennyPoppy said...

I heard about this meeting and Elizabeth Muirhead from one of the members of the Regina Stitchery Guild which I'm a member of :)