East London Guild of Needleworkers
Established in 1997
Marianna Schmidt was an extremely talented needlewoman who had considerable knowledge of working with needlework guilds. She taught advanced embroidery at The Craft Gallery and was aware that a group of enthusiasts wanted to form a needlework guild in East London. In her opinion we needed greater needlework experience before embarking on this venture and 1997 was the year when she considered we were ready.
Nineteen women met at the Beacon Bay Library on Saturday 1 February 1997 in response to an advertisement placed in the East London Daily Dispatch by Mrs Vyvyan Muller of Floradale, inviting all persons interested in forming an embroidery guild.
After liasing with established embroidery guilds and much discussion, a suitable constitution was agreed upon. A steering committee consisting of Mrs. Debba Rost, Mrs. Jenny Flemmer, Mrs. Pat Erskin, Mrs. Elsje Churchill, Mrs. Pam Bruntrup, Mrs. Vyvyan Muller and Mrs. Barbara Charlton met at Debba Rost's home and the name East London Guild of Needleworkers, put forward by Mrs. Erskine, was deemed to be the most suitable as it established the Guild's location and covered the many needlework skills. A suitable logo was decided on.
The first ELGN meeting took place on 13 March 1997 at the Vincent Library. It was agreed to meet on the second Thursday of the month. Membership would be open to all and visitors would always be welcome. Our joining fee was ten rand and our annual subscription was thirty rand.
As the years have passed venues, meeting times, subscriptions, chairpersons and committees have changed. At present we meet on the second Saturday of each month in either Gonubie or The Floradale Centre.
We continue to teach, encourage and involve as many people as possible in order to share our passion for the interests we share.