Kei-Mor Needlework Guild
Established in 1994
HISTORY OF KEI-MOR NEEDLEWORK GUILD.
In 1994 three ladies got together and embroidered at each other’s homes twice a month. After a few months it had become so popular, that it was decided to go to a larger venue at the Kei Mouth Country Club, and to increase the meetings to once a week on a Wednesday morning. So for 20 years now we have been meeting every Wednesday morning, and during the school holidays we often have visitors popping in to see what we are doing and also to join us for the morning.
Six of our ladies went to classes with Di van Niekerk when she came down to East London to teach ribbon roses. These ladies in turn taught the rest of our group. We also went to Port Elizabeth when Louise Kruger of “House of Embroidery” fame came down to teach stump work. Louise also came to Kei Mouth, and we did a course of “White Work” with her.
A few years ago we entered some work onto the Bathurst Agricultural Show and are very proud to say that we attained numerous Firsts and even a “Best on Show” for a beautiful wall hanging depicting scenes of the Eastern Cape.
Six of us attended our first Ighali in 2005 at Cape St Francis and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Then in 2007, six of us went to Pacultsdorp, George, and in 2009 four girls went to Fishoek, Cape Town. Unfortunately we missed 2012, but this year we had one member that went to Ighali 2014 in Port Elizabeth, and she came back very motivated. She really enjoyed it very much.
We put on an exhibition every second year at the Kei Mouth Country Club, and it is always a great success with the holidaymakers in December. This year Morgan Bay put on the “Footprints Festival” in June including Kei Mouth, and we exhibited in the Bowling Clubhouse.
We have a group of approximately 25 ladies now, but most of them are ex embroiderers, they do a lot of beautiful knitting and crochet work and hand quilting. At the moment they are knitting Madiba Blankets for charity. There are about 8 of us that do embroidery.
Our aims and objectives are to provide a place and opportunity for residents and visitors to pursue various types of needlework and for members and visitors to exchange ideas. To organize demonstrations and workshops in various kinds of needlework, and to organize a bi-annual exhibition at which finished items made by members are displayed.