Starfish Youth Guild

We meet every second Saturday from September to mid-June in the Children’s Library of the A.C. Hunter Library at the Arts & Culture Centre from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Cost for membership is $25 and all supplies are provided. Children receive newsletters and items of interest from EAC on a regular basis. We accept children from 9-21 years of age.

Meeting dates for this season are:

2019

Sept. 19 Oct. 3
Oct. 17
Oct. 31
Nov. 14
Nov. 28
Dec. 12

2020

Jan. 4
Jan. 18
Feb. 1
Feb. 15
Feb. 29
March 14
March 28
April 11
April 25
May 9
May 23
 June 6
June 20

For further information, please contact Marg Adey at 722-5187.

2018-2019 Projects

The Starfish Youth Guild has had a good and productive year in 2018-2019. We had 17 registered members in the group, and an enthusiastic group they have been!

We started the year with a two-fold plan. Those who were new were given a sampler with a variety of stitches making a heart shape. Returning members were directed to bring unfinished pieces to work on for the first several sessions. They could also do the new members project if they wished. This worked well with some nice finishes and gave us time to work with new members. 

The second project was a Christmas piece. We obtained permission from Mary Corbet to use the patterns in her Twelve Trees for Christmas book with our guild members. The children each chose a pattern or, for fast stitchers, two patterns. The trees were made into Christmas ornaments. One child framed her tree and gave it to her grandmother—and took pictures while it was opened. It proved a nice gift and a very delighted grandmother.

After Christmas we stitched Hardanger bookmarks. The pattern for these was a gift to the youth guild from Carolyn Mitchell. Some children found it challenging, but they enjoyed the project and with a choice of three edgings and some adaptations for skill level the results have been quite nice.

Currently, the members are finishing the Floating Bead Fob the guild made for seminar here in 2007. We decided that if they were doing fobs, they needed scissors for them so as each child finished her fob, she got her own scissors. We were able to order these through Debbie Northover of Sew Many Stitches. We purchased 10 pairs and she gave us 5 more. We are grateful for her contribution. The delight of those who have received their scissors has been fun to see.

Our final project will be an embroidered needle case. Our long-term plan is to have the members stitch a small supply of accessories over this and next year. With a stitched carrying bag to hold these accessories, those who stay with us will have kits they can use in the future. All in all, it has been a good and busy year. 

Take a look at the wonderful work of the starfish members from 2018-19. We are so proud of the work completed by our youth !

The National guild also has a youth guild as well. For more information please write youth@eac-acb.ca.