We are slowly winding down, but all is not quite over yet, we will give possibly our last talk at
Textile Art @ the Guild (TAG) monthly meeting , The Embroiderers' Guild, Victoria , Monday 9 November 7:30 pm, Embroidery House, 170 Wattletree Road, Malvern, 3144 (Tram 5, Stop 46). Meeting Entry $5
Robin and Annette decide to go to Melbourne via Mount Hotham. Robin is sorry that she gave away her pewter velvet skirt as it would be perfect to interpret these folds and folds of mountains.
Then it was off to the Silt Jetty, Paynesville.
After temperatures in single digits at Hotham we arrived in Melbourne to a heat wave. On the night we gave our talk we sweltered as we window shopped on Glenferrie Road to fill in the time before the evening session at Guild headquarters,Wattletree Road Malvern. Of course before that we stopped off at Patrchwork on Central Park.
Later that week we vistied Cook's Cottage (The Captain's father). Can this be a hint to the future of the group?
Beautiful Silks is not that far away so after a quick lunch we stepped inside the doors and did not emerge till much much later.
Home via fields and fields of golden grain - we are so glad we took the back way from Sheperton to Wangaratta. We managed this without Tom Tom who is not that good with country lanes. In Sheperton we went to see a textile exhibiton but it had closed early. Perhaps it's us? Art Gallery NSW also closed its Silk Ikats exhibiton early - hope it's not a trend.
Museum of the Riverina Wagga 27/6 –1/9/08 Cowra Regional Art Gallery 13/9 – 19/10/08 Temora Rural Museum 30/10 – 9/1/09 Coo-ee Heritage Centre Gilgandra 5/2 – 26/2/09 Parliament House Sydney 7/7 – 30/7/09 Dungog CWA Rooms 12/9 –13/9/09
WRAP is a group of the Embroiderers' Guild NSW Inc
What is a Wagga?
A wagga originally referred to a covering made by roughly sewing together wool packs or wheat or corn sacks. This was usually done by men. Later the term referred to bed coverings made from materials at hand such as pieces of old clothing, tailors’ wool samples, curtains etc. Often these had a middle layer of blankets or old clothes. These were usually made by women and are now referred to as domestic waggas.
How did the wagga get its name?
It is most likely that the term ‘wagga’ derives from the town of Wagga Wagga. Possibly the markings on wheat sacks or flour bags from the Murrumbidgee Flour Mill is the source.
a group of women banded together to research the history of waggas - a make do blanket or quilt synomous with the depression era in Australia but known before this time. We hope to collect as much oral hisory as we can, locate and document waggas held in family memory or still in existance. We aim to publish this information. In the course of our journey we will adapt what we learn and make our own version of waggas reflecting our times...and have heaps of fun doing this.