Calendar 2016 – 2017

Our theme for the year is “and you shall teach them to your children…” (Deut. 6:7)

Unless stated otherwise, all general meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month from September to June, at 7:30 p.m. NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR: Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda, 100 Elder Street, upstairs, in the Arback Hall (elevator accessible).

A small group of members, The Guildees, meets every Tuesday afternoon in individual homes on a rotating basis to work on either group or individual projects.  All members are invited to join the Guildees.

And, new this year, watch for information on First Wednesdays. Meeting monthly in mid-town Toronto, members and their invited textile friends will get together in an informal teaching and learning

For more information contact us.

September 21, 2016 – Head’s UP!
Channel your inner “Kate Middleton”. Come and make a Yom Tov fascinator, rejuvenate an old chapeau, or create a piece of hair jewelry for yourself or a special girl in your life with guest milliner Amparo Findlay of “Hatitude”. From Ascot, to the Kentucky Derby, to meeting the Queen, to the local Rosh Hashana services, hats are in!

Amparo Findlay of “Hatitude” is our guest presenter for our first meeting of 2016. She will take us through creating Yom Tov headwear. While we know that not everyone wears a hat to synagogue, you have the opportunity to play with creating a hairband for a special young lady, or a phenomenal barrette, or a fascinator for yourself.. or even a chance to rejuvenate an older chapeau. All you need is a sewing kit, and any special trim/feathers/bling you might want to play with. Of course, you are free to come and play with the Guild’s stash as well.

If you want to show off a special topper, feel free to bring it along to help inspire us.
Amparo Findlay’s work can be seen at her website:

October 19, 2016 – It begins with a line – Helen Liene Dreifelds
Helen Liene Dreifields is a weaver of fascinating shapes, and it all starts with a line.  She will talk about her own journey, and work, and help us to create a woven group piece without getting tangled up. Check out her work!

November 16, 2016 – Yarn – a film by Una Lorenzen
We can’t have fibre without some sort of yarn first…. check out the trailer for this film which will be shown at the private screening we have arranged. You can’t begin to imagine what you can do with YARN! Knitters, crocheters, weavers – you’ll all love this!

December 21, 2016 – And you shall teach your children: a community service project
We can’t help but share our pleasure in working with textiles! This program will be a workshop to create gift bags/grab bags of textile-based crafts for children to work on, play with, and learn new skills. We will donate these craft bags to Jewish Family and Child for distribution in the community. We will work as packaging teams to put together assorted fabrics, gloves, and a variety of notions, as well as an instruction sheets for specific projects. We intend to created bags for different age groups. Samara Miller Goldenberg MSW, RSW of JFCS will give us an overview of some of the programs and services that JFCS provides to our community, and how the kits might be used.
• Please bring a sewing kit/scissors with you. Scraps of yarns and assorted ribbons are also welcome.
• If you wish to prepare and purchase a kit for a special child (or children) in your own life, they will be available for a donation of $10 each, which will go to JFCS.
January 18, 2017 – Bead it up – with Naomi Smith
Naomi Smith is a collector, educator and a renowned bead work artist. She is a citizen of Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation. Naomi will teach us about the role of beads in the Northeast and Woodland groups with samples to see and lots of information. For more about Naomi and her work, see the Facebook page of Black Tulip Designs.
February 15, 2017 – Moroccan Ceremonial Dress – with Suzanne Benchimol
Suzanne will be speaking about the Moroccan Jewish life cycle and the traditions, textiles, and customs around The Moroccan Ceremonial Dress and wedding customs.
March 15, 2017 – Hamsa – Experiencing the art of Paper-cutting – with Annyen Lam
Annyen Lam, paper artist will be discussing and showing her work and giving a mini-lesson in the art of papercutting.  We will be making a hamsa design.
Please bring an x-acto knife with a SHARP blade, a pair of small, sharp scissors (for paper!), and a small piece of stiff cardboard to cut on (Like from the back of a pad of paper… NOT corrugated cardboard) – or a small self-healing cutting mat.
You can see Annyen’s work online… Look for
April 19, 2017 No meeting this month as we are all busy with pre- and post- Passover cleaning. See you in May!
May 17, 2017  Under the Chuppah
We’re meeting to show off our “New Old” chuppah. Using the design of the original chuppah and updating the shadow quilting, Haya Nativ guided members in the creation of a new Pomegranate Guild chuppah. Come participate in a show and share of its making.
June 21, 2017 – “Show, Share and Qvell”
Join us for our annual celebration of members’ work. It is a great chance to catch up with what everyone has been doing all year, and it’s an opportunity for members to showcase the Guild to other members of the community.
Throughout this year we will be having additional programs and activities that emphasize teaching and learning in the textile arts.