A stitch in time may save nine, but at the Cape Embroiderers’ Guild (CEG) their stitches are just fine.On Saturday 30 July the group hosted an open day and exhibition at the Woodside Retirement Village in Rondebosch to celebrate World Embroidery Day and showed why some of their members have been winning awards across the world.Toody Cassidy, one of the members, explains that they were established in June 1984 as a result of a group of ladies attending some classes on canvas work, given by a visiting friend from overseas. “The ladies became hooked and wanted to continue stitching,” she says.“At the inaugural meeting 57 people joined the guild and it was fascinating to discover just how many talented and passionate embroiderers there were in Cape Town who until that time did not know of each others existence.“The CEG is now over 30 years old and the during this time it has been involved in organising wonderful exhibitions of members’ work and arranging visits from overseas tutors and experts to teach and lecture throughout South Africa. The guild is fortunate to have among its members several embroiderers of international renown, some of whom have written books, taught in other countries and won international awards. These embroiderers teach and run workshops for the guild and enthusiastically share their knowledge and love of embroidery, inspiring us to learn and explore new ideas.”Toody adds that they were always welcomed new members and loved to share their passion for the craft.“Membership is open to anyone interested in any aspect of embroidery, be it traditional or contemporary. “Our aim is to encourage people to discover the wonders of stitching, of creating embroideries using needle and thread, by hand or with a machine. “We encourage the learning of new techniques and hope to keep the skills and knowledge alive for future generations – this is our passion.” V For more information about the activities of the guild go to their website at www.capeembroiderersguild.co.za.