UPDATE Due to meeting restrictions caused by COVID-19 Pandemic, the 2020 Conference has been postponed to 16th-17th October 2021 Details in the next newsletter
If you already have a Trading Table Booking, contact the Treasurer. The Raffle will proceed as is, to be drawn in October 2020. __________________________________________________________________________________________
Melbourne, Australia, 16th - 17th OCTOBER 2021 The 16th Biennial CONFERENCE Hotel - The View Melbourne Theme - NEEDLES and THREADS UPDATES The newInformation Form will be available soon Ditto for theRegistration form Conference activities include: SPEAKERS: Karen and Brendon Kirk – Aspects of Sampler Design and Stitching [see https://linenandthreads.com/ for more information] Karen Kearney – Coats and Clark, the Great Thread Making Firms in Paisley Susan Webster – Early Knitting Needle Packaging Laura Jocic – Drapers to Department Stores Kerry Easton – Baxter Needlebox Prints After Dinner Speaker: Doug Gale – Antique Hunting in UK Original research by our UK member, Molly Pearce, will be presented: The Development of Sewing Cotton in Britain 1798-1862
Other events: Our speakers are only a part of the conference. Raffles (see below), Sales Mall, Popularity Contest – all attendees are invited to submit your favourite needlebook. Voting is by gold coin. Also the ever popular Guessing Competition – attendees will be invited to guess the number of threads and reels in a jar. ATTENDANCE is by Conference TICKET only
The 2020 Major RAFFLE PRIZE will proceed as planned, draw is in October 2020 :
An Antique French Etui Sewing Set Boxed Sterling Silver c.1900(left) It includes: A pair of scissors, a needle case, a stiletto and a thimble. The tools are French-solid silver and are hallmarked boar's head and maker’s mark and are all in very good condition. The thimble is in perfect round and is gilt inside. The thimble has two marks on the rim – boar’s head for French solid silver and a maker’s mark. The needle case has two marks- the boar’s head and the maker’s mark on the lower part. The lid is unmarked. The scissors are marked with the boar’s head and maker’s mark. The stiletto also has both marks, one on either side of the handle. The tools are in their original and beautiful box from J Simon, Bijoutier, St Chamond Members please return ticket stubs & money to The Treasurer; details are printed on the tickets.
If you'd like to know more about previous Conference (and the fun) go to our HISTORYpage