This month Orange’s Needlecraft Group is celebrating 50 years and have curated a display in the city’s library.
Foundation member Ruth Kingham said the group originally started out as part of the NSW Embroidery Guild before becoming its own group in 1976.
“It’s needlecraft, not strictly embroidery, we like to think it embraces a lot of aspects,” Mrs Kingham said.
“We all enjoy making something, we get such a lot of enjoyment from it.
“It’s making something that is pleasing, not everything is beautiful, but it’s completing a project and something that might give someone some enjoyment.”
As well as creating different things, Mrs Kingham said the group swapped tips and ideas.
“You never stop learning, you do get a great sense of satisfaction when do you do ‘get it,” Mrs Kingham said.
“We share our skills, some of the group are skilled in different aspects of needlecraft.
“Even with cross-stitch, where you’re counting threads when everything meets up, there’s a certain sense of satisfaction,” Mrs Kingham said.
Margaret Finlay said she enjoyed the friendship among the members of the group and creating something by hand.
“It’s the persistence needed to complete what you’re creating.”
Orange Needlecraft Group’s exhibition is at Orange Library until the end of the month.
The group meets twice a month on the first and third Wednesday. Contact Mrs Kingham on 6366 3025 for more information.