Monday, September 27, 2010

in trouble with the embroiderer's guild!

This is what happens when you give in to your undisputed procrastination skills. You come a cropper!! I was meant to be finishing a tender document yesterday. Not the most fun thing to do on a Sunday that's for sure.
I didn't think it could hurt to take myself off to the Embroiderer's Guild exhibition at Canberra's Albert Hall. Just for an hour or so...
There were some lovely example of very fine needlework. This amazing boho teacosy was quite old...isn't it fabulous!

I managed to take a couple of pictures before I was accosted by a white gloved wearing official who told me picture taking was definitely, absolutey not allowed. And hadn't I seen the sign in the foyer forbidding it? Well no...obviously not!
I of course apologised profusely and was given a further bollocking and told it was because of copyright issues. Hmmm, copyright? What a catch-all excuse, and slightly bemusing as I certainly wasn't planning on stealing designs and mass producing table runners!
Of course, being told I couldn't take pictures paled into absolute insignificance after the earlier humiliation of being asked if I qualified for a 'seniors discount' when I was paying my entry fee. What the...!!! So that made me determined to post the few photos I did manage to take! This is as rebellious as I get I'm afraid. In my defence I did look up the guild website to see if there were any photos there I could use. The last time photos were uploaded bloggy peeps??2007! I am resting my case! And I don't think I'll be joining the guild any time soon...senior or not!!
On the plus side I scored these great old books for only $5 for the three. Gotta love that.

I'll see you tomorrow. Might have to spend some time today looking up cosmetic surgeons!!


  1. The world's gone bonkers when you can't take some snaps of embroidery! Some questions ought to be banned. Senior discounts? That's on par with being asked when the baby is due when you've just had the baby...!xxox

  2. I work in a gallery Kerry and I often have to deal with hobbyist groups. It can be "interesting". My rule is it is ok for people to take phots just so long as they wont be reproduced in order to make money and are for private use. I'd still count a blog as private use :)
    Re the senior discount - welll they've obvoiusly lost their minds!

  3. Are those people INSANE!!!! Or perhaps just BLIND in your case! Hmmm, maybe there are top national secrets embroidered into those crafty items and that is why they don't allow photos ;) Oh goodness, what am I going on about hee hee. Hope you have a wonderful Monday, beautiful lady ~ Txx

  4. You know, I am just glad you got to take a few photos anyway AND posted them :-D

  5. You know that old lady who has just started watching your house from her car two houses up......well.....
    ;)Irene x

  6. Everyone needs a lawyer in their pocket whom they can pull-out at times like that to provide a firm, counter argument at the press of a button.

    Or you can just press the pocket lawyer's button and she says, "Get stuffed, white-glove-wearing official".

    And then replace lawyer in pocket until needed again.

  7. What a bunch of wowsers. Oh, and I'd love to know how they can cite copyright issues when it comes to vintage embroidery - on mass-produced patterns anyway, as you say. Oh, and don't worry about the 'seniors' comments - those cataracts make it hard to see properly! Maybe the guild can earn some extra money by running PR seminars? K xx

  8. You're hilarious. I'll remember to be grateful next time I'm asked for ID at the bottle shop. He, he.

  9. You are truly beautiful and don't need someone from the Guild to knock you off your perch dear Kerry. Glad you blogged your pics - makes us lazy people at home get all 'motivated' to try something new. The books look fantastic - keep them out on the coffee table for when I pop in for that coffee xo Kim

  10. Oh, Kerry, you make me laugh. What nincompoops! Thanks for sneaking these out so we could all share. J x

  11. Hee hee hee. I feel I may have to make that very complicated intricate tea cosy just to annoy that officious white gloved guild person. Perhaps next time you could embroider a little headband, saying "I am very obviously not a senior".

  12. Oh no, seniors discount, please tell me you were just caught up in a bus load of older ladies & they didn't even look up, they just asked roboticly??!!
    How weird, yesterday at Fyshwick Markets the green grocer told me that my sister loved the apples i should have some too - my sister?? Oh, you mean my 11y.o. daughter who is 24 years my junior!! I was carrying 100kg of fruit & trying to keep track of 4 children & the husband who had the car keys (MIA in Mike's Meats) so i didn't really absorb the comment until later. My daughter heard it, snorted with laughter, "what a dag mum, he thinks we're sisters" so i had to correct her to twist it to "what a clever man, he's so flattering". I'll be buying groceries from there forever!!
    Love Posie

  13. Dear Kerry,
    What beautiful need so much patience....and, good eyesight !! A lovely exhibition.
    I used to like it when they used to ask me if I was old enough to be somewhere !! It's all changed now!. Still, not to worry, we have maturity and experience on our side although, that's not as good as a young face and a toned body !! XXXX

  14. Hi kerry,
    What beautiful work and so need much patience and good eyesight !! It must have been a lovely exhibition.
    I used to like it when i was asked if I was old enough to be somewhere !! It's all changed round now . Mind you, we have maturity and experience on our side although, I would much rather have a young face and a toned body !! XXXX

  15. Dear Kerry, Is a tender document the same as a love letter?!!!! If so, to whom was it addressed?!!!!

  16. Oh dear..that's a bad day! You look nothing like 'senior'!! You see I remember that sneaky little photo you put on your blog.. Just ignore those grumps..Rachaelxx

  17. oooh i would have loved to be a fly on the wall. the power goes to their heads, these guild types! jxx

  18. Oh noooooo .. how absolutely horrible for you. that reminds me of the time when buying our 4 month old babies new cot at the baby store - and the lady serving asked me when I was due. Another case of WHAT THE ... (-:

  19. Hi Kerry! There is a little something for you over in Le Petit Village xo

  20. What ?! I can see it all before me. But your posts is always fun to read.

    Have a lovely day



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