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Gerdine Strong

"I believe that the Guild has fulfilled its mandate. The Winnipeg Embroiderer' Guild, the Guild of Canadian Weavers Manitoba Branch, and the Manitoba Prairie Quilters are all offshoots of the Guild groups. When time is as precious as it is in today's life, it is only natural to want to specialize in one craft. These groups are thriving! The Guild will live on." Gerdine Strong

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  • Why I started knitting...

    I started knitting when I was four and I asked my Mum years later why she had taught me to knit at so a young an age, and she said because I'd been pestering her for two years.

  • The trials of knitting socks...

    I've been working on socks lately, to wear with slides or shoes that don't have a heel at the back. So I want a fancy heel that looks pretty. And I've done three or four pair.. no I haven't done three or four pair.. I've done three or four socks, but knitting the second sock isn't what I like doing, because I know that each one that I have designed could be improved. And so I hate the thought of doing a second sock that has mistakes in it, but I really don't think that its quite right to make the changes, and then I would have a pair that isn't quite a pair. And so, second socks are horrible to knit, just like second sleeves, and so I usually knit the two sleeves together, get them over with. But gloves and socks you can't do that way. So I have to do a second wrong sock for three pairs.

  • Childhood memories of the Crafts Guild...

    Well the Crafts Guild of Manitoba, I don't remember when it wasn't part of my life because my Mother was very active down there for many years. She was on the board, she taught embroidery and macrame, she was a group leader in the macrame and embroidery areas. And my first memory of the Guild is looking up at one of the cases in the shop, and the shop was in the Paris Building. And I think it was in the 1930s that they had a building there.

  • The birth of knitted craft angels...

    The original angels were made for the Festival of Trees in Winnipeg in 1989. The Craft Guild was asked to decorate a tree for the Festival of Trees. And so quite a few of us made hand made decorations which were auctioned off. And I made a knitted tree top angel about 12" high and several small angels which I... to which I sewed gold plastic musical instruments. And as I was sitting sewing these musical instruments to their hands, I thought when I go to heaven I don't want to play a musical instrument, I want to knit. And so the first of the craft angels became a reality. And I made one angel which was knitting her second wing, and she had gold needles, and she was knitting her second wing. From there it went to angels doing other crafts. The next one was crocheting a halo with her left hand. I felt that left handed craftsmen needed some recognition. Someone also suggested that I do a weaver weaving on the strings of her harp. I have one that spins gold yarn on a drop spindle. I have one holding a quilted patch, which is actually a square of Semiole patchwork in metallic fabrics. One embroiders. One is rug hooking. And one is holding a skein of yarn while another winds a ball.