Sewing Group 'heirloom sewing techniques'

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  • Location: Masonic Hall, Tewantin 4565 Queensland

Masonic Hall, Moorindil St., Tewantin QLd 4565
The Neighbourhood Group of the Australian Sewing Guild Inc will meet on Saturday 30th October at 9.00 am to 3.00 pm at the Masonic Hall, Moorindil St, Tewantin Qld 4565. The project this month is a Church doll, Carolyn will be teaching heirloom sewing techniques. Members bring their sewing machines and lunch. If you are interested in becoming a member or require further information please contact Barbara on (07) 5474 2454 for the Tewantin Group (Church Doll). Annette Mole (07) 5485 2572 for the Pomona Group More details about the Australian Sewing Guild are available on the Guild's website at

Requirements for Church Doll

Fabric: Cotton Voile, fine linen, cotton or poly cotton batiste
1 piece 40cm x 40 cm - Doll
1 piece 14 cm x 24 cm -- Collar
1 piece 5cm x 26cm - Bonnet
Lace Cotton Only
Entredeux 1 metre cut in two pieces
Lace Edging 1 metre - 15mm wide
Lace edging 40 cm - 20 cm wide
Lace Beading 30 cm to thread ribbon through
Ribbon 70 cm - 4mm
Fine Cotton Machine Thread 50 or 60
Embroidery thread for Face and Hair
70 universal Needle
70/1.6 Twin Needle
Pin Tuck Foot or Over locking Foot

History of Church Doll:

During the American Civil War 1861 -- 1865 children had dolls made of handkerchiefs, as supplies and material were scarce. Handkerchief Dolls were fashioned by women from their best-embroidered handkerchiefs. Dolls helped keep the children quiet during the Church Service, if dropped the dolls didn't make a noise. Originally they had no faces but later faces were embroidered onto the Doll with eyes closed signifying praying. Also children were taught to sew these dolls.


Regional Treasurer Maryann Tucker with the help of her husband and others did a wonderful job of making the display boards and displaying the bras. They were on show in the Noosa Library on 18th August during Seniors' week and then from 29th August to 5th September and at the Old Railway Station Gallery at Pomona, as the Region's contribution toward the Guild's celebration of National Sewing month.

Bev Menkins did a great job of organising the fashion parade at the Two Old Ladies Tea Rooms. She decorated the room with beautiful camellias from her garden, organised special gifts for everyone attending, and with the help of Judy, Jaquie and their staff ensured that everyone had a very enjoyable outing and a delicious morning tea.

Bev and Daphne Bickle provided most of the clothes and both made excellent choices in their models. The fashions were mostly from the 60s through to the 80s and there were lots of oohs and ahs as the models paraded around the room.

The Raffles and door prizes raised $472 this will be donated to breast cancer research.


The challenge will be judged at the Tewantin Group's Christmas party on 27th November 2010. If you haven't already got your pattern contact Pat Spicer Phone: 5447 6778

$8 for visitors

Tewantin Neighbourhood Group of the Australian Sewing Guild (The Guilded Lillies Sewing Circle) :
Masonic Lodge Hall, Moorindil Street, Tewantin
07 5455 5423
Tewantin Neighbourhood Group of the Australian Sewing Guild (The Guilded Lillies Sewing Circle)

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Masonic Hall, Tewantin

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