Third time lucky for embroidery event

Tutor Jan Letts displays some of the brooches that were made out of recycled coffee pods during...
Tutor Jan Letts displays some of the brooches that were made out of recycled coffee pods during her class at the Otago Embroiderers’ Guild’s Spring Fling event in Dunedin on Saturday. PHOTO: LINDA ROBERTSON
It was a case of third time lucky for the Otago Embroiderers’ Guild’s Spring Fling event.

An abundance of pin cushions, needle books, Christmas decorations and organza flowers filled the Leith Valley Bowling Club in Dunedin on Saturday.

The event, which was cancelled twice this year due to Covid-19 restrictions, attracted about 130 people, who learned a range of stitches in nine different classes, including one with an environmental twist.

Tutor Jan Letts was teaching participants how to make dragonfly and flower brooches out of used coffee pods.

"You’ve got to recycle them some way," she said.

The idea came to her about 18 months ago, and her husband had built two different contraptions to crush the pods, one of which was called the "le pod popper", Mrs Letts said.

"It is quite therapeutic to bash [the pods] like nothing else," she said.

Once shaped, the coffee pods are stitched together and attached to a safety pin to create the brooch.

Otago Embroiderers’ Guild president Mary Flaherty said Mrs Letts’ class was "environmentally clever".

It was the first time in a long while the guild was able to reach out to the community, following lockdown and the transitions through the alert levels.

"It is quite special for the people who are here today — they are having a lovely time."

Glenise Terry, of Dunedin, had made about seven organza flowers, and was not finished.

"It is the best fun I’ve had for months."

Members of all of the regional guilds, from South Canterbury to Invercargill, also took part in the event.

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