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The Central Otago Embroiderers’ Guild has become part of the fabric of the community – and is turning 25 this month.

For years the guild, which meets monthly in Alexandra and Cromwell, has been a staple on the social calendars of women from throughout the region.

But it was more than just a gathering of women “doing crafts”, Central Otago Embroiderers’ Guild vice-president Linda Walker said.

The women were skilled textile artists and used a range of stitchery techniques.

“It’s not just a group of women sitting down and doing some embroidery – we are learning new stuff, inviting other guilds to attend.”

Gone stitching . . . Central Otago Embroiderers Guild life member Shirley O’Leary with one of the scissor fobs made to celebrate the Central Otago Embroiderers Guild silver anniversary.

Before Covid-19, tutors from England and Australia would teach specialist skills.

The social aspect of gathering together regularly was also an appeal, Ms Walker said.

The Central Otago Embroiderers’ Guild will celebrate its silver anniversary with a luncheon at the Alexandra District Club on March 14.

About 60 people are expected to attend, including original members. Four of the guild’s members have been involved since the guild’s inception.

To further celebrate the guild’s anniversary, textile and stitch art is on display at Smiths City in Alexandra at present.

Scissor fobs made by guild members to celebrate the Central Otago Embroiderers Guild silver anniversary.