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A stitch in nine . . . North Otago Embroiderers' Guild member Val Hill has contributed work for the group's upcoming Embroiderers' Southern Regional Exhibition. PHOTO: RUBY HEYWARD

Learning new old techniques.

That is what North Otago Embroiderers’ Guild member Val Hill loves about the craft — and issomething that will be showcased in the group’s Embroiderers’ Southern Regional Exhibition next weekend.

Keeping with its motherdaughter theme, four motherdaughter duos will contribute four to five pieces to the exhibition, including Mrs Hill and her daughter, Karen Nicholson.

‘‘There will be quite a lot of diversity,’’ Mrs Hill said.

Mrs Hill started cross stitching when she was about 8 years old.

Although she stopped and picked it up again, Mrs Hill has dedicated years to the craft — joining the North Otago guild in the ’90s.

‘‘It’s just my passion,’’ she said.

‘‘I just like picking up a needle and creating.’’

She loved learning new techniques, many of which had existed for a very long time.

‘‘I just think they need to be kept alive.’’

Her daughter also started young, participating in embroidery classes held by the guild during the school holidays.

Like her mother, Mrs Nicholson stopped before picking it up again later in life
— joining a guild in the Wellington region, before moving to Oamaru 11years ago.

Mrs Hill took a more traditional approach to embroidery, whereas her daughter’s work was more ‘‘out there’’ — in a good way.

‘‘She does lovely work,’’ Mrs Hill said.

Coinciding with the exhibition, the North Otago guild was hosting a regional meeting for 12 guilds from Waitaki to Invercargill.

Mrs Hill was looking forward to catching up with everyone from around the regions, and hoped Covid-19 would not disrupt the exhibition as it had last year.

The exhibition, which was also a celebration of the North Otago Embroiderers’ Guild’s 50th anniversary, was initially scheduled for October but was postponed because of Covid-19.

The exhibition is being held at the Weston Hall on January 29 from 1pm to 4pm, and January 30 from 10am to 4pm.