The last of our three founders, Morna Sturrock, passed away late in 2018. Her official title was Dr Morna Sturrock AM, but we knew her as ‘Morna’, a skilled, knowledgable and passionate embroiderer, an extrovert, and someone who always looked to the future and supported future embroiderers.
Morna, her mother (Ethel Oates BEM) and Lady Geraldine Amies OBE who began The Embroiderers Guild, Victoria in 1960, with 30 members. Morna was a journalist, historian, author, publicist, local councillor, lay chaplain, mother and grandmother, and scholar – and always an embroiderer. She had a particular interest in ecclesiastical embroidery and many of her works adorn clergy, and churches in Australia.
Over the years Morna addressed many organisations promoting the Guild, the value of embroidery as an art form and the joy of the friendships made with fellow enthusiasts of this satisfying passion. (Not to mention the encouragement she gave to anyone close to her when travelling by train or tram around Melbourne).
Morna influenced the stitching lives of all Guild members through her dedication to establishing the Guild. To quote her, “I’d like to think that they have found instruction, inspiration, and importantly friendship, because embroidery is the thing that binds us all”.
She will be missed.
(Our thanks to Mandy Ginsberg, from whom we took most of this tribute published in Threadlines, November 2018).