I visited the three day West of England Quilt Show yesterday in the exhibition hall at the University of West of England in north Bristol. I wanted to share with everyone the work of Chrisse Seager who kindly looks after our website. She had a number of quilts on display, some cushions and a beautiful quilted jacket. Our congratulations for coming "runner up" for the Best in Show by a Professional - see centre image below.
Our exhibition was open to the public from Friday 22 April until Monday 25 April. The Committee and members of the Guild took turns in helping Yvonne with the catering, sitting on the reception desk, selling cards, bags and hand made items on the Sales Table and stewarding by chatting to people as they walked round and answering their questions.
On Friday evening we invited our husbands and a number of interested local people to a reception. The Committee made a delicious selection of canapés and the Mayor of Marlborough, Mrs Margaret Rose kindly agreed to draw the raffle. The South West Regional Chair of the Embroidery Guild, Val Rowe also came along to support the event and to view the exhibits.
Over the weekend we had a number of visitors - one lady, Edna from Wroughton was a branch member years ago and is now over 100 years old. Another visitor arrived in her camper van all the way from Jersey. She was so thrilled with the exhibition she came back a second day for a second look and to see Judy J's bead demonstration.
In addition to the 100 exhibits from branch members we also had a Silent Auction of a sewing machine which had been given to us when they closed Urchfont College and group of ladies from the Merchant's House in Marlborough kindly demonstrated turkey work each day
Sewcraft from Swindon kindly supported us by bringing a wonderful selection of their fabrics, threads and general haberdashery. They were only planning to stay for three days but were so pleased with the arrangement they decided to stay for the complete time. Very few people left without making a purchase from their stand and we are very grateful to them for their support.
Each half term and school holiday Christine Hill runs a session for the Young Embroiderers and their wonderful contribution of a tree of hands was on display for everybody to enjoy. Below is one of the Young Embroiders pointing to her hand and also helping Robina stitch on a frame.
On a large table in the hall we had a wonderful display of exhibits which had been inspired by Capability Brown.
Just prior to the exhibition the Friends of Savernake Hospital kindly loaned us a hanging which had been made many years ago by a group of ladies under the guidance of Kaye Norris. The images were of various ladies in history and visitors to the exhibition took great delight in guessing who they were.
The calico bags which we all embellished were a roaring success and several exhibits were sold to the public.
Below are the red squares that members made for the Chairman's Challenge together with a selection of the exhibits.
Last but not least are some photos of work produced during Chris Cook's Design to Stitch course and also work produced during our workshops.
If you have any special photos taken over the weekend I would be pleased to receive them via email.
Report by Ros
We started planning for our Ruby Celebration Exhibition of Textile Art & Embroidery in the autumn of 2015. A sub committee was formed with Ann Smith in overall charge and we met on a regular basis to plan the event. Below are some photos taken on Wednesday evening and Thursday when, under the guidance of Margaret Heath, the hall and the exhibits were prepared for display.
Report by Ros
This week I was thrilled to receive confirmation from Amber at Creative with Workbox that they had published an article written by Chris Cook in their January/February Edition. Lorraine Lockwood helped Chris with the details as she was a member of Marlborough and District Embroiderers Guild 40 years ago. Several items of her work are mentioned in the article together with some photos. The large red embroidery is the work of Lindsay Sherwood.
If you would like a copy of this magazine follow the link below:
Report by Ros
There were a number of different categories in the exhibition and here are the winners of the pictorial and contemporary sections.
As well there were traditional quilts on display, "My first Quilts", art quilts, miniature quilts, group quilts, quilts from abroad and those created by young quilters. The winner of a City & Guilds award was Charlotte Haenlein and her quilt was based on Nepalese hats. Below you will find a selection from these categories which you can scroll through.
Report by Ros
Unfortunately this year we did not have sufficient people to organise a Guild coach to Ally Pally so several of us went by ourselves. Vernice and I went on Thursday and she has kindly shared some of her photos so the rest of you can have a taste of some of the amazing pieces on display. Click on the images for details.
Thank you Vernice!
Report by Ros
Our annual outing this year was to Art in Action at Waterperry House near Oxford.
It was my second visit and I must say I enjoyed it as much this time as last however it was a very warm day. At Art in Action there is something to interest everybody with work from a selection of the best artists, craftspeople and designers on display. Unfortunately most of the prices were beyond our reach but it was so exciting to browse and add things to our wish list.
There were 20 stands in the textile marquee and here is a selection of our favourites.
Sara Fordy – surface pattern using indigo. Lovely selection of shibori dyeing and several of us had this super sofa on our wish list.
Amanda Wright – lives in St David’s with her husband, David a ceramicist. They have their own gallery in Goats Street. Amanda uses coloured yarns on canvas with a bonded backing. Her themes are taken from the natural world focusing on the local environment and the bird life.
Carol Naylor – creates landscape designs on canvas using the machine. Some stitching is done on the top, some from the reverse using thicker threads in the bobbin.
Roanna Wells – takes photograph image (crowd formations) and using black thread and seed stitch, replicates the image on calico. In Roanna's current project she uses a photo of a crowd standing by hairpin bend. Good eye sight!
Harriett Riddle – I first saw Harriett at Alexander Place last year and immediately recognised her very distinctive work. She draws portraits using free machine embroidery on her machine. Recently she has visited India and exhibited several pieces of work done on the streets.
Below is a selection from other areas:
Image 1 - Tarek Abdelhay (Egypt), Tent maker from Cairo demonstrating needle-turn applique, used to decorate tents and screens for street parties, funerals in weddings.
Image 2 - Aleksander Simakov (Russia), Hand carved and painted traditional Russian wooden toys.
Image 3 - Apolonia Nowak (Poland) Traditional Paper Cutting Art.
Image 4 - Eve Maria Kelly (East Sussex), Needle felted, wool felt pictures.
Image 5 - David Wright (St David's) Ceramicist and Amanda's husband - see above
Image 6 - Market marquee - lovely jacket (only £500 - on my wish list!!)
Image 7 - Rosalind Wise - paints flowers and grasses where they grow naturally
For more details about other artists see the Art in Action website: http://www.artinaction.org.uk/
My grateful thanks to Vernice for sharing some of her photos
Reported by Ros
After an early start and three pickup points, our coach arrived at the NEC about 11.00 on Thursday. I am not sure if it was my imagination, but the exhibition seemed larger than in previous years with a wonderful selection of quilts on display and, of course, all the traders who were eager to relieve us of our money.
Christine with her Fine Art Quilt Masters
On behalf of the group I would like to congratulate Christine Seager who had two quilts on display, one on the Contemporary Quilt stand and the second was chosen to be included in the Fine Art Quilt Masters. What a truly fantastic achievement, well done Christine!
Christine's second quilt is displayed in the picture below on the left.
Kaffe Fassett signing books
It was fun to bump into friends, to spot textile artists who had visited us in the past or who were well known faces in the textile world.
Here is a selection of quilts which I particularly liked. If you have a photo of your favourite, email me a copy and I will add it.
Have a good summer and I look forward to meeting up with you all again in September.
Last week a group of us visited the NEC in Birmingham. Our ticket covered three different exhibitions, Sewing for Pleasure, Fashion, Embroidery & Stitch and Hobby Crafts. In addition to the retail therapy we enjoyed seeing our Macedonia Olympic postcards on display.
Brenda Hickinbottom also had her work on display. As well as being a member of the Marlborough & District Embroidery Guild, Brenda also belongs to Meniscus Textile Artists, which are based in Rothley Leicestershire. The subject for their stand was "Iconic Women" and Brenda chose the ATA Spitfire pilots in the Second World War for her work.
She tells me, her preparation included looking at photos of scenery and sky formations together with a lot of thinking time. She then drew a rough sketch of outlines for the overall size.
Using silk organza layers, trapping silk fibres and paper she free machine embroidered to create the shapes and textures. Letting the machine needle and threads draw the design in her head as you would a pencil when drawing.
In addition to the individual projects each member of the group made an apron with a single word on it and when displayed it read: "These aprons represent the traditional image of women but women are about more than this".
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