August already and as I sit in my workroom there is a clear blue sky in front of me. The weather forecast for the next couple of days is going to be very hot so possibly time to do some stitching in our cool lounge. I do hope you are starting to get out and about again and possibly thinking about a "staycation".
Our Facebook page has been quite active and I do hope you will consider joining. See Ann's last newsletter for details. It is a closed group so only invited people can join.
Below are photos I have received from members this month. I am very grateful to them because without their contributions this blog would not happen.
Contribution from Clare R.
Inspiration from her garden and "work in progress". I wonder who it is! I will be interested to see how this progresses. Thank you so much Clare
Contribution from Judy J.
I've spent a lot of time in the garden and read a lot more so haven't done a lot of sewing.
Despite several attempts, I can't get the colours right. I've been working with my beads and soutache (Russian braid) but I'm not sure how I'm going to use it. It will probably end up as part of a box. I always tell myself not to do something symmetrical as it's more of a challenge but as you can see, I've made it difficult for myself again so progress has been slow.
Your bead work is amazing Judy, thank you for sharing this!
Contribution from Christine H.
Crazy patchwork with an Indian theme. I have been working on it for some time and enjoyed building it up with a mixture of hand and machine embroidery. Now I have to decide what to do with it!
Love the colours. Thank you, Christine!
Contribution from Ann K
After a 7 month absence from the sewing room I’ve been making up for lost time and having a play. I’ve also made face masks for me and hubby. The masks have now been modified to a state where they are wearable in relative comfort! A friend sent me the Pam Ayres poem which sums it up very well!
I’ve been playing with crazy patchwork - something I’ve not tried before, and this is the result.
I’m planning on doing some Shibori indigo dying next week so have been preparing the fabric and trying different designs. I’ll post the results afterwards.
We will look forward to that Ann. Great weather for dying! Thanks for your contribution.
Contribution from Amanda R
Slightly unusual project just finished, a wigwam for my grandson's 2nd birthday. It was fun to make.
And what a lucky boy to have such a talented Granny - hours of fun ahead. Thank you Amanda!
Contribution from me
I am continuing with the light-hearted theme. No stitch involved but I thought I would share my grandson's 7th birthday card. I try and choose their current interest and Minecraft is the order of the day. More recently I managed to get hold of a pack of Harry Potter fat quarters and oh, wasn't I flavour of the month! I would not have been surprised if he had gone to bed with it on. Pikachu masks are for his brother.
Also as you can see, I am slowly continuing with my Sue Stone course, Stitch your Story and this month I have been concentrating on mouths, lips and teeth. As with my previous samples, some are better than others but that is how we learn! As suggested, I have tweaked a couple with Intense pencils, which I adore.
Contribution from Annie J.
I tried Momigami with Cas Holmes (Sue Stone's Stitch Club) and used the paper with textiles to produce a landscape ready for stitching to add some texture. May use all 3 together as a triptych or none depends on the final results!
Contribution from Lindsay
It has been exciting watching the progress of Lindsay's garden design. She tells me that the machine embroidery is finally done and now lots of beading and hand embroidery to do, but she needs a break.
We are certainly going to have some amazing work for our exhibition next year.
Thank you Lindsay!
Well that's all for this month. I hope you enjoy seeing members' work and I do hope you will consider contributing something for September. If I could have images emailed to me by the end of August, it would be appreciated.
PS Just received an email from Maria apologising for not sending anything this month. She is well and just been busy catching up with her family. Getting her priorities right!!
This is my fourth posting since we had to cancel our Guild meetings back in March so it is great that things are starting to get back to the "new normal". What a blessing that most of us have a work/play room and loads of "stuff" to fall back on but why is it that you never have just the colour thread you need?
This last week we had a mini Committee meeting in the grounds of Kennet Valley Hall to discuss future plans. Shame about the weather - Ann and Clare will be in touch shortly.
Last month we set a challenge to members to produce a postcard with the hope that we will be able to display them next year at our exhibition. Here are the ones that have been sent.
Contribution from Clare R. Thanks Clare!
Contribution from Ann S. Thanks Ann
Using the colours of summer, painted onto linen, my postcard is embellished with old stamps from around the world reminding me of exotic holidays of the past, and giving me hope for all the holidays yet to come. At the moment i will continue to enjoy my holiday in my garden and beautiful Wiltshire!
Contribution from Judy J. Thanks Judy!
Here are my 2 postcard efforts. In the first one I tried to depict flowers through a window but I was not happy with the result so I did a second. This was the result from adding small piles of rock salt to painted silk.
Contribution from Linda W. Thanks Linda!
If this were a real post card it would read “ Welcome to my world “
Contribution from Robina. Thanks Robina!
Contribution from Annie J. Thanks Annie.
This week's textileartist.org challenge was from Sue Stone. Choose some strips of fabric and weave them to make a background for an embroidered picture.
I used leftover linen and Cornish tartan from hats I made for my in-laws - they sent me a photo so I’ve turned it into my challenge piece. Annie's Cornish postcard.
Contribution from Maria. Thank you Maria!
My husband and I love everything Greek and have spent many happy summers there.
We have done much exploring off the beaten track over the years, but what I most love are the half derelict villages with their vegetation ravaged tumble down stone buildings with once ornate doorways and balustrades.
My stitched postcard is based on a photograph of a once magnificent doorway taken by Georges Meis, a well known Greek photographer known for his avant guard depictions of Greek life, buildings and landscape.
The design was drawn onto and stitched from the reverse side using a heavy floss thread in the bobbin to give depth to the outline. The background fabric comprises pelmet vilene to which white gesso, treasure wax and coloured embossing powder has been has been applied prior to stitching to give the impression of age and weather.
Contribution from Vernice. Thank you Vernice!
Block printing and hand stitch
Contribution from Annie F. Thank you Annie
I loved the idea of something postcard sized and had great fun doing it. Mine was inspired by a bug hotel which gave me enormous scope to play with textured threads and stitches on a hessian back ground.
Two postcards from me, Ros.
Memory Lane! Left is of a photo I took several years ago of a family having a paddle in the Bay of Bengal at Mahabalipuram, India. Hand stitching.
Right is of the inner courtyard at the Diggi Palace in Jaipur. We spent a week here when Peter and I went on the Wonderful Workshops several years ago. Mixture of hand stitch and free machine embroidery.
Happy times, but I do wonder if we will ever return.
Contribution from Liz R-W. thanks Liz
Hand stitched applique on a scrap of gelli printed fabric rescued from the fabric bin.
Contribution of hostas from Lindsay. Thank you Lindsay!
The following are contributions to the blog but not related to our postcard challenge.
I must apologise to Ann S as I should have posted this wonderful piece of work last month. R
This is inspired by a holiday in Greece quite a few years ago! The first two images are my collage of paper/fabric and stitch layered. The bottom image is a play on the colours using Photoshop imagery.
Contribution from Annie F. Thanks Annie
On the knitting front I am using up all sorts of odds and ends left over from other projects to make a scarf.
I hope everyone is keeping well under the circumstances.
Contribution from Lindsay. Thank you Lindsay!
'My Garden' is coming along.
The purple linaria were the next major task after the iris. How I wish I hadn't put in three!! The stems and leaves take forever
The flowers are scraps of 'Silk Route' hand dyed sari ends stitched with circles and vermicelli in two shades of purple.
The general idea is shown in the 2nd picture although exact placement of the poppies will come after I have stitched the oxeye daisies.
So still a lot to do but hey, I have all the time in the world.
I do hope everyone is keeping well.
Eyes from Ros
The next chapter from my Sue Stone course. I was only asked to do four - looking back on it I did give myself rather a challenge when but having said that, I have learnt a lot! Some eyes are considerably better than others so don't look too closely!
That's all for this month. Please keep in touch and if you would like to share photos of some of your work, it would be great to hear from you.
Ros - 6 July 2020
-Yet another month passes and there are signs that the lockdown is starting to lift but unfortunately our June and July meetings have been cancelled so here is my third Covid 19 blog posting.
From Ann's May newsletter
A small challenge for us - postcard!
If like me, you are sometimes finding it hard to concentrate on anything creative, we thought it might be nice to have a very small challenge for us all to start and finish in time for the next blog at the end of June! We are suggesting we make a postcard size piece of art, on any theme you want, flowers, your garden, a holiday – and it can be stitched, embroidered, printed so anything you like.
Once completed - or by 30 June, send Ros (firstname.lastname@example.org) a picture of your postcard, and then she can do a great display of them on the July blog (to be published 6 July). We will also then have the beginnings of our exhibition for next year!! So we have 4 weeks to do this challenge.
Below you will see photos and messages from our members this month.
Message from Clare
Thank you Clare, Ros
Hopefully you will be able to walk over those hills very soon.
Message from Linda W.
Thank you Linda, Ros
This is a feeble attempt at bringing the seaside to Wiltshire. Hey ho hopefully reality will be with us soon .
Message from Annie F
Thank you Annie, Ros
Here are my offerings for June.
The shawl is knitted from feather light 4 ply yarn spun and dyed using natural dyes in Shetland and it's a joy to work with even though some of the dye tends to come off on your fingers as you knit!
I have also finished my climate change challenge piece at last. Called The Second Flood it's a mixture of applique, hand and machine embroidery on a cotton fabric and represents a flooded coastal village churchyard.
Message from Lindsay
Thank you Lindsay, Ros.
Well, the downstairs painting is done so I am finally getting started on a piece of work I want to have at the top of my stairs !!
There was an article in the April issue of Be Creative with Workbox on a quilting artist called Emily Taylor. Very inspiring ideas which I am trying to replicate using flowers from my garden right now. The iris look stunning so they are my starting flowers. I shall also do allium, clematis and Californian poppies. Maybe some hosta too as I love those and have quite a few!
Basically, the background is fabric that was dyed with brusho, in the garden on a sunny day, and then the gravel underneath hosed down afterwards !! A selection of fabrics were backed with heatbond and then the petals were made from lots of small shapes.
The designs were traced onto baking parchment, working from the back and overlapping each piece slightly so the whole piece can be carefully peeled off.
More blooms to come in the next couple of months!!!
Message from Robina
Thank you Robina, Ros
I’ve been sketching in the garden and making another frock. I don’t think I’ve shown you this one before. I ran out of fabric for the sleeves so I found some plain jersey and painted some floral bits onto paper with the dyes and then ironed them onto my sleeves, before construction. I’ve also been putting some paintings into repeat and wishing I could get them printed to cover our grotty settee! then seeing the Embroiderers guild sight made me really jealous , thanks for sending all those things to inspire us.
Message from Hazel
Finally got around to using my fabric paints (bought in October) and Stencil (from Santa).
Not sure why I take so long to get going - but enjoying this freehand stitching - keeps me awake in the evenings!
Message from me, Ros
About six years ago I met a girl from Luxembourg at a Distant Stitch Summer School and we have kept in touch, meeting up whenever she came to the UK. You can imagine my horror when I saw a note on Facebook in March saying Pascale had just been diagnosed with Covid 19. Each week we waited patiently for news from her family and after 30 days in an artificial coma we heard that she was out of intensive care but not able to walk or talk. Sian Martin who runs Distant Stitch suggested members might like to make something for Pascale and below is my piece of Indian blitz to cheer her up. We are now in regular contact via WhatsApp. She has started a very long road to recovery, first learning to walk aided, then on a frame and finally by herself. Last week she saw her family for the first time in over two months so you can imagine the scene. Pascale is considerably younger than me but although she is still very weak, we can still chat about textiles and stitching.
The braid, Vernice is from "our" haberdashery shop in Jaipur. Happy memories :-)
Message from Annie J
Thank you so much Annie, Ros
I have really enjoyed the 7 weeks of challenges with Textileartist.org where else could you have workshops with Sue Stone, Cas Holmes, Emily Tull, Richard McVetis, Emily Jo Gibbs, Anne Kelly and Christine Chester. I hope some of you have been joining in too. They have now started a Stitch club which you do have to pay for but you get 3 workshops every month from different textile artists.
I’ve just finished the first one with Debbie Lyddon and can’t wait for next week. The challenge was to make 3 hand stitched containers for 3 ‘special’ objects. I chose 3 shells from a Cornish beach and have decided to hang my containers on driftwood - quite pleased with the result.
Message from Maria
Thank you Maria. I think a lot of us have been enjoying Grayson Perry's programme on a Monday evening. Can't believe it is the last one tonight! Ros
During the last month I have continued to make a few scrubs. The ones shown here were a pretty umbrella and wellie print which I thought would make a rather fetching tabbard for myself but sadly there was insufficient fabric!
A more personal project consisted of making a snuggle bunny for my newly born grandson Zach. It should have been straight forward, and had I followed the instructions probably would have been, but I though I knew better! Nevertheless, he turned out to be rather cute.
Having seen all the amazing portraits stimulated by the Grayson Perry programme, I thought I might have a go myself as a prequel to an embroidered version. I have always admired the local artist Hashim Akib so followed his portrait 'how to' using a photo of my granddaughter (who is 11). Unwittingly it turned out more like my daughter who is 35 years older! But even she would be mortified at the result!!!
As the old films used to say, "That's all folks" and I look forward to hearing from you with your postcard contributions by the end of June.
Stay safe, keep smiling and happy stitching.
It is amazing how all our lives have changed in just a very short period of time. To try and keep everybody in touch we thought it would be fun to post photographs of what members have been up to. They are in no particular order, just as they arrived in my "In Box". It would be great to do another one in time for our next meeting which was to be in early May so I look forward to receiving your contributions. Ros
Clare R has kindly sent a photograph showing her gallery of work. You have been busy - Thanks Clare!
Message from Hazel P – thanks Hazel!
Since the lock down I have been continuing to embroider on these off cuts of fabric I bought at the June 2019 meeting - fabric designed and hand printed by that month’s speaker Alison Hulme.
Haven’t worked out what I will do with them yet, maybe make door stops.
I also had a go at making masks, but of course they are not the right fabric.
Message from Nikki VW - thanks Nikki!
As you can guess I working on several things at the moment.
I have joined a free online workshop Revival Sketch book course.
American but some British artists on it they are good I did send details to Vernice to share with the guild.
Also the South West Region 8 inch Floral hoop deadline extended also the Areofil Competition "Doors "to do!!
Current work stitched Lima with Hibiscus and finished Parrot.
When this is finished I think I will have a zoo!
I am also painting a Daffodil and Doll still life.
Plus lots of gardening and cooking.
Made potato peel crisps and Chicken Stock!
Message from Lindsay S - thank you for contributing. Big hug and stay safe!
I picked this little wooden frame up online from Rainbow Silks. Good fun.
I'd send a pic of my living room ceiling which I painted today but that would be like watching paint dry
So I responded asking for a photo anyway!!!
I wasn't planning on changing things here so soon but as I can't get out and about it's inevitable. Thankfully the diy stores are still delivering so I have been able to get my supplies
Being diabetic I'm not going to the supermarket atm, however I have a couple of lovely neighbours and Linda W who lives in Calne too, who are keeping me stocked on groceries.
Everyone is being so lovely.
Message from Amanda R. Thanks Amanda - really love your files!
I have finally found some concentration to be doing some doodling and as you are looking for items for blog I thought I'd share pics. Its nothing fancy or grand but when you have so much time on your hands I've been doing filing of all the papers one accumulates! And to give the ugly files a different look I covered files and boxes in fabric and made free motion embroidery labels for the files! Well it makes a change from looking at ugly files :-)
Message from Judy J. Thanks Judy, you must be pleased with that, love the fish!
Here is a photo of my completed picture following the lino printing workshop with Louise Nichols. It was a good day.
Message from Ann J. Thank you Ann. I was amazed by the size you must be very pleased and thrilled with the end result - a real family heirloom. I wonder if it is for your own bed or for a present.
Here’s my finished patchwork, all done by hand, it’s taken 18 months. I’m using the yellow blanket for wadding (thrifty!) and a cream cotton sheet for the backing. Today I cleared a space and laid out my sandwich to tack it together. Ripped my hand on a pin and bled right across the newly washed backing. I’ve soaked it and hung it out to dry and will do it all over again tomorrow.
Sorry to read you got blood on your quilt Ann. I saw a similar posting on Facebook the other day and the majority of people responded by suggesting you used your own spit to get the blood off your work – something to do with your enzymes in your spit interacting with your blood . Sounds a bit gross but obviously works!!!
Message from me, Ros L
Just before the dreaded “C” word entered our vocabulary in I decided to enrol on Sue Stone’s course, Stitch your Story. I had done her previous course, Exploring Textiles and Patterns and had really enjoyed it. I had told myself that her latest course was not really my thing but in a weak moment I reasoned with myself that it was the same price as a Summer School and what ever happened I was sure to get enjoyment and learn something. It could not have come at a better time because everything is online and we have to post our work on a Facebook page so it is fun to see everybody else's interpretation of the challenge. So folks here are my first efforts. They are not supposed to be finished pieces – when we have learnt more we can obviously go back so we will see. At present we are asked not to use images of anyone we know. The photo of the old gentleman is one I took in Gujarat many years ago - I have always loved it but it was not until I looked closely I realised he only had one tooth :-)))) Hopefully by the time we have another of these postings I will have some more to show you. PS Sorry I should have ironed them but . . . . . !!!
Message from Christine H - thanks Christine!
Christine reminded me that today (Wednesday 1 April) we should have been going to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. I had forgotten! What a great shame but hopefully we can put it on the calendar for next year.
Christine calls this her "PHD and not the type of thing we usually do". Come on Christine, at this time we are allowed to do absolutely anything to keep ourselves sane and I think it is super.
Email from STITCH
Hi Rosalind _
The latest issue of Stitch is published today: Thursday 26 March 2020. This is to let you know the story of the Savernake embroidery is covered in our letters page. Thank you so much for sharing.
This issue is all about appreciating what’s around us and making the most of it. There’s a whole host of ideas on capturing the beauty and strength of nature in stitch. Plus clever projects that champion left-overs by turning bits you might otherwise throw away into something else altogether. The pages are simply bursting with needle and thread inspiration to keep hand and mind happy. And we all need a good dose of stitching to keep us going!
We have a couple of offers that may be of interest to yourself or your fellow embroiderers. If you don’t already subscribe, you can download a digital copy TODAY by heading to:
There’s an amazing offer: 3 issues for just £5! With so many shops closed, this might be the easiest way to get a stitching fix for now.
Or you can take advantage of our very special UK subscription deal: 3 issues for £3!
Although this option would start with the next issue.
Keep stitching and keep me posted with your news!
Editor, Stitch Magazine
Tel: 07764 576014
A message left on our website
My name is Tanya and I specialise in medieval embroidery.
my work is here https://opusanglicanum.wordpress.com/
I teach for several museums and galleries, including the Ashmolean in Oxford. Since all classes and events are currently cancelled or postponed, I've created a couple of online classes to get us all through the long boring lock down.
One is laid and couched work (bayeux style stitching) in wools, which is suitable for beginners to intermediate, and the other is a more advanced class in opus anglicanum. I'm offering an option to have a kit sent out, or a cheaper option which will be access to the digital media only (useful for stashbusting).
I wondered if this might be something your members would be interested in, and would be very grateful if you would let them know about it.
The shop link is here
and there's also an opusanglicanum facebook group, which many participants are involved with, and which is open to all who are interested in medieval embrodiery
thank you, Tanya
Message from Annie F. Thank you Annie!
I've just finished this baby blanket which is done in mitred squares
Message from Lindsay S regarding our current challenge. Thanks Lindsay!
Our Planet in Crisis
From rising sea levels, rising sea temperatures, forest fires, drought, global warming etc.
As before we are using a canvas 50cm x 20cm but they will be displayed horizontally.
By my calculations we will be able to hang 13 in a single row and I am hoping that, with more than 2 dozen pieces, we will be able to have 2 or even 3 rows in the final display.
I feel that this will make as effective and impactive a display as we have had in the past.
And, as before, use any fabric, colour, or method of textile design as you would like.
Below is my piece illustrating rising sea levels.
Since receiving this email from Lindsay we have heard that the Conference Centre at University of the West of England (UWE) where the West of England Quilting and Textile exhibition is held, has been turned into a hospital for Covid 19 patients so it looks as if you will now have plenty of time to complete your work.
A message from Ann S. Thanks Ann!
A flash of gold
A combined back ground of distressed painted paper, and layered with a gold embellished fabric. Using stitch, gold paint, rust and a little piece of painted tyvex. this is inspired by places where buildings are faded/old and yet still beautiful in my eyes.
Message from Tase W. Thanks Tase
After doing Anne Helleyer's workshop before Christmas, I decided to do a picture of my son's house in Old Town, Swindon (his is much more interesting to look at than mine!). I painted the calico with acrylic paints, crumpled them up and left them to dry for a couple of days. Well, in reality they've had 4 months to dry because that's how long it took me to actually do the in project! I painted the lintels above the window and door with acrylic, but constructed the rest as we did in the workshop. Free motion machining secured the layers and added detail. Son is rather pleased with it!
Flower pounding is a way of transferring colour from flowers on to cloth, which I then embroider to add dimension. If you'd like to have a go, I've recorded a video to show you how https://youtu.be/r9Pj1lnu2IM
Lino cut workshop with Louise Nichols, further embellished with stitch and felt. We did several prints, so I have plenty more to play with!
Well that's it. Monday 6 April and the sun is shining here in Corsham. I just wish I could have been driving over to Lockeridge for the day with you all but, hey ho not to be. If you have enjoyed reading this please contribute next month.
Keep safe everyone and keep stitching.
Flags of Thanks is a project to reflect gratitude and support for the Armed Forces Community and is open to all members of the Embroiderers' Guild. Neil Stace the "Sewing Soldier" from the BBC TV programme "The Sewing Bee", is spearheading the project. He is asking the nation to create customised quilted flags that reflect their gratitude and support for the Armed Forces Community, for those currently serving and for veterans. All the flags will be displayed in a public exhibition in St Thomas’ Church, Salisbury from 24 – 30th June as part of the Armed Forces Day celebrations.
After the display, his plan is to join the flags together to make something useful like quilts. As a gesture of support these will be gifted to veterans who are or have previously been homeless. The quilt is symbolic of having a home and the making of quilts has been a part of the Armed forces, dating back to the Crimean War. Neil believes that receiving such gifts that have been personally made will have a considerable positive impact on the individuals. His target is a 1000 flags! The design can be patchwork, applique, embroidered, drawn or painted with washable fabric ink and should have a military theme or a message of thanks.
The following members of Marlborough and District Embroiderers Guild made flags for this event: Vernice C, Ann S, Christine H, Celia B, Maria F and two of her grandchildren.
Report: Maria F and photos: Vernice C
Thank you Maria & Vernice, Ros
The Trustees Award is an annual event to celebrate five Embroiderers' Guild members nominated for their acknowledged support of their branch and local community in the name of stitch.
This year, 2019 two nominations were put forward independently for Marlborough & District Embroiderers Guild, both of whom were successful in receiving an award. The committee and membership would like to congratulate both Yvonne Miles and Vernice Church on this outstanding achievement.
Yvonne, nominated by the Marlborough & District Embroiderers Guild Committee, has been a branch member since 1995, during which time she has been active on the committee. Her roles have included programme organiser, branch secretary and branch chair between 2008 and 2013.
Vernice, nominated by branch member Nikki Vesey Williams, joined the Guild about 20 years ago. She is a member of both the Windsor and the Marlborough branches. Since becoming a committee member in 2014 she has scheduled interesting and varied speakers and workshops.
Text taken from newsletter, thank you Maria
It was an absolute joy to visit St Fagan's National Museum of Welsh history just outside Cardiff this month.
On a beautiful spring day two groups of us were fascinated by textile curator Elen Philips’s inspiring thoughtful guide to some of the special stitched items in the Museum’s collections. She even took us around the stores and introduced us to a group of embroiderers working on a hanging for the Tudor Merchant’s House, re-erected along with many other buildings from all over Wales. Elen also introduced us to the concept of museology - a relatively new study of how to present museum items in a variety of thought-provoking ways.
The newly extended and revamped galleries invited participation by visitors and I especially enjoyed the Gweithdy a new building celebrating making in many materials including stitch quilting and clothing.
A wonderfully rich and inspiring day!
Report by Clare R
St Fagen's Castle, gardens & relocated houses
Esgair Moel Woollen Mill - moved to present location in 1950's. The current spinner and weaver did his apprenticeship in the mill 30 years ago and now maintains all the equipment and makes woven materials which are sold in the shop.
1725 Silk damask dress hand embroidered with silver threads. Owned by Lady Rachel Morgan of Tredegar House. This dress is currently on display for all visitors to enjoy.
Below is a selection of items shown to us by textile curator, Elen Phillips
Photos thanks to Clare R, Vernice C & Ellen S.
Congratulations from us all, Lindsay!
On Sunday at the Fashion and Embroidery Show at the NEC, branch member Lindsay S was the Visitors' Choice winner in the 2019 Madeira competition.
This year the challenge was entitled GLIMPSES OF ROYALTY and entrants were asked to create a rich embroidered piece inspired by royals throughout history – they could choose to capture Harry and Meghan’s romance, the grandeur of Queen Elizabeth, or even a Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt! With thousands of years of history to explore, there was a great choice and a wonderful selection of prizes to be won. It was supported by Stitch magazine with the Embroiderers’ Guild.
On behalf of all M&DEG members, congratulations Lindsay. You, and your work are amazing and a great inspiration to us all.
Nikki VW and Linda W also entered this competition and below is an image of Nikki's crown using recycled materials.
Thanks to Ann K and Nikki VW for photos
What wonderful imagination children have! Two years ago, a simple landscape background attached to a free standing frame was made by Maria Fraser for the Avebury Festival to encourage children to have a go at some textile artwork. The results were a few stitched flowers and clouds. It came out of storage for the exhibition last weekend and suddenly took on a new focus for the young would-be textile artists. Having seen the eclectic art styles adopted by the adults in the general displays, the children were keen to stamp their own individual creativity onto the work resulting in a wonderfully imaginative softly, cloud-strewn and sunshine-filled world where mermaids and whales share a virtual landscape with sheep, unicorns, horses and foxes! Of course, this is now no ordinary countryside scene, and has been recognised as such by its new name - “The Magic Garden”- which was given to the work by one of the would-be artists Eva Fraser (aged 10), who is also a member of the Young Embroiderers’ Guild
Twenty five year pins and certificates were presented to Margaret Gow and Rosemary Hawes by Ann Smith at the AGM meeting in October.
Rosemary and Margaret joined the Guild in 1991 after visiting an exhibition of embroidery together in the Marlborough library. Mary Greening was Chairman at the time and the subscription was £12.50. They recall enjoyable meetings in the Scouts Hut in Marlborough and workshops in the pleasant surroundings of Urchfornt College. However, soon after their joining, meetings moved to the Bowls Club, and before long, as numbers grew, transferred to the current location in Lockeridge with better facilities for both meetings and workshops and delightful views. Over the years they have both been involved with the branch’s various workshops and exhibitions, and have worked on several projects including the Marlborough Surgery hanging in 1997 and the Kennet Valley Embroidery which hangs in the hall. The embroidery now used as the reception desk tablecloth was renovated by Margaret and Rosemary from an earlier project made in the 1980s. One particular highlight they both recollect was spending days at Avebury Manor in 2011 helping to complete the embroidered bed hangings.
Rosemary has always enjoyed needlework from an early age. Her mother taught her to knit at age three, and a nun at her convent school taught her to sew and make Brussels lace. She now enjoys making quilts and all types of embroidery, and has been involved with the stitching of the Turkey work chairs at the Merchant House from its inception. She has also run an Embroidery Group for the U3A for the past 25 years.
Margaret learnt to sew with her grandmother and still has a handkerchief case embroidered in cross stitch, made in school. She taught herself crewel work and other forms of embroidery, mostly from books of which she now has a large collection; but has also learnt many skills from the various workshops she has attended over the years. She has also spent time on the Turkey work project, and is now happily involved in embroidering flowers for the Guild’s latest project – the Prospect Triptych.
Thank you Margaret & Rosemary for giving us these details.
Photos by Ros
Information in this blog is provided by branch members who have attended the meeting, workshop or event.
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