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Workshop 4 July 2019

What a lovely afternoon we spent at Joan’s Casalguidi workshop, plenty of chat and laughter but lots of concentration and hard work, looking forward to finishing the project on 18 July.

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Meeting 20 June 2019

img_1999.jpgOur afternoon speaker was Joanna O’Neill with her talk entitled Bite-size.  Joanna is a long-time member of both the Embroiderers’ Guild and the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles (QGBI), also a QGBI Quilt Judge.  Regularly writing articles for embroidery and quilting magazines.  Joanna is also a published fiction writer.  Living in the beautiful Northumberland moors Joanna must take inspiration from her surroundings

In 2007 the QGBI’s Contemporary Quilt Group invited members to commit to making an A4 size journal quilt, each month for the year with a running theme, members are still producing wonderful work.  The quilts can be small art works or simply creative play; an experiment into new techniques and materials or trials for a planned largescale work.  Journal Quilts can use traditional techniques such as piecing or needleturn appliqué but are also a fun way to explore surface decoration like fabric paints, printing and bonded appliqué, or the OTT world of beads and buttons, sequins and shisha.  Joanna showed us her collection of the quilts she has produced explaining the themes and techniques used.  The beauty of these quilts is they are easy to handle and store.

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RHS Harlow Carr 19 June 2019

We visited RHS Harlow Carr to view the three wall hangings we stitched which were on display for the flower show, they looked amazing and were very well received with lots of lovely appreciative entries in the comments book.

 

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Meeting 16 May 2019

Our competition today was “New Work from Old”, there were 17 entries, many of which will go on to the Regional Day competition on Saturday.

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Members voted and the winners were:

1st Sue V

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2nd Heather W

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3rd Elaine S

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Many thanks to Sue V for organising the competition and congratulations on winning with her book of wedding memories.

Also on display our branch entries for the Regional Day Branch Challenge “Wallpaper for the Web”

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IMG_1929Our afternoon speaker was Pat Ashton-Smith making a very welcome return visit, her subject today was “The Bayeux Tapestry – An Embroiderer’s Perspective”.  Pat lives in the Allendale Valley in Northumberland.  For almost 20 years Pat has been teaching and lecturing to a wide variety of groups including teaching City & Guilds Creative Embroidery courses and is a member of the Embroiderers’ Guild, the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles and the North-East exhibiting group Twyne. 

Historians believe the tapestry was stitched in the south east of England by women between 1066 and 1082 and was more than likely commissioned by Bishop Odo of Bayeux.  It is 232 feet long and of varying depths of around 20 inches, stitched on 9 pieces of 50 threads to the inch linen, using 45 kilos of wool in eight colours and remarkably only using 3 different stitches: outline, stem and laidwork.  Comprising of 75 scenes depicting 623 people (only three of whom are women), 202 horses, 55 dogs, 505 other animals, 37 buildings, 41 boats and 49 trees.  The tapestry survived the French Revolution and both World Wars and is now housed in its own specially built museum in Bayeux.  It is thought that the final scene is missing, Jan Messent was commissioned to design and create a final scene which took 1700 hours over 18 months to complete.  Jan’s panel is now hanging in the atrium of the James Cook Memorial Teaching Hospital in Middlesbrough.  

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Meeting 18 April 2019

After a morning stitching Sue gave her usual updates followed by a rendering of Happy Birthday and gifts to her from all the members in special recognition of all her hard work in arranging the Anniversary celebration.

Our speaker was Suzanne Herbert with her talk a bag for every occasion.

IMG_1895Suzanne gave a very informative and amusing talk about how she designs and makes handbags.  Suzanne started her bag making by attended Emma Redfern’s workshops in Cumbria to learn the basics. Suzanne tests designs for Lisa Lam before the kits go into production as not all designs work in practice.  Suzanne also designs and makes her own “Sherbert Bags – Something Special” from a wide variety of fabrics and designs, a favourite is Harris Tweed which she purchases direct from the weavers on Harris. 

IMG_1893Giving us many tips on how to make bags, all her bags are interfaced with various products including iron on vilene, padded calico, compressed fleece and plastic grid for inside the bag when attaching feet.  Suzanne explained how to glue metal clasps to the material using the essential gutermann textile glue leaving the glue to prove for four minutes then pushing the material into the frame.

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Anniversary Day 4 April 2019

What a lovely day, we started the day with a stitch morning, some of us attending Joan’s Caselguido stage 1 workshop, lots of concentration but plenty of chat too.

 

 

IMG_1869In the afternoon we congregated at Tennants for a celebration of 20 years of the Branch.  Our founding Chairman Ann gave a talk on the history of the Branch accompanied by Barbie the sheep, one of the first joint projects, there were also archived items to be viewed, a record of the Branch.  A beautiful cake was cut and a lovely high tea was consumed.  Many thanks to Sue and her team for organising the day, to Val (oops senior moment when I wrote the original piece and said Maureen made the cake, apologies to Val) for the lovely cake and most of all to Ann without her forming the Branch none of this would have happened.

 

 

 

 

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Meeting 7 March 2019

IMG_20190321_145505 (1)At the March meeting one of our own members, Jane Hare, shared her wide knowledge of printing using the natural elements around us. Her enthusiasm was infectious and we enjoyed the story of her journey into eco-printing, with all its pitfalls and successes – sometimes unexpected! There were lots of questions after Jane’s talk and the opportunity to examine the beautiful results. We hope to hold a workshop with Jane next summer. 

I am sorry I missed Jane’s talk, Denise kindly wrote this piece for the blog.  Jackie.

 

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Meeting 21 February 2019

Our February competition “Mandala” was as usual very well supported by our members.

 

The winners, judged by our members were:

1st Jackie B

2nd Sue T

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3rd Denise M

Our afternoon speaker was one of our members Melita Butterell with her talk

“Designing My Way Through Life”

Where can I start, a truly inspirational speaker.   IMG_1809Melita studied at Wimbledon Art College then went on to Durham University to study architecture.  As a member of the WI for many years Melita’s passion for embroidery was fuelled by attending WI courses in embroidery and quilting etc which “got my creative juices flowing” entering and winning many national competitions and exhibiting her work in many venues throughout the country. IMG_1815

Melita is a member of the Fusion Textile Artists group and has undertaken many commissions include designing and embroidering Chasubles for the clergy on Lindisfarne, a farmland scene for the University Hospital of North Durham to name but a few.  As an architect Melita has an eye for all design taking inspiration from her surroundings not using a sketch book but letting ideas evolve in her mind.   As a farmer who kept ponies amongst her other animals, horses feature quite strongly in her work which usually contains some bling within the finished work which in latter years has developed a strong 3D element.IMG_1813

Her talk will encourage us all to design for ourselves and to quote Melita “There is inspiration everywhere, people do things and learn in different ways: DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO – GO FOR IT”

 

 

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RHS Harlow Carr Winter Walk Photo

2 February 2019 – The Winter Walk is now on display it has been well received already

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I would like to wish all our members 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Jackie

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Pre-Christmas meeting 13 December 2018

After our packed lunches with very tasty treats provided by Carrie, Sue C and Val D, many thanks to them, what a lovely afternoon we spent making ribbon wreaths with our tutors for the day Ann C and Sue T.  Many thanks to Ann for designing the wreath and her able assistant Sue.  

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What our finished article should look like

There was much concentration (especially from those of us new to ribbon work) but also plenty of chatter and laughter as we produced some lovely work.

 

 

 

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Green Howards Museum

Some of our work from the exhibition at Tennants was on display in the entrance to the Green Howards Museum Richmond.

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Meeting 18 October 2018

Our October competition “an insect” was very well supported with 24 entries.

 

 

The winners, judged by our members were:

1st Elaine D

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2nd Sue V

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Third Melita B

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Our afternoon speaker was Laura Edgar with her talk “Textiles – The Fabric of my Life”.

Laura, a textile artist and tutor, is a member of the Embroiderers’ Guild and Network Artists North East.  From an early age Laura has been interested in textiles beginning with learning to knit and crochet with her family, at school Laura was encouraged to look at textiles, her portrait of Van Gogh was stitched when she was 18.  Laura lives in Whitley Bay and finds inspiration for her work from the area around her home, which she loves, incorporating vintage and recycled fabric including items which have family memories including her daughter’s ballet shoes.

As a member of Network Artists North East Laura has exhibited her work in a number of venues including the North East Art Collective Gallery Newcastle, the Old School Gallery Alnmouth, and the Alnmouth Arts festival her work can be purchased at a number of galleries and in the North East.

 

 

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All I can say is wow, we visited Tennants yesterday (3 October) to view the exhibition, below are some photos which do not do the exhibits justice you must see them.

 

 

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26th September 2018 to 17th October 2018

Embroiderers’ Guild 100 Hearts Exhibition at Tennants, Leyburn     

To include ‘Peace’ exhibits from the Competition last February

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Stitch Day at Tennants in support of 100 Hearts Exhibition

 

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Meeting 20 September 2018

Another busy morning of stitching, some of us making poppies under the tutorage of Andrea, many thanks to her.

The AGM was first on the agenda for the afternoon followed by notes from Sue.

Our speaker was Maggie Hickman Smith with her talkIMG_1617 “From Scraps to Stitched Characters”.  Maggie has been a member of the Guild for 26 years, lecturing for fourteen years in Further Education, teaching City & Guilds, Design and Embroidery also tutoring students in fashion, textiles and design.

 

IMG_1616IMG_1615Maggie collects lots of scraps of material and using all manner of scraps she is famous for making Haversham Dolls gaining inspiration from areas such as Mark Clarke’s exhibition “A Cabinet of Curiosities”, the flamboyant costumes of films such as My Fair Lady, Gone with the Wind and Death in Venice.  Her cute little birds are made from calico then painted.

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Maggie also stitches more traditional embroidered pictures.

Her published books include “Get Stuffed Shape, stuff and stitch”, “Get Plastered plaster, print and stitch” details of how to purchase them can be found on Maggie’s website http://www.stitch-print.co.uk .

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Meeting 19 July 2018

Our afternoon speaker was Pat Ashton-Smith with her talkIMG_1504

“Love Letters from the Front – Embroidered Postcards from WW1.

Pat lives in the Allendale Valley in Northumberland.  For almost 20 years Pat has been teaching and lecturing to a wide variety of groups including delivering City & Guilds Creative Embroidery courses and is a member of the Embroiderers’ Guild, the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles and the North-East exhibiting group Twyne.

IMG_1506Pat told us of the origins of postcards which started roundabout 1869 in Austria, originally they were very utilitarian with just the name and address of the recipient on one side and the message on the other.  In 1900 embroidered ones were introduce but the message had to be around the illustration or embroidery as only the address was allowed on the other side, in 1902 the divided back was introduced with space for the address and a message.

img_1508.jpgPostcards really became popular with the IMG_1505advent of the First World War when troops serving in France sent them home to loved ones.  Many regiments had their own design The embroidery was onto silk then framed, produced on an industrial scale in factories using Schiffli machines but many were produced in French homes, hand embroidered or using a domestic version of the Schiffli machine.

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EMBROIDERERS’ GUILD

100 HEARTS EXHIBITIONS

Many of us have been busy stitching hearts for the project, see below for details of where to see them.

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“Lest we Forget” are the poignant words spoken by a generation long ago.  Those who fought in World War 1 are now fading memories to the generation who came after, and soon they too will be lost to us.  Stories of comradeship, bravery, victories and setbacks were captured in the letters sent back to relatives eagerly waiting for news or told by those who returned.  In conjunction with SSAFA, the Embroiderers’ Guild is proud to be part of the commemoration of all those who took part in World War 1.  Using cloth and thread as both a medium and metaphor, textile artists will interpret the stories as unique and sensitive images stitched onto hearts.  The pieces will illustrate to a new generation the men and the animals that accompanied them; the uniforms worn and medals won; the regiments that fought together and the family members fondly remembered; the songs that kept their spirits high and the words they wrote to those back home.  These will be unique and thoughtful exhibitions put together to fulfil the hope of a generation not to be forgotten.

Venues

100 Hearts is a different mixture of pieces at each venue.  Exhibitions have been organised at –

Knit & Stitch, Alexandra Palace, London 11-14 October

Knit & Stitch Harrogate 22-25 November

NEC, Birmingham March 2019

Norwich Cathedral November 2018

Liverpool Cathedral 10 September – 7 October

Garden Rooms at Tennants, Leyburn 26 Sept – 17 Oct

Weston Park, Shifnal, Shropshire 29 September – 30 October 2018

Bucks County Museum, Aylesbury mid Oct – January 2019

Chertsey Museum 1-20 September

Frome Museum early September – mid October

RNAS Yeovilton, Yeovil 24 October – 31 November

Old Low Lights Gallery, North Shields 1 October – 30 November

Stroud Museum in the Park 3 November – 2 December 2018

Please check the Guild and venue websites for updates and confirmation of exact exhibition dates.

email – 100hearts@embroiderersguild.com

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Workshop 14 July 2018

A very busy day with much concentration but a lot of chatter and laughter. Pippa Foulds showed us how to make a canvas scissor keeper.  Many thanks to Andrea for baking delicious biscuits and swiss rolls mmmm!

 

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Summer outing to Levens Hall

12 July 2018

We had a lovely day at Levens Hall the house was wonderful amongst the many treasures in the hall we admired the earliest English patchwork c1708.  We explored the topiary gardens which we could only marvel at.  Many thanks to Val for organising the day.

Spot what is wrong with the baby elephant!!

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Celeb of stitch poster 2018

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Meeting 21 June 2018

Our afternoon speaker was Bridget Bernadette Karn, her instructional talk “Painting with Wool” was fascinating to all. IMG_1443

For the past ten years Bridgete has run an Arts & Crafts Club in Acaster Malbis, where members like to try different arts and crafts.  In 2010 a member of the group taught Bernadette the art of felting from there Bridgete has gone on to sell her felt pictures in galleries and at events around the country, also teaching workshops in Felt Picture making.  In 2016 one of her pieces was exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition.

 

With the aid of short videos we were shown how to wet felt the background to a picture and needle felt the finer details, it looks so easy!

To learn more and view her stunning work go to her website where you will be amazed at the detail in her pictures.  https://www.bridgetbernadettekarn.com

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Stitch Day 7 June 2018

Elaine D held a workshop on needle lace a Super day enjoyed by all who attended, we can aspire to achieve this:

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Mystery Project

Our mystery project revealed – a wall hanging made from 48 individual squares embroidered by members of Richmond and Leyburn Branch for the Royal Horticultural Society Garden Harlow Carr.   The hanging, which we think is stunning. is on display from 21 April 2018 in the Harlow Carr Bramall Learning CentreHarlow Carr 21 April 2018 IMG_0542 (2)

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Meeting 19 April 2018

After a busy morning stitching we were treated to an enlightening talk by

Jacqueline James “A Lifestyle Occupation”.

Jacqueline is a remarkIMG_1293able weaver, who is registered blind.   Born in Dumfries but growing up in Pacific Northwest, USA Jacqueline returned to England in 1982 to live in York, attending Harrogate College of Art and Technology from 1985 to 1988 studying Woven Textile Design and Construction.

Jacqueline designs and weaves bespoke commissioned work for private clients, interior designers, architects and places of worship including altar frontals for Westminster Abbey, York Minster and many others. A very busy lady Jacqueline also runs textile-related workshops in schools, museums and galleries.

JacquelineIn 1993 Jacqueline was honoured to be given the Frink Award of Achievement, presented at the Women of the Year Lunch Event in London.  In 1997 she was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travelling Fellowship and in 1998 received a Theo Moorman Trust Bursary Award for Weaving.

To see examples of Jacqueline’s work go to her website www.handwovenrugs.co.uk

 

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Meeting 15 March 2018

A very busy day at Harmby, in the morning John was here to carry out Portable Appliance Testing on sewing machines and various other electrical equipment, Jan B gave demonstrations of reverse appliqué, Andrea P taught groups how to finger braid.  Many thanks to them all.  Work on our mystery project was also completed thanks to Carolyn W (details to be revealed at a later date).  Many of us also had time to stitch our own projects.

20180315_150546The afternoon speaker was Gina Smith with her talk “Sites of Inspiration”.  Gina is a founder member of the Textile Art Group, Diverse Threads and is a member of the York Embroiderers’ Guild.  Gina uses techniques such as Silk noil layered with transparent fabric and hand embroidery often using simple stitches such as couching, running stitch and French knots.  Gina spoke of how she is inspired by Cathedrals and Minsters such as Beverley Minster, Ripon Cathedral, Durham Cathedral, Ely Cathedral and York Minster to name but a few.  Many of her landscapes capture the British countryside particularly Yorkshire but Gina has also travelled widely to such diverse places as Norway, Namibia, the Amazon, India, Turkey and Morocco producing wonderful pieces.

In recent years Gina has become a quilter and showed one of the quilts she made for her grandchildren using hand-turned appliqué with hand embroidery and hand quilting.  Photos of much of her work can be seen on her website  http://www.diverse-threads.co.uk/p/gina-smith.html

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