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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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Meeting 17 May 2018

Another busy day at Harmby, we stitched the morning away not forgetting to bring our entries for the twinchies competitions.  Many thanks to Sue V for organising the competition and congratulations on winning both categories.

19 entries in the twinchies squared and 13 in the Margaret Howe individual twinchie

 

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The with much pondering and difficult decisions votes were cast by the members present and the winners were

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Margaret Howe:

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img_1322.jpgOur afternoon speaker was Vivienne Brown with her talk “A bouquet for Mrs Delany”.  Until her retirement Vivienne was a City & Guilds Tutor in Creative Embroidery and is a member of the Textile Art Group still working from home exhibiting nationally and giving talks teaching at workshops.

Vivienne started her talk by briefing us on the three significant periods of embroidery: the 14th – century Opus Anglicanum when many of the great Cathedrals were built and embroidered vestments were stitched.  The 16th century – which included the Elizabethan and Renaissance periods with beautiful embroidered clothing.  The 18th century – during which trade with India and China when wonderful silk cloth was imported, interest in natural history resulted in wonderful embroidered flowers.

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Vivienne’s felt applique piece “A bouquet for Mrs Delany” has been sold.

Vivienne continued her talk about Mary Delany, a member of the aristocracy who was groomed for a place at Court but at the age of seventeen was pressed into marriage to an MP Alexander Pendarves 50 years her senior but widowed after four unhappy years she returned to London and Court life. At the age of forty three she married an Irish clergyman, Dr Patrick Delany settling in Dublin after Patrick’s death in 1768, Mrs Delany spent half her time at Bulstrode, the home of her close friend the Duchess of Portland where soirées were held and ladies embroidered fine articles.  Mary was a very talented embroiderer, artist and miniaturist famous for her very fine paper mosaics of flowers which can be seen in the British Museum.

Vivienne explained how her own work has evolved, when she retired she attended a botanical illustration course which resulted in most of her more recent work being inspired by nature.  Vivienne uses her computer as a tool to enhance her work incorporating hand embroidery, machine embroidery, painting and other techniques.

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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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Meeting 15th February 2018

Today’s competition “Peace” showed an excellent variety of styles and techniques . The well deserved winner was Deborah SP with her poppy clutch bag , second place was Linda C and third place was Sue T.

 Stitching Favourite Places with Janet Browne
On a cold wintry day 53 members arrived in Harmby, from all areas of the region ,for the morning stitch session and the entertaining and interesting talk in the afternoon by Janet Browne.
Janet introduced us to her method of map making, from initial sketches to graphic designs which she then develops into beautiful pieces of textile art.
Janet illustrated her talk with her many resources of her original work.

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Meeting 14 December 2017

Our last meeting of the year.  A morning of stitching our own projects followed by lunch with delicious  festive treats provided by Carrie and Sue C, many thanks to them.

After lunch Carrie, Sue C and Jackie showed us all how to make Japanese hexagon star quilt pieces which can be used in the conventional way or as decorations / drinks mats, the uses are may.  There was much chatter but also periods of intense concentration, I believe everyone enjoyed the day and I must thank Carrie and Sue for all their hard work preparing the project.

Finally I would like to wish all our members a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

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Meeting 19 October 2017

After a morning of stitching and our usual update from Sue our talk was by Sandra Wallace – The Beauty of Nature.

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Sandra opened the talk by showing us a map made from felting outlining her various paths of life, some of which were dead ends.

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Her intricate beadwork was inspirational and having taught at The Great British Bead Shows for a number of years she became known as the “bead lady”.  Sandra was persuaded to write a book “The Beader’s Colour Mixing Directory” which was published in 12 different languages.

IMG_1027More recently Sandra’s path has taken her to felting.  Many of her pieces are inspired by nature especially water, be it the sea, waterfalls, glaciers etc some of which were viewed on her trips to Iceland.  Sandra uses a number of different felting techniques nuno, needle and blending.  One piece particularly admired by members was of a Native American depicting the “Trail of Tears” a tragic event in American history when the Cherokee people were forced from their lands east of the Mississippi River to Oklahoma, thousands of people died of cold, hunger and disease on route.

Who knows where her next path will lead?

Our branch competition was entitled “Buttons”

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The winners were:

1st place Sue V

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2nd place Jackie B

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3rd place Heather W

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RHS Harlow Carr Exhibition

16 October 2017

We visited RHS Harlow Carr on a misty murky day before the winds came to view our most recent wall hanging exhibition, the lovely comments written about our work cheered us up no end.

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Workshop 30 September 2017

Stumpwork with Alison Larkin

On a sunny Saturday we enjoyed a workshop with Alison, there were three projects to choose from:

We collected our kits and started work with help from Alison.  There was much chatter and laughter which made for a very enjoyable day.

Thank you to Sally for arranging the workshop.

Lovely cakes were provided by Carrie, Maureen and Sally and much appreciated by all, many thanks to them.

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Meeting 21 September 2017

Our AGM was followed by a truly inspirational talk by Elizabeth Almond entitled “Blackwork With a Twist”.

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Elizabeth with “Hugh Starkey”

Elizabeth began the talk by showing us her first piece of blackwork, taken from a brass rubbing of the tomb of Hugh Starkey, Gentleman Usher to Henry VIII, which she created in 1986.  Elizabeth traced the brass rubbing, bought a book on blackwork and got to work. (as easy as that).  Elizabeth spoke of the difference between using aida and evenweave fabric, there are no hard and fast rules, Elizabeth encouraged us to experiment and use whatever fabric suited us; she also gave us useful tips about threads and needle sizes.

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Elizabeth with “Save the stitches”

Elizabeth’s website “ Blackwork Journey” has followers from all over the world.  After a trip to Canada, Elizabeth was inspired to create “A Box of Delights” – 36 different non fattening stitched chocolates.  Slattery Patissier and Chocolatier of Manchester produced a special box of chocolates, copying the original embroidery designs.  Elizabeth then released a set of charts via her website over a period of six months as an ongoing free project for her followers.  Other website projects include “Save the Stitches”, “Pandora’s Box” and “Sublime Stitches” which many of her followers have stitched and photographed for all to see.

IMG_0961We were encouraged to try colour combinations and other techniques alongside blackwork, I could write several pages about Elizabeth and her work, but please go to her website http://www.blackworkjourney.co.uk

To quote Elizabeth:

“THE ONLY THING LIMITING YOU IS YOUR INSPIRATION”

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RHS Garden Harlow Carr Harrogate

Our latest wall hanging is now on display in the resource centre Harlow Carr.  A joint effort by members of our branch taken from a photograph of an area of Harlow Carr.  Many thanks to Carolyn and Sue for coordinating the project.

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Branch Summer Outing

31 August 2017

A coach filled with members and guests enjoyed a lovely day out. Our first stop was the Quaker Tapestry in Kendal where coffee/tea and home made cakes were enjoyed by all. One of the museum volunteers gave us a talk about the tapestry. A truly wonderful project involving Quakers from all over the world, the 77 tapestry panels tell the story of Quakers from the first days to the present day.

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From Kendal we moved to Farfield Mill just outside Sedbergh where we had a very enjoyable lunch followed by a browse around the Mill viewing the current exhibition of paintings by Anne Mackinnon. We were also treated to demonstrations of weaving, lace making and clippy and proddy rugs.

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A very enjoyable day our thanks to Val for arranging the whole day.

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Embroiderers’ Guild

Page 17 Project

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Embroiderer’s Guild Page 17 Project Ann C and Elaine D have submitted these embroideries to be displayed in the guild’s PAGE 17 exhibition.

The exhibition will be on show at the Knit and Stitch shows in Alexandra Palace and Harrogate and at other possible venues (to be notified).

  1. Illuminated letter and Latin text – Ann C
  2. Mount Fuji – Elaine D
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Lapwing and chick – Elaine D

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National day of stitch 2017

Members of the Richmond and Leyburn branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild return to Richmond Station (that’s North Yorkshire) http://www.thestation.co.uk  to showcase their work, and encourage others to give their craft a try.

The group will be stitching and chatting on the platform throughout the day.  Come along and see what they are up to, have a go and be inspired!

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The North East Region Embroiderers’ Guild have a Facebook page:

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Meeting 20 July 2017

In the morning several of us worked on stitching the pieces of the Harlow Carr hanging together, under the supervision of Carolyn, whilst other members “did their own thing” some beautiful works in progress.

In the afternoon we had a thought provoking talk entitled Critical for Creativity by Donna Cheshire a textile artist, a member of the Network Artists North East; winning their 2016 Craft and Design gold award for textiles and needlecraft.  Considerably influenced by the works of Van Gogh and Joan Eardley.  Donna largely creates collage landscapes using fabric, stitch and recycled material some of which she hand dyes.

Frequently working in schools and with cancer patients Donna encourages people to look at artists work and analyse it, as she did with us.  We split into groups and using a list of questions about the content of a piece, the process of making it, the form and the mood such as “what is the subject matter of the work, what is it about?”.  I am sure we will all try to follow her lead at the start of our design process.

Read more about Donna on her website: donnacheshiretextiles@wordpress.com

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27 June 2017

Reflections Exhibition at Ripon Cathedral.

I believe two had been sold and removed before I visited.

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Meeting 15 June 2017

Wyn Ingham Chairman of the Halifax branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild gave us a very interesting talk entitled “The World Around Eleanor”.  Wyn’s grandmother was a WP_20170615_003tailoress and encouraged Wyn to sew from a very early age, starting with top stitching the lapels of  men’s suit jackets.

Prior to her retirement Wyn was a teacher and after obtaining her City and Guilds in embroidery included this as one of her subjects.  Wyn and her husband love to visit France and on one of these visits Wyn became WP_20170615_021fascinated by Eleanor of Aquitaine who’s life and times she detailed to us and how the history and architecture associated with Eleanor have been an inspiration to Wyn.

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Regional Day 20 May 2017

A number of our members attended a very enjoyable day with success in the competitions, Ione D (left below) took first prize with Elaine D (right below) as one of the two runners up, Elaine also won the Member’s vote.  Well done to them both.

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Meeting 18 May 2017

IMG_0643A very interesting talk by Marion Anniss entitled Awe and Wonder, Marion is a textile artist creating modern decorative wall art.  Marion hated sewing at school but was later inspired by a Pauline Burbidge quilt in the Ruskin Gallery, Sheffield.  On her retirement as a teacher she set up her attic studio where she works and gives workshops.  Her first major project was an eight piece collection entitled Awe anIMG_0646d Wonder inspired by the architecture of Norwich Cathedral.  Marion takes many photographs which she manipulates on her computer to be printed onto material then adding layers of different fabrics, including lots of organza moulded with a heat gun.  Marion then embellishes the work using a variety of techniques including traditional hand and machine stitching or quilting techniques.

Our two “in house” competitions were well supported with some amazing work.

The winners were:

Contrasts

1st – Ione D, Air and water

2nd – Elaine D, Light in the Darkness

3rd – Heather W, Life is full of contrasts

Dark and Light

1st – Heather W, Christ Centers Light

2nd – Alison  M, In the Beginning

3rd – Elaine D, Star of Bethlehem

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Meeting 20th April 2017

A wonderful talk by Alison Larkin, The Captain Cook Waistcoat Project.  Alison is Chairman of the Hull and East Riding Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild, a member of the Costume Society and the Association of Dress Historians.  Alison created a replica of a waistcoat which was started but not completed by Elizabeth, the wife of Captain James Cook.  The original waistcoat was made from Tahitian Tapa Bark-cloth , stitched in silk and metallic threads and is held in the collection of the State Library of New South Wales in Sydney.  Alison stitched the replica using bark-cloth and silk threads, as near to the original as possible. The stitches used were tambouring chain, long and short stitches, silver passing thread and spangles.

Alison began the talk by dressing herself in a replica of an 18th Century dress which she had stitched by hand .  Starting with a chemise, corset, hoops, petticoat, patterned underskirt, and finally the top layers were pinned on, starting with the stomacher ,then overdress with a neckerchief and finally a bonnet.

Alison described her visit to Australia to see the unfinished waistcoat , stitched by Elizabeth Cook and also a complete waistcoat held in the Te Papa Tongarewa Museum in Wellington, from which she took measurements for her replica.  Alison has also created a replica of a map sampler , the original also stitched by Elizabeth Cook; she also hopes to recreate the waistcoat held in the Te Papa Tongarewa Museum .

Alison’s talk had us all captivated and her work is fantastic

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Meeting 16th March 2017

A very busy day –

The day started with Jan B’s  workshop.  Jan wanted to trial a workshop, so with volunteer guinea pigs who did not mind “getting messy” material was printed and embellished.

After lunch our speaker was Gaynor Devaney  who’s talk was entitled Sunbeams and Suitcases.  Gaynor has worked in the community as an artist and teacher for organisations such as the Tyne and Wear Museum Service (as a peripatetic member of staff), the National Trust,  and in hospitals and schools.  Gaynor was also a previous Chairman of the North Shields branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild.

Not originally a textile artist Gaynor painted banners and then moved into stitching.  Her first piece was The Little House, a 3D model with stitching.

With a brief to “jazz up” a shop window with a woodland theme Gaynor produced posters and 3D work including a lovely model fox who’s skirt is embroidered with landscape details.

Gaynor had an idea for an exhibition of going into an attic and seeing a circle of suitcases.  A suitcase or hamper containing memories from each month, the inspiration for her talk today.  Each suitcase has an embroidery in the lid the luggage label is also embroidered with Gaynor’s thoughts.  December’s case has the them “going to the theatre – A Midsummer Night’s Dream” there are various characters from the play in the case.

I am sure we all enjoyed Gaynors talk and admired her beautiful work. See more of Gaynor’s work on her website http://www.gaynordevaney.co.uk .

The day ended with the distribution of squares to be embroidered for the autumn wall hanging which will go on display at Harlow Carr Gardens Harrogate in September

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Catherine Slater Creative Books Workshop

Saturday 4th March 2017

We spent the morning creating a variety of paper templates for the books we would make later

In the afternoon we all very successfully created a book of our choice based on one of the templates. Carrie brought cakes and biscuits which everyone enjoyed.

A wonderful, very enjoyable day with Catherine.

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Meeting 16th February 2017



We had another busy stitch morning with about 43  members and 4  visitors. Lunch was, as would be expected , very chatty. The afternoon meeting started as usual with Sue updating members with Guild information. We were all sorry to hear about our lovely member Barbara S who died last week, we all had so many  memories.

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Sue introduced Hayley Mills-Styles who gave a very interesting talk about her work and enthusiasm for textiles,https://hayleymillsstyles.com/blog

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Hayley is a skilful textile artist who presented and talked about her work ‘Creative Embroidery’ with passion. Hayley set up a large display of her work which were all beautifully finished . An excellent afternoon .

Nineteen members entered amazing and diverse pieces for the competition ‘Birds’.

Hayley had an extremely difficult task of judging the winners , who were

Ann C 1st , Sue V 2nd and Heather W 3rd .

Well done and very well deserved.
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