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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 Cotterill, 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.

Jackie

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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 Vardy

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2nd place Jackie Barber

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3rd place Heather Waring

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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.

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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 ProjectAnn Carrick and elaine Dunn 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).

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  2. Mount Fuji – Elaine Dunn
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    Illuminated letter and Latin text – Ann Carrick

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    Mount Fuji – Elaine Dunn

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Lapwing and chick – Elaine Dunn

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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 Dowson (left below) took first prize with Elaine Dunn (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:

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1st – Ione Dowson, Air and water

2nd – Elaine Dunn, Light in the Darkness

3rd – Heather Waring, Life is full of contrasts

Dark and Light

1st – Heather Waring, Christ Centers Light

2nd – Alison  Montgomery, In the Beginning

3rd – Elaine Dunn, 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 Bell’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 Smith 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 Carrick 1st , Sue Vardy 2nd and Heather Waring 3rd .

Well done and very well deserved.

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Wall Hangings

Our Wall Hangings have gone home to Ripley Castle and will be on display in the café from now until the end of March.

NOW ON DISPLAY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

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Christmas Meeting 8 December 2016

We spent the morning stitching our own projects then lunch with very tasty festive treats provided by the committee, many thanks  for organising those.

The afternoon was spent making Christmas gift bags thanks to Jackie and her helpers for arranging those.

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Knit & Stitch 24 November 2016

A coach full of ladies made our annual “pilgrimage” to the Knit & Stitch Show in Harrogate where we all admired the new Embroiderers Guild stand.  Our Capability Brown branch hangings were on display which were much admired by many people, it was good to stand near and eavesdrop the comments.

Elaine Dunn had three pieces on display: her goldwork on the Royal School of Needlework stand, her part in the hanging and her contribution to the Game of Thrones on which Ann Carrick  had a piece included.

A good time was had by all and judging by the bags brought onto the coach as we departed there was a considerable amount of “retail therapy”.

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Meeting 17 November 2016

After a morning spent stitching, we welcomed as our speaker fellow branch member Heather Waring, who informed, entertained and amused us all with her talk entitled ‘Rags to Riches’. Heather showed us her many clippie and hooky rugs, explaining the differences between the two, and how in days gone by the whole family would have been involved in the making of rugs. Heather’s rugs had been made from all manner of old and new textiles, even plastic bags – one of which had been rescued from under a car. We learnt how to stick weave, a very interesting technique, and we also saw a pair of knitting needles used for knitting strips of fabric, which had been beautifully made by Heather’s husband from old broom handles. Heather went on to show us her many quilts and cushions made from both old and new material, including one vintage quilt, much prized by Heather, which was purchased at a Tennants auction in a job lot with various odds and ends. There were many fabulous cushions, including one made from an old pair of boxer shorts (well washed of course).  We met Raggedy Ann and Andy, as well as a clown made from a knitting wool cone and scraps of material (I see a workshop in the future).This short paragraph does not do justice to Heather’s wonderful talk which was much appreciated and talked about by all members. Thank you, Heather!

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Stitch Day 3 November 2016

As Elaine’s workshops are so popular today’s stitch day was for members who could not be fitted onto the first  workshop on 7 October.

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The Fabric of Yorkshire Event

As part of the National Archive ‘ArchI’ve explored’ event, North Yorkshire County Council have created ‘The Fabric of Yorkshire’ event centered around patterns in the 18th century Linen Damask Weaver’s design book. The weaver was based at Aiskew, North Yorkshire.

The day will run from 10:30 am to 3pm on Saturday 3rd December 2016 at the North Yorkshire County record Office in Northallerton.

Click on the link below for more details:

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Meeting 20 October 2016

A very busy meeting, Sue was “in Charge” for the first time.

We started the day with Jackie Barber showing members how to make lavender/gift bags with delightful results.

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Our speaker was Mary Taylor who has a workshop at Farfield Mill, Mary spoke about her landscape embroideries and as a keen photographer showed us how she is inspired by many different areas.  Her work is mostly machine embroidery onto layers of pelmet vilene, velvet (felt for finer detail) and several layers of organza.

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The competition Diamond Panes had some stunning entries.

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The winners were:

1st – Judith Anderson

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2nd – Elaine Sayer

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3rd – Barbara Hagues

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Pippa Foulds  Pomegranate Workshop

8 October 2016

Pippa taught us how to stitch this lovely crewel work pomegranate, many thanks to her for a very busy and enjoyable day, we have never been so quiet.  Thanks also for the very tasty cakes baked by Andrea Platt one of our members.

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Stitch Day Thursday 7 October 2016

Elaine taught us how to stitch this lovely white work rose, one of the series of roses in different stitches Elaine has taught us over the past few years.  Many thanks to her for a lovely day.

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AGM 15th September 2016 

Ione and Pauline read their reports for the year . Ione thanked Pauline for her hard work as treasurer for the last three years. Ione  also announced that one of the wall hangings (which was on display at Tennants ) would be displayed at the EG stand of the Harrogate Knit and stitch show in November. Maureen C was welcomed to the committee and as the new treasurer . Sue V and Val D were also accepted and welcomed to the committee. Sue T was welcomed by everyone as the new Chair . Elaine D thanked Ione for all her hard work as Chair and presented her with two ‘Travelling Books’ secretly completed by members.

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Bags of  Difference

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After the AGM we were given an interesting talk by Chris and Ed Mitchell about Kisiizi Village in Uganda. The local people are very poor living in mud huts; water comes from the local river; and no electricity (amazingly some have mobile phones!). Chris and others set up a cooperative to raise money for the hospital and school as well as families in need. Local women were taught to make bags using locally sourced materials. The bags (and now other items) are sold in the UK at western prices.

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National Day of Stitch Richmond Station    6 August 2016

We had a lovely day at Richmond Station with lots of people interested in our stitching and a few people would like to join us especially after seeing our Capability Brown wall hanging.

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Harlow Carr Gardens

Good news – our Capability Brown pieces will be on display in the Library and Resource Centre at Harlow Carr Gardens in Harrogate for their forthcoming Capability Brown Exhibition from September 11th – October 21st.

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Visit to Wallington Hall 28 July 2016

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Another good day out, even the rain during the morning couldn’t dampen our spirits! It was nice to see Wallington Hall and the Northumberland EG  embroidery exhibition.

We all enjoyed a variety of refreshments in the café

In the afternoon several of us were taken on a guided tour of the gardens, where we gained some excellent gardening tips while viewing the beautiful grounds.  Many thanks to our guide Chris Orton of the Garden Team.

Another excellent day out organised by Pauline, thank you to her.

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21 July 2016 Meeting

We all had a lovely afternoon with talks by  two of our members speaking about two very different qualifications – Elaine Dunn spoke about the work produced by herself and fellow members for the Royal School of Needlework qualification and Sue Ison on the work she did for her City and Guilds  qualification; after which members completed a textile related quiz. We finished with afternoon tea which consisted of strawberry & cream scones, meringues and cakes supplied and served  by the committee.

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Harmby Regional Weekend

9th & 10th July 2016

We’ve had a super weekend at Harmby with a lovely tutor, Linda Westerman, creating ‘bags of delight’.  There was plenty of freedom to choose what size bag was to be made.  Obviously the larger size canvas to be worked the longer the bag would take to make!

Just a few bits of finishing off still to do.  Some of the group also made small notebooks to be part of the bags. Mustn’t forget one of the most important aspects of the weekend were the lovely cakes and biscuits made by Andrea, there are no photos though as we were too busy eating!

Carrie

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Photos from workshops held in conjunction with Tennants Exhibition

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Preview Evening

Article in the Darlington & Stockton Times

Follow the link below to see the article to be published in the D&S with photographs taken by Philip Sedgwick:

http://www.darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk/news/14570202.Embroiderers_Guild_enjoy_exhibition_preview/

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Christine Flowers and a small team from Richmond and Leyburn Branch visit to Leyburn Community Primary School.

The Landscape Hanging, complete with tree, lake and cat (in the style of Capability Brown!), was stitched by pupils of Leyburn Community Primary School.

The project was part of a the school’s Art Week and involved  groups of pupils from years 3,4,5 and 6.

They had a little help from ladies from Richmond & Leyburn Branch.

What talented members we have …well done everyone

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Hartlepool Branch exhibition

Please click on the link below for details of a forthcoming exhibition of Hartlepool work:

Hartlepool Branch Exhibition of Members Work

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Regional Day – Message from Alison:

Exciting news has come through the ether…evidently the Regional Day was great and everyone was very proud of all our efforts they looked I gather very good (unfortunately I couldn’t be there)

And the really good news is that Ione won not only the Judges competition…but also the members choice and then as well Deborah won the Margaret Howe competition

Her work is often directly inspired by the materials she uses – the colours, textures and properties suggest for themselves how they want to be used.  Her ‘finds’ of fossils, broken jewellery and other gems and minerals inspire her to create fantasy jewellery, wall-hung pieces, boxes, vessels and larger wearable art.  Most of her work is begun by using the sewing machine on dissolving film and finished by hand; giving the satisfying tactile experience that is part of the pleasure of embroidery.  However, she mixes any materials or techniques that seem to offer the right effects she requires for a particular project.

16 June 2016 Meeting

Game of Thrones

Some of you may be aware of the launch of the new Game of Thrones series.  The Embroiderers Guild produced a hardhome embroidery for the launch.  Two of our Richmond and Leyburn Branch members produced crests for the surround, Ann Carrick and Elaine Dunn below are photos of the crests “in production”.

What talented members we have …well done everyone

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Hartlepool Branch exhibition

Please click on the link below for details of a forthcoming exhibition of Hartlepool work:

Ione updated everyone with the forthcoming exhibition. She also sent our best wishes to Joan Wilkinson who has recently broken her leg. A decision has been made to cancel the workshop 11th June , Landscapes which Joan was taking.

“The Fabric of the Universe”  Anne Menary

We were then given a delightful , humorous talk by Anne Menary on The Fabric of the Universe. The photographs of her work are self explanatory of the diversity of Ann’s style.

Ione and Pauline have requested that if anyone has booked any workshop through Joan would they contact them as soon as possible.

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