February Meeting

At the February meeting, we were treated to an interesting talk by member Ruth Walker, who talked us through her ‘textile journey’. Ruth brought with her a beautiful collection of her work, including machine-embroidered bowls, pictures and bags. By her own confession Ruth has quite a ‘thing’ about bags, and they are such a good vehicle for displaying a range of techniques. Ruth also showed us a wonderful range of designs based on peacocks. Some years ago she was treated to a magnificent display by a peacock who shook his tail-feathers at her and ‘strutted his stuff’, and peacocks have featured in her work ever since. Thanks to Ruth.

We had a whole-day meeting this month, so there was plenty of time to ‘sit and sew’, and to see what people are working on. Jill showed people the results of a recent embellishing course she has been on, and demonstrated how she makes background fabrics using scraps and threads (don’t forget that the branch has an embellisher that you can rent for just £5 a month). And thanks for the encouraging feedback on the website everyone. Do keep sending in the photos – we are starting to build up a good range in the ‘gallery’.

 

RSN Last-minute Day Classes

There are a few last-minute places available on day-school classes at the Royal School of Needlework in February and March – see below.

 

Intermediate Metal Thread Work: ‘Silver Snowdrop’
25 February
Hampton Court Palace

Funky Felt for Appliqué
4 March
Hampton Court Palace

Crewelwork Lady, Inspired by a 17th Century Petticoat
25 February
Bristol

Introduction to Blackwork: ‘Tulip’
4 March
Bristol

Silk Shading & Goldwork
Only 3 spaces left!
3 & 4 March
Hampton Court Palace

Intermediate Goldwork & Silk Panel
17 & 18 March
Hampton Court Palace

 

 

 

100 Hearts War Stories

Is anyone else planning to take part in the Embroiderers Guild 100 Hearts project? The plan is for members to stitch hearts in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. The guild will exhibit them across the country in groups of 100, and I think they’ll be at Ally Pally too.

I’m planning to make one, in memory of two great-uncles who died in the First World War, one on a troopship and one in the battlefield in Flanders. If anyone else from Worthing Tuesday is doing one, it would be good to photograph them together before they go off.

Hello

Hello, this is my first attempt to add photographs to our Guild website.  . .  .so here goes.  Here are some pictures of my weavings.  As you can see, I love colour and work spontaneously on a very simple loom.  I spin and dye most of the yarns and then enjoy making them up into wearable art.  Once I have got my head around editing this site, I shall look forward (together with Jane Robinson) to receiving your photographs.  Alison