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’.
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, 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
On Thursday 11th January a group of EG members went to see the Kaffe Fassett exhibition at Mottisfont Abbey. Kaffe Fassett is reported to be delighted with the way his work was exhibited at Mottisfont. Unlike most exhibition galleries, the normal white walls were replaced with colours that either complemented or toned with the work on display. EG member Daphne Dedman wrote: ‘Seven of us went, and everyone thought it was worth the trip. The first room was painted blue, and had alot of blue and white items. As we progressed round the rooms, the walls were painted in complementary colours and the items got brighter’. Scroll down through the images below for a taste of the exhibition (photos by Daphne).
We took part in the Findon Christmas Tree Festival this year for the first time. This is a fund-raising event when the wonderful old Church of St John the Baptist is filled with Christmas trees decorated by local groups and societies. They ranged from children’s groups to a ‘Men in Sheds’ group. It was a lovely sight. Unfortunately the low lighting made it difficult to photograph, so only a few of the close-ups came out. Apologies for the lack of focus!
Here are some of the decorations after they were taken off the tree, so you can see more detail.
The Christmas meeting was a chance to relax and chat, stitch in company, and eat some naughty cakes and sweets. A successful raffle raised a good donation for the Sussex Air Ambulance. Happy Christmas everyone.
Welcome to the Worthing Tuesday Embroiderers Guild website. We hope this will give members a space to check what’s on and what we’ve all been up to. We hope it will also give prospective new members some idea of what we do.
Contributions for the gallery of members’ work will be gratefully received. We see glimpses of the wonderful work that people do when we have a ‘show and tell’ session, ranging from traditional hand-stitching, machine embroidery, to ‘slash and burn’. It would be lovely to put more of them here for people to see the finished thing.