Sunday, 22 October 2017

GEG Rosebowl competition September 2017

The theme of this year's Rosebowl competition was 20th century artists. Members looked at the work of a variety of artists as a starting point for some very original textile work. The overall winner was Judi Brown whose industrial landscape was inspired by the work of local artist Trevor Grimshaw.

 Her winning entry is below:

All the entries were of a high standard and included reference to the work of Van Gogh, Raoul Dufy, Bridget Riley, David Hockney, Alphonse Mucha, Pablo Picaso, Takumasa Ono, Cornelia Parker and Gustav Klimt. See if you can match the textile images below to the artist who inspired the piece!


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

A visit to York Minster

I am a regular visitor to York Minster, and thought you might like to look at a small sample of the work of York Minster Broderers, which is on exhibition near the choir stalls.

These panels were worked by individual members and are based on birds and beasts to be found in the Minster:

The images aren't quite straight because I was stretching two feet above my head.  I seem to recall there are over thirty pieces of work which make up the exhibit.  If you have an opportunity then they really are worth looking at, as well as the rest of the Minster, of course.

There are also some beautiful embroidered textiles which are changed during the year.  Here is a picture of the altar frontal currently used: beautiful stitching and design.   Definitely worth a visit, especially if it can be combined with a visit to Betty's Tea Shop!

Friday, 6 October 2017

Tempting Textiles

Our Tempting Textiles event was held at Lymefield Garden Centre last Saturday, 30 September and was an astounding success!

We were able to hold the event in the greenhouses which provided lots of light and space.  The day started fairly quietly but quickly became very busy with lots of interested visitors.  Our Harry Ousey piece was much admired and many visitors took away information about our branch.

Our branch had its own stall, as did several of our members.  

The proceeds from the raffle will be donated to Reuben's Retreat, the charity based in the former Woods Hospital in Glossop which provides bereavement support and counselling care for families.

The donation was significantly increased by money raised from a 'name the dolly' competition organised by Joy, and featuring a beautiful doll which she made herself.

We were also fortunate to have two textile artists displaying their work: Hannah Dodd and Eva Thomas, who spoke at our September meeting.  

So we had a wide range of interesting and attractive work for our visitors to admire!

Lymefield supported us by providing excellent refreshments which helped to keep the visitors and stallholders going throughout the day, which was a great success for the traders and for our branch.  We send a huge 'thank you' to the members who supported our hard work.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Marvellous workshop at Chelford

Ann and Judi recently attended a one-day workshop led by Bobby Britnell and held by Chelford branch.  The title of the workshop was 'Accessible Drawing and Designing Techniques'.

The workshop showed ways of arriving at designs for original pieces of textile work, mainly using sketchbooks and graphite.  Bobby offered lots of advice and discussed ideas of how the designs could be translated into textile art.

Here are images of some of the work done during the day:-

Bobby is a very experienced and successful textile artist who runs popular courses at her home in Shropshire.  Take a look at her website:

There is a direct link to her website on this blog - look on the right-hand side under 'Textile artists and groups'.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Embroiderers' Guild Exhibition: Page 17





So what books do you have on your bookshelf? Do you like fiction or fact?  Do you warm to a frothy Barbara Cartland romance; grip the edge of your seat with a gritty John Grisham thriller, or lose yourself in a Philippa Gregory history?  Whatever you read, the words will form pictures in your head.  Now The Embroiderers' Guild is proud to introduce "Page 17" – a specially created exhibition of textile artistry where each piece takes a book as its inspiration.  Seen for the first time at Knit & Stitch London, EG has bought together a unique group of artists who bring words to life.  This is a one off and exciting display of work, with pieces from well-known textile artists, new names and many members from around the country.  By using techniques as diverse as machine and hand stitching, mixed media and felting (to name a few), you will see mischievous monkeys and strutting chickens, mathematical Pi and electrical circuits, Greek tragedy, Jane Austen and Haiku poetry.  Using colour and form, design and texture, members have created works which span the contemporary, the literal and the symbolic.  Your imagination will be intrigued as it follows the thread across the surface, and marvels at how the combination of cloth and thread is both a medium and metaphor, bringing to life images hidden amongst words.  Visit the Embroiderers Guild stand and see if your favourite book is on display.


Knit & Stitch Alexandra Palace, London 11-15 October 2017

Knit & Stitch Harrogate 23-26 November 2017​



Friday, 8 September 2017


Forthcoming event: Glossop and District Embroiderers' Guild

Tempting Textiles 30th September 2017 11am- 3pm

A wide variety of textile items and books for sale, a raffle and stitching activities for all ages.

Lymefield Garden Centre
Broadbottom Hyde
SK14 6AG

Sunday, 3 September 2017

A Sense of Place- Landscape paintings by Harry Ousey at the Nicholson Museum and Art Gallery,
Leek. 2nd September-7th October 2017

Harry Ousey, born in 1915 in Manchester, is considered an important representative in the British 20th century art scene.
Harry, an abstract artist, was inspired by the dry stone walls and quarry faces of Derbyshire and seascapes of Cornwall before moving to France in 1976. His work was included in an exhibition at Salford in 1948, with the pieces chosen by L S Lowry and numerous solo exhibitions followed in London in the 1960’s. In 2015 Salford Art Gallery marked the centenary of the painter's birth exhibiting many of his ‘lost works’ which will be on display in the Nicholson Gallery.

On display at the exhibition preview was a collaborative textile panel, ‘To make the Landscape Sing the Day’ based on one of Ousey’s landscape paintings. This was completed by sixteen members of the Glossop and District branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild earlier this year. This was its first outing in a public gallery and it created great interest and lively discussion amongst the guests.

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