Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Workshop - rag rugging

Ruth Turner, who is a member of Chelford EG, came to Glossop to show us how to do rag rugging.  Here is some work completed by an earlier student:-

Firstly, members drew out the shapes they wanted to include in their work:-

Then they started to work with the strips of coloured tee shirt fabric, to make their own design:-

Now everyone can admire each others' work - some beautiful rag rugging to be completed at home!

Thursday, 22 February 2018

DIS/rupt exhibition at Gallery Oldham

The DIS/rupt exhibition shows recent work by members of the Textile Study Group.  The Group encompasses well-known artists and teachers including Jean Draper, Sarah Burgess, Ruth Issett and Bobby Britnell, who work in a wide range of media. In this exhibition their work comments on some of the major disruptions of the twenty first century.  Alice Fox, who will be speaking to us at our meeting on 28 March, is also a member of the Textile Study Group and has one of her works in the exhibition.

Unfortunately the exhibition closes at Gallery Oldham this Saturday, 24 February.  However, three members of Glossop EG were very fortunate to attend a recent workshop run by Sarah Burgess and based on the same concepts as the exhibition.

Using various found objects, we focused on monoprinting (a form of printmaking) and stitch on paper and textiles, to tell the story of a particular found object.  Between us, we worked with a sock, buttons and a shell - items whose existence could be disrupted by being lost or moved from their original location.

To give us some inspiration Sarah showed us a piece she had worked, based on a lost glove:-

Here are some examples of monoprinting including, of course, the sock, the buttons and the shell.....


When we had completed the printing we could start to stitch the story of the lost item back together:-

Everyone who attended the workshop had a great time with wonderful tuition, and an opportunity to meet other textile artists.  Not forgetting the exhibition itself, which was both thought-provoking and inspirational.  You can take a virtual tour of the exhibition by clicking on the link on the right-hand side of our blog, under 'Textile Artists & Groups' there is an entry for the Textile Study Group.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Textile Workshop based on Harry Ousey's work

Glossop branch hosted a workshop at Stockport Memorial Art Gallery on Saturday, 3 February.  The Gallery is currently holding an exhibition of Harry Ousey's work and the paintings were the basis of the workshop.  

Remember the fantastic panel made by our branch members last year?

It was included in the exhibition and showed just what can be achieved by translating a painting into textiles.

About a dozen  people arrived to take part in the workshop and, with Liz Smith's expert guidance, they each selected a painting to translate into a stitched textile.  Here is some of their work:-

We took along our own stash of fabric space-dyed by Christine Bardsley and some of the participants chose a piece to use in their stitched work.

Everyone really enjoyed the day and lots of questions were asked about our branch, and what we get up to.  Fingers crossed that we may get a couple of new members!

100 Hearts War Stories Project

The Embroiderers' Guild is inviting members to commemorate the 100th anniversary since the end of WW1 by stitching a heart.  Exhibitions of the hearts will be held in conjunction with the armed forces charity: SSAFA.

The January meeting brought together lots of inspiration and ideas for making a heart which could have a great deal of personal significance, as so many families lost at least one young man during the conflict.

Here is some of the memorabilia which was available at the meeting:-

These were kindly lent to us by the Manchester Regiment Museum, based in Ashton-under-Lyne and comprised lots of thought-provoking items.  Have a closer look at the silk postcards:

The soldiers sent these home from France and sometimes, like in the second postcard, they formed an envelope containing a card on which the soldier could write a message to a loved one.

For those who have registered to take part in the project, you should receive your instructions and package of materials by the end of February.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Lymefield Garden Centre, Winter Fair

Following our attendance at last week's fair in support of Amnesty International, this week we took a selection of our work and items for sale to Lymefield Garden Centre's Winter Fair in Broadbottom where we had been offered a table.  A local event such as this is a great opportunity to introduce what we do in the Embroiderers' Guild, and to meet new people.

Lots of people came along to enjoy the fair, and were delighted to be entertained by a brass band:-

Joy Newington generously supported us by bringing two hand-made dolls, which she had made herself, and which were then raffled with the proceeds donated to a charity.  Here are the two very happy winners:-

Many thanks to all members who supported us by making cards or other items for sale, or by simply coming to support the Winter Fair.

Knitting & Stitching Show, Harrogate

Its that time of year again!  We drove over to the Knitting & Stitching Show in Harrogate with large, empty bags and lots of money.  Of course, we came home with heavy, full bags and empty purses.  But very pleased with our purchases and with the show.

As last year, the Embroiderers' Guild had its own, separate area with lots and lots of work on show including entries to last year's Members' Challenge - Imprisoned Splendour - and to the latest theme entitled 'Page 17'.  For this competition the entries could be based on Page 17 of any book chosen by the member and it resulted in a wonderful group of work, which included two entries from our own Secretary: Liz Smith:-


The works submitted for the Imprisoned Splendour Members' Challenge have already been exhibited in different venues and it made us very proud to see there were four entries from Glossop branch.  This embroidery was submitted by our Chair, Ann Cornes and is based on items found in a box left by her great grandmother:-

Here is the work submitted by Christine Bardsley, and by Judi Brown:-
and this is the entry designed and worked by Liz Smith:-

- a very creditable group of work from Glossop EG! 

Also exhibited in the EG area was our branch work based on Harry Ousey's painting:-

which attracted much interest and many compliments.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Machine Embroidery Play Day with Sheila Conchie

We were treated to an enjoyable and stimulating day with Sheila, where we all learned so much about our sewing machines and were urged to just 'have a go', with some impressive results.  

Sheila brought along some of her own work, giving us something to admire and to aim for! 

To start with, we were shown how to use straight stitch and zigzag stitch to make patterns on fabric, and to couch down threads:

then Sheila showed how to use the sewing machines' decorative stitches to create circles, using nothing more technical than a drawing pin!

We were then ready to 'lower the dogs' (feed dogs) and have a go at free machine stitching, and we were also introduced to soluble film.  We created our own 'fabric' by making a sandwich from pieces of sheer fabric between soluble film.  This was subsequently free machine stitched and we each created a beautiful and unique piece of free machine embroidery:

We all had a great day, learned a lot and took home our enthusiasm to continue experimenting with free machine stitching!