Saturday, 22 September 2018

Glossop Suffrage event

As 2018 represents one hundred years of women being able to vote, Glossop Arts Project felt they should commemorate the event.  They invited a number of local groups, including the Embroiderers' Guild, to take part in creating a banner to commemorate the centenary of women's suffrage.  It became a group project with each group working one of the panels.

A small number of Glossop EG members volunteered to take part and here is the result of their work:-

The banner was displayed in Norfolk Square in Glossop last Saturday and photographed for the local paper, then everyone who participated marched with the banner to the Labour Club, which will be its home.  

After the celebration members of Glossop Arts Project took some beautiful flowers to the grave of Florence French in Glossop Cemetery.  Florence was a leading campaigner for women's suffrage in Glossop and one of the founders of Glossop Labour Club. 

This was a rewarding local community event and all who contributed felt it was a fitting tribute to our local suffragist.

Monday, 3 September 2018

Summer Lunch and visit to Chatsworth

After our wonderful Summer Lunch we set off for a wander around Chatsworth House. We were looking for inspiration for textile work for our exhibition to be displayed in the Carriage House restaurant early next year.  But - Chris Harris and Christine Bardsley were much more interested in adding their work to the Woven in Time weaving loom in the State Drawing Room:-

As most of you will know, Chatsworth is rich in artistic inspiration and so the photographs shown here can only hint at what is within the house.  Hopefully they may give you ideas, or prompt you to visit and record those things which you find inspirational.

This sculpture of a leaping hare is in the central courtyard and was created, I think, by Barry Flanagan.  Beneath it is a model of Chatsworth House.

Here are the Emperor fountain and the famous violin painted on a door:-

On the left is a display of wall-mounted china plates, and on the right is a tabletop with a beautiful design made from different types of stone.

Here are some of the glorious tassels used to decorate the curtains and windows:-

These are the hot-air balloons which took off from the Chatsworth estate during last weekend's country fair:-

All of this without venturing outside the House or looking around the garden.  Oh, and did I mention the farmyard, the Orangery, the waterfall or the bridge....?

Friday, 27 July 2018

July meeting - Members' show and tell

At our last meeting of the year all members were asked to bring along a piece of work and talk about it.  As usual we had a wonderful selection of embroidery and textile art and some of the work is shown below.

At the top is Joy Newington's work from the fibre fusion workshop, with further embellishment, and at the bottom left is Mavis Lee's work, from the same workshop, beautifully presented in a glass frame.  On the right is Anne Shaw's intriguing work on the theme of 'Planets':-

On the left this grid shows Sheila Conchie's casket (I think we should ask her to do a workshop, don't you?) which she made at Summer School.  On the right is Valerie Grant's beautifully embroidered stole worked in Pearsall's silks and currently used as a communion stole.  Below is a close-up showing the detail of the embroidery:-

Here is a photo showing Allison James' landscapes: layered fabric embellished with hand and machine stitch.  Beautiful colours.  And below is Judi Brown's hand dyed silk clutch bag with hand and machine stitching:-

This is Nikki Parmenter's textile work based on a theme of small worlds - you could spend an hour looking at it and still find something new!

Chris Harris's work is based on a photograph taken in the garden, using a Japanese method known as Momigami - or kneaded paper.  The technique is based on crumpling paper by hand and then stitch is added:-

Pat Thomas brought along a hand-made cushion on which she has stitched some of the dozens? hundreds? of small triangles which she made by hand:-

Ann worked this hand felted landscape, based on a photograph of hills in Scotland, whilst she was at North West Region summer school:-

And Belinda completed the display of work to be proud of, and showed her beautifully decorated book cover:-

As always, this show and tell meeting was a great success and we were all able to appreciate each others' work.  Aren't we a talented bunch?!

Thursday, 26 July 2018

100 Hearts Project and exhibitions

In conjunction with SSAFA, the Embroiderers' Guild is proud to be part of the commemoration of all those who took part in World War 1.  Those who fought are now fading memories to the generation who came after, and soon they too will be lost to us.

Glossop members have interpreted their own memories of remembered family members, or aspects of the war about which they feel strongly, in cloth and thread.  Their work is to be included in a unique exhibition of hearts to be held in Liverpool Church of England Cathedral from Monday, 10 September until Sunday, 7 October.

At our July meeting we were able to admire the beautiful and thoughtful work which has been completed and submitted for inclusion in the exhibition:-

Hearts from different regions of the Guild will form a total of thirteen exhibitions.  Dates and venues can all be found on the Guild website:-

Friday, 29 June 2018

June meeting - Lynda Kinnard of Rebellious Rags

Lynda came to speak to us at this week's meeting and brought along a huge amount of her work for us to admire, and to learn from.  She loves to upcycle fabrics and admitted to regularly visiting charity shops searching for old clothes in order to replenish her stash (who doesn't?).

Lynda's work covers a number of different techniques including pegloom and stick weaving, rag rug making ('hooking' and 'proddy').  She also told us about her love of free-machine embroidery and showed how she has used it to embellish some of the work she has created:-

Above is the cover for Lynda's iPad - what a great idea!  I am now planning to stitch a new cover for my Kindle.

Here is one of Lynda's beautiful bags worked in both hooking and proddy rag rug techniques:-

and another, woven, bag worked in a striking colour combination:-

This is a selection of the tools used by Lynda to create her artworks - even the tools are beautiful:-

We all enjoyed a very interesting talk, looked at a huge amount of beautiful work and were treated to a short demonstration of rag rug weaving - a great afternoon!

Thursday, 31 May 2018

May meeting - Four corners

This month we organised four different activities for members to try - the activities were:
- weaving
- hand made cords
- needle felting and use of the embellisher
- shisha mirrors

There were lots of ready-worked examples displayed for inspiration.  Enough equipment, yarns and other materials were available for members to create their own samples of different types of embellishment.  

In the first corner, here are two members weaving:-


In the next corner there was an opportunity to work on handmade cords, either twisted by hand or stitched on a sewing machine, using zigzag stitch.  This is a very old form of embellishment and the oldest example of a twisted cord dates back to 1500 BC.

This member is working very hard on twisting her cord...!

There was a demonstration of the embellisher machine, which doesn't require thread or a bobbin and allows you to do needle punch felting.  The needles push the fibres through the fabric to create a design.  Members were also able to try hand punch felting, which also gives excellent results:-

The fourth activity was shisha, or mirror work, where small mirrors are added to fabric using decorative stitching.  This type of work is often seen in Indian embroidery:-

Everyone had a very busy, and productive afternoon!  Don't forget to let the committee know if you have any suggestions for an activity which can be included in a Four Corners meeting.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Fibre Fusion Workshop

Last week we held a very busy and productive workshop with Hilary Naghashi, who showed us different ways of working with natural fibres, such as silk noil, bamboo fibre, tussah tops, soya bean fibre ..... the list goes on!

Hilary brought along some examples of her own work which we all admired:-

Hilary is an experienced and generous tutor and, with her supervision and help, we then began to experiment by making our own samples - as you can see, they were very successful:-

Everyone made their own collection of samples which could be worked on further at home.  Time flew by and we all wished that the workshop had been much longer!