Monday, 24 August 2015

The Knitting & Stitching Show, Harrogate 2015

26-29 November 2015

This is an absorbing show with so much to offer - have you visited it before?  Its packed with interesting demos, traders and textile artists and there is always plenty of inspiration and ideas.

Ticket prices for 2015 are not yet available but in 2014 advance ticket prices were:
£13 for an adult (£16 on the door)
£12 concessions - 60+, full-time students, disabled (£15 on the door)

At the show you will find:
  • over 300 exhibitors
  • workshops
  • supplies for every type of needlework

For more information why not take a look at the website for The Knitting & Stitching Show 2015
(just click on the name of the show to take you to the website).
If you are interested in attending please speak to a committee member.

The first meeting of the regenerated branch

will be held on 30 September 2015

As this will be the first meeting of the new embroidery year we shall hold a summary AGM and there will be no entrance fee.  There will be other activities during the meeting which we hope you will find interesting and become involved in.

All the available Travelling Books will be on display - there have been suggestions that they may now be ready for another journey.  Why not take one home to start its new voyage?

There will also be lots of other interesting textile-related items: textile books, design development books and other articles to encourage discussion and to stimulate your interest, providing inspiration for new projects.

And, if you have one, please bring along at least one UFO (unfinished object) - a project which you started, but then lost interest and will never finish.  Any old bit of stitching, any technique.  There will be a lucky dip of the UFOs so please make sure your object is simply wrapped.

Each member will take away someone else's unfinished objects with the purpose of transforming and combining them into a new item, by fair means or foul - stitching, cutting, weaving, burning - and to return the new item at the meeting on 25 November.  The member who produces the transformed item to receive the most members' votes will win the Rose Bowl and have their name inscribed on the base.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Magna Carta (an embroidery)

A new artwork created by Cornelia Parker, on display at The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester until 1 November 2015.

The work celebrates the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, and a large part was stitched by members of the Embroiderers Guild and by prisoners supervised by Fine Cell Work.

An excellent opportunity, and most definitely worth a visit.

Welcome to Glossop & District Embroiderers Guild

The Glossop & District Branch of the Embroiderers Guild is starting the 2015-2016 season with a new look.  The monthly meetings will be held in Glossop Cricket and Bowling Club, North Road, Glossop commencing at 1pm on the last Wednesday of the month.

We are a group of energetic and enthusiastic stitchers and textile artists who enjoy sharing their work, ideas and discovery of textile techniques and who welcome new creative inspiration.  We welcome members and visitors of all ages and abilities.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Capability Brown - first garden plan

If you aren't familiar with the Internet and have read Liz Smith's post, below, I thought I would post the actual plan of the garden which she has described.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Capability Brown 2016

Thought this might be of interest to you all. I love the composition of the design. Wouldn't it just make a great starting point for a textile piece! Maybe something to look out for Dunham Massey? Perhaps  they still have the original plans displayed in the house.

Click on the link above to see the plan

Capability Brown’s first garden plan Kirkharle, Northumberland

 The sketch, believed to be Brown's first garden plan, covers around 100 acres of rolling Northumberland countryside close to where he was born in 1716.
It will take around 18 months to plant out the design at Kirkharle, subject to funding and permission to alter the Grade II listed parkland.
Brown was born and grew up in Kirkharle, 20 miles north west of Newcastle Upon Tyne, and it was there that the farmer's son first learned his craft as a "gardener's boy".
Christened Lancelot, he was won his nickname because he would tell prospective clients their land had "a lot of capabilities".
He became England's finest landscape architect and gardener, and was responsible for creating over 170 parks and gardens at some of the country's finest estates, including Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, and Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire.
The sketch of his ideas for Kirkharle lay hidden in a desk drawer until John Anderson, the current owner of Kirkharle Courtyard, where Brown lived, discovered it in 1980.
It shows plans for blocks containing hundreds of beech, oak, Scots pine, shrubs and fruit trees. The centrepiece of the sketch is a serpentine lake, and Mr Anderson, whose family bought the land in 1833, hopes to create a network of footpaths allowing visitors through the land.
He said: "We found the plan in my grandfather's papers. It either came with the property or was bought separately at the time.
"Recent research suggests this was Brown's first plan, which he completed before he left Kirkharle aged 23.
"What better way to celebrate Northumberland's most famous son by recreating that vision?
""It really is a unique opportunity to create a stunning public visitor attraction."
Kirkharle Courtyard has been turned into a centre for arts and crafts boutiques and receives 50,000 visitors a year.
Natural England has backed the project, which Mr Anderson hopes will be completed within 18 months.
Trees played a great part in Brown's vision, which was in contrast to the formal, fussy gardens and grounds that went before, and the Kirkharle masterplan will include three major stands of woodland covering nine acres.
Neil Dixon, Woodland Officer with the Forestry Commission, which has supplied a £4,000 grant for the project, said: "It's certainly one of the most unusual planting schemes we have backed - in fact one designed by the nation's most celebrated landscape architect.
"The result will be a stunning new parkland with the key elements Brown conceived 270 years ago."

Daily Telegraph 2009

Saturday, 1 August 2015

National Day of Stitch

Despite some dreadful weather, today has been very successful and a number of people have been very interested in Glossop EG and the work we do.  Chris Harris represented the Guild at Lymefield Garden Centre in Broadbottom where she was approached by a number of former and current members as well as several ladies who are considering joining us.

Here, Chris is showing one of the Travelling Books to Jan Ambler who was one of the founding members of the branch in 2004.

Ann Cornes and Christine Bardsley were also representing us at Portland Basin Museum in Ashton-under-Lyne.  There was plenty of interest from all age groups.

Ann and Christine took along some beautiful work to display, from simple line stitches to kantha work and complex drawn thread work which helped to prompt questions from the visitors. 

A very worthwhile and stimulating day, and a huge thank you to all those who willingly gave their time.