Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Workshop - bags and boxes

The workshop 'Bags and Boxes' was held on 10 December with eleven members attending. Our tutors Chris and Sheila were very knowledgeable and experienced and always on hand to offer support or advice when needed.


Everyone worked very hard - they had to, as we could only use the Cricket Club until 2pm so Chris and Sheila made sure everyone could make good progress with their work.

Although no-one had time to complete their projects they were starting to take on definite shape in the afternoon session:


Here are some examples of previously completed bags and boxes - I'm sure all the ones which were begun at the workshop will be just as beautiful!  Please can all those members who attended the workshop bring along their work (completed, still under way or abandoned) to our next meeting in January.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

November meeting

Our November meeting gave us a busy and interesting afternoon which started with a Jacob's Join lunch where everyone had brought a contribution to the buffet.  What a wonderful buffet it was!  

When we had all satisfied our appetites Chris Harris distributed a quiz with the questions on a stitching and needlework theme (how do you spell Pekingese??).  The deserving joint winners with the highest score were Sheila and Belinda.

Then it was off to join Belinda in a workshop to make snowmen and other small seasonal figures from empty herb and spice jars (and why not?), using a wonderful selection of 'bits'.

There were some truly fabulous creations:-


- here is the final full line-up, and every one has its own character:-

I love the sad snowman, fourth from the right, trying to hide at the back.

Harrogate Knitting & Stitching Show - the White Walker

The Game of Thrones is a fantasy TV drama series.  The White Walker is one of a mythical race who kill everything in their path.  Luckily, when we spotted him at Harrogate Knitting & Stitching Show he was having a day off.

The Embroiderers' Guild were contacted by the TV company to create an artwork to form a backdrop for publicity on the release of the latest series.  Design and production was led by Anthea Godfrey on behalf of the EG, who invited The Royal School of Needlework, Hand & Lock and Fine Cell Work to participate.

A fantastic piece of work.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Needle felting at Lymefield Arts & Crafts Centre

Always being ready to try something new, two of your committee members attended a workshop in needle felting, led by experienced textile artist Hannah Dodd.  There were four people in the group and our aim was to produce a needle felted bird - here they are:

We all think they are wonderful!  The wire legs and feet still need to be covered with wool but, whilst waiting, the birds thought they would have a snack.  Their creators gave each bird a name - mine is second from the left and Ann's is third from the left, with beautiful golden eyebrows.

As my little bird appears to have a humped back, he was named Richard the Bird.

You can see more of Hannah's work on her website at:

The gallery at Lymefield is a great place to learn something new, so try to keep abreast of the workshops on offer.  An extra encouragement is that you receive a slice of Maxine's delicious cake!

Sunday, 6 November 2016

'Tantalising Textures' workshop at Pendle Branch

Last weekend three members of Glossop Branch travelled to a one-day workshop being held by Pendle branch: 'Tantalising Textures' by Sandra Wallace.  It was an unexpected and happy surprise to find that one of the other attendees was Val Coleshaw, North West Regional Chair who is pictured with her beadwork sample.

We all produced some samples of beading and Tyvek which could be used to add texture to our work.

Sandra Wallace is a very experienced embroiderer and tutor, here is some of her work:

and here is a close-up of the intricate beadwork:-

We were made to feel very welcome and all had an enjoyable day, making new friends at Pendle branch.  They have promised to visit us in Glossop next spring.

Pendle branch members have taken part in a Capability Brown exhibition at Gawthorpe Hall, which we visited during the week to admire the beautiful work on display.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Rose Bowl challenge 2016

The September meeting included the annual Rose Bowl competition.  This year's theme was 'African inspirations' and entries were at the usual very high standard, and here they are:-






Following a vote by all the members who were present, the winning work was chosen as number 2, a beautiful felted and embellished cushion worked by Christine Bardsley.  All were thanked for submitting their entries.

We enjoyed an excellent presentation given by Sandra McFarlane on the Guild's embroidery collection and were very fortunate to also have the World's Longest Embroidery available to admire.

Friday, 29 July 2016

Capability Brown: A Stitched Legacy

Capability Brown: A Stitched Legacy

After nearly twelve months of hard work we have finally collected in members' work for our forthcoming Capability Brown exhibition at Park Lane Gallery, The Silk Museum, Macclesfield. The joint exhibition with Macclesfield branch is due to open on 17th September 2016. Here is a' sneak peak' of some of our work.

Congratulations to all our talented members!

Belinda Rodway

Judi Brown

Sheila Conchie

Christine Bardsley

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Staircase House

Staircase House

Staircase House is a Grade 2 listed property in central Stockport destined for collapse until, following a severe fire in 1995, funds were raised to allow its restoration.  

Furnishing the house included the commission of a grand tester bed which, of course, required bed hangings in the style of the 16th century.  In 2005 local volunteers were asked to help to embroider the hangings - over 50 volunteers turned up to the first meeting, from beginners to experienced teachers, which enabled several projects to be started.  The group took the name: Staircase Stitchers.  You can read a little more about them here:  http://www.stockportheritagetrust.co.uk/stitchers.html

The motifs on the bed hangings are slips.  A slip is a design usually stitched in canvaswork, cut out and applied to a woven background.  This meant that all the volunteers could contribute and their names are indeed stitched at the foot of the hangings.

Beautiful work, beautifully made.  Oh, to have been involved.....

Other projects in the house are this fabulous stumpwork mirror and sampler:

We are very fortunate to have this house and embroideries to hand - if you haven't already visited, please do so!
When I posted this I had no idea that our member Belinda Rodway had actually stitched one of the slips on the bed hangings - I hadn't spotted her name at the foot of the hangings.  Well done Belinda!

July meeting - Melanie Kay

Melanie is a Manchester based textile artist who is a former EG sponsored student.  She came to talk to us about her work and her innovative use of non-traditional materials.  Some of her work has involved the use of beer cans :-

As well as embroidery, lots of other techniques are used to decorate the cans including printing, sanding and punching.  The beer cans are more difficult to identify in some of her larger works such as this wonderful lampshade, in which even the fringes are made from cans:-

This piece of work originally formed a table top, underneath glass - when held up to the light it has the appearance of lace!

We are very much looking forward to seeing her next body of work.  Mel's talk was as entertaining as it was interesting and was very much enjoyed by the members and by the visitors who had travelled especially to listen to her.

If you would like to find out more about Mel, to look at her work and read her blog then go to:

Thursday, 7 July 2016

A Play Day at the June meeting

The June meeting was an opportunity for our members and visitors to see and experiment with a number of products and techniques which can be incorporated in embroidery.

Belinda showed us how to use Angelina fibres which can be layered, trapped or bonded, or even used to construct your own fabric.  Judi demonstrated the use of Markal oil paintsticks for stencilling, rubbing or drawing and Xpandaprint was also on hand for creating a 3D effect.


Chris Harris brought along her hand felting equipment and attracted lots of interest.  She also demonstrated on the branch's embellishing machine, available for members to hire.  Ann demonstrated how to use Tyvek and shrink polyester for creating textured surfaces, and Sheila encouraged us all to experiment with painted Bondaweb.

There were plenty of books available for inspiration and ideas but Ann is taking a quiet moment with a cup of coffee:-

Members had been asked to bring along any unwanted samples or unfinished pieces of work which could be sold in aid of branch funds.  These created a lot of interest, and there were some inspirational pieces on the table.

A very busy meeting but everyone seemed to enjoy themselves - if you do use one of these products then please bring your work along to our meetings so that everyone can admire it!