Wednesday, 9 May 2018

May Meeting - Lynn Haith

The speaker at this month's meeting was Lynn Haith. Normally, at this point, I would add a link to the speaker's website or blog, but she doesn't have one yet. This also meant that we had no idea what to expect about the talk. The title 'The Antithesis of Serendipity' was impressive, but still not very specific.

It turns out we were in for a treat, as Lynn was talking about the box that she made for her City and Guilds Diploma in Design and Craft Stitched Textiles (Embroidery). This wasn't just any old box though. This was an embroidered bookcase more than a metre tall and incorporated the most ingenious techniques. These are just some of the elements which were included.

The roof was made up of stylised digitised peacock feathers.

Lynn Haith - The Antithesis of Serendipity - roof detail

The 'lid' was actually a double door, which was framed with embroidered pillars.

Lynn Haith. One of the doors featuring eminent Victorians

The interior of the box held exquisite hand made books containing all the research which had gone into making the box. It also held some very special treasures which you can see just the start of in the image below

Lynn Haith. Part of the interior of the box

I would hate to spoil the surprise, but it's unlikely that the blancmange curve will ever feature in any other Embroiderers' Guild talk that we have.
Further details can be found from Wikipedia here


The use of conducting fabric to create the final unexpected surprise was just the icing on the cake (or maybe that should be blancmange). This was an inspiring talk, and it was wonderful to be able to view close up such wonderfully inventive work executed to an incredibly high standard.


In other things . . .

Our July meeting will be at Huntington Community Centre from 10:00am to 1:00pm and will form part of the National Day of Stitch. (The June meeting is still at the Methodist Church)

More information about the exhibition has been added to the Exhibition Page.


This is just a taste of some of the works that will be in the exhibition

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

April meeting - Captain Rummage from the Cone Exchange

Our speaker this month was billed as Captain Rummage from the Cone Exchange. Many of us were unsure what the talk would be about. It turned out to be a highly entertaining and amusing talk, that showed how just a small request can grow into a major community project.

The original Angel
(image taken from Cone Exchange website)
 It started with a cone of thread in a teabag manufacturing part of Betty's and Taylor's factory in Harrogate. The cone turned in to an angel, which then grew into a host of angels. These angels were then sold and the proceeds used to provide equipment for an afterschool gardening club. And this idea of using industrial waste for crafting just grew. The Cone Exchange was created. Items which could be recycled such as spectacles or old mobile phones could be collected by community groups and then exchanged for vouchers to 'spend' on cones and other waste items - selvedges of ribbons, unwanted boxes, hessian sacks from coffee beans (this is Taylor's after all). Other businesses got involved and the products available for recycling grew. Lids from buckets of animal feed were converted into butterfly bunting. All that was needed was a little ingenuity to see how these items could be used.

The butterfly made from the lid of a bucket of animal feed
(image taken from the Cone Exchange website)
And so workshops were started, and the whole project just snowballed. There is now a scrap store where anyone can buy these items. Details of opening times and more can be found here.

The talk was very entertaining and thought provoking. A real treat.

In other news . . .

The Easter competition which was for the best piece made from a commercial design was won by Sharon for her exquisite embroidery of a little bird.



The design was taken from Trish Burr's book 'Colour Confidence in Embroidery'.


Regional Day will be on June 9th, with speakers Serena Partridge and Nicola Jarvis.

Young Embroiderers met over Easter and created a collection of flowers which will be displayed in York later in the year.


Exhibition entry forms are available now from Sheila.

Do remember to wear a name badge to the next meeting!

Thursday, 1 March 2018

. . . Another programme update

Because of the bad weather, the March meeting on Saturday 3rd has been cancelled. Lynda Kinnard's talk and workshop will be rescheduled for a later date.
And don't forget, the April meeting with Chris Powell from the Cone Exchange will be in the Methodist Hall. It will also be the judging of the Easter Competition for the best commercial design. Maybe something to work on this weekend if you're snowed in?

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Programme update

The March meeting will have Lynda Kinnard of Rebellious Rags as our speaker.
There is also an accompanying dayschool 'Circular Landscape Weaving' the following day -Sunday 4th March and spaces are still available.



This is the sort of thing we will be making.

If you would like to take part, you can sign up at the Saturday meeting or, if you would like to book your place before then, contact Judith by email at judithjay41@gmail.com for full details.

Our speaker for the May meeting will now be Lynn Haith with her talk 'The Antithesis of Serendipity'. It's a talk about a fantastic box that Lynn has made.

And a reminder that the April, May and now also June meetings will be at the New Earswick Methodist Church while the Folk Hall is being refurbished. Parking will still be available at the Folk Hall, and it is just a short walk towards the centre of the village (before the mini roundabout and the shops) to get to the church.

And if you could remember to wear a name badge, that would be appreciated.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

February Half Term Young Embroiderers

Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th February was the half term YE workshop, themed on “Stitched Seascapes”. 


The project was to create a seascape wall hanging using ribbons, fabrics and embellishments. The children practiced lots of different stitches including couching, running stitch, button hole stitch and cross stitch. 






The workshop was one of the busiest YE has had so far with 15 children attending altogether, and 8 of those children are brand new members to YE who are all excited about coming along to the next workshop. 





The children all created unique and beautiful seascapes showcasing lots of creativity and talented embroidery work with members aged from 6 - 12 years. The children’s fantastic work is going to be put into the York branches summer exhibition over at the Tithe Barn, Poppleton later this summer. 

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

February meeting

Our February meeting was a members' day where we all brought our own work to do.

This was one member's contribution to our Regional Chair competition.


We also talked a lot about our forthcoming Exhibition, which will be held at the Tithe Barn, Nether Poppleton from Friday June 22nd to Sunday June 24th this year.

There will be a Coastal theme to part of the exhibition. There will also be an exhibition by our Young Embroiderers Group who will be busy making Seascapes at their February half term meetings next week.

Image taken from our branch facebook page

This is some of the fabric that the Young Embroiderers will be stitching on - dyed at our morning session.

The exhibition will also have a series of stitched postcards, with a competition to guess each place in Yorkshire that is depicted - this could be realistic or cryptic, so thinking hats will be needed.

There will also be more general (but still as special and interesting) work on display including some of the work that was included in the 'Capability Brown' exhibition. The adjacent St Everilda's Church will be hosting a display of the Stamford Bridge Tapestry alongside our branch exhibition, so there will be plenty to see.

Keep checking the Exhibition tab at the top of the page for more information.

In other things . . .

We do encourage members to wear name badges to meetings. These don't have to be embroidered, but if they are, so much the better!

Lynda Kinnard will be speaking at the March meeting. There is also an accompanying day school on the Sunday.

There will be a demonstration of how to use the die cutter at the morning session of next month's meeting. The die cutter is then available for loan to members for a small fee.

Don't forget we also have a facebook page.

Friday, 2 February 2018

February meeting update

Sadly, our speaker for tomorrow has had to withdraw, we will be having a working day.
It will be a good opportunity to  work towards the exhibition, or the 3" squares we are producing towards the Region Banner, and / or the Guild's 100 Hearts (registration last day on Monday). Plenty to work on!

And don't forget, if you have any pieces for the summer exhibition which you have finished, please bring them along on Saturday if you can. We are looking to photograph finished pieces to use in our publicity for the exhibition.