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.

Friday, 19 January 2018

January meeting - Pearl Loves Paisley

Our speaker this month was Justine Warner. Her first foray into textiles after moving to Sheriff Hutton involved stitching into men's ties, and then adding some pearl embellishments, hence the name she uses - Pearl Loves Paisley.

Celandines in Spring
 (image taken from Justine's website)
Justine initially used ties because they were to hand, when she wanted to make something to enter into her local village show. This piece was a cushion, and the talk illustrated her creative development from this early piece to the framed textile landscapes she creates today.

Incoming Storm Applecross Scotland
 (detail - image taken from Justine's website)
Justine talked about the elements she incorporates into her pieces, including felting, free machine embroidery and found items such as bark and feathers. We were treated to many handling samples which were enthusiastically passed round the audience. She then went on to detail her forthcoming classes and exhibitions. It was a very interesting and well received talk.

In other things . . .

First Aiders are needed for our branch exhibition in June. If you can help in this way, please let the committee know