Thursday, 17 October 2013

Golden Motifs Workshop

On Saturday, we enjoyed a lovely workshop, Golden Motifs, with Louise Watson.  She has been to our Guild several times before and it is always really enjoyable.  She enjoys coming to us as it isn't to far for her to travel and she knows what a good lunch we have.

These below show some of Louise's work.  The first is the block she made, then the print, then the finished piece.

Louise brought along several pieces of her own to inspire us and demonstrated all of the techniques.

Print and press on
We started the day by using printing blocks that Louise brought along, printing on paper and different fabrics.We then made our own prints using press and print, again playing around with different colours and on a variety of surfaces.

Embellish with stitch and beads
In the afternoon Louise suggested that we choose our favourite piece of printing and embellish it with stitching and beads.
Our creations
Here are all of us at the start - all happy to have a go.
Here of some examples of what we accomplished during our workshop - fun.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Golden Motifs

We will be welcoming Louise Watson to Little Somerford Village Halll, this coming Saturday 5th October. 

Louise will be showing members and visitors how to incorporate golden fabrics, threads, dyes and prints into their embroidered work.

Our workshops are an opportunity to learn new skills, work with exciting textile artists and enjoy a sociable bring and share lunch that never disappoints.

More here soon about the workshop, with photographs.

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Come and See What We Do....

Our AGM is a yearly celebration of the work and activity we have enjoyed as members of the Malmesbury Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild.

This year's AGM will be held on Tuesday 10th September from 7-9pm at the historic Malmesbury Town Hall.

As well as an exhibition of members' projects and the usual AGM business of electing the committee for 2013-2014, we will also be welcoming two speakers to the event.

Firstly,  Linda Babb from Brunel Broderers will be joining us to talk about Eygptian Weaving.

And secondly, we welcome Jackie Hall who is an expert and teacher in traditional Japanese embroidery.

We hope you will be able to join us at this celebration and look forward to welcoming new members and to a fulll year of workshops and talks about embroidery, stitching and creativity.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Celebration of Stitch Day

Our Celebration of Stitch day was held on Saturday 3rd August at Malmesbury Town Hall in the Jackdaw Cafe.  We were thrilled that our Group banner is nearing completion - not far to go now.
Some of our members met up to share their sewing projects over a cappacino, milkshake and smoothies.
It was really nice to see everyone and their embroidery creations.  It's good to have some feedback, share ideas and have some fun.
Those of us who took part in this Countrywide Embroiderers Guild event had such an enjoyable few hours that we are thinking of asking the cafe manager if we can do it again - perhaps even on a regular basis.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Annual Summer Garden Party

Our annual summer garden party was a great success with about 20 members and visitors attending. The party was held by one of our members, Nicola Goodwill, in her lovely garden.  It was a lovely evening at a beautiful venue with fabulous food.  A good time was enjoyed by all.
We had the best supported competition which we have ever had.  Well done to everyone for joining in - results (for fun) were :
1st - Susan Sutton, 2nd - Gloria Pugh, Joint 3rd - Mary Clarke/ Mary Hill 
Susan and Gloria won vouchers for Mulberry Silks and the two Marys won a selection of threads.
In addition to this we had a great raffle, together with Pat Wood's wonderful selection of threads, silks and fabrics from Mulberry Silks to browse and purchase.
For more retail therapy click on her website link Mulberry silks 

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

"Found Objects in Embroidery" Workshop

The workshop aim was to show us some new techniques on how to incorporate all our found treasure into our embroidery.  We had some fun learning how to attach cabochons, shells, beads and other objects.
The tutor Alison Nash with some of her pieces
More examples of Alisons stunning pieces

Stitching and attaching

Some of our members having a go and applying new techniques learned from Alison.
Our creations
It was a most enjoyable workshop and we learnt some useful techniques.  Some of the creations might be entries into the competition on Tuesday evening for our garden party.
Well done everyone.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Broderers, Bancroft and the Banner

We welcomed Susi Bancroft to Little Somerford Village Hall last night who gave a fascinating insight into the work of the members of Brunel Broderers, a longstanding and well-respected group of textile artists.  Susi brought examples of work produced by the group and gave us a whistle stop tour through their recent exhibitions and projects.

It was interesting to hear how a group of artists with a wide range of artistic practice and interests work collectively to promote stitching and textile art across the South West.

As we gathered for the talk, we also had the opportunity to view our latest work in progress - each member has been given a letter to stitch for an embroidered banner for our branch which we will use for exhibitions and to display when we have our AGM.

It's definitely coming together with only a few letters to be completed.  Once completed the letters will be arranged and stitched together by members of the committee and ready for display later in the year.

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Tuesdays talk

Our next talk will be by the Brunel Broderers who are a group of artists based in South West of England.  They work in a variety of textile media and methodologies.  Come and listen as Susi explains the inspiration that drives the group and their recent exhibitions.

Her talk will be at 7.30pm in Little Somerford Village Hall on Tuesday 11th June.
All welcome. Members free, visitors £5.  We hope to see you there.

Here is their blog -

Monday, 20 May 2013

"Pointillist Surfaces" Workshop

We all had an interesting day creating an "embroidered painting" inspired by a Pointillist/impressionist picture.

Chris Cook our tutor demonstrated a variety of techniques including an embellisher which some of us had never used before and that was fun to have a go with.

Creative aim
We were all asked to bring a picture of a garden, land or seascape in the style of impressionist/pointillist paintings to help us create a Pointillist surface.

Here is an example of what we were aiming towards. Some lovely results.

Start stitching

Here we are all starting off machine stitching our Pointillist surface.

All that creativity has made us peakish - time for lunch. Everyone contributes to our group lunch.
Shared lunch
More examples
Here are some more pictures of what we can accomplish with an initial creative idea and with the techniques Chris showed us using an embellisher.

Summer flowers

A garden scene
Our creations
A thoroughly enjoyable day and hopefully we all learned something new to try out at home. 
Think everyone was pleased with the end results. Well done everyone.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Our next talk

Dorothy Reglar is one of the 'on site makers' at Brewery Arts in Cirencester, since 1994.  She spends an average of 6 weeks each year with the weavers in Laos, S E Asia.

She will show and talk about her connection and work with the weavers of Laos and how the beautiful cloth and garments are created.

Her talk will be at 7.30pm in Little Somerford Village Hall on Tuesday 16th April.
All welcome. Members free, visitors £5.  We hope to see you there.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Group Banner Update

We have made some progress with our letters that will eventually make up our Group Banner.    
These have been individually designed and stitched using a defined palette of colours so that they
all blend together when its assembled.  Have a look at how we are progressing.


Monday, 25 March 2013

Burning Issues II Workshop

One of our members, Heather Martin reported on our latest workshop.

We had an enjoyable and creative day with tutor Margaret Beal on 16th March.  She specialises in the use of a fine-tipped soldering tool to bond, cut and mark synthetic fabrics. 

The results of the class were stunning and we inspired to go home and try some more ideas.

Intricate designs
Amazing what is possible
Starting off

We learnt a further range of techniques as this follow - on workshop for many of us, having learnt the basics with Margaret last year.

Where to start ?
Choosing layers and colours
Designs and shapes

Interesting designs
Cutting out with soldering tool
Our creations

Some more examples of what can be possible - well done everyone.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

March Workshop - Burning Issues II
We will be welcoming Margaret Beal back again this year to Little Somerford Village Hall on
Saturday 16th March, 10am - 4pm. Last year it was sold out and tremendously enjoyable. We will be re-visiting the basic techniques and exploring more techniques with the soldering tool.

Branch Member £20.00 / Visitor £25.00.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Branch Banner Workshop

We all had an enjoyable Open Day starting to create a Banner to represent our
branch.  This could be used for exhibitions and displays of our work wherever that may be - from Gallery to Table top. An identity at last showing who we are.

Choose a Letter

Fabric for the banner

We were encouraged to choose a letter and given two contrasting tones of fabric to begin with. One for the letter and one for the background.

S for Stitches

Making a start
Throughout the day 14 members and visitors participated in some way. This shows some of our members stitching their letters with matching tones of threads and embellishments.

Begin stitching
Here is an example of our first letter M - already drawn and designed, cut out, stuck and outlined with couching techniques. Simple but effective.

M for Malmesbury
Near the end
A really good start - we hope to continue to have fun with some creative stitches and
embellishments before eventually making up the banner.

Letters and Kits
We made up kits for those who could't come but still would like to join in.  Look forward to seeing everyones progress over the next few months.


Wednesday, 20 February 2013

drawing through stitch

Thank you to everyone who came to the talk I gave last night at Little Somerford Village Hall.  We had a good turn and welcomed a couple of new visitors/members.

Our talks often have an unexpected twist and tonight's surprise was the opportunity to make a sketchbook and do a little drawing.  I showed the group how to make a simple sketchbook from an A4 sheet of paper and we worked with pencil, Derwent Artbars and Inktense blocks. 

What was interesting is what is always interesting - everyone drew something different, differently.

Here we are, at the beginning....just setting up the table, books and materials.

I'd prepared quick Powerpoint and we had a discussion about the similarities/differences between stitch and drawing and the judgements that are still made between art/craft.

We meet in Little Somerford Village Hall - a lovely, traditional community space where, still, people come to congregate and enjoy each other's company.

I hope that everyone enjoyed the drawing activity.  I hope to run a few workshop days in the near future.

Our next Embroiderers' Guild workshop is Burning Issues II with Margaret Beal on Saturday 16th March.

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Tuesday's talk

Our secretary, Janice Botterill, will be presenting 'Drawing through Stitch' at 7.30pm in Little Somerford Village Hall on Tuesday 19th February.

There will be a short talk about the connections between drawing and stitching followed by a mini-workshop.

All welcome.  Members free, visitors £5.

Thursday, 17 January 2013