Sunday, March 5, 2017

Feb Meeting.

Our speaker was Mary Taylor, a textile artist who lives in the Lake District and works from a studio in Farfield Mill in Sedburgh.   She specialises in embroidered landscapes of the beautiful scenery around her home and studio.  Scotland, especially the west coast around Ardnamurchan  is also a source of inspiration for her.

She gave a fascinating slide presentation showing how she constructs her landscapes in stitch.  Working from a photo, she sketches her design onto Vilene. Next she layers  strips of velvet in many subtle colours onto the Vilene to suggest land, sea, sky, etc followed by a layer of organza strips, again in many shades, all pinned to the base.  Dense machine embroidery is then applied to create  the fields, trees, rocks and other features of the land or seascape.  Heat is also applied to reveal some of the velvet layer.  She brought with her examples of the finished landscapes, alive with colour and texture.

Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch

February 2017


The Members Challenge theme for 2016/17 is “Imprisoned Splendour”.  Details on the EG website together with some ideas to inspire you.  Entries must be received by 27th February 2017.

Exhibitions and Events

     The  NW regional day this year is in Lancaster on Saturday,   April 22nd  at the University of Cumbria, Lancaster Campus,  Bowerham Rd, Lancaster LA1 3JD. Tickets are £25 each to include lunch.  If you are interested in going, please give your names to Sheelagh.     The  Rose Bowl competition at  Regional Day  is on the theme of Entrances -  Doorways, gateways, windows, etc.

The National AGM 2017 is in Edinburgh on 1 April.  Details and the programme are on the EG website.

EG members from Manchester and Cheshire will be displaying work at Tatton Park 25 March – 30 July, inspired by the landscapes and gardens of Tatton, as part of the Capability Brown Festival.  Further details:   There is also a CB festival display at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, 1 February – 10 May.

An exhibition of New Quilting supported by Arts Council England will be held at the Rheged Centre, Penrith 3 March – 23 April.

Ruby Porter has organized a sale and exhibition of textiles from Sreepur village in Bangladesh at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral 17 – 26 February, 11am – 4pm.  Ruby will talk about her work with the Sreepur community each day.

Preston branch exhibition from 24 – 26 February, 10am – 4pm at  Barton Grange Garden Centre.  See noticeboard for details.

The EG nationally has set up an appeal inviting members, branches, regions and the wider stitch community to contribute to the fee for the services looking after the Collection being provided by Bucks County Museum in Aylesbury.  For the first two years, the appeal is for £45,000.  We have details of how to contribute if you so wish.

Ann needs  handmade birthday cards for sending to members. Any you make and can donate, please pass them on.

Raffle prizes are always welcome.  Please see Judith.  If there are any library books you think would be suitable for us, please tell Jenny. (An ISBN would be helpful)

If you hear of any interesting exhibitions or events that you think may be of interest to us, please let Sheelagh know and details can go on the newsletter or noticeboard.

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