Young Embroiderers – reported by Christine Hill

During the Easter holidays, our Young Embroiderers had a busy workshop. Here is evidence of their work. 
The four bookmarks based on plastic canvas were made and completed by girls between the ages of 6-8 and this was only their second session with YE so they did very well.
The amulets were made by the older girls (10 – 14 years). They found this project which was based on interlock canvas quite a challenge and most did not finish although they took the necessary materials home to finish the pieces later. They followed instructions regarding stitching and shaping but chose their own colours which  look wonderful. 

The finished piece with a strap worked in canvas has a silk backing stitched onto the whole piece and then the strap can be folded over to make a loop so the amulet can be hung from a cord and worn. (Being teenagers they will probably come up with some way of using them which we had not considered !)  A couple of the girls decided to stitch their squares onto their pencil cases and not make the straps. 

Ploughman’s followed by demos - April 2014

For our April meeting we changed our usual format and the Committee kindly organised a delicious Ploughman’s lunch for members to enjoy.  The aim of the day was to have the opportunity to chat, watch demonstrations and to see what others had been up to.

There was a lot of interest in Maggie H’s newly formed Sketchbook groups and those who started last year had their work on display.  A second group has just started and members were keen to see what people had been doing and ask questions.  Below are sample pages from Vernice’s, Yvonne’s & Ros’ sketchbooks.


The embroidery which has been hanging in the Doctors’ surgery in Marlborough has been returned to the Guild for us to carry out some conservation work.


Christine H demonstrated the new sewing machine which has recently been bought for the Young Embroiderers, Chris C demonstrated the group’s smocking machine and Ann K the overlocker.  Judy J showed members her beading work and had some beautiful examples on display.


There was a “Show and Tell” table and Chris C’s Design to Stitch group displayed their recent work.  In addition members had bought in their “work in progress” and it was soon obvious what a very diverse and talented Guild we are.

The next meeting of the Guild will be on Monday 12 May at 14.00 hours when the speaker will be Tiggy Rawlings and her talk will be entitled “Travels & Textiles”.  Doors open at 13.30 – all are welcome and if you require further details please contact 01249 750865 or visit our website:  

Ros – April 2014