Ruby Celebration Exhibition of Textile Art and Embroidery – April 2016

Our exhibition was open to the public from Friday 22 April until Monday 25 April.  The Committee and members of the Guild took turns in helping Yvonne with the catering, sitting on the reception desk, selling cards, bags and hand made items on the Sales Table and  stewarding by chatting to people as they walked round and answering their questions.

On Friday evening we invited our husbands and a number of interested local people to a reception.  The Committee made a delicious selection of canapés and the Mayor of Marlborough, Mrs Margaret Rose kindly agreed to draw the raffle.  The South West Regional Chair of the Embroidery Guild, Val Rowe also came along to support the event and to view the exhibits.

Over the weekend we had a number of visitors – one lady, Edna from Wroughton was a branch member years ago and is now over 100 years old.  Another visitor arrived in her camper van all the way from Jersey.  She was so thrilled with the exhibition she came back a second day for a second look and to see Judy J’s bead demonstration.
In addition to the 100 exhibits from branch members we also had a Silent Auction of a sewing machine which had been given to us when they closed Urchfont College and group of ladies from the Merchant’s House in Marlborough kindly demonstrated turkey work each day

Sewcraft from Swindon kindly supported us by bringing a wonderful selection of their fabrics, threads and general haberdashery.  They were only planning to stay for three days but were so pleased with the arrangement they decided to stay for the complete time.  Very few people left without making a purchase from their stand and we are very grateful to them for their support.

Each half term and school holiday Christine Hill runs a session for the Young Embroiderers and their wonderful contribution of a tree of hands was on display for everybody to enjoy.  Below is one of the Young Embroiders pointing to her hand and also helping Robina stitch on a frame.
On a large table in the hall we had a wonderful display of exhibits which had been  inspired by Capability Brown. 
Just prior to the exhibition the Friends of Savernake Hospital kindly loaned us a hanging which had been made many years ago by a group of ladies under the guidance of Kaye Norris.  The images were of various ladies in history and visitors to the exhibition took great delight in guessing who they were.
The calico bags which we all embellished were a roaring success and several exhibits were sold to the public. 

Below are the red squares that members made for the Chairman’s Challenge  together with a selection of the exhibits.

Last but not least are some photos of work produced during Chris Cook’s Design to Stitch course and also work produced during our workshops.
 If you have any special photos taken over the weekend I would be pleased to receive them via email.

Report by Ros

Preparation for our Ruby Celebration Exhibition April 2016

We started planning for our Ruby Celebration Exhibition of Textile Art & Embroidery in the autumn of 2015.  A sub committee was formed with Ann Smith  in overall charge and we met on a regular basis to plan the event.  Below are some photos taken on Wednesday evening and Thursday when, under the guidance of Margaret Heath, the hall and the exhibits were prepared for display.
Report by Ros

Ploughman’s and Exhibition preparation – April 2016


On Monday we had our annual Ploughman’s lunch which was enjoyable and delicious as ever.  We nearly always have a speaker at our monthly meetings so when we have an informal lunch it is a great opportunity to chat and get up to date with what everybody is doing.

A lot of the chat was about our forthcoming Ruby Celebration exhibition and we were lucky to have two visitors who we hope will help us publicise the event.

In the morning Marie Lennon, who has the afternoon programme (14.00 – 16.00) on Wiltshire Radio, interviewed a number of members with the intention of broadcasting a little each day in the week running up to the exhibition.  Below is Marie chatting to Kay, Stella and Ann

In the afternoon Kim Wright from the Art2Art programme on the community radio station Swindon 105.5 also chatted to several members and his programme is broadcasted on a Friday afternoon between 14.00 and 15.00 and then repeated on a Sunday at 16.00.

Thank you Marie and Kim for visiting us and we look forward to hearing the broadcasts.

Report by Ros

Bowood House – Capability Brown

On behalf of the Marlborough & District Embroiderers Guild we would like to pass on our congratulations to three of our members, Lorrain Lockwood, Linda Wells and Lindsay Sherwood who have had their work chosen for a small exhibition to be displayed in The Orangery at Bowood House, Nr Calne until the end of October 2016. 

This exhibition is to celebrate 300 years of Capability Brown and is included within the general admission  to the House and Gardens which is open every day, including Bank Holidays from 11.00 to 5.30.  Website for further details: 
Please note Bowood House is private and not a National Trust property.

Thank you Judy J for the photo.  Ros