Monday, 24 December 2012

Merry Christmas- December 2012

For our December meeting we decided to have a Christmas meal at The Egerton Arms in Chelford- about 20 ladies enjoyed a lovely 3 course meal followed by a private tour of the pubs new deli outlet.

A thoroughly enjoyable evening & I certainly will be visiting again!

Merry Christmas to all & see you again 16 January 2013 for our first speaker of the New Year- Jenny Unsworth on ' Reconstructing Costumes from History'

Friday, 23 November 2012

Rob Wilson- November 2012

 As part of our 21st birthday celebration, we were thrilled to be joined by Whaley Bridge based artist Rob Wilson for a true masterclass of his mixed media work. Rarely do we see an artist create & virtually complete a piece of work within the meeting time. The speed at which Rob worked was phenominal (this was his norm!). From the initial pencil to canvas, adding paint, through to the addition of print & paper to create more layers & texture. Then just as he was about to add the final phase of stitch he proceeded to cut up the canvas into manageable pieces- can you imagine our horror!!!!

However we need not have worried as his final compositions of the urban landscape are truly amazing. My inspirational phrase of the evening was ' Don't be precious, just let go'



Happy 21st Birthday- November 2012

From humble beginnings in a barn, Chelford Embroiderers Guild has grown in to an active & thriving throng of stitchers.It was also a pleasure to see some of our founding members at our anniversary meeting on the 21st November as well as a good membership turnout, 21 years exactly to the actual date.
Happy Birthday to us!

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Annette Emms Workshop October 2012

After a dreamy night a group of Chelford ladies returned for Annette's workshop to try & recreate those irresistible boots and by looking at these images of the day I suspect those fairies & pixies may come calling soon! Who now says they don't believe?

Annette Emms- October 2012

Exquisite, absorbing, magical, delightful just some of the many superlatives which covered Annette Emms talk 'Hidden Paths & Legends' . She told us how the world of fairies, pixies & moonbeams began & how these translated into her beautiful work of books & the creation of the famous pixie boots.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Next Young Embroiderers 23 October 2012
Tuesday 23 October 10.30-2.30pm
£8 per child
A craft session for boys & girls aged 8 years and upwards
Don't forget to bring a packed lunch 

Monday, 24 September 2012

Diary Dates

21 November :           Rob Wilson
                                   Talk on his mixed media work

 This meeting will also be our 21st Anniversary so there will be cakes to celebrate!

24 November: Knitting & Stitch Show in Harrogate-dont forget to book your coach seat.

5 December : Our Anniversary Dinner at The Egerton Arms in lieu of a formal December meeting. More details soon.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Rachel Grant September 2012

A thrilling talk to open the new season by Rachel. She told us how her work was inspired & later developed by a series community led projects which enhanced her awareness of history & buildings. Her last project 'Godiva Awakes' was fascinating- helping create a coat for a 6m high giant touring puppet as part of the cultural Olympiad

Friday, 14 September 2012

Hope you are excited about the new season which starts Wednesday 19th September with our speaker  Rachel Grant 'People, Places & Identity ' There will also be a short AGM.
Usual time & place. Watch this space for updates & more details about our 2012-13 programme.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Cupcake Crazy at Young Embroiderers

We all went cupcake crazy at yesterday's young embroiderers' group. We started off by making these yummy cupcakes out of suffolk puff and felt ball. In the afternoon we did some printing using polstyrene sheets and finished off with a cupcake to eat as a reward fo all the hard work.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Sheila Smith Felting July 2012

We have certainly finished off this year on a high point with a talk and workshop by Sheila Smith. Her talk on Wednesday evening was very inspirational and was really well attended. Those lucky enough to  obtain a place on her workshop on Thursday had a wonderful time creating a piece of textured felt using the shibori method.
Rose choosing her fleec

Sheila demonstrating

Carol's finiihed sample

Rose's samples

Sheila at the show and tell and the end of the say

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Jubilee Red White and Blue 6th June 2012

 We had a joint meeting with the South Cheshire Embroiderers' Group on the patriotic theme of red, white and blue. There were a number of activities for the young people to chose from such as button bracelets, needlefelting, stencilling and dissolvable embroidery.

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Margaret Steeden "Moving On' May 2012

Margaret Steeden
Margaret Steeden gave us a really interesting talk on Wednesday entitled' Moving On' , in which she described how she had personally moved on after being forced to take early retirement due to ill health and also how she has moved her work on through a process of experimentation and evaluation.
Margaret is a member of Textile 21.

News from Regional Day

Carol Stow has won 1st Prize in the Regional Competition ' Two peas in a Pod"with her felt sculpture "Happiness in Togetherness'.

Carol Stow
Well Done Carol!

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Images from the exhibition 24th March 2012

My thanks go to Viv Cash for taking these wonderful photographs- they have certainly captured the day!

Susan Briscoe April 2012

Susan Briscoe came to our April meeting and delighted us with her many beautiful quilts, All of the quilts have been inspired by her time in Japan and each quilt had a story attached to it,

Quilt by Susan Biscoe

Susan Briscoe talking to Chelford Embroiderers' Guild April 2012

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Young Embroiderers 10th April 2012

Young designers at work
We had a brilliant time at the Young Embroiderers meeting on Tuesday  as Jordan Hargreaves and Michele Friswell who are  embroidery students from MMU came to our meeting to show us contemporary hand stitching techniques.. We started off by creating an unique surface to stitch into using 'Di- Stix' fabric crayons. These can be used either by drawing a design onto paper and transferring it to the fabric by ironing or cna be used directly onto the fabric.

The finished results- some lovely cushions
 We then used a variety of hand- stitching techniques to decorate the work which we later made into cushions .
We got some lovely results
As you can see the the results were stunning!

Monday, 26 March 2012

Exhibition 24th March

Our exhibition this very was very successful with visitors coming from far and wide.
The winner of our competition was Jean Webb with 'Box of Delights'
Jean Webb 'Box of Delights'

Box of Delight Detail

Box of Delights detail

Second place was Carol Stow with 'A Pint, a Pie and a Pal'
Carol Stow 'A pint, a Pie and a Pal'

Carol Stow 9 Detail)

 And last but not least , third place was Leila Sutcliffe with 'Annomites'
Leila Sutcliffe " Anomites' (detail)
Well done to all our winners and a big  thank you to everyone who took part.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Marion Anniss March 2012

Marion Anniss came to speak to us this month. She delighted us with detail about her awe and wonder series which was inspired by Norwich Cathedral.

Marion Anniss Awe and Wonder series
History is usually the starting point for Marion's research -" the architecture, artefacts, wall and floor decorations of old buildings - get me sketching or photographing, and I take these images into designs. I review my observational drawings, sketches and experiments looking for patterns and shapes which I manipulate digitally. I am searching for images that will work as backgrounds for my textile pieces."History is usually the starting point for Marion's research -" the architecture, artefacts, wall and floor decorations of old buildings - get me sketching or photographing, and I take these images into designs. I review my observational drawings, sketches and experiments looking for patterns and shapes which I manipulate digitally. I am searching for images that will work as backgrounds for my textile pieces."
Marion Anniss at Chelford Embroiderers' Guild March 2012

Friday, 17 February 2012

Pauline Turner - Crochet

Pauline Turner at Chelford Embroiderers' Guild
We don't usually have talks on crochet at our embroiderers' guild so we were really glad that Pauline came talk to us about how crochet has become a part of her life.

 We were amazed at the wonderful effects which can be achieved with the crochet hook.
 Perhaps this is not all that surprising as Crochet has its root in tambour work.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Young Embroiderers' Felting Day

This month we were really fortunate to have Di Stone lead us in a felting workshop. After making a flat piece of felt to understand the technique we then went on on make Handbags, ipod covers, balls and hearts ( as it was valentines day).
Everyone had a really great time and made some wonderful things.

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Jacqueline Hyman January 2012

Jacqueline Hyman provided us with a really interesting talk on the research and restoration she has been carrying out on a collection of medieval children's clothes. The clothes had been excavated from burial sites in Egypt in the 1930's and had been stored in a cardboard box in an archive ever since. when she examined them she realised that they were a very important collection as there is nothing quite like them in other collections. She has been researching into them using her own meticulous methods and modern technology such as the electron microscope which magnifies fibres hundreds of times.

Close up of cap showing text. Image from

It was a very interesting and informative talk.