A stitch in time

Christmas Box Cards

Our November 2019 meeting was something a little different. Local craftswoman Cathy Powling came to tutor us in making these charming cards. Cathy brought along many examples of her cards and showed the range of her imagination for many occasions.

Cathy’s preferred medium is paper, so she shared the techniques involved whilst our discussions contemplated the possibilities using fabric, Lutrador, Pelmet Vilene or similar products to make the base. We also thought that fabric might be used for pattern, and other stitching & media ideas could be used for the pop-up elements.

With Christmas just a few weeks away it was the starting point for most of our cards and featured above are just some of our efforts. It was a productive afternoon as we enjoyed ourselves, learnt a new technique and went home with a finished product, but knowing how to do it better next time.

A way with words

The latest Young Embroiderers project was to work within a hoop and embroider words. Over the summer holidays short(?) sayings were chosen, being humorous, reflective or inspiring. The girls learnt how to create their own design to a specific hoop size and transfer this design onto fabric ready for stitching. Some were meticulously drawn out on paper whilst others came with a basic idea and the design evolved as work progressed. Whatever method was chosen worked to the stitchers own strengths. Some of the completed work can be seen here although I was unable to take pictures of a couple of projects that also displayed the flair and personality of the maker.

Stitchfest 2019

Stitchfest at Ardingly saw the launched of our Crystal Swan as she glided across our table accompanied by Young Embroiderers & members work.

Crystal Swan at Stitchfest 2019

She caused a great deal of interest and much praise, especially when Teresa explained the detailed process. Our Alphabet Tiles continue to draw interest and clearly have given inspiration to other Guilds.

The show cases were a varied delight. It was a great opportunity to talk to fellow stitchers and share stories of creativity. I came away gaining ideas for future projects but had also shared my knowledge to encourage others.

This Funky Chicken was created by Margarita as an example of a YE project.

There were many sumptuous stalls to peruse and purchase from. These colourful threads from Weaver Bazaar were a particular favourite.

Many ladies were heard to say ” I’m not going to buy any more” but we did.

Our thanks must go to the organisers who I hope had time to enjoy the event as it was a long day – but a positive and encouraging event.

Let’s get stitching

The latest project from our Young Embroiderer’s has been to make a needle-case and pinwheel using decoration created with fabric transfer paints. The addition of simple stitches has added depth & interest.  A fun project with a simple idea led to many variations so that each member has expressed her personality. Some were completed this week and each member was given a set of needles & pins to get them started.IMG_20190323_120805251 We wait to see the more complex designs next meeting.

Stylish Drawstring Bags

Last term our Young Embroiderers got creative and working to their individual abilities made shoulder bags from denim jeans. Besides recycling this covered many facets of design and selection; the techniques  included creating their unique applique motifs, applying & hand stitching their design,  machine stitching their bag and liner to create this draw string bag. These two bags illustrated drew from the night sky for their inspiration.



We took part in another successful exhibition staged by Horsham Artists Open Studios this October. A varied display showcasing the talents and styles of the members drew positive comments. Programmes and leaflets were given out and we hope to welcome some new members to our meetings.

Bugs Galore

Led by Marji our YE group had worked on the SE Regions competition theme of Bugs in a Jar. The girls created bug life that included tadpoles, chrysalis, slugs, exotic caterpillars, stick insects, spiders both fearsome & friendly to flamboyant butterflies and beetles some of which were managing to escape from the jar .DSCF7632

We are delighted that the groups efforts were recognised and awarded joint first prize at the area day.

Our co-winner was Emilia whose work is outstanding and sets a very high standard. We look forward to seeing more of her talent in the future.

Sussex Prairie Gardens

DSCF6510Braving the unreliable summer weather six of us met at the Sussex Prairie Gardens on 27th July. The 8 acres of gardens are planted in bold swathes of colour & texture and amongst the planting can be found a variety of interesting sculptures. DSCF6500A crocodile and giraffe were  seen but not captured on camera. Further inspiration was also found from the resident textile and mixed media artists Emma Taylor and Amanda Duke. Their work prompted discussion of the workshop sessions we have organised this past year.

DSCF6514The garden is currently exhibiting the longest strip of decorated denim which was draped along the fences, wrapped around a shed and entwined around a tree. DSCF6512Over 1 km long the decorated panels explain the ugly facts about the process of denim production.


How did I get here?

Our November meeting was an enjoyable afternoon with Anne Hellyer explaining how her city-scape art techniques have evolved.     Anne was generous with her knowledge and imparted various ideas that we could explore. Several ladies purchased the assembled packs of painted fabric and we wait to see their efforts.

We look forward to meeting Anne again later in the year when she will be leading our Autumn workshop day on 17 November 2018. Be sure to sign up at our regular meetings.