We’re finally back after several family visits and a week away in the Scottish Borders and after a very busy Bank Holiday weekend I’ve finally managed to get some computer time to blog about the Scunthorpe Embroiderers’ Guild’s July meeting and workshop with Chris Gray.
The Saturday was our final meeting of the year which means along with the usual attractions like the sales table and the usual display of Travelling Books ready to journey on…
…we had a display of hand embroidery worked in response to various workshops we’ve had throughout the year. These pieces were all entered for our annual Dorothy Theaker Award to honour the lovely lady who founded our branch of the Guild and worked tirelessly to develop and promote embroidery. As pieces kept coming in through the day, I didn’t manage to photograph all of them, but here is a taster.
Some goldwork letters from our April workshop with Brenda Scarman:
Bovver birds (February) with Liz Hornsby, one of our members:
Some of the Christmas Matchbox Challenge entries:
Crewel work with two more of our members, Eilleen Grieve and Jean Threlfall, in May, with, in the little box, the brooch to be awarded to the winner of this year’s Dorothy Theaker Award:
I didn’t manage to get a picture of the winning piece (a stunning goldwork initial in gold and turquoise) as it was one of those that came in later, but given the high standard of all the entries I’m just glad it was Chris doing the judging, not me!
Then we enjoyed a talk by Chris about the tribal textiles that “float her boat”. She handed out stunning embroidered, beaded examples for us to look at and handle, talked about her love for and appreciation of them, how they informed her work and encouraged photos.
It’s books and medieval patterns, especially tiles that really appeal to me and I completely fell in love with these delicious little printed, painted, embroidered booklets.
I’ve ‘known’ Chris for several years through her blog, but in person she is even more warm, witty and engaging and great fun to listen to. It really was a fascinating and inspiring talk and I wasn’t the only one who couldn’t wait to get stuck into her amulet workshop the following day!