We had a fantastic Branch meeting this Monday, where members trekked through the snow to listen to two of our own members talk about their embroidery practice.
First, Anne shared here stitching experiences with us, from her earliest traycloths, through her stumpwork course, to the present day, where she is studying for her City and Guilds at Missenden Abbey.
Anne shared this great piece of stumpwork, inspired by a photograph of Anne as a child with her grandmother:
As part of her City and Guilds, Anne has made lots of sketchbooks exploring aspects of design, and she brought these along so we could see her work. There were loads of fabulous examples of these explorations. I especially liked this page about texture:
Anne talked about how her tutor, Janet Edmonds encourages them to isolate an element of a design, and then use this for extended periods of work, both for design and stitch samples. As part of a seaside theme, Anne took the shape of a spade, and worked it into repeated patterns and images, leading to this lovely textured stitch sample:
Anne brought along lots of fascinating books and pieces of embroidery. Click play on this slideshow to see some more photos:
The second member we welcomed was June Parkinson, who is a member of both Solihull and Birmingham branches. June started embroidering a number of years ago, inspired by a resolution between June and her sister to do something creative.
He recent work has been in a very distinctive style of embroidery, and brought a number of pieces to share with us, including this gorgeous image worked onto canvas, inspired by a holiday in Rome:
June has also been experimenting with stitching into lutradur, and painting and embellishing it, to gorgeous effect:
We were very interested in June's fabulous large vessels, constructed of fabric, felt and heavily textured stitch and beading:
For more photos of June's embroidery, click Play on this slideshow:
We're hoping to book June for a workshop in 2015, so watch this space!
Thank you to both Anne and June for bringing their fantastic embroidery to share with us.