Member work

Member work

Saturday, 16 March 2019

"Telling Tales" at Ilminster

Branch member, Janet Rose, has sent us this poster for a textile show that promises to be well worth a visit.

Janet will be exhibiting her family history panels and will be at the 'Meet the artists' event on 13th April, should anyone happen to be in that part of the world.

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Butterflies all around ...

Heather Everitt's talk provided a fascinating look into her life as a textile artist/maker with all its highs - such as getting her work accepted by Liberty's store in London - and lows - the very long hours that go into creating a body of work for exhibitions.

So, we were delighted that Heather agreed to make the long journey from Devon to Leamington to give us the benefit of her expertise in a workshop to create a stitched butterfly panel.

These are some from Heather's collection - which are even more stunning in the 'flesh'!  

Thankfully, we were provided with a template and very clear instructions by Heather on how to approach the layering and appliqué techniques used to make our butterflies.  Choice of fabrics and colours - as always involving much deliberation - meant that each butterfly was a very individual creation.  


 Then machine stitching personalised them still further.
This is Heather with Heidi, her stalwart vintage Bernina
It was a really well organised and enjoyable day, and both newcomers and more experienced embroiderers felt we had spent a very worthwhile few hours learning a technique that will surely prove to be very useful and adaptable.


Sunday, 24 February 2019

March talk by Heather Everitt - Friday 1st March

Heather Everitt is an embroiderer and artist based in the beautiful North Devon landscape, which is a constant inspiration for her work.  
Heather decided to take the plunge from primary teaching into full-time 'making' just over six years ago. She is now a member of the Society for Embroidered Work, which promotes embroidery as an art form, and her work has been sold by Liberty's of London, as well as being featured in "Be Creative" amongst other magazines.

Her current 'Papillio and Lepidoptera' work stems from a fascination with the ephemeral world of butterflies and moths.  Her embroideries are created in pure silk, embellished with machine stitching and hand beading.

Visitors are very welcome to come to the talk.  Visitor price: £6.

There are still a couple of places available on Heather's workshop on Saturday 2nd March, when she will introduce the technique of layering in machine appliqué, and guide us through the processes involved in making a beautiful butterfly panel.
If you are interested in taking up a place on the workshop, please contact:

Thursday, 7 February 2019

20th Century Artistic Influences on Textiles

Lis Mann gave us an interesting and thought-provoking talk about her textile work and the inspiration she has found in the work of a number of 20th century artists who used other media besides painting. William Morris and Grayson Perry are artists whose work is known for covering a range of media, including textiles, ceramics and other artefacts, but it may not be so well known that Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso, Eduardo Paolozzi and Marc Chagall among many others also designed textiles.

Our Saturday workshop focused principally on Vincent Van Gogh, and Lis guided us in working our own interpretations of his paintings in fabric and stitch.

Lis Mann - textile panel
Before we got on to that, though, Lis gave us a short exercise in drawing and colouring [agh, drawing!], which helped to get us in the right frame of mind - thinking about colour contrasts, light and dark, pattern and plain, scale and especially simplifying the basic shapes.  

It was very useful to have done this exercise first, since interpreting a Van Gogh painting might seem straightforward - his bold brush strokes and swirling lines just call out to be stitched - but it does mean that you have to really look at the important shapes and colours in a composition.

Examples of Lis's work gave us an idea of the sort of thing we might aim for.

Lis Mann - textile panel
Lis Mann - textile panel
Lis was a supportive and encouraging tutor.  She was keen to stress the importance of layers in creating a textile piece: not rushing to get everything down in its own space, but creating the background first, then the middle ground and finally, the foreground and details which are not part of the main structural shapes.  It may mean that you cover up some areas as you move forwards, but it makes for a much more coherent composition

Our works in progress were mainly at the background stage, but an important one, as they form the foundation for our pieces ....

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Where we meet

We meet most months on the first Friday for talks, and on the first Saturday for workshops.  Talks and workshops are held at 
St Mary's Hall, St Mary's Road, Leamington Spa CV31 1JW.

Non-members are welcome to come to any of our Friday evening talks.  You can find a list of talks for the current year in our Programme.
Start time is 7.15 pm.  Coffee/tea and biscuits are provided.

There is a car park next to the church alongside the hall, and on-street parking nearby.  

There is also easy access by bus from the town centre.

Monday, 21 January 2019

Talk by Lis Mann on Friday 1st February

Lis's talk will give an overview of some 20th century fine artists who were influenced by textiles, and who in turn have provided inspiration for Lis's own work.

Lis obtained a Diploma in Stitched Textiles, and gained a BA and MA in Fine Art.  She says she is an eclectic artist who chooses to use whatever medium feels appropriate to her choice of subject. Her passion is to encourage creativity in people of any age.  

Lis mentors a group of 14 artists, who meet four times a year to support and encourage each other, and also runs a wide variety of workshops for art societies, local groups and the Embroiderers' Guild, encompassing many creative subjects and themes.  This talk links to the workshop on 2nd February.

Visitors are welcome to come and hear Lis's talk.  
Details are on the 'How to find us' page on the right.

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On the same evening:
The current set of Travelling Books will be on display
Guild Stitch Folios
another chance to see these if you missed them last time.

Monday, 7 January 2019

January Members' Day

Our first meeting of this year was a day for members to get together and enjoy a relaxing day stitching and catching up.  There was plenty going on.  Besides the sales table, we enjoyed our bring-and-share lunch, and browsed folios borrowed from the Guild.

The stitching theme for the day was 'Circles', and Programme Secretaries, Gill and Lucy, provided an inspiring display of samples and ideas to get people started.  As always, a great deal of time and effort had gone into this.  Gill also demonstrated a couple of machine accessories for stitching circles, which provided food for thought.

Here's a snapshot of works in progress.  Look out for the finished versions on display later in the year.

Our Christmas competition, "A Winter Scene", had been postponed from December, so the entries were on display during the day. We traditionally vote for our favourite with coins, which are afterwards donated to a charity of the winner's choice.  It was difficult to choose one from such a beautiful collection, but Wendy's framed scene (bottom right in the photo below) was voted the overall winner.  
"A Winter Scene".  Unfortunately, not all the pieces made it into the photo!

After such an interesting and creative day, we are now looking forward to the February talk by Lis Mann on 20th century artists who had links with textiles, and then her workshop which will take Van Gogh as a starting point for a piece of work.  More information soon ...

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Junior Embroiderers keen to learn

Did someone say that sewing skills are dying out?  It's certainly not the case here.  No less than twenty-one Junior Embroiderers came along to the first session of 2019 - almost twice last year's number!  

Unfortunately, that does mean the group is at capacity and cannot take any more new members at the moment.  There is a waiting list, though, and if you are dying to join - or know someone else who is - please contact JETS Group Leader: 

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Junior Embroiderers' Programme 2019

We meet in the Upper Hall at St Mary's church, St Mary's Road, Leamington Spa CV31 1JW on the first Saturday morning of the month, 10.00 am - 1.00 pm.

Our sessions cover all kinds of textile-related activities, such as hand and machine stitching, dyeing, printing, weaving, using beads, and much more. We have made a variety of things, from bags and cushions to wall hangings and Christmas decorations, as well as cards and gifts for special occasions, and we are keen to enter competitions and take part in exhibitions. 

If you are interested in joining the group and would like more information, please contact: 
also has lots of information for young embroiders and textile students.

Below are the topics that are on our calendar for January to July this year. 

5th January:  Finishing Off
DeDenne Competition piece; Needlecases; Badges; Book Covers

2nd February:  Mini Quilts - Fields  ("Go-to" project)

2nd March:  Bunting

6th April:  Needlecases ("Go to" project)

4th May:  JETS Junk

8th June:  Mini Quilts, continued  ("Go-to" project)

6th July:  Bracelets

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

JETS' Christmas decorations

At our last meeting of this year, the JETS group had a happy session making tree-shaped Christmas decorations.

They chose two- or three-sided shapes, and cut them out in felt using a template.  Dipping into the 'bits and shares' bag (donated bits & pieces), they had great fun sewing on beads, sequins and cord.

The shapes were then stitched together and stuffed - not forgetting the hanging ribbons.

Helpers, parents and JETS had a lovely time sewing and eating cake! 

A massive thank you to all our helpers for their help and support throughout the year.  We make a great team, and we're looking forward to another fun and creative year next year. 

and a Happy, Stitchy New Year!