Monday, 11 May 2009

Embroiderers Guild Regional Day



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Saturday saw my friend A and me heading over to Lincoln for the Embroiderers' Guild Regional Day and what a day it was! We had a great time and came home with a little shopping. Drat! I've put it all away so no pics! ;o)
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The image above is part of the Lincolnshire Branch Kickstart project which I think was titled Canals. My photo is not wonderfully impressive but I wanted to show you the long piece on the table. It is absolutely beautiful and full of layers. It must be about 6 feet long and is hand embroidered/stitched. You can see a detail below. The surface has a wonderful array of stitches. I believe the artist's name is Mary Hart and it is titled "Canal Bank".
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(c) Mary Hart
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There were several displays and exhibitions but unfortunately I didn't photograph many of them. However, I was particularly struck by the display which you can see below. This is in fact less than a quarter of the bonnets displayed.
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13000 bonnets will be on display again at the Festival of Quilts in August next year by which time they hope to have over 25000 in total in commemoration of the women who were forcibly migrated to Australia in the 18th century. Norma Bean of the Embroiderers' Guild will be at the FOQ this year to publicise the event.
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There were examples of work from previous Summer Schools organised by the EG and this stunning lamp is an example of work by Kathleen Laurel Sage, one of the tutors (who doesn't seem to have a website).


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I think we shocked the exhibitors and stall holders who were there as my friend and I were probably the only attendees who didn't go into the lecture which was given in the afternoon by Jean Draper, a noted textile artist (a missed opportunity no doubt). As it turned out the lecture went on for the best part of two and a half hours and my friend couldn't have sat for that long. Instead we had a lovely leisurely wander round the exhibitions again and the trader's stands. We ended up leaving before the lecture had ended as I was rapidly running out of steam and had yet to drive home. All in all a very pleasant day!
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5 comments:

Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

The canal bank looks absoloutly stunning.
Our Guild has made some bonnets for the exhibition last year, it will be an impressive sight by the time all the bonnets are made.

Heather said...

Lovely bonnets with a very sad connection. The Canal Bank piece is absolutely wonderful. What a super day out.

Gina said...

Sounds like a great day out. You missed a treat with Jean Draper - lovely lady and beautiful work ... but two and half hours... think I might have given that a miss!

silverpebble said...

That canal bank piece is beautiful isn't it? I love the tecture - echoing diverse plants next to the water. Those bonnets are poignant aren't they. Great shapes too x

Wendy Coyne said...

I wish I had known you were going to be there, I left at lunchtime because I wasn't going to the lecture, I would have stayed and 'done' the exhibitors with you. I did manage to damage my purse during the morning however :) Wendy