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Chesterfield Branch Banner "Spire"

'Spire' - the Branch banner - showing the well known Chesterfield Crooked Spire. The Tudor looking building on 
the left of this picture is where we meet. 

NEXT MEMBERS MEETING                                               Thursday 4 May 2017

Hilary Hollingworth: A Darned Obsession

This illustrated lecture tells of how a casual remark by a teacher at infant school developed into a way of working with stitch that has become an addiction. The talk reflects on how family background, personal and community memories become themes and subjects for stitched work. How themes develop into ideas and ideas are worked through into finished work. The lecture shows examples of personal work covering many years as a stitcher.

Display Table: From Sketchbook to Finished Piece. Finished pieces of embroidery along with sketchbook ideas or photo/artefact/inspiration that led to the piece.
Over and Over and Over Again completed cushions. See initial designs here.

ABOUT OUR GUILD                                                        

Chesterfield Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild is a small and friendly group of people with an interest in textiles and embroidery. Member numbers hover around 35. Most members are very regular attenders at our monthly meetings. 

Some of us are very skilled and others beginners. It doesn't matter what your skill level is, you will be welcome. We have a varied programme with speakers, member led workshops, day workshops (with expert tutors) and visits.

We meet upstairs in the Saints Parish Centre, 3 St Mary's Gate Chesterfield S41 7TJ (just below the Crooked Spire church), on the 1st Thursday in the month 7pm for 7.15pm - 9pm (except in August). There is a lift for those who dislike stairs. There are a number of pay car parks near by.

Visitors and new members are always welcome to attend our meetings on the first Thursday of the month (suggested donation £4.00). Come and try before you join.

Membership Fees from September 2016
Embroiderers’ Guild  £33
Chesterfield Branch Membership £20

Please read our current newsletter to find out more about our activities. It can be found at the bottom of this page. There is also a printable copy of our programme from September 2016 until October 2017 at the bottom of this page as well.

We can also be found on Facebook and Pinterest.

EXCITING NEW PROGRAMME FOR 2017                        


There is a thread that leads though this year's programme which we hope will lead to an exhibition in 2018.

We live close to a World Heritage Site which contains some of the earliest cotton spinning and weaving factories in the world. In September 2017 we have arranged a group tour of the museum in Masson Mill, Matlock. Some of the evening meetings will be linked with this. There were two practical evening sessions in the New Year which explored ideas; and introduced new materials and processes.

See our programme for more details. Link can be found to the right and below.

First batch of photos of cushion designs can be seen to the left under the title Over and Over and Over Again. More photos to be coming soon!

Sharing Photos on Google

Your IT Rep, Michelle, had a training session with the Region on 1 April. Here I learnt more on how to keep our Branch pages updated and how to use Google Photos. Any member can take photos, create a photo album and share the link with their IT Rep to add to branch webpages, Facebook and Pinterest. If any members would like to do this, please contact me via my email or at the next meeting. I have added the link to the Presentation on using Google Photos below. Click here to go to Regional News.

Presentation on how to use Google Photos for all members

Over and Over and Over Again

March 2017

One our members visited an interesting textile museum while in the Netherlands with working looms old and new. There was a stunning exhibition of students work using the modern machinery to sample their work. Here is the link, please press on EN for the English version.

January 2017

Cogs cushion design
On our first member-led workshop in January we were asked to come up with some cushion designs on the theme Over and Over and Over Again. We got our designs back on the March meeting printed on fabric and we are in the process of turning them into cushion covers.

To see more photos click here.

Photos of designs are also available on Pinterest.

Saturday 3 December 2016                            

Nicloa Jarvis Bijou Robin Brooch

Nicola Jarvis tutored an all day beading and embellishment workshop where all all made Robins that could be brooches or tree decorations.

For more information about this workshop click here ...

More about earlier things that we have been doing .........

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE BRANCH                     

Please contact our Chair

Rosemary Brownlee: 

Michelle Raymond-Barker,
22 Apr 2017, 12:40
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24 Feb 2017, 09:10
Michelle Raymond-Barker,
27 Mar 2017, 14:05
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