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Derbyshire

We are a group of enthusiastic stitchers with varying experience who aim to have fun and to support and encourage each other in exploring stitches and textiles. We are open to both young and old, 8 years to 80+.


 Branch Meetings

We meet on the second Saturday of the month at St Mary’s Church Hall, Darley Lane, Derby DE1 3AX 


Currently our Face to Face meetings, Stitch Fridays and Day Schools can't take place but regular Zoom meetings are now underway and Speakers are being booked for later on in the year. Please click here to see our Current Programme 2020


Click here for a Google Map showing St Mary's Church Hall Derby




You can find out about or  join the Embroiderers Guild by clicking this link to visit the Embroiderers Guild UK Website


Celebrating the Industrial Heritage of Derbyshire 

The work pictured below was created by members of the Embroiderer's Guild Derbyshire Branch 2018

Click here to see the Booklet



We also created and displayed these thimbles  Click here to see the Booklet





Currently we are making circles.  We work on our individual circles whilst we meet and chat on Zoom.  Later on these circles will be interlinked and will represent our friendship and support for each other during this period when we can't physically meet up.

Here are some circles made by our members. 

        

   

Maureen ran a session on Sashiko earlier this year and it inspired Tricia who made some drawstring bags.


Continuing with the topic of Sashiko Janet told us that One of her prized possessions is this Sashiko cushion which she won at an East Midlands Regional Day raffle some years ago. 




Hilary has created  this fabulous piece below for a friendship cushion.










The Committee


Chair: Eve Cook
Secretary: Angela Matthews
Treasurer: Sandra James

Currently the Committee are meeting via Zoom
if you are a member and want to join us please contact Eve Cook on evelorraine11@gmail.com 

Click here to find out more about Our Committee
 

An October message from our Chair, Eve


It’s been a busy time for our members. Lots of people have managed a late “staycation” and were quite lucky with the autumn weather. 
If we are looking for some inspiration we only have to take a walk outside where all the trees have started getting dressed in their golds and reds and look absolutely gorgeous. 
Circles are still arriving in the post and it’s fantastic how diverse and beautiful they are. They show such a range of colours, textures, stitches and materials. I have opened the post to reveal patchwork circles, felted ones and even a 3D machine embroidered one. 
Thank you to all the wonderful members who are busy creating them. 
We have also had sight of the Medal designed by branch members for our “thank you“ medal for hospital workers. We are not collecting these In until March next year so plenty of time to get them stitched. 
Very quickly before we know it Christmas will be upon us. It is going to feel very different this year and so a little something stitched in the post will be very welcome. 
We are going to each create a Christmas card for a named person. 
I look forward to receiving mine and will give some thought to the card I want to make for my “card buddy” 
The  Zoom meeting at the start of the month was great fun. It’s not like meeting and sharing a hug but as we move round the breakout rooms ( without even leaving our chairs) we get a chance to talk to members we may not know as well. 
Hopefully we will get a lot of members for the stitch and chat Zoom on the 22nd October

Stay safe and happy stitching everyone 
If you want more information on any of the above please contact Eve on evelorraine11@gmail.com

Elizabeth has been working on Colin the Rooster

Design from Hazel Blomkamp’s book “Crewel Birds” and sold as a kit 


Here's the link
Our talented Chair, Eve  made this beautiful tent


Members Challenge 2020 
Jennie Riley won the Challenge this year, pictured below.

The 2020 Challenge title was My Favourite Things so for me the obvious subject was Pelargonium. I love their vibrant colour and interesting leaves,often sketching and sewing them and with this panel was flattered to be a prizewinner.  My methods are very straightforward simply building up colour with multiple layers of sheer appliqué followed by free machine embroidery.
Pelargonium

Jennie says

 "The 2020 Challenge title was My Favourite Things so for me the obvious subject was Pelargonium. I love their vibrant colour and interesting leaves, often sketching and sewing them and with this panel was flattered to be a prizewinner.  My methods are very straightforward simply building up colour with multiple layers of sheer appliqué followed by free machine embroidery". 


Regional Day Competition 2020. 

Even though Regional Day was cancelled this year the Competition went ahead and Derbyshire's Heather Derry came joint second with her piece 'Environmental Impact' pictured here below.

Each piece was accompanied by a 'back story' and Heather's read

'My focus was the environmental impact that trying to eradicate one species has upon our environment, & the impact we have upon the environment of such a beautiful creature, both ‘pretty deadly’! 

I’ve used a combination of textile art, FME, hand stitching & fabric paint.'



Environmental Impact 


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Janet Austin,
14 Mar 2020, 09:23
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Janet Austin,
14 Mar 2020, 09:29