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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+.


Currently all face to face meetings are on hold, but:

We are Zooming! 


January 9th 
KAREN NICOL. ‘24/7 Stitch.’

Karen is a London based mixed media and embroidery based textile
designer/artist working in fashion, interiors and gallery.
This talk will be about embroidery as a profession, the amazing breadth
and diversity of our fantastic medium and the magic of her ancient Irish
embroidery machine.

For more information on Karen please go to:--

http://www.karennicol.com/pages/cv.html

instagram @karennicol1




 Regular Zoom meetings are in 'full swing' and Speakers have been booked for this and next year. Please click here to see our Current Programme 2020-21


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




We enjoy working together on projects and have hosted a number of successful exhibitions.   Please click here to go to our Branch Projects page

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


EAST MIDLANDS TODAY 

Eve appeared on the ‘Making a Difference’ section of East Midlands Today last month.  She told viewers about our weekly Keeping In Touch newsletter, fondly known to members as 'KIT'.  Eve explained how much we appreciate the newsletter and that it brought us together by sharing our common interest.





Friendship Circles
Currently we are making friendship 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.

Eve says, "More beautiful circles arriving through the letterbox. 

They cheer me up so much when the weather has 

been so horrible at times". 


Here are some of the latest circles. 

                    

 
    
              
                          
                        


             


    

              

             

        

                  


           

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.


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 

Memory Bears

Mo made some ‘memory bears’ from shirts; apart from the ‘lady bear’ with wings that were made from a favourite jumper. 

Memory Bears: Mo


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Poppies 

Vivienne made these Poppies from Zeelon to raise money for the British Legion. 

Poppies: Vivienne

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Hospital Heroes Exhibition: Eve's Addition 

Eve has been inspired to create additional images of a bouquet of flowers as a way of showing our appreciation for NHS workers and is considering the use of appliqué, felt, cross stitch, patchwork, machine embroidery or hand stitch to create an additional A4 piece for the exhibition. For more information about the Exhibition please click our  Branch Projects page.

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Dress Making

Pat made this simple dress using hand dyed sand washed crepe de chine silk



Pat told us that she really liked the pattern which can be made with short sleeves or long sleeves or as a top. The pattern is called “The Raglan” from a small company called The Avid Seamstress and can be found on this website by clicking here.
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Diane's created this Cockerel


Cockerel: Diane
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Results following Online Courses
Some of our members attended the on-line courses run by Zara Day with the following results.

View from Gairloch: Dee

Glass Vase cover: Alison

For information on Zara’s online courses please click here


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Mo and Rebekah took part in a project "Textiles in Lockdown" which focussed on researching and sharing textile practice during  the pandemic lockdown.  This was commissioned by the Gawthorpe Textiles Collection and led by  the textile artist Ruth Singer.  Both Mo and Rebekah's pieces featured in the e-book by Ruth.

 Mo

Shenstone by Rebekah

To find out more about the project, and see the ebook, (particularly page 47), and the podcast please click here




Eve designed and made this tent


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Heather created a Christmas Quilt from a design by Andrea Walpole.


You can see Andrea's work on her webpage by clicking here

Here's the Link Blog and Facebook page 


You can buy Andrea's patterns here

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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

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 email  derbyshireitrep@embroiderersguild.co.uk and our Chairwomen, Eve will get back to you.

Click here to find out more about Our Committee
 

This Month's message from our Chair, Eve

We would all like to wish everyone a Christmas season full of peace and love. At the Derbyshire branch we have been unable to have our usual party with its copious amounts of food , mulled wine, Christmas tree and music. We have however managed to hold onto a few traditions. Normally the December meeting is full of people exchanging cards and as it’s not possible for members to have everyones address (Data protection) the Mass card swop couldn’t happen without an “in person” branch meeting. We have, however,  found a way to share a special card. 
The Christmas card exchange has been very personal and hand made this year. Each member has had a Christmas card “buddy “ to swop a hand stitched or hand made card with. All the cards came to me ( as I have access to addresses) and I then posted them on. The response has been amazing and as “Chief post officer” I have been privileged to see the cards as they get sent on their way. They are all different and full of beautiful ideas and techniques and will be a very special keepsake. I hope we can all share them at the January Zoom. 
We also had a wonderful December speaker on Zoom. Ruth Singer was amazing and as a very experienced “Zoomer” gave us a really interesting presentation and answered a lot of questions afterwards. She also held her nerve when faced with members wearing reindeer hats, tinsel Boas, tiaras and a host of Santa hats and sparkles. 
Just normal attire for the Christmas meeting. 
I was inspired by Ruth’s talk and am longing to find a little thinking time to research and honour my female ancestors in stitch. She said she likes to create work “ that makes people think” and she has certainly done that for me. 
I hope you all enjoy the holiday season and get to see some friends or family members - even if it’s a virtual game of charades! 

If you want more information on any of the above please contact derbyshireitrep@embroiderersguild.co.uk

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Here is another Christmas decoration from Pam.  Pam says that her Angel  was started many years ago from a Kit dated1999. She is worked on an Evenweave Linen, with No 12 Perle and mainly a Hardanger Technique. 

The Kit is one of the 1999 Collections of Angel of Dreams by Ruth Hanke. Kits by Ruth can be found on her web page: www.hankypankycrafts.com The Christmas Tree at the back is one of Pam's own designs,


Pam: Christmas Angel
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Pam made  Christmas tree decorations tor her niece,  as Christmas presents this year. This is one of a pair.

Pam: Christmas Tree Decoration
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Alison and Dee completed online courses with Zara Day.
Alison created this landscape of a walk she did on the Edges above Curbar. 
Alison: Landscape redefined 

Dee learnt about mixing watercolours with embroidery on one of the courses and later produced this birthday card for her daughter in law.

Dee: Birthday Penguin

If you are interested in courses run by Zara please email Zara at zara@zaradayembroidery.com 

or phone +44 (0) 7717 371668 

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Margery discovered a new use for Pam’s Yorkshire buttons. 

by increasing the size of the template to 10 cm and the number of notches to 16 and used a fine cotton wool. 

They make great looking cacti pincushions!! 


Margery: Pincushions using Yorkshire Buttons

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Pam ran a session at our branch meeting on Yorkshire buttons and Julie made these from space dyed threads.
Julie: Yorkshire Buttons
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Elizabeth made this wreath with her granddaughter.
Elizabeth

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Elsie made these cushions from handwoven tweed.
Elsie

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Eve made these Japanese themed cushions
Eve
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Christmas Decorations

Jenny found some Christmas wreaths that she made many years ago in an Adult Education Class at St Helen's House


Christmas Wreath: JENNY 


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Elf Houses
Elizabeth spent half term creating things with her grandchildren, including these elf house from self drying clay. 
Elf Houses: Elizabeth

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Book covers 

Julia made these book covers as part of course she did some time ago, using saved selvedges of fabric.

Bookcovers: Julia


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Portrait
Heather was inspired by an exhibition of 'self portraits to create this Vangough style portrait based on her granddaughter.
Portrait: Heather


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'Poppy a Truly Fanciful Bird'
Carol was inspired to stitch the bird below, designed by Hazel Blomkamp.  The pattern for ‘Poppy’ is from Inspirations issue #107 by Hazel Blomkamp and you can access it by clicking
here.For more about Hazel click here to go to her website.

Poppy: Carol
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Christmas Framing

Here's one of the pictures Heather framed; This is one of a trio of pictures she stitched just after last Christmas, 


Stitched and framed by Heather
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Stash Quilt
Ann made this quilt from her 'stash'
Ann

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Yorkshire Buttons

Our Monthly Guild meeting was well attended this month and Pam taught us how to make Yorkshire Buttons.  You can see the results below.


Yorkshire Buttons: Janet


Here is a more unusual placement of a Yorkshire Button named Brillo by Jane, much to the amusement of the rest of her family!

Brillo: Jane

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Mo has been on a 6 week course on machine embroidery and has made some Christmas bunting.  The course is run by Poppy Treffry from the 'Embroidery Club'.  

You can find out more about Poppy and some of her courses by clicking here.

 Christmas Bunting: Mo

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Felt Christmas Tree Decorations

Carol made these Christmas Trees out of felt, bits of lace and sequins and beads. They're filled with dried lavender from the garden.  Carol explained that if several “flat” ones were made and threaded with ribbon through the loops the trees could be made into a banner to hang at Christmas. 

Christmas Tree Decorations: Carol

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Wild Layers
Mo went to a workshop with Vinny Stapley called Wild Layers through the Stitch Club, which you can find by clicking this Link 


In this piece Mo used old bits of net curtains, some old sheeting and some chiffon type material, as well as a bit of muslin. The idea was to work with layers of finer more see through material. 


Wild Layers: Mo
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Many of our members are busy making Christmas Cards

Christmas Card: Jennie

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An update on Collin
Elizabeth has been learning how to fill an area with raised chain stitch using two strands of stranded cotton.  She noted that this stitch is often shown as a  straight  stitch in stitch directories but that it is a very effective filling stitch too.

Collin: Elizabeth
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Jane H won a yellow raffle bag over a year ago and turned the contents into a Patio Heater Cover seen here.



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Pictured below is Barbara's first attempt at eco printing-using  Autumn leaves and some flowers from her garden.  



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Beverley visited the Cathy Reavy's 'thread workshops' website and learnt a new technique to produce some Mountmellick Whitework. 



Cathy is running another Mountmellick workshop on Saturday 13th March at Alstonefield Memorial Hall. 

Alternatively you can buy a kit with online tutorial now. 


To find out more about the Mountmellick workshop click

here Further information about Threads Workshops can be found here

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Anita produced these helping hands as part of our Hospital Heroes Project. 


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