Monday, 28 March 2011

Eastern regional Day 2011

2011 Eastern Regional Day
Hosted by: Chelmsford Branch
To be held at:  Writtle College, Writtle, Chelmsford CM1 3RR
Saturday 2nd July 2011 9:30am for 10:00am start  
Public tickets £7.50 for access on the day to visit traders, demonstrations and exhibitions. 
Refreshments from the college restaurant
  • Exhibitions from local textile groups
  • Demonstrations
  • Raffle  
Members talks:
(If spaces are available talks will be opened up to the public for a cost of £5.00 on the door)

A.M. lecture ‘Zandra Rhodes’
by Dennis Northdruft Curator of the Fashion & Textile Museum

Madeira Lecture
by Leslie Morgan ‘At my mother’s knee and in other joints’

Members Competition: 'Paradise Gardens' All categories. Maximum size 15 inches in any direction

Art Van Go             EG bookshop
Pandorian beads                   Craft Arena
Winifred Cottage                      The Silk route
21C yarns                                   Benton & Johnson
Chelmsford Branch                                    African fabric shop
To find out more contact Chelmsford branch of the Embroiderers' guild:
Sharne gregory -
Nickie Kimber -

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Visit to Layer Marney Tower

Yesterday our branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild visited Layer Marney Tower looking for inspiration to design and create our exhibition to be held in the tower between Monday 1st to Wednesday 10th August*

Colchester & Colne EG branch at Layer Marney Tower

We were incredibly lucky to have such a beautiful sunny day for our visit which made looking around the grounds a real pleasure.

Relaxing in the sun!

We were treated to a guided tour by Jackie Hughes, events organiserwho is very knowledgeable on the history of Layer Marney Tower. At the top of the 80foot tower the views were outstanding; we were told that on a particularly clear day it is possible to see over to Cambridge.

On the roof

In the church

If you plan to visit Layer Marney Tower we would recommend a tour as there are so many little stories around the tower and grounds to make your visit extra interesting: such as the mural in the church that was hidden for 300 years and found again during renovations.
We all enjoyed our visit and came away bubbling with inspiration. Now it’s time for us to get stitching, felting, cutting and bonding. Please do come along to view our exhibition.

Please note admission fees are applicable to Layer Marney Tower where the Embroiderers’ Guild exhibition will be a FREE addition to your visit.

*Closed Fridays and Saturdays

Friday, 4 March 2011

EG visit to Warner Archives 2nd march 2011

Embroiderers Guild members with Kate Wigley (Left) from The Warner Archive

On Wednesday some of us from the Colchester branch of the Embroiderers' guild visited the Warner Textile Archives in Braintree for:

Dynamic Decades day     10.30am – 3.30pm

An introduction to the design style of the 1930′s, 40′s & 50′s. A look at Warner & Sons through these dynamic decades of design. See the original fabrics and wallpapers from our amazing Archive. Talk by Kate Wigley.
Warner Textile Archive

Some of the beautiful silks from the Warner Mills
The day was both inspiring and fascinating.

The archive holds a huge collection of flat fabric samples, the collection is of national importance and second only to the V&A. The archive holds a unique record of the history of textile design since the 18th century. The unique quality of Warner archives is that it is housed within the old Mills of Warner Textiles and has volunteers who were staff from the days gone by of it being a working mill.

The fabrics and wallpaper samples are now being stored using known preservation techniques therefore can not be handled by the public, staff will wear protective gloves to show sample. Although we realise all of us who love textiles also love to handle them we are sure that you will all appreciate the importance of preservation of this unique collection - especially when you hear Kate explain just how important it is.

The wallpaper samples are particularly delicate and some are partially crumbled away but are still fascinating to look through. Noticing the old prices in shillings printed on the reverse of the 30's wallpapers caused a great deal of interest to the group, it was particularly interesting to see which designs commanded a premium.

There is also a huge 'document collection': items of fabric collected from around the world by the designers through the years as inspirational pieces. Some of the items received an 'ohh' from us which makes us think about the 'ohh' that the designers made who collected the piece many years ago.

Seeing the progression of design in both leading textiles and the textiles that were commonly used in homes through the years was a fascinating contrast. Still reflected in today's behaviour - so much is available but our homes are still filled with basic fabrics (obviously cost is a major factor in this). The similarity of some of the fabrics to today's designs was also of great interest. There were several fabrics of the 30's that looked as if they were for sale in Ikea now!

We will definitely be visiting the archive again, either as a group for a practical study day or individually (probably both), there is so much to see and staff are more than happy to show items or selections on request. A great source for study and design inspiration.