Tuesday, 19 July 2011

City & Guilds 'Embroidery'

City & Guilds
The Colne & Colchester branch of the Embroiderers' Guild are pleased to announce that they will be running the City & Guilds in Embroidery from 4th October 2011.
The cost is £180 for members and £205 for non-members.
The first course will have a maximum of 12 spaces so make sure you register quickly if you are interested in a place.
The course will be held in the lovely venue of the 'Old Library' in Colchester which has parking available. It will consist of 12 x 2.5 hour sessions and you will be expected to dedicate a further 10 hours of your time as personal study.

If you are interested in booking a place please contact Lesley at chair.colchester@embroiderersguildeast.org.uk

'Fragility in Motion' Exhibition of textile sculpture

An exhibition opened today in the Colchester Library of Patricia Sheldon-Hicks work.
The exhibition is on until 15th August 2011 and is free to look around!
Les Livres Gallery
Colchester Central Library
21 Trinity Street

Thursday, 7 July 2011

The Gingerbread House

I recently visited part of the North Devon Arts Festival in a community centre called The Lantern in Ilfracombe. (Read more)My visit was inspired by my partner Mum who is a headteacher in Devon and had visited the art fair with her school the day before we arrived in Devon. Knowing how I love all things textiles she told me about 'The Gingerbread House' she had seen at the fair and showed me some pictures on her camera.
Even after seeing the pictures and hearing about 'The Gingerbread House' I wasn't ready for the delight that was in store for me!
'The Gingerbread House' is a life size house with a garden and life size sheep. There is a cuckoo clock on the wall, a broom next to the stove with a box of matches, a bed, a door, windows and of course lots of sweeties!

EVERYTHING in or part of 'The Gingerbread House' is knitted! the floor, walls, ceiling!

'The Gingerbread House' is just one of the projects created by Alison Murray who established the idea of creating giant knitted displays back in 2005. She sets a theme for the project and asks for anyone who is willing to take part to knit 'something' to go towards the project - big or small! As Alison doesn't know what she will receive until it arrives the project is not fully planned out until nearing construction. The last project 'Under The Sea' was sent four lighthouses but Alison managed to use all of them in the display, she is very determined that nothing will get wasted and said that items are often recycled on other projects.
It is wonderful to see the enthusiasm that has been inspired by Alison to create these huge displays of hand knitted bits an pieces.
Alison's next project is to create four giant books standing 9ft tall and 5ft wide. If you would like to get involved the details so far are:

"We aim to create three extraordinary, themed and illustrated books, for completion in 2013. The books will be up to 9 foot high and 5 foot wide and will stand with the pages open. See my illustration.
The first book will be themed as “Mythological” and at present we need Cream and White squares to form the pages, 8ins/20cms Square, preferably not chunky.
My illustration shows how the spine of this first book will be formed with a giant Dragon overlooking the pages. We will need 4in squares or diamonds for his scales in shades of Red and Green.
The second book will be themed “Nature” and for this we need leaves of all shapes and sizes in natural colours (Greens, Browns, Oranges or Russets etc)
I am sorry if this sounds a little vague at the moment but this will be our most unusual project to date and we are at an early stage with it."

For more details visit Alison's website: www.all2knit.co.uk
By Michele English

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Tendring Hundred Embroidery Group: "Crazy Birds"

Tendring Hundred Embroidery Group:
"Crazy Birds"
Esplanade Hall, Nr St Nicholas Church, Church Street, Harwich CO12 3DR
29 June - 10 July 2011

You may only have until Sunday to see this exhibition, which is part of the Harwich Festival, but do try to get there. The group displays a wide range of embroidery skills, using various media, and also includes three dimensional work. Friendly members (some of whom also belong to our Branch) are there to happily discuss techniques with you and share their evident enthusiasm.
Be inspired - I was......Now, who are the crazy birds - those in the display, or dare I say the ladies who created them ?!