Beau­ti­ful and in­spi­ra­tional de­sign work all stitched up

Bangor Mail - - NEWS - Peb­bles and String by Alison Cor­field, left; main pic­ture, Chen­nille by Miriam Forder; right, Socks on the Line by Theresa FoxByrne; far right, hand-stitch­ing Gar­den by Janette Ni­cholas

THE North Wales Branch of the Em­broi­der­ers’ Guild will hold its bi­en­nial ex­hi­bi­tion next month.

In­spired To Stitch will be held on Novem­ber 3-4, at the United Re­form Church, Col­wyn Av­enue, Rhos on Sea, and will fea­ture a col­lec­tion of work cre­ated by mem­bers dur­ing the last two years.

Branch chair Mar­i­lyn Smith said: “This year the branch of­fered a suc­cess­ful course to mem­bers, ‘Ma­chine Em­broi­dery for Begin­ners’, de­liv­ered by one of our expe- ri­enced mem­bers and their work will also be on dis­play.

An­nie said: “The course was so in­spir­ing and has given me the skills to de­velop my own style.”

Joan added: “I have been hand stitch­ing for years and have now gained the con­fi­dence to use my ma­chine, truly in­spir­ing.”

Other mem­bers say that the guild has pro­vided the op­por­tu­nity to re­learn skills they had for­got­ten, learn new tech­niques and meet with like-minded peo­ple who are happy to share ideas.

Sue said: “I thought I had con­sid­er­able ex­pe­ri­ence but this has opened up so many other av­enues to me and given me the courage to try new tech­niques, such as nat­u­ral dy­ing, print­ing, felt­ing and us­ing a broad range of mixed me­dia. I now find my­self hes­i­tat­ing be­fore throw­ing away sweet wrap­pers, par­cel wrap­ping, that old blouse and other bits and bobs. They might just come in use­ful!”

As well as the stun­ning work cre­ated by mem­bers, there will be an ad­di­tional dis­play of work by the Young Tex­tile Group, which was es­tab­lished this year.

They meet once a month and, with their en­thu­si­asm and sup­port from guild mem­bers, achieved suc­cess at the North West Re­gional com­pe­ti­tion this year.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is open 10.30am5pm (Nov 3) and 10.30am-4pm (Nov 4) Ad­mis­sion £2. Demon­stra­tions, sales ta­ble and re­fresh­ments will be avail­able.

More in­for­ma­tion at: Face­book.com/ north­wales em­broi­der­ers­guild

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