What Harrow and District Embroiderers' Group is up to

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Janice Lawrence A Journey Through Threads and Patches

In February Janice Lawrence gave us a talk called a Journey Through Threads and Patches. It outlined her way into embroidery and how she has made it such an important part of her life.

Janice grew up in a family of stitchers. Her mother, grandmother and aunt all embroidered, knitted, crocheted and made garments for themselves and each other. Whilst studying for a degree in geography at the London School of Economics an embroidery exhibition at All Hallows, London Wall inspired her to pursue a modern approach to stitch.

After her degree she worked in the National Art Library and joined a part time embroidery course at the London College of Fashion .The latter led to C&G certificates parts I & II with distinction.

Janice has exhibited widely in the UK and has commissioned work in churches in S.E England. Her work has appeared in various books and magazines. She is widely travelled, favouring South America, where vibrant colours and pre-Columbian imagery informs some of her textiles. The icy worlds of the Arctic and Antarctica, with their fragile environments, influence the design of cool textile landscapes and panels focussing on the plight of polar bears. She enjoys hand and machine stitch – choosing what she feels is right for a particular project. Sometimes her materials are traditional, at other times plastics and sweet papers help tell a story.



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Machine Embroidery with Katie Essam

Katie Essam graduated in 2011 from the University of Hertfordshire with a BA Hons in Contemporary Applied Art,
She was struck with a passion for textiles. So having developed her freehand machine embroidery, applique and many other textile techniques, she now combines them to make original, mixed media textile art pieces, inspired by the beauty in everyday objects and vintage.

Katie runs private Freehand Machine Embroidery and Applique Workshops. She especially loves making commissions for my customers, taking an image which is special to them, or a personal photo, of family, pets, and houses, giving them an original, tailored made piece of textile art.


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Margaret Nicholson Life and Work

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Anthea Godfrey joined us in September 2016 and showed us a film on the life of her mother Margaret Nicholson. It was helpful background and indicated the importance of family to her. Anthea also brought us a lot of Margarets work to see which was stunning and the photographs don’t do justice to the depth of the work.

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Hilltribe peoples of Thailand

Jennifer Hughes gave a fascinating talk on the nature of  clothing and decoration used by different tribes of the northern region of Thailand. Some of these groups had their derivations in China and others from Burma with their clothing reflecting the ethnic groups from those areas. Jennifer brought so many examples and also showed how to wear them and explained when they would have been worn. Absolutely fascinating and such stunning needlework with both sides of the material just perfect.

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Stephen Wright talks about his House of Dreams

Stephen Wright achieved a BA First Class Honours Degree in printed textiles at Liverpool University and an MA in textiles at Manchester University.  Stephen showed us the way he uses the discarded objects of everyday life to create mosaics: milk bottle tops, broken dolls, dolls eyeballs, the contents of Christmas crackers, false teeth, pen lids, crockery, and the rich pickings of a car boot sale. Worthless ubiquitous objects are turned into jewels that become an integral part of the stories he tells. His interest is driven by the impromptu aesthetic qualities that they offer. The photograph attached is of a jacket that Stephen made and brought for us to see – needless to say we wanted to take it home!20160506_211953