What Harrow and District Embroiderers' Group is up to

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Workshop with Jenny Adin-Christie

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Great workshop with Jenny earlier this month. We all worked on a piece of shadow work like these that Jenny had previously stitched.


Jenny's examples

And one of ours at the end of the day – not quite finished yet

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Paula Watkins Multimedia books

Paula showed us a huge selection of multimedia books. Some stitched, some cut into, some round robins ie contributed to by a series of individuals following a theme. So interesting. Pictures speak for themselves.

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Forgotten Stitches

We had another day school this Saturday. We met in the usual church hall to explore stitches that have fallen through the cracks. Kay Dennis provided us with a leaf image to work on. She had designed it to be worked in a combination of line, filling and isolated stitches. We all struggled with woven herringbone stitch, but several of the other stitches were delightful. It is sad how stitches go out of fashion.

Everyone had a fulfilling day, and Kay, as usual,was a patient tutor. Thank you Kay.


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Pinner Arts Week

Pinner Arts Week runs from 26th September to 5th October. It is a celebration of the local creative talents in music, art, Spoken Word, photography, textiles, flower arranging and the handmade. The programme of 40 events involves over 200 participants.


Members of Harrow and District Embroiderers Guild will be running a stitch workshop suitable for complete beginners but also with added advanced techniques for the more experienced. Plenty of activities for grandchildren and the Artisans’ Fair on Sat 27th where nine craftspeople will be demonstrating and selling their unique work. All the details of these are in the programme at http://www.pinnerartsweek.com



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Llinos Spriggs Talk and workshop

Llinos delivered a fascinating talk to the group in early July about how she got into embroidery and the type of things that inspired her along the way. She now lags behind on family walks busily taking photos of stone walls and crevices. It was really good to see so many samples and techniques which she used to illustrate the talk. The following day she led a workshop for us and some of the work can be seen below – absolutely fascinating.

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Machine Embroidery Day

The machine embroidery group have just met again. This time we were experimenting with machining  in circles and stitching across voids.

The method we use for the circles was to work on stabilised fabric, secured to the machine on a drawing pin. The stitching then follows the arc round the pin. Each time the pin is moved the circle diameter increases. It is also a good excuse to use all those pre-patterned stitches. This a piece of work in progress.


The second exercise was stitching across a void. We found that the older machines were happy to do this, but the newer electronic models require the use of water soluble fabric. It was a technique some of us had not tried before. Here is the total of a day’s work!