Chance to get the stitching bug!

July 28 2016

BRISTOL Embroiderers’ Guild are celebrating this year’s National Stitch Day on August 6 with an insect stitching workshop at Bristol Museum.

Embroidery

BRISTOL Embroiderers’ Guild are celebrating this year’s National Stitch Day on August 6 with an insect stitching workshop at Bristol Museum.

Guild members will be around with worked examples and a helping hand for adults and children making a stitched insect of their own using the Museum’s collection of bugs, beetles and butterflies as inspiration. Beautiful material and accessories such as buttons, beads and ribbons are all provided for embellishment. 

Alexia Gardner, Vice Chair of Bristol Embroiderers Guild, said: “We’re setting up an exhibition of our work, including the tree textile that the public made leaves for on the last stitch day to celebrate Bristol Green Capital. We are helping out on the day, enabling the public to have a go themselves and making a bug of their own. It will be a good opportunity to let people know about the work of the Embroiderers Guild both nationally and locally.”

The Bristol branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild started 35 years ago in 1981 and has seen many changes to the art during that time. Alexia, who teaches an evening class in textiles at Westbury Village hall, explained: 

“There is a lot of textile art going on in the world that is different to the more intricate and fine embroidery work of previous years. When I was at school we were doing cross stitch and things like that whereas now, there are so many more fabrics available, with sparkles and threads, and all sorts of people do different things.

“I’ve sewn since I was 14 and it’s a way of furthering my love of textiles. We would like more members and want to stress that all that is needed is a love of textiles. Although some of our ladies can do fine needlework, we are not sewing crinoline ladies anymore!” 

Branch chairwoman, Julie Stenning, added: “I enjoy the creativity of it and love learning new things. I learn a lot in the workshops that I can incorporate into my work. The friendship side of the group is good too as you meet up with people who have like-minds.”

Monthly ‘Meet and Stitch’ meetings are held at the Guide HQ on Westmoreland Road in Redland, plus evening meetings and lectures at All Saints Church on Pembroke Road. 

The Guild are also displaying work this summer at Lacock Abbey until October in conjunction with the National Trust’s Capability Brown series of events. A stitched exhibition, based around Fox Talbot’s contribution to photography can be seen in the tea rooms. All the items are mounted to look like they are in a photograph album and use the theme of the house and gardens.