The Blog of the Halifax Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild, meeting monthly on the first Friday at the Maurice Jagger Centre, Winding Road, from 6-9pm (Meeting proper starts at 7pm)
We are a group of women (but men are welcome!) who have an interest in textile art and embroidery. We are of mixed abilities and there is no need for you to be able to sew to come and join us - there are no tests!
New members are always welcome - why not call in and join us as a guest for a few months?
Meeting fee for visitors is only £5.
Our meetings vary - we have talks and workshops, show and tell - we also have lots of weekend workshops and playdays. For details of what's coming up (and what's been and gone!) check out our programme below...
Big congratulations to Halifax member Cynthia Smith, who entered several pieces into the competitions at Regional Day, and won a runner's up prize of £25 for her piece in the category "Ten", which also had to include some background work.
The standard of entries was, as usual, very high, so well done to Cynthia for continuing in our Branch's success in Regional Competitions.
Entries will be on display at the REGIONAL EXHIBITION at RIPLEY on 14th - 15th JULY
Jackie took us through her journey of "interested in textiles to City & Guilds to the much respected textile artist that she is today". She was humorous, informative and very generous with her knowledge. You could see a "thread" of expert machine embroidery from the very start of her work - which put us all to shame with its abundance and quality. I don't think I would share my early City and Guilds pieces with anybody! She just kept on magically producing piece after piece, which got better and better. You could tell from the looks on our members faces that they were delighting in her pieces. I recognised some work from articles in Cloth, Paper, Scissors and Quilting Arts magazines and it was lovely to see them "in the flesh".
For me, the absolutely best bit was looking at her most recent pieces of dyed velvet and felt. She dyes her own velvet, makes the felt and then like a fine artist, "draws" the most exquisite patterns with her sewing machine. I would love to watch her in action. We were thoroughly spoilt.
Jackie is talented and very approachable. (Any other Guilds reading this - book her now. You won't be sorry). All in all, we at Halifax can't wait for a workshop with you. Final thought - before you disappear behind a sea of hearts and leaves Jackie - have you thought about producing a video in the future? Make that near future!
(Kindly written by Wyn as I was on holiday - photos taken from Jackie's Facebook Page - well worth a visit to see further samples of her lovely work https://www.facebook.com/jackiecardytextiles)