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Market Square Quilters Exhibition

Market Square Quilters Exhibition

Apr 2017

We displayed a selection of our work along side that of the Market Square Quilters last weekend. It was a busy, sucessful show with lots of interesting exhibits on display. Our branch contributed many great examples of Day School work and our Divine Inspiration wall hangings.

SEW AGM and 40th Anniversary Celebration

SEW AGM and 40th Anniversary Celebration

Oct 2016

The SEW Region AGM was held at St George's Hall Newbury on Saturday 15th Oct in conjunction with our branch 40th Anniversary celebration. The event was very well attended and we spent a lovely day browsing through tables of fabrics, threads and craft supplies brought along by our invited traders; chatting with friends and tucking into coffee and a wide variety of cakes!

Jan Beaney was our guest speaker. She enthralled us all with images of her work and the details of how pieces developed from sketches made in the variety of places visited.

"Stitched Reflections", embroidery inspired by the Kennet & Avon Canal

Jun 2016

Newbury Embroiderers' Guild in conjunction with the West Berkshire Museum is proud to announce a forthcoming exhibition of work. "Stitched Reflections" is an exhibition of the Guild's work inspired by the Kennet and Avon Canal and marks too the 40th anniversary of the Newbury branch of the Embroiderers' Guild.

The exhibition runs from Wednesday 29th June to Sunday 25th September 2016. The Newbury Museum is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm and entry is free.

Capability Brown Exhibition

Capability Brown Exhibition

Feb 2016

This week a new exhibition opens at Blenheim Palace to celebrate the work of Capability Brown. 

Members of our branch have joined with other Embroiderers' Guild branches in the area to contribute to this 300th Anniversary Celebration. There are a large number of pieces on show, displaying a wide variety of textile techniques.

Throughout the year other branches of the Guild will be exhibiting in many different venues around the country.

Inspired To Stitch

Inspired To Stitch

Nov 2015

We have an exhibition of our members' work at the National Needlework Archive, Greenham Newbury. It is entitled 'Inspired To Stitch". The exhibition runs from Tuesday 10th November and ends on Saturday 5th December.

Visit to Blenheim Palace

Visit to Blenheim Palace

Aug 2015

Many of our members went on a visit to Blenheim Palace last week and enjoyed a day photographing and sketching the park and gardens. We hope to use these ideas to create our next piece of work clebrating the work of Capability Brown.

Valentina's Way to Stitches

Valentina's Way to Stitches

Jul 2015

Valentina Tilhanova enthralled us all with her talk on 'My Way To Stitches'. Her personal story about life in the Ukraine and Russia before coming to live in England was fascinating to listen to. She explained the development of her intricate work having spent time at Central St Martins, Royal School of Needlework and Lasage in Paris. She is now part way through a degree at Loughbough University.

The photograph shows a piece of Valentina's beautiful beadwork.

Make a Small Stitiched Collage

Make a Small Stitiched Collage

Jun 2015

Everyone had a great day yesterday with tutor Debbie Lyddon. This inspirational textile artist engengered a wealth of ideas to help us produce wonderful painted papers, drawn thread work and provided us with still life objects to produce a small piece of stitched collage. An excellent rewarding dayschool.

Scrumptious Spunbond

Scrumptious Spunbond

Mar 2015

Fourteen members enjoyed a whole day of experimenting new techniques with Vilene Spunbond. Our humourous tutor Kim Thittichai promotes a safe approach when using various heat tools to heat distress the products we were using. A great day.

January 17th 2015 - Nuno Scarves on Silk Chiffon

January 17th 2015 - Nuno Scarves on Silk Chiffon

Jan 2015

A very sucessful day with Karen Head taking felting to another level. The group each completed a silk chiffon scarf using hand-dyed wool tops onto silk chiffon achieving some lovely effects.

November 15th  2014 - mixed media medley

November 15th 2014 - mixed media medley

Jan 2015

A fantastic day tutored by Lynda Monk experimenting with different media including thermofax screens, achieving some really interesting effects.

Christmas social

Christmas social

Dec 2014

Our Christmas party meeting proved a great success as we all set about making jewellery from safety pins and beads. It posed a challenge to finish a necklace before the end of the evening but we all achieved this goal. The activity was fun and very creative, everyone enjoyed this sociable evening. 

Made in the Hood Woolton Hill Exhibition

Made in the Hood Woolton Hill Exhibition

Nov 2014

Newbury Embroiderers at the Watermill Theatre

Newbury Embroiderers at the Watermill Theatre

Jul 2014

Members enjoyed a social evening together in the Watermill Theatre Restaurant at the end of June 2014. This marked the end of another successful exhibition of 15 individual pieces of "Canal Embroideries".

Linda Rudkin Day School

Linda Rudkin Day School

Jun 2014

Linda Rudkin gave a group of us an excellent workshop, teaching the art of flower pounding. The clarity of detail achieved when using this method suprised us and spurred us on to try many different flowers and leaves. After experimenting with this technique we were then taught how to trap flowers between layers of fabric.

Jill Flower Dayschool - The Flower Brooch

Jill Flower Dayschool - The Flower Brooch

Apr 2014

A colour page from a magazine, Aqua Bond, scrim, beads and decorative machine stitches were used to create these lovely brooches at our dayschool in March with Jill Flower.

April Exhibition

April Exhibition

Apr 2014

The recent exhibition with the Market Square Quilters was very sucessful. Many people visited the venue over the weekend end and we had many positive and complimentary comments about our work. It was a good opportunity to talk to visitors about many of the techniques used in our work and explain how the effects were achieved.

The Challenge

The Challenge

Feb 2014

Everyone was asked to place seven unwanted items from their sewing box into a paper bag and then seal it. These were brought along to a meeting and we each chose a different bag. We had to make an item from the pieces inside. It proved quite challenging but there was an amazing array of ideas. These pieces can be seen at the 'Make It Show" in Farnborough, Friday 28th February till Sunday 2nd March.

January Practical Evening

Jan 2014

This was planned as a chatty and informal evening. Members were encouraged to choose an embroidery stitch they had not used before. Books and examples were available to use for inspiration. Everyone seemed to find it a worthwhile evening.

The Firebird

The Firebird

Nov 2013

Inspired by the music of Stravinsky, this piece for the 'Music in Stitches' project was created by Sara Dickinson.

Music In Stitches

Music In Stitches

Nov 2013

Newbury Embroiderers’ Guild has just completed a major new project entitled ‘Music In Stitches’. Members were asked to choose a piece of music that was special to them and to interpret it in stitch. We included every type of music imaginable: classical, folk, ballads, pop, hymns, jazz, songs from the shows, nothing was off limits!

We have used a variety of techniques: machine embroidery, gold work, laminating, beading, bonding, appliqué, photo transfer, dyeing and of course lots of hand stitching.

The work has taken some two years to complete and now comprises 30 pieces. These were displayed at the Watermill Theatre in Bagnor near Newbury during August 2013 and then at the Corn Exchange in the centre of Newbury until January 4th 2014.

The image above was created by Susan Lane and was inspired by the piece of music 'Romeo and Juliet' by Dire Straits.

Our new website!

Nov 2013

We've decided to launch a new website to showcase some of the things we do here at the Newbury Embroiderers. We also want to encourage new members to come along and take part - so take a look around and get in touch. We would love to hear from you!