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The next meeting of Merseyside Embroiderers’ Guild is on Saturday 15th October 2016

10am – 1pm “Bring & Stitch”. An informal stitching session FREE and open to all. Come and meet new friends, solve your stitching dilemmas, and have a cup of tea. We will have a Sales Table at all our “Bring & Stitch” events- so you may go home with a bargain or two as well!   Visitors welcome to Bring & Stitch

2pm – 4pm AGM followed by a TALK by Hanna Wyn Roberts, our 2013 Bursary winner. She will tell us about her M.A. work and her interest in Welsh identity and community. Talk costs £3 members and £5 visitors.      Visitors welcome to Talk.

  All Talks and Workshops are  held in All Hallows Church Hall, Greenhill Road, Liverpool L18 6JJ, unless otherwise stated.


 Glorious Colour- an evening with Kaffe Fassett

 2nd December 2016 at 7 pm in Capstone Theatre, Shaw St, Liverpool L6 1HP. The Kaffe Fassett Lecture is designed to inspire and motivate. The presentation highlights work from Kaffe’s latest projects, including his patchwork quilt, fabric, needlepoint, mosaic, painting and knitting designs and it will inspire you to create.

Please note:- Tickets will not be available to buy on the door.

Visitors- buy your tickets for the Kaffe Fassett event here-

Eventbrite - Kaffe Fassett's "Glorious Colour" Lecture

Message to everyone attending Kaffe Fassett Workshop. If you would like to buy Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts in Morocco book it is cheaper at Amazon Books UK. Click on the link to have a look.


Embroidery for Pleasure exhibition is now showing in Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral until 30th September 2016. This features embroidery made by a group of stitchers who meet in the Embroidery Studio of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral every Friday afternoon under the guidance of David Peglar. You can have a look at what they have on display by clicking here…..

CREWELWORK by F.Trotman, at Embroidery for Pleasure exhibition, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral 2016

CREWELWORK by F.Trotman, at Embroidery for Pleasure exhibition, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral 2016


In Chester Cathedral until 27th October 2016 is an exhibition showing the work of local craftspeople and guilds. There are over 150 exhibits on display in this free exhibition, and you may have a little taster by clicking here…

detail of SAINT WERBURGH AND THE GEESE by Nikki Parmenter, mixed media, In All Its Glory exhibition, Chester Cathedral 2016

detail of SAINT WERBURGH AND THE GEESE by Nikki Parmenter, mixed media, In All Its Glory exhibition, Chester Cathedral 2016

We have had a very successful Talk & Workshop with Magie Relph, who showed us lots of wonderful textiles from West Africa, followed by an afternoon workshop where we used hand woven strip cloth to create a variety of items. We have lots of photos here …

West African strip cloth shown by Magi Relph and modelled by Sarah Lowes

West African strip cloth shown by Magi Relph and modelled by Sarah Lowes

 

There is a new exhibition at World of Glass in St Helens. It started on 3rd September and is on until 4th November. “Light Fantastic” by Textile 21. Have a look at some photos of it here…

CHANDELIER by Elsa Buch, mixed media, Textile 21 at World of Glass, St Helens 2016

CHANDELIER by Elsa Buch, mixed media, Textile 21 at World of Glass, St Helens 2016

 

We went to Garstang today to see Preston Threads exhibition Threads exhibition on embroidered textiles. The exhibition is on until 15th September if you would like to visit this pretty village, or you can see some photos by clicking here

WHY RUSH? by Pat Fisher, Preston Threads 2016

WHY RUSH? by Pat Fisher, Preston Threads 2016


 

Saturday 6th August was National Stitch Day. Vicky, Val and Hilary went to stitch at Speke Hall on a glorious sunny day. We met some lovely visitors who were interested to see what we were doing, and we gave them info about our guild. Speke Hall were celebrating Beatrix Potter, so we embroidered Peter Rabbit’s coat. Lots of children came to talk to us and they all knew the story. Why not come and join us next year on National Stitch Day! Some photos of the day can be seen here…..

MEG at National Stitch Day 2016, Speke Hall, Liverpool

MEG at National Stitch Day 2016, Speke Hall, Liverpool


 

A Legacy of Stitches

A Legacy of Stitches is what we leave behind;

the imprint of our very soul that lasts beyond our time.

The heart that quilts knows, oh, so well the peace that can be found,

as needle meets with fabric, for there is no sweeter sound.

Whether quiet piecing done by hand or on our sewing machine,

there’s rhythm to our stitches as we sew along each seam.

Those stitches tell the story of our lives as they unfold

as we think of quilts that Grandma made with stories left untold.

The humdrum of our daily lives grows elegant and grand,
 when we start to cut the pieces, then stitch the fabric in our hands.

And whatever is the reason for the quilts we piece and sew,

and whoever is the maker, there is one thing that we know.

Each quilt is full of memories, and is a treasured thing.

If quilts could talk, imagine how some quilts would surely sing!

For some quilts are sewn in happy times and others when we’re sad,

and some are sewn in laughter and others when we’re mad.

Some are sewn to warm us, and some sewn just for fun,

and some are “works in progress” that never quite get done!

Some quilts are sewn for beauty, a quilt made just for “show”,

but the heart of the true quilter is the one who really knows~

That no matter how the quilt is stitched, we leave our mark in time.

This Legacy of Stitches is what we leave behind.

© Sandra E. Andersen 2001-2012