Merseyside Expressive Stitchers’ Group
Our new group will be welcoming many of the former MEG members and we also look forward to welcoming new members from all walks of life with an interest in any type of stitchery or a desire to learn all about what we do. Whatever your textile and stitch craft interests are, or levels of ability, the varied programme and opportunities offer something for everyone. Read more some About Us here. Or Membership Registration here.
Saturday 16th October 2021
All Hallows Centre, Greenhill Road, Liverpool L18 6JJ
We will have the Inaugural AGM of Merseyside Expressive Stitchers Group
followed by a Talk “Textiles of Afghanistan” by Nawal Gebreel. Nawal will introduce us to the textiles of Afghanistan and show us samples from her collection.
Cost £5 for members or £8 for visitors payable by BACS.
Payee Account Name- Merseyside Expressive Stitchers Group, Payee Account Number– 01742051, Payee Sort Code-40-29-03
We welcome members from other textile groups to come and join us!
Chair’s Chat for September 2021 is available, just click the link
Our September Workshop saw us back in All Hallows Centre, our first live meeting for quite some time. We had plenty of ventilation and social distancing, and a very successful workshop with a chance to chat with old friends. The workshop was “Beautiful Surfaces: from Traditional to Contemporary” with Judith Rowley, and we did fabric manipulation with hand stitch on beautifully soft turban cotton, which the tutor supplied. We have some photographs here …
A small select group joined Maggie Pearson on Saturday 17th July for a ZOOM Workshop “Natural Dyes and Botanical Printing” Thanks to Michele for some photographs of the day, which you may view here.
Preston Threads have a very inspiring exhibition taking place from 7th July – 27th August in the PR1 Gallery, Victoria Building, Victoria Street, Preston, PR1 7HD. The exhibition is a celebration of the cotton mills and the imprints of the industry on the landscape, local communities and social history. We happened to visit on a Meet the Makers day, which was wonderful as we got to learn first hand much of the history of the pieces. This exhibition is well worth a visit and in the meantime here are some photos of the work…..
We travelled to Ruthin, Wales to view Anne Kelly’s solo exhibition in Ruthin Craft Centre. The exhibition continues until 17th July 2021, so just time to make the trip before it ends. For a taster of what we saw here is the link to some photographs.
We visited “Ragtime” textile exhibition in Frodsham on a lovely sunny day. This exhibition is in Castle Park Arts Centre until 7th August 2021 and no pre booking required. You can also have a delicious lunch or afternoon tea while you are there to make a day of it! The work was colourful and cheerful, on a theme of Art Nouveau and Art Deco and you may have a look at some photos of the work here……
We had a lovely Zoom Talk and Workshop with Helen Barnes recently entitled “Vietnamese Patterns” where we learned about Vietnamese stitching and made Vietnamese style bookmarks. Have a look here to see a report of the day….
Start-Up Challenge 2021
As we go forward with our new identity, we thought it might be nice to have a start-up challenge in which all our members and supporters can participate. The pieces won’t be judged, but they will be on display at our Afternoon Tea Party in August. Then we hope to join all the pieces together to form a border for a new banner!
You will be given an A5 piece of glorious orange fabric and you can use what ever techniques you please to make a design or picture. BUT, you must include – 1. a heart, 2. an animal, or bird, or butterfly or flower, 3. a sky blue thread, 4. a lime green thread 5. a metallic thread 6. a knot stitch. So there is the challenge!! You can see lot more info about how to get your fabric etc here Start Up Challenge
Some of our committee are taking advantage of the sunshine with a coffee morning at Liverpool Cathedral. It was glorious!
There is a lovely write-up about NW Regional Day 2021 in the April edition of CONTACT. Read all about it here! https://www.megonline.co.uk/nw-regional-day-write-up/
North West Regional Day 2021
Saturday 24th April 2021.
Our first ever Virtual North West Regional Day was a triumph! We had 112 people registered and 103 attendees on the day, which was enjoyed by all. Our Speakers – Linda Miller, the acclaimed Machine Embroidery artist, and Michele Carragher, Principal Costume Embroiderer for Game of Thrones were magnificent. They both shared their work and were a great inspiration to us all. The Rose Bowl and Aurifil competition entries were up to the usual high standard and the winners were announced at the close of the day. The Rose Bowl was won by Sandra Kendal from North Lonsdale branch with PSYCHEDELIC LOVE and the Aurifil Award for Excellence was won by Diane Moore from Merseyside branch with A GLIMPSE OF VENICE. Congratulations to all the winners! Have a look at all the comments and reactions, also the Raffle Prize winners here https://www.megonline.co.uk/nw-regional-day-2021/
We have lots of Stitchery items for sale for donations only. Just click on the link Stitchery Items and have a look. If you see something of interest contact Vicky email@example.com and she will let you know where to collect them.