Exeter & District Embroiderers' Guild is a branch of the educational charity Embroiderers' Guild, whose remit is to build awareness of stitch and textile art, and to encourage, inspire and promote the achievement of excellence.

Monthly Meetings & Workshop Lists

January 2017 workshop

Gill Cable will show us how to make Antiqued Lace – for use as Book Covers etc.

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Requirements

  • Piece of felt (dark colour of your choice) Approximately A4
  • Selection of lace scraps, doilies etc., preferably cotton
  • Paints – acrylic or fabric
  • Brushes
  • Sewing Machine (or you can hand stitch)
  • Treasure Gold or other form of gold paint

      Gill will bring lace and paints for you to use.

November 2016 workshop

Patricia Hewitson will show us how to make a Smocked scissor keep / Lavender Bag.

Scissor Keep

Requirements

  • Usual sewing equipment, scissors, needles etc.
  • Stranded embroidery thread
  • Crewel needle (7)
  • Ribbon or cord for the loop
  • Some batting or lavender for filling.

I have prepared some fabric and backing material

 

Crewelwork Workshop 8 October 2016

The aim is to make a crewelwork sample using a variety of stitches.

Crewelwork is traditionally carried out using woolen thread on linen twill. Linen twill is very expensive, so try and find an open weave furnishing type fabric. Plain fabrics are traditionally used.

Requirements

  • A square of an open weave fabric approximately 20 x 20cm.
  • Crewel and or chenille (size22) needles with an eye large enough to accommodate the wool.
  • Appleton fine tapestry wools or equivalent.
  • Frame or hoop to hold your fabric
  • Fine embroidery scissors
  • Hard pencil or an air fade marker pen
  • An idea for a design if you wish. I will bring some along.
  • Design ideas, examples of work, some fabric and many Appleton wools will be available for your use on the day, so bring whatever you have available. Pat Boaden 2016

July 2016 WORKSHOP

  Soreen will be showing us how to make Embroidered Butterfliesbutterflies by soreen
Requirements:-
  •    Small quantities of medium weight fabrics e.g. chintz curtains, home-made fabrics and felted fabric
  •    Backing fabric e..g. felt
  •   Embroidery threads to compliment fabrics
  •   Tiny beads
  •   Stuffing materials
  •   Needles for sewing by hand
  •   Good pair of scissors
  •   Pair of scissors for cutting out template

 

 

 

 

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Please bring your Capability Brown pieces in a labelled bag: name and branch. We will be mounting the work that needs it on canvases.  If you can’t come yourself please make arrangements for someone else to bring it in.
JUNE 2016 WORKSHOP

 Liz Moon is starting a stitch a month initiative. (Fantastic!). This will run alongside whatever workshop we are doing. Bring along a hoop (any size) some fabric, needles and thread and you should be able to build up a wonderful set of samples. Liz will take a stitch and show you different ways of interpreting it.

At the next meeting we will also have the printing blocks just for fun so you can print your plain or patterned fabric without Dee nagging and asking if it is for Capability Brown!

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APRIL WORKSHOP – Requirements for Calico Gardens   (Press ‘Enable Editing’)
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MARCH 2016 WORKSHOP – : Maps
This was a lively session with lots of ideas. It was brilliant to see what people developed from the idea. I’m really looking forward to seeing the finished results. Thank you everyone!
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Requirements for January 2016 workshop

The aim of the day is to create a stash of printed and stencilled fabrics on the theme of ‘Gardens and Landscapes’ to use for our Capability Brown exhibits. If you are not interested in exhibiting don’t worry just enjoy the techniques.
We will provide wooden printing blocks, some home made blocks, some stencils, some dyed cotton and some acrylic paints.
You need to bring an apron, something squidgy as a printing surface like a towel or a wodge of newspaper and some lunch.
It would be good if you could bring any of the following if you have them:
Fabric paints or acrylics and fabric medium
Fabric in soft colours (including white or cream), plain or patterned. Could be cotton, satin, synthetic, organza, muslin.
Printing blocks
Stencils
Sponges
Stubby brushes
Hair dryer or heatgun to speed up the drying process.
If you came to one of the Colouricious days and have something that didn’t quite work bring it along.
If you have lost the ability to search for any of these things just bring yourself and enjoy the day!

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Day School Boxes
Dayschool

November 2015 Workshop

Nov 15 - Gill

We will be making the dragonfly in the photo, it can then be attached to any background.
Requirements as follows:-

  • Cotton covered cake wire. This can be painted, if you like, to match your thread.
  • Metallic thread, gold, variegated or colour of choice
  • Dark or bright thread for couching the wire.
  • 2 small beads for eyes
  • Wooden cocktail stick
  • Glue stick
  • Blunt ended needle
  • Usual sewing equipment.

I will have lots of all the above available
Gill

 

We produced these from the October Workshop:

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October Workshop – Requirements

Requirements for Saturday 10th October:

Dee 4 Oct 15   Dee 3 Oct 15   Dee Oct 15  Dee 2 Oct 15
Two pieces of cheap felt A5 would be fine but bigger if you like
A variety of ribbons: thin, wide, patterned, plain, organza-y. (nasty shiny glitzy....this could be their moment!) Don't be too fussy just grab a handful or get a 
really cheap pack at Westpoint. If you haven't got any ribbons just tear fabric 
strips or use sari ribbon.
A selection of fancy woolly bits you've picked up and can't find a use for. I have 
lots so don't worry.
Two or three machine threads
Your machine, the foot pedal and the bit you plug in. Ordinary foot. 
Instruction book.
Rotary cutter, cutting board and ruler. Failing that, bring a ruler scissors 
and pencil.
Pins
We will be exploring your machine's fancy stitches just for fun and variety but you can do this perfectly well with zigzag. 
See you there, Dee

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There is no formal ‘taught’ session in August but the meeting is an opportunity to find the UFOs that have been lurking in drawers and cupboards waiting to be completed. Bring them along to the next workshop to work on. If you have any pieces that were started and you are now stuck and don’t know how to finish them, then bring those along too. I’m sure someone will have just the right idea to help you finish the piece. Thanks, Sally
Our Guild Banner
Thank you to everyone who has made a square or two  – they  are beautiful and will look wonderful when we make them into the banner. We’ve collected over 50 so far and will be pleased to have any left at home at the next meeting, in August, when we will decide how to put it all together. Mary

             July squares 3       July squares 1 July squares 2

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Water Soluble 1 Water Soluble 2

July workshop – see the list here: Requirements for Water Soluble Workshop in July

Water Soluable

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Fabric Books WS 1 Fabric Books WS 2 Fabric Books WS 3 Fabric Books WS 4 Fabric Books WS 5 Fabric Books WS 6

JUNE WORKSHOP – FABRIC BOOKS

Fabric Books 2  Fabric Books 3 Fabric Books 4

list of requirements: June Workshop 2015 (1)

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We have started work on the panels for the banner:

banner panel 1 banner panel 2 banner panel 3 banner panel 4

REQUIREMENTS  – For the May workshop

The banner design we will be working on, was inspired by Sandra’s wonderful work with sari silk ribbons:

Sandra 3  Sandra 4     Sandra 2  Sandra's banner inspiration

…. which in turn was inspired by the work of Effie Mitrofanis and her book ‘Threadwork’.

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REQUIREMENTS LIST FOR APRIL WORKSHOP –

Ribbon Embroidery with Lynn Bennett:

Ribbon Embroidery

REQUIREMENTS LIST FOR MARCH 2015 WORKSHOP, here: Just One Stitch Requirements List

March 15 workshop     Just One Stitch

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some of our bracelets made at the February workshop

Requirements List for February 2015 workshop

Bracelet made from a plastic bottle

 One small empty plastic bottle

 Felt – enough to cover the inside and outside of your bracelet

 Fabric which can be wrapped around your bracelet that is not too thick

 Needle and threads to match fabric

 Embroidery threads

 Tailors chalk

 Hair band

 Scissors

 Double sided tape

 Various embellishments e.g. lace, buttons, beads and sequins

 Thimble

Pieces produced at the Tissue Paper Fabric workshop

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Tissue Paper Fabric – Gill Cable

January 2015

We will be bonding tissue paper to make fabric with either Bondaweb or PVA glue, which is cheaper, but takes longer to dry.

Materials required:

  • Sheets of tissue paper, preferably white, not too thin
  • Bondaweb same size and/or PVA glue
  • Wide brushes (for paint and glue)
  • Webbing spray**
  • Acrylic wax**

For decorating:

  • Pieces of fibre, light sequins, bits of fabric
  • Threads to decorate in colours and thickness of your choice

Hairdryer**

Apron, plastic gloves if required

Small notebook to cover if you wish

**optional, as I will bring some of these to share.

Tissue Fabric

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