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...
One of our members, Judy Tadman, is an internationally acclaimed artist who works with rope and rope-type materials, sculpting them into organic shapes and forms with the use of crochet-type techniques.
On Friday she gave a talk to the group about her work, telling how she developed the technique herself whilst studying art at what is now the Batley School of Art and Design at Kirklees College, following a career in nursing. Her pieces range from the small and intricate, to huge and robust outdoor sculptures.
This was followed up on Saturday by a workshop for enthusiastic members
armed only with a crochet hook!
Judy supplied a wonderful array of differently textured base materials (rope, string, twigs, hose; anything tubular and linear) and different wools, twines, cords and threads which act as both an anchor and a decoration for the base material.
Here are the partly completed pieces from our workshop - it will be followed up with the finished "objects" after our next meeting!
Davina raced ahead (she does lots of crochet so had an advantage but those of us who couldn't crochet at all soon picked it up), completing a bowl and continuing with a free-form sculpture.
Margaret H's work
Sue T's work
A close-up of the same piece
Sue later embellished her sculpture with stitching and beads
Polly at work, and her piece along with her super scissors!
Anita's chic black number
Margaret W's lovely neat work, with added double crochet
Janice's piece which she is embellishing as she goes along
Irene's red piece.
Judy explained that when you use natural fibres,
they always revert to natural forms.
Wyn's closely stitched piece
Jane had an idea for a loopy piece and is working towards it
Paper twine stitched round a twig, showing the basic technique
Mandy's piece with floral embellishment
kindly and unintentionally donated by Wyn
It will be interesting to see how they all turn out!
Judy has a brilliant DVD in which she very clearly demonstrates the techniques she showed us yesterday, a shortened version of it is also on YouTube at this location : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pSsLdfud3I