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!
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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...

Sunday, 4 May 2014

May Meeting - "Eleanor and the Four Kings" by Wyn Ingham

At our May meeting we were lucky enough to have our Chair, Wyn Ingham, give her fascinating talk about Eleanor of Aquitaine. You could have heard a pin drop as we sat enthralled, learning about this very modern woman who lived from about 1122 - 1204. Born into a noble family, on the death of her father she became probably the richest woman in the world, however her fortune was settled on her heirs, and untouchable by whoever she married. Nonetheless, competition was fierce and she was married at 14 to the Dauphin, soon to become Louis VII of France. 
It was not a happy union - no son was forthcoming, although Eleanor had two daughters with him, and eventually they divorced, allowing Eleanor to marry Henry II of England with whom she had several children, including Richard the Lionheart and King John (of Magna Carta fame). Henry had some "issues" with Eleanor which led to him keeping her prisoner for many years - in fact for one whole year no-one knew where she was - but she was freed by King Richard following Henry's death. 
I've vastly truncated this story so that it isn't spoiled for those of you who have not yet heard Wyn's talk, however I will tell you that after her eventful life, Eleanor died at the age of (about) 82 whilst peacefully living as a nun at Fontevraud Abbey in the Loire Valley. She was buried there alongside Henry and their tombs can still be seen - Eleanor is depicted reading a book to show that she was an educated woman. 
Wyn then showed us several pieces of work that she had completed using the buildings connected with Eleanor for inspiration. 
This is a large piece depicting a column with its carved stone capital.
Another large panel with a silk paper background and beaded roundels

Detail of the above panel
Beautiful painted and beaded silk panel

Any groups who would like to hear Wyn's full illustrated talk can contact her at winniewoo@btinternet.com. 

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