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New Book: 'Threads of Life' by Clare Hunter

posted 13 hours ago by Deborah Phillpott
Threads of Life – a book about why people sew

Clare Hunters book  'Threads of Life' is to be published by Sceptre of Hodder & Stoughton on 7th February and has been chosen as Radio 4’s Book of the Week that same month 4th - 8th February.

She says ‘Sewing is a way to mark our existence on cloth: patterning our place in the world, voicing our identity, sharing something of ourselves with others and leaving the indelible evidence of our presence in stitches held fast by our touch.’
and goes on to inform us that 'Threads of Life' takes us from the anonymous needlewomen of the Bayeux Tapestry to Mary, Queen of Scots’ politically messaged embroidery, from the therapeutic stitching of World War One’s shell-shocked soldiers to nineteenth century tailors whose pictorial patchwork campaigned for reform, from the grieving mothers in 1970s Argentina who sewed the names of their disappeared children onto headscarves to the subversive stitchery of feminists in 1980s America. The book tells us why people have sewed through time and across cultures to tell their stories and make their voices heard.

‘Threads of Life is a beautifully considered book that reminds us of how much sewing plays a crucial part in expressing the many facets of our lives. Clare Hunter has managed to mix the personal with the political with moving results.’ Tracey Chevalier

‘It seemed to me that we had lost sight of the potency of needlework, the tactile residue of its makers’ touch; the meaning of its symbolic patterns and motifs, its ability to conserve community traditions. I wanted to restore that knowledge, to remind readers of needlework’s emotional, social and textural qualities and, by doing so, revive an appreciation of its value.’ Clare Hunter

‘Threads of Life is a compelling and beautifully written account of how marginalised peoples throughout history have
used the language of sewing, embroidery and textiles to tell their neglected stories.’ The Bookseller, Nov. 2018

Thank you all!

posted 21 May 2019, 01:15 by Erica Thomson

A huge thank you to all members who found treasures to take home from Liz Welch's stands at Regional Day - an amazing nearly £900 will be donated to Breast Cancer Now and only a few small boxes are left which will be found good homes.
 
This has been a monumental task which though extremely sad at times has been lovely to find so many people who knew Liz, had seen her at a workshop or a show or on TV and have given generously for 'stuff they didn't know they needed'.

I would encourage all of you to use all the 'special treasures' you have acquired instead of waiting for the ' ideal project' and try to find the time to learn the new skills you have bought all the bits for and always wanted to do. 

It has been quite a challenge to find the right people and places who know about all the different crafts and interests she had - think ahead before it is too late - Liz simply ran out of time. 

Very nearly £5000 raised so far from craft items and still lots more to come in - see

with grateful thanks, 
Erica

Notts Yarn and Needlecraft Market No 1 - Sat April 6th

posted 2 Apr 2019, 00:05 by Erica Thomson


Sewing Machine Sale Quorn Country Crafts

posted 24 Mar 2019, 06:10 by Suella Postles   [ updated 25 Mar 2019, 14:44 by Erica Thomson ]

We are holding our NEC prices!

Save £100's of pounds off Sewing Machines until the end of March, as we hold our NEC prices just for you.

Pop into the shop or call us on 01509 211604 to get the best prices for Pfaff machines.
 
INSTORE FOR MARCH ONLY...SAVE £100's OFF SEWING MACHINES AND EMBROIDERY MACHINES! ALL COME WITH OUR EXPERT FREE TUITION AND A 5 YEAR WARRANTY!

*Tuition in our shop in East Leake or over skype or equivalent.


QUORN COUNTRY CRAFTS EST 1991 - 'MORE THAN JUST A SHOP'

Courses at All things creative. Starting this week

posted 24 Mar 2019, 05:46 by Suella Postles   [ updated 25 Mar 2019, 14:44 by Erica Thomson ]

All things Creative

Email: allthingscreative5@outlook.com

http://www.naomiwagstaff.co.uk/courses/

5 St.Bartholomews Court, Nottingham, NG3 3EH
Phone: 0773 479 1608 Email: enquiries@naomiwagstaff.co.uk

Deirdre Robbins for Pattern Cutting 07732 728116

10 week courses starting this week.

MONDAY 25th March -

Upholstery with Celia Barsby 07783 109972

1.45pm - 4.45pm or 6pm - 9pm

£170 for 10 weeks

Pattern cutting/Tailoring with Deirdre Robbins

07732 728116

1pm - 4pm

£170 for 10 weeks.

TUESDAY 26th March

Soft Furnishings with Jo Tidy 07817 114554

6pm - 9pm

£175 for 10 weeks


WEDNESDAY 27th March

Upholstery with Naomi Wagstaff

07734 791608

9.45am - 12.45pm or 6pm - 9pm

£170 for 10 weeks

Pattern Cutting / Tailoring with Deirdre Robbins

07732 728116

9.45am - 12.45pm or 1pm - 3pm

£170 for 10 weeks


THURSDAY 28th March  

Upholstery with Naomi Wagstaff

07734 791608

9.45am - 12.45pm 9 week course £153

or 6pm - 9pm for 10 weeks £170


SATURDAY 23rd March and 27th April

Sewing Bee with Dee

07732 728116 - 10am - 3pm

one day workshop

£35

Paint Effect Techniques with Paula Tomlinson

07891 727609

One day workshop 10am - 1pm £55 .

Dates on request.

All things Creative

Email: allthingscreative5@outlook.com

http://www.naomiwagstaff.co.uk/courses/

5 St.Bartholomews Court, Nottingham, NG3 3EH
Phone: 0773 479 1608 Email: enquiries@naomiwagstaff.co.uk

Deirdre Robbins for Pattern Cutting 07732 728116

Book of the Week Radio 4

posted 1 Feb 2019, 08:27 by Erica Thomson

Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle 9.45 Mon 4th Feb-8th Feb
Textile artist Clare Hunter travels through the centuries uncovering the lives of those who have used sewing and embroidery to tell their stories. Read by Siobhan Redmond.

EMREG Summer School 2019

posted 29 Jan 2019, 17:20 by Suella Postles

EMREG Summer School 2019


Bookings now open with 4 tutors this year

Contact Marianne Young if you want a booking form.  mygemz@hotmail.com


Summer School information for 2019

Date - Friday 19th July to Sunday 21st July 2019

Venue -  The Olde Barn Hotel

            Toll Bar Road

            Marston nr Grantham

            Lincolnshire NG32 2HT

Contact - Marianne Young, Summer School organiser, East Midlands Region

mygemz@hotmail.com   01476 861534


The Hotel is located away from the A1, on the southbound carriageway before Boundary Mill/Downtown, an excellent location with easy access for the East Midlands Region


Cost - £310 for Single Occupancy for 2 nights accommodation, full board and access to leisure facilities

      - £270 per person, room sharing (two people and as above)

      - £170 non residential (please contact organiser to discuss availability and options)


http://www.emreg.org.uk/events/summer-school-2019


Tutors for 2019 are:


Kathleen Laurel Sage - Embroidered, soldered and heat zapped surfaces (free machine embroidery)


Kathleen will demonstrate several techniques that involve layered organza, Lutradur, to enable you to design and create your own masterpiece, either smaller pieces to form unique jewellery or small panels or tiles. No image as of yet.


Moira Neal - Creating colourful characters in applique and free machine embroidery


This course is about having fun with free machine embroidery and using colourful applique to create some characters. Moira will provide templates and lots of ideas for producing your own panel.

Models needed for African wear on Regional Day

posted 13 Jan 2019, 06:28 by Suella Postles

We need volunteersto be a model for Magie Relph at Regional Day on Sunday May 19th, 2019. Linda LLoyd Willis and Suella Postles have volunteered so far.

Magie Relph only needs 3 models. Pam Keeling ondered if there was anyone else in West Bridgford Branch who might join in the fun?

The Regional Day committee have a meeting on 6th February, 2019 and it would be good to know by then

Contact Pam Keeling pamkeeling@clara.co.uk

Kickstart Workshop Geology & Fossils Jan 18th 2019

posted 18 Dec 2018, 09:35 by Suella Postles

Jo Leatherland is to take another Kickstart Workshop based on Geology and Fossils on 18th January, 2019 - 10am - 4pm. At Bradmore Methodist Church Hall, Bradmore, Notts.

To book and for further details and information contact: Kath Owen - wbegbranchchair@gmail.com

HOME: the Guild Member Project for 2019

posted 5 Dec 2018, 06:58 by Suella Postles   [ updated 5 Dec 2018, 06:59 ]

ANNOUNCING the Guild Member Project for 2019

HOME

Following the inspiring Capability Brown exhibitions in 2016, the hugely successful Page 17 in 2017 and, more recently, the poignant 100 Hearts in 2018, we now announce the Guild's project for 2019 – it is entitled “HOME”.
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What does HOME mean for you...

Is HOME the place you return to at the end of each day?

Do you have fond memories of a childhood home, long since left behind?

Invite us in and show us, in stitch, the special memories you have of your home.

Have you lived on a brightly coloured canal boat; in a high rise flat or a converted barn?

Have you travelled widely - perhaps seen the favelas in Rio or the slums in Mumbai; a tree house on the beach in the Phillipines?

Home should mean shelter and safety but for some it is not.

And what of the natural world - a bird's nest, the river of a spawning salmon, the arctic home of the polar bear or the woodland burrow of a fox?

Invite us in and tell us, in stitch, what the word HOME means to you.

Find more inspiration on our webpage

HOME Project 2019
home@embroiderersguild.com

Geological specimens to study and photograph at Kickstart

posted 4 Dec 2018, 08:34 by Suella Postles

Sew and So with Kickstart at 11a.m on Saturday December 8th, 2018


Our regular informal stitching meeting, Sew and So, is open to all members.  Lorraine Ellison will be bringing many lovely examples of fossils, rocks and minerals for us ti draw and photograph.. This may help Kickstart participants to be inspired, and Lorraine will give information about them all. The fossils range from about 1000 years old to an amazing 450 million years old, and they include a mammoth's tooth from Norfolk during the Ice age, shark's teeth from London, ammonites from the south of England, corals from the Peak District, fossil ferns from a Somerset coal tip, various  marine animal shells, including some from Wymeswold, and much more. Among the rocks are an amazing, crystalline slice of a meteorite from outer space, and a royal blue rock from Afghanistan.  She also has beautiful mineral crystals too. Lorraine collected many for her Geology degree, spending much time, eyes down to the ground, wandering across fields, along sea shores and into quarries.


Of course you are welcome to bring your own work, if you are not doing Kickstart this year.


Do come, bring your lunch and stay for the afternoon meeting where we will be doing some Christmas stitching and crafts.

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