Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Stitching Days - work, relax and chat

Margaret W working on a
complicated but very
beautiful cushion layout
What a success our recently introduced informal sewing days are proving for members and friends alike. The opportunity to work on the cushions we are creating for exhibiting at Broughton Castle (near Banbury, Oxfordshire) from 1st May to 3rd July 2016 has been a delight: no pressure, but time to get to know each other as well as 'work'. All in support of the largest exhibition across the country our national Guild has ever produced. Originally conceived to be part of the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, the Guild extended its search for venues across the country with beautiful landscapes and gardens to delight the eye.

Ann SM decided to create a
stitch sampler out of
paper napkins and old jeans
The Banbury & District branch of The Embroiderers Guild - formerly Cherwell Valley - with its wide age range of members with equally divers interests are producing some eye-catching and cleverly executed cushions. But not all of us have used these stitching days to work on the Broughton project - some of us are exploring sewing by hand or machine as a medium that is new to us. We have one final day fixed - on Friday 18th March, from 10.00am to 2.00pm. Venue: St Mary's Hall, Wykham Lane, Broughton, near Banbury, OX15 5DT. All are welcome; bring a picnic lunch and spend a few relaxing hours in pleasant company. Maybe include in your bag a note book and a piece of fabric with needle and threads - though we have supplies to share.