Embroiderers' host Regional Day

Shrewsbury Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild held the West Midlands Regional Day on Saturday June 23rd at the Priory School Business and Enterprise College, Shrewsbury. They were assisted by members of Oswestry and District Branch. The day was well attended with every one of the 14 branches in the West Midlands Region represented.

A local textile artist, Wendy Riddick, displayed her work which was linked to the competition title ‘Our Shared Industrial Heritage.’ The competition attracted a wide range of talent and was won by Margaret Biggs from the Wolverhampton Branch with her piece of work entitled ‘Non-Ferrous Metal Industry’.

Second and third prizes were won by Janice Knight and Mary Dixon respectively. Both are members of the Oswestry and District Branch. The President of the Shrewsbury Branch – Maggie Turner – also received a gift to mark her 25 years as a member of the guild.

Year 7 pupils from the Priory School exhibited a colourful range of hand-embroidered cushions as well as an eye-catching quilt. Their teacher, Pam Jebb, joined attendees to help judge the competition and give out the prizes.

The Young Embroiderers’ section of the guild also included their work as part of the competition, with Wrekin Branch winning the group entry prize with a series of cross-stitched tiles based on Coalbrookdale designs.

The guest speaker was Alysn Midgelow Marsden with her illustrated talk entitled ‘This Lustr’ed Cloth: Metal in Textile Art.’ The talk was linked to her recently published book on the same topic and was enjoyed by all, especially when they got to see and touch some of her work.

Tickets for the raffle and tombola sold well with many prizes being either made or donated by Guild members.

There were also many suppliers present, selling embroidery related items and members enjoyed exploring what they had to offer. The day closed with tea and piles of home-made cake for all. Lots of smiles all around!

Both Shrewsbury and Oswestry and District Branches of the Embroiderers’ Guild meet monthly. Each meeting has a guest speaker talking on an embroidery related topic followed by tea and biscuits for all and a chance to meet others with a similar interest.

Shrewsbury Branch has its next meeting on July 3rd at the Shirehall (7pm for 7.15pm start) where the well-known textile artist, Diane Bates, will be the next speaker.

Oswestry and District Branch has its next meeting on July 13th in the Memorial Hall, Oswestry (7pm) where Maryke Phillips (embroiderer and quilter) will be giving a talk entitled ‘Hand Embroidered Books.’

New members and visitors are always very welcome.

For more information about the Embroiderers’ Guild go to the website at www.embroiderersguild.com. You can also follow the link to local branches where full programme details and contact numbers are available.

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