We were very happy to be involved in Wordpool 2017 in Stanley Park earlier this month. This is a fantastic annual family event organised by Blackpool Libraries and run with the help of an army of volunteers. This festival of the written word gets bigger and better every year - and once again we were blessed with a glorious sunny afternoon. Kits for all ages had been prepared to stitch and take and these proved to be very popular. Based on the theme of Animal Antics we we had a variety of cats, birds, fish and other animals to make and by the end of the event had almost run out of supplies.
t was great to see families enjoying the sunshine and concentrating on the stitching
Everyone seemed happy with the results and many of the children managed to finish their kit to take home
This is a great event and we hope to be involved again next year
In April we returned to Blackpool Central Library for our exhibition. Having used the venue two years ago we knew the room was very light and would show our exhibits off to their best advantage.
The exhibition seemed to come together very well and we were amazed at the diversity of the work on display. Visitors also commented on the quality and variety of our work, it is always very rewarding to hear compliments like this!
Our group work was also on display
Inspired by Klee Circles in Squares
Our Teal squares made for our branch 35th Anniversary
It is a while since i got around to updating the blog, so I will try to put as much information into this post as I can to update you on what we have all been doing recently.
We enjoyed a Shibori Workshop with Elaine Little from Blackpool Sixth Form College. Elaine brought lots of examples and plenty of samples for us t try out this technique.
We had lots of fun trying different ways with ink, dyes and bleach and the effect on different fabrics when folded and manipulated.
Our tutor for the March workshop was Shelley Rhodes. Lots of food for thought in a very informative sketch book workshop. Once again this presented us with lots of opportunities to try different media to print and paint onto papers. We all managed to produce concertina sketch books, and these were displayed at our exhibition in April.
In the midst of our usual round of meetings, stitching and workshops, some of us have been working on a very exciting project with the Grand Theatre.
The Grand in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company present a series of Shakespeare plays for schools aimed at 8 years and over "First Encounters with Shakespeare"
This year's play is The Tempest, and we have been asked to produce a Blackpool Cloak for Prospero to wear during the performances. Children in local primary schools have been very involved in a programme of "Shanties, Shipwrecks and Spells" to discover our local coastal heritage. As a part of the programme we have visited Anchorshome and St Kentigerns Primary schools to lead workshops with the children to make seaside themed embellishments for the cloak.
As usual our members have been very generous with donations of suitable fabrics
The children got quite excited when they saw all the sparkly stash they had to play with.
Many of the children were able to stitch and produced some lovely work, the younger children produced equally effective glued collages.
We were very impressed with the behaviour, enthusiasm and ideas from all the children and we have a huge selection of work to add to the cloak.
Construction is now well under way and the first performance is on the 28th February
Performances at the Grand are on 4th and 5th of February and tickets are available from the box office
The performance is especially tailored for children and is 90 minutes long so if you are free on those dates why not go along to watch what promises to be a fantastic production
We are the members of the the Blackpool Branch of the Embroiderers Guild.
A warm sea-side welcome from all of our members.
We meet twice a month on the second and the last Monday of the month, at the Blackpool Art Society Studio on Wilkinson Avenue. Our programme and contact details can be found on the our branch webpage on the Embroiderers' Guild website. New members and visitors are always welcome.
This blog aims to share with you the work of our talented members.