September Meeting and Workshop 2016


We met up on Monday 19 September, after our summer break, to catch up on news, pay our subs and do a little stitching. It was an in-house evening and we were given the choice of stitching bullion knots or embroidering onto printed leaf motifs.


I'm not sure much stitching was done, but there was certainly a great deal of chatter!


Busy stitching pebbles!
On Saturday 24 September we met up for an in-house workshop, at Goodworth Clatford Village Club, and we all worked on Plush Pebbles, based on an article in Stitch magazine, Issue 98. Everyone chose different colour schemes and had varying ideas as to what the finished fabric would be used for; bags, wall hangings, purses and so on. We cut out and arranged the 'pebbles' beforehand, as this was a very time-consuming process and spent the day engrossed in circles of fabric which turned into some beautiful designs.


It was a lot of hard work but great fun and we were all delighted with the results!

Capability Brown Exhibition at Hillier Gardens, Romsey

Andover EG is being joined by Winchester EG, Salisbury EG and Solent EG to create the exhibition of work, with inspiration coming from Capability Brown's genius and Hillier Gardens. It is an opportunity to see a display of unique and specially created work based around the typically English scene of landscapes and stately gardens.

Below are two examples of work created by Andover EG that will be on display at the exhibition.

Landscape - Margaret Beal
(The design was machine embroidered onto a heavy cotton fabric which I had first space dyed. The colours were then emphasised with water colour paints.)
Tibetan Cherry - Jenny Nelson
(The background is a colour photo, copied onto cotton coated paper, using a photo copier. All stitching is by hand, mainly using a single embroidery thread. The owl was a gift from a friend.)  

Blenheim - Anne Hellyer
(Hand painted fabric and printed organza, embellished with hand and free machine embroidery.)

Capability Brown Exhibition at Hillier Gardens, Romsey

Andover EG is being joined by Winchester EG, Salisbury EG and Solent EG to create the exhibition of work, with inspiration coming from Capability Brown's genius and Hillier Gardens. It is an opportunity to see a display of unique and specially created work based around the typically English scene of landscapes and stately gardens.

Below are two examples of work created by Andover EG that will be on display at the exhibition.


Autumn Trees - Wendy Brown
(Machine Embroidery on a painted background)

Beautiful Trees - Ann Hawke
(I have always admired these trees at Hilliers and was particularly taken with a group on my last visit so attempted to represent them with this picture. The background is painted, the shrubs are hand stitched. The trees are sandwiched fabric, stitched together and stuffed and applied to the background fabric.)

Ecclesiastical Embroidery with Suellen Pedley


On Monday 18 July 2016, Suellen Pedley came to talk to us about ecclesiastical embroidery. Despite the sweltering heat, we all settled down to a very interesting evening and Suellen took us through over 1000 years of church embroidery history. She started by describing a fragment of embroidery found in St Cuthbert's tomb in Durham, dating from 9th/10th century. The goldwork was incredibly intricate and the embroiderers must have had exceptionally fine needles to complete the work.

During the Opus Anglicanum period, embroideries were worked on a background of linen, which was overstitched to give the appearance of woven fabric.

After the period of early English embroidery, Suellen explained that during the black death about two-thirds of the population died and many of the embroidery skills were lost.

Around this time, velvet and brocade materials were starting to come in from the East and embroidery was applied to these exotic fabrics, rather than embroidering over the entire surface.

Suellen showed us some wonderful slides of copes and vestments as stitching techniques developed over the centuries.


She brought us up to date by talking about modern embroiderers, including Beryl Dean, Jane Lemmon and Pat Russell.




Suellen also talked about the work she currently undertakes and the workshops and retreats she runs.


She has recently been involved with the restoration of the shrine of St Alban in St Albans' Cathedral.

Many thanks Suellen, for visiting us and telling us all about ecclesiastical embroidery. We all enjoyed your talk and you made history come to life.

Hats Do Suit Me with Ros Liddington

On Saturday 25 June 2016, a group of us met up at Goodworth Clatford Village Club to explore the world of hat making. Ros Liddington talked us through the processes of choosing styles and colours to suit everyone. Then the fun began!

Ros showed us how to manipulate sinnamey and gave us guidance on how to develop our ideas.


Hat making was a new experience for most of us and knowing where to start was the first problem!

We tried out various designs on paper and then rummaged through Ros's supply of hat making materials to complement our initial sketches.



The morning passed very quickly ... and quietly, as we worked at learning the new techniques, but everyone was very pleased with their final results.






Following an impromptu fashion show, we were all delighted with our efforts. Thank you Ros, for a super day, we all learned new skills and were given good advice on how to choose a hat to suit our face shapes and complexions.








Freehand Celtic Knots with Janet Knox

We had a very enjoyable evening on Monday 20 June 2016 with Janet Knox. She gave us a brief history of how the celtic knot has developed, dating back to 300 BC and explained her current involvement with CARM, the Creative Arts and Retreat Movement and told us how this has influenced her life.

She also talked about the designs that Mary Fleeson creates at the Lindisfarne Scriptorium.

With pencils, crayons and erasers at the ready, we were all ears as Janet explained how to begin!


We started doodling and gradually our designs took shape and we ended up by creating continuous ribbons, swirling round the paper! When we were satisfied with our designs, Janet explained how to create our 'overs' and 'unders' and we then started to decorate our designs using inks and crayons. The time soon whizzed by and after an hour we had all created designs to be proud of.


Everyone's was different and Janet commented that our designs said quite a lot about our personalities, although she didn't elaborate!







Many thanks Janet, for a very enjoyable evening, it was great fun and gave us lots of ideas for creating new designs for hand and machine embroidery.

Capability Brown Exhibition at Hillier Gardens, Romsey

Andover EG is being joined by Winchester EG, Salisbury EG and Solent EG to create the exhibition of work, with inspiration coming from Capability Brown's genius and Hillier Gardens. It is an opportunity to see a display of unique and specially created work based around the typically English scene of landscapes and stately gardens.

Below are two examples of work created by Andover EG that will be on display at the exhibition.

Autumn Acer Leaves at Hilliers - Carol Grimston
(Embroidery inspired by autumn colours acer (maple) leaves. Acer leaves used as templates,
appliqué and heavy machine embroidery.)

The Bridge at Hilliers - Nicola Villalard
(Machine embroidery with embellished felt surround.)