Alnwick, Studious stitchers

Members of Alnwick Embroiderers' Guild hard at work.
Members of Alnwick Embroiderers' Guild hard at work.

No one can say Alnwick Embroiderers’ Guild members have not been busy recently as they have been stitching, learning and listening.

First of all they took part in a workshop about Portuguese whitework with Joan Wilkinson, from Darlington, to produce scissor keepers. This technique has similarities to the better known Hardanger work, but includes more textured stitches.

The next workshop was based on Silk Ribbon embroidery with Nicola Hulme, from Wetherby, as tutor. Members learned several stitches, using ribbon rather than thread, but they also included more traditional stitching in the background to produce pieces suitable to use as box lids or special cards.

In between these two events they heard an interesting talk about Japanese embroidery by Brigid Lowe, from Teesside. She explained that it followed a strict 10-level programme of learning specific techniques using traditional designs, and showed us examples of her work to illustrate.

The first weekend of August is the Embroiderers’ Guild National Stitch Event. Alnwick members will be taking part in the café of Alnwick Playhouse on Saturday, August 1, between 10.30am and 1pm. Visitors are welcome to come along, have a go, and find out more about the branch and Guild.