The Fashion & Embroidery Show was held last month at the NEC, Birmingham. I go every year and it never ceases to amaze me the amount of skill and talent out there that can produce these wondrous textile treasures. Enjoy........
I am a huge fan of Laurel & Hardy so I couldn't resist this one.
3D embroideries on water soluble fabrics by the very talented Claire Muir
A felting workshop in progress with a very majestic looking Aslan-like Lion supervising the proceedings with his friend the Lamb.
The Embroiderers' Guild stand was very busy with drop-in workshops and two great exhibitions
The Junior Embroiderers section of the Guild (JETs) is devoted to encouraging and supporting young people who want to take up embroidery and textiles, from those just making their first stitches to students wanting to base their careers on this area of art and design. This very talented piece was by Jessica in the 9-12 age group from Leamington Spa Embroiderers Guild JETs
The Ruby Squares Exhibition from Solihull Embroiderers was in pride of place this year as they are celebrating 40 years since the group was established. A little bit of self interest here - this is my square...
The other exhibition on display was called Page 17 - Imagination, Interpretaion, Inspiration a specially created exhibition of textile artistry where each piece takes a book as its inspiration. As an embroiderer and book lover I was blown away by some of the exhibits....
Who didn't have a Ladybird book when they were little?
Or an Observer Book? I remember having the Observer Books of Wild Flowers and British Birds. I wished I had kept them now. This is by talented wildlife textile artist Anne Kelly.
Janet Payne's inspiration was a book on photography - London, A Celebration in Photographs
Amanda Wright's inspiration was The Poetry of Birds by Simon Armitage
Loved this one from The Monster Family Knitting Book
Dog Training the Mugford Way
Marilyn from Extraordinary Chickens
I forgot to note down the title and artist of this magnificent artwork. Maybe a book on fairytales. I still have my treasured 1966 copy of Grimm's Fairy Tales given to me by my mum and dad and have now passed on to my daughter. I could never resist a fairy tale, one of my favourites being Hans Christian Anderson's The Princess & the Pea. This always springs to mind whenever I am at Ikea and running the gamut of the various thicknesses of mattresses, mattress protectors and mattress toppers that you get these days.
But who can resist a little bit of Jane Austen!