March Meeting – Meike Laurenson

The March meeting was a busy affair.

The members’ morning session was run by Joyce, who instructed about 30 of us in the art of Palestrino stitch, a beautiful stitch that can be beaded and even used as edging or hinging on fabric boxes. Oh! the mysteries of it are beginning to unravel!

Taking a break for lunch after a busy morning session!

Taking a break for lunch after a busy morning session!

The afternoon speaker was Meike Lawrenson – Inspirational Afghan Embroidery

Meike Laurenson

Meike Laurenson

Meike gave us a fascinating talk about the work of the Deutsch-Afghanische initiative, which aims to help women from the Laghmani region by employing them to make 8cm squares of beautiful embroidery (using Kandahar stitch, a long and short stitch with stranded thread). Since 2009 some £15,000 worth of embroideries have been sold.

Afghan Embroidered square (geometric design)

Afghan Embroidered square (geometric design)

Meike showed us examples of how the embroidered squares have been used by textile artists in many European countries, who took one square and incorporated it in a piece of their own work, either reflecting, echoing or extending the original square. It was a fascinating talk illustrated by many examples. There was a recent travelling European exhibition of the work.

You can find out more information about the Deutsch-Afganische initiative by clicking this link  Guldusi

Some members are having a workshop with Meike tomorrow, each participant will take a square of Afghan embroidery and “make it their own”! I will photograph the results next meeting – WATCH THIS SPACE!

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