Our Young Embroiderers meet once a month. For more details please contact Mrs. Chris Grant via email: email@example.com
Have fun working with textures, fabrics & threads. Enjoy being creative.
(Chichester Young Embroiderers are affiliated to the Embroiderers’ Guild. An annual membership fee of £10 is payable through the local group organiser to the Embroiderers’ Guild HQ. This can be renewed annually and runs from the date of joining, giving access to the Young Embroiderers’ website of the National Embroiderers’ Guild.)
Forthcoming Meeting Dates
The Young Embroiderers meet at the Bassil Shipham Centre, 10am until 12.30pm, one Saturday a month. Each session costs £5, payable on the day, but please let Chris know that you are coming.
The remaining meeting dates for 2019 are as follows: 11th May, 8th June, 13th July, no meeting in August, 14th September,12th October, 9th November and 14th December 2019
We used fabric crayons, Bondaweb, colourful stitches and embroidery hoops to make these seasonal pictures, taking our creativity to new levels and honing our skills along the way!
As you can see, Banjo is back and very interested in proceedings! Happy Easter to you all!
We made these little cards and brooches last month for Mothers Day, using felt we made at an earlier session.
The quilted patchwork bag below was made by one of our talented Young Embroiderers, who took the idea from bags we had made as a previous project. We were greatly admiring of her creativity.
We had a great session this morning, making drawstring bags. Everyone had to remember their pinning, tacking and sewing machine skills, and enjoyed the magic moment when ribbons were tightened to draw the completed bag tight at the top.
Now it will be ‘out’ with a plastic carrier bag and ‘in’ with a personal fabric bag to take finished items home.
The new year provided an opportunity to give the Young Embroiderers a new challenge – wet felting. Following a demonstration, everyone looked through the box of wool tops and selected their colours before preparing them to work around the pebble. The room was very quiet as everyone worked hard to make their pebble look very special and parents were certainly impressed when they came to meet their children at the end of the session. In addition to their pebble everyone had a go at making a flat piece of felt to use in the future!
Have you ever wondered how Santa copes each year with such a heavy workload? If you had been at the December meeting of the Young Embroiderers a little of the secret would have been revealed! Once the tasks had been outlined the group set to work with enthusiasm and determination, indeed one of the adult helpers was heard to ask if there was something she could do as everyone was so engrossed, they were not needing any help! The photographs show the results of the session described by one of our young ladies as ‘the best sewing session ever’!
The Young Embroiderers and their adult helpers wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Sew Happy New Year!
This month we continued working on the fabric book covers that we started last month. Two were completed, the rest are still in the process
I’m pleased to report that Banjo has rejoined us and, as before, is keeping a close eye on the proceedings.
Our display of work at the exhibition was much admired – many congratulations to all involved.
SEPTEMBER MEETING 2018
On Saturday everyone was being very creative with sequins and beads, decorating felt fish for our table in the Biennial Exhibition.
JULY MEETING 2018
This meeting flew by so quickly (and was so so hot) that any thoughts of photographs disappeared out of the windows which were open due to the heat but had the unfortunate consequence of letting in all of the noise from the roadworks outside…………………. I hope you’re getting the picture anyway!
Everyone was working hard on their cushion covers which we have added to the pile of wonderful things that the members have produced this year. It is a stunning array of the talent we have in our junior division. Please do come and enjoy looking at it as part of our exhibition at the Oxmarket Galleries, Chichester in September:
‘All Stitched Up’
our Biennial exhibition
18th to 23rd September 2018
Tuesday to Saturday 10am until 4.30pm
& Sunday until 3.30pm
Oxmarket galleries, Off East Street, Chichester. PO19 1YH
JUNE MEETING 2018
This month we made butterflies and the odd caterpillar as part of our “Bugs in a Jar” project – one particular caterpillar seems to have caught Banjo’e eye!
APRIL MEETING 2018
We made mug mats – quilted mats with room for a mug and a biscuit. Some of them are reversible too. As you can see, Banjo took quite an interest – maybe he was hoping for a crafty snack.
Sadly there’s no meeting in May – but we look forward to seeing everyone again in June!
MARCH MEETING 2018
Spring had definitely started to spring – judging by the riot of colour our Young Embroiderers produced in the form of flowers, just in time for Mother’s Day!
The cross stitched pictures have all been completed now – look carefully and you’ll see a hamster and a scottie dog (the latter made by one our youngest members) gracing the table.
Meanwhile the doyenne of our group, our oldest and most experienced member, was handling the sewing machine like a professional to create this beautifully composed and colourful masterpiece.
FEBRUARY MEETING 2018
Work continued on the magnificent mini masterpieces which had been designed last month. In addition, the young stitchers helped with a Community Project being planned to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the ending of World War 1. A cascade of 6,000 poppies is being created in Northney, Hayling Island and our young embroiderers have made plenty of poppies which will be mounted on sticks to be placed along the path to St. Peter’s Church, when the display is set up in October.
JANUARY MEETING 2018
For the first session of the new year the Young Embroiderers started working on ‘Mini Masterpieces’. Their task was to make their own design for a little picture worked in cross stitch which, when completed, will be mounted on a frame set on a small easel. Our ‘senior stitcher’ started work on a ‘Maxi Masterpiece’ using a variety of materials and machine stitching to create a very vibrant piece!
In addition, the Young Embroiderers delighted in seeing the items made by the adult branch members as a result of the ‘Stocking Challenge’ which the Young Embroiderers set for the Christmas Party.
DECEMBER MEETING 2017
Together the Young embroiderers produced a delightful forest of Christmas trees at the December meeting (the best part, as always, was the stuffing of them!)
The forest was populated by a small choir of beaded angels, (that is BEADED not bearded!!) brought along by one of our helpers, Sally Ship,
and Juliet Fellick brought the Christmas ‘pulpit fall’ she had been working on for her local church – so we had the star as well.
The children enjoyed seeing what some of the adult embroiderers had been working on.
May I take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped with Young Embroiderers this year – your contributions have been much appreciated.
Here’s hoping that everyone connected with the Young Embroiderers of Chichester has a very pleasant and Happy Christmas and sending every good wish for a healthy and productive year of stitching in 2018. We look forward to welcoming you back on Saturday January 13th.
NOVEMBER MEETING 2017
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You may wish to avert your eyes if you think you may be a recipient of a Christmas card from one of our very talented Young Embroiderers.
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We started work on our Christmas cards – and Banjo and his friend joined in the festive fun!
OCTOBER MEETING 2017
A picture speaks a thousand words……………
This first photo shows a completed holiday project by one of our youngsters – entitled ‘blank canvas’. The brief was that they could do any design they chose, to cover a small, square canvas picture mount. This project has taken a great deal of time and effort and the result is fabulous. Congratulations! We are delighted!
The rest of the photos show completed and partly completed waffle-fabric wall hangings, woven with brightly coloured wools in a variety of different designs.
SEPTEMBER MEETING 2017
We have started waffle weaving – a form of surface weaving using the material as the warp threads. We are fortunate to have had many donations of brightly coloured wools and threads over the years – this is the chance to let them shine! I hope you agree the results look stunning:-
JULY MEETING 2017
As you can see from the photos taken at the meeting, there was intense concentration on Saturday as we all worked on our individual projects. Plenty of imagination and creativity in evidence, as the various skills we’ve learnt over the past year were put to good use.
JUNE MEETING 2017
From flowers to scarecrows, fantastic trees to Celtic designs, the Young Embroiderers are currently busy using their creativity to make a very special picture to have at home.
The ‘blank canvas project’ was introduced to give the children an opportunity not only to choose their own design, but also the particular techniques they wished to use.
On a busy morning there was also time to celebrate the completion of two projects which have engaged the young stitchers over several sessions. One activity which has been available for the children to work on in spare moments was making a box from plastic canvas panels while the second project was making a patchwork bag using the sewing machines for the first time.
APRIL MEETING 2017
Our April session saw our young embroiderers with green fingers – Easter gardens were the order of the day. Apparently they were so engrossed that silence and dropping pins were the only sounds that could be heard – see below
Wishing you all a very Happy Easter (and lots of chocolate from the Easter bunny!)
MARCH MEETING 2017
Apologies – I have waited until now to publish this, not wanting to spoil anyone’s Mother’s Day. Our young embroiderers worked hard in their March meeting to create stunning Mother’s Day gifts:
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY
See you all in April
FEBRUARY MEETING 2017
We carried on working on our patchwork bags, using our two sewing machines to zigzag on the patches. Tacking everything in place first is very important – and very time consuming!
JANUARY MEETING 2017
We started making patchwork bags, they all looked wonderful and as you can see Banjo (our YE stalwart) was very impressed!
At the December Meeting we were all truly in the festive spirit and we made decorations, firstly reindeer and then some shuttlecock angels.
To finish Rona handed out some gifts from Santa.
HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OUR YOUNG EMBROIDERERS
We look forward to 2017 being filled with more wonderful stitching and plenty of fun!
At the recent Chichester Embroiderers’ Guild exhibition at the Oxmarket Gallery in Chichester we had a display of our work – it received a lot of positive comments and admiration. It showcased the wonderful budding talent that is being nurtured within the group and also featured our winning entry in the South East Region of the Embroiderers’ Guild Branch Challenge. (The oyster sitting on the cushion, left hand side of the table in the photograph below)
Congratulations to all our Young Embroiderers – we look forward to you going from strength to strength in 2017.
We had a full house this morning and there was lots of hard work accompanied by happy chatter!
Most worked to finish their scarecrows while Milly, our more senior member, completed her very pretty autumn wreath.
At the October Meeting we started making scarecrows. Banjo took a keen interest, as did his friends!
Milly, our more senior member, started to create flowers for her Autumn wreath.
If you visit the Crypt at Stansted House before the end of September you will be able to see the amazing installation that our youngsters have created. They spent two afternoons in the Servants’ Hall working on this beautiful forest. Here’s a sneak preview :-
COMPETITION SUCCESS : CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR YOUNGSTERS
Delighted to announce that Chichester Young Embroiderers won the South East Region of the Embroiderers’ Guild Branch Challenge. The theme was “Inspired by Royal Jewels – the world’s your oyster”
A delightful entry secured 19 out of a possible 20 marks – a very credible and well deserved score – we are so proud of everyone who contributed to this success. FANTASTIC NEWS!
JULY 2016 MEETING
Inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee, we were ‘beevering’ away making a veritable swarm of Sussex Bees!
Our new sewing machine was also used for the first time as our senior stitcher used it to make a delightful door stop!
JUNE 2016 MEETING
For their June meeting, the Young Embroiderers were busily engaged on work for Stansted House, on their entry for the Regional Competition next month (still top secret!) and on leaning a new technique, namely SUSSEX PUFFS!
They are the beautiful result of a patchwork technique and make a fantastic adornment to many many things:
Watch out! (for Sussex Puffs coming to a bag, hairband, work box or similar near you soon!!)
YOUNG EMBROIDERERS’ WORK NOW ON DISPLAY AT STANSTED HOUSE
The Young Embroiderers from Chichester and Portsmouth have now finished their butterfly frieze and very lovely it looks too. A huge thank you to them (and the adults involved!) It is marvellous to see youthful talent shining through and on public display for all to see – do go along to Stansted House and have a look yourself, you won’t be disappointed.
NEW SERVANTS AT STANSTED HOUSE – JUNE 1st
On Wednesday 1st June Young Embroiderers from Chichester and Portsmouth worked in the Servants’ Hall at Stansted House on their contribution to the Capability Brown project; a beautiful frieze of leaves and butterflies. The results will be displayed in The Boudoir at Stansted in due course. For the impatient amongst us, here’s a sneak preview…..
MAY 2016 MEETING
We were preparing for our work at Stansted House, where we will be on June 1st as part of the celebrations of the 300th anniversary of Capability Brown’s birth.
We have been making a leaf frieze ready to take to Stansted House – it’s going to be brilliant, do come and see……..
APRIL 2016 MEETING
This month our enthusiastic group was working hard on its entry for the Regional competition in July – I can’t say anymore as I have been sworn to secrecy. I can only include a small grainy photograph – information is knowledge, careless talk costs lives and all that! Keep it under your hat – more details will follow!! Suffice to say, we have high hopes………………
MARCH 2016 MEETING
With Easter on the horizon it was either going to be chocolate or a new Easter Bonnet.
Our young embroiderers made these, with beautifully crafted felt flowers adorning their bonnets they will look great as they attack their chocolate eggs!
FEBRUARY 2016 MEETING
We had two activities this month – the start of a longer term project in which we started to make boxes using tapestry and and a more topical piece of work for Valentine’s Day!
As usual, our young embroiderers went about their tasks with enthusiasm and determination – as the result show!
JANUARY 2016 MEETING
The first meeting of 2016 saw the Young Embroiderers embarking on a project to create Strawberry Pincushions – which contain those fiendishly difficult french knots. Our youngsters picked it up incredibly quickly and the results speak for themselves……..
WOW! as far as Bango is concerned, it’s strawberry fields forever!
DECEMBER 2015 MEETING
Our last meeting of 2015 saw us creating crazy Christmas bunting, fabulous festive fun was had by all.
Poor old Banjo was slightly confused – he was not sure which tree his present will be under, so he started to sniff them all!
Happy Christmas to all our Young Embroiderers and we look forward to welcoming you back (with Banjo) on Saturday 9th January 2016
NOVEMBER 2015 MEETING
Despite the mild weather and no sign of any snow the young embroiderers have started looking for the YETTY – although at the Young Embroiderers Group they do things differently and have become very excited at the first sighting of a herd of wild YEGGIES!
This month’s project grew – literally! The YEGGIE started life with a fur face and a sewed in zip mouth. The young embroiderers added noses and eyes and stitched on the coloured felt backs in order to produce a ‘secret pocket’ with a hidden zipped mouth, but, then it happened………………..
cue dramatic music……………..
one of the Mums brought in a large bag of polyester stuffing and some of the yeggie pockets evolved into yeggie cushions!
OCTOBER 2015 MEETING
We made wall banners using fabric scraps, bondaweb and the creative talents of our young embroiderers – nine amazing individual pieces emerged. It even looks as though Banjo the dog is totally bowled over by his owner’s talent – or maybe he just loves his new floral friends!!
SEPTEMBER 2015 MEETING
This time we created birds! We had several different suggestions for the Young Embroiderers to use, but we left it up to them and their individual creativity to choose how they made their bird. The ‘stuffing’ procedure was a very popular part of the day.
We ended up with a very colourful collection!
JULY 2015 MEETING
The last meeting before our summer break saw the wonderful colourful beach tote bags largely completed and work on the stitch samplers continue, with several members designing a small picture to be stitched at the base of the sampler.
Name badges are now “de rigueur” – even for Banjo, our lovely canine recruit!!
Have a wonderful summer – and we look forward to welcoming you back on 12th September for our exciting Autumn programme.
JUNE 2015 MEETING
Hard at work!
MAY 2015 MEETING
Despite the lack of summery weather we started our project for the summer this month – making a beach bag. There was lots of enthusiasm and stitching ……here’s a sneak preview photo. We hope to finish them next month and promise that we will photograph them fully in all their splendour! WATCH THIS SPACE
APRIL 2015 MEETING
Funky Fairies and Rocking Robots were the order of the day at the April meeting, which saw 9 girls and the elder brother of one of our youngsters (who had heard what fun our sessions were and wanted to join his sister!) working hard to create their individual masterpieces.
The felt, hair, diamante strips etc were assembled in a multitude of different ways to produce a fantastic flock of fairies and a rocking robot. What wonderful imagination!
MARCH 2015 MEETING
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Yes, you’ve guessed it, we made presents for Mothering Sunday – there are going to be eight very proud and happy mothers. The dog and gorilla took a keen interest in proceedings!
FEBRUARY 2015 MEETING
February saw our intrepid young embroiderers making felt hearts – with spectacular success, from the felt making to the embroidery and embellishment, I am sure that you will agree, they are a triumph!
JANUARY 2015 MEETING
For the beginning of the new year the group has started to make samplers – see photos below
DECEMBER 2014 MEETING
We had a productive December meeting making Christmas cards, using rag rugging techniques, and making wonderfully festive corsages.
Some of the results are displayed below.
Happy Christmas to our young embroiderers! We look forward to welcoming you back on 10th January.
NOVEMBER 2014 MEETING
The November meeting was a very busy meeting – we were delighted to welcome three new members. Our theme was Bonfire Night.
Here are some of the magical night sky-scapes in the process of being made :-
OCTOBER 2014 MEETING
For the October meeting our enthusiastic Young Embroiderers had a guided tour of our biennial exhibition “Textile Fiesta” at the Oxmarket, Chichester. There was a quiz for them to complete and they were encouraged to look closely at the exhibits and even to sketch ones which they found most interesting.
Here’s a photograph of a bunch of them in front of our branch’s regional competition entry, entitled “The Nest” where they are looking for the insect life amongst the foliage on the forest floor!!
SEPTEMBER 2014 MEETING
As is traditional for the first session of the winter programme, we made name badges, this year by embroidering initials and then embellishing the surrounding area. The results were spectacular as the photographs below show:-
SUCCESS, SUCCESS, SUCCESS ……..Many congratulations go to Chichester Guild young embroiderer KATY CLARK for her winning entry in the Embroiderers’ Guild De Denne competition. Katy is studying A level Textiles and has been a Chichester Guild Young Embroiderer for many years – we wish her continued success in the future.
YOUNG EMBROIDERERS’ SUMMER SCHOOL 2014
The Young Embroiderers enjoyed a summer school day at the Memorial Hall on July 28th 2014.
They made some books, complete with labels and pockets, which they can now fill with memories of their summer holidays – amazing!
Just before Easter, the Young Embroiderers made some beautiful Easter Bunny masks.
Young Embroiderers meeting on St David’s Day can only lead to one thing…..
On 1st February the young embroiderers made heart themed macrame wall hangings and friendship bracelets – all in good time for Valentines Day!
Some of the work produced is featured below
We used Van Gogh’s Starry Night as inspiration for some mixed media pictures.
Christmas Baubles were the theme in December
In November the young embroiderers produced mixed media pictures based on a Klimt pattern – apologies due to a “technical malfunction” there is only one photograph available, but hopefully this will give you some idea of how wonderful the creations were!
In September we worked on making name badges – here are two of them.
Beautiful! Very creative and so different – what talent we are nurturing.
SUMMER SCHOOL IN AUGUST 2013
The summer school in August was a great success – the young embroiderers made silk paper book covers. Here are some of the completed ones.