Young Embroiderers

Our Young Embroiderers meet once a month. For more details please contact Mrs. Chris Grant on  01243 528116 or email egchrisgrant@gmail.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.)

2017 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 meeting dates for the rest of 2017 are as follows:

No meeting in August, Saturday 16th September, Saturday 14th October, Saturday 11th November and Saturday 9th December.

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.

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Milly, our senior and most experienced member, continued to work on the details of her Celtic design.

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:

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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!

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We started making patchwork bags, they all looked wonderful and as you can see Banjo (our YE stalwart) was very impressed!

DECEMBER MEETING

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!

EXHIBITION DISPLAY

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.

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NOVEMBER MEETING

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.

OCTOBER MEETING

At the October Meeting we started making scarecrows. Banjo took a keen interest, as did his friends!

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SEPTEMBER MEETING

FANTASTIC FOREST

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.

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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
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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!

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Does Bango have ideas about becoming the new Easter Bunny?

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!

A rare sight - a herd of wild YEGGIES at rest

A rare sight – a herd of wild YEGGIES at rest

It seems that plucky Bango, the Young Embroiderers' doggie friend, isn't frightened at all!

It seems that plucky Bango, the Young Embroiderers’ doggie friend, isn’t frightened at all!

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!!

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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!

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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.

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Name badges are now “de rigueur” – even for Banjo, our lovely canine recruit!!

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Have a wonderful summer – and we look forward to welcoming you back on 12th September for our exciting Autumn programme.

JUNE 2015 MEETING

We had a good session today, we welcomed one newcomer and one visitor. Everyone worked really well. Two beach hut bags are nearly complete – just the sea to add in next time. Hard at work!

Hard at work!

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Banjo put in another appearance and was as interested as usual.

Banjo put in another appearance and was as interested as usual.

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

Beach bag motif

Beach bag motif

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!

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MARCH 2015 MEETING

*** *** ***SPOILER ALERT! *** SPOILER ALERT! *** SPOILER ALERT! *** *** *** March is the month which contains Mothering Sunday – so if you are an interested party who likes secrets please don’t scroll down to look at the photographs until after Sunday March 15th!

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!

Work in progress - a serious mission is underway!

Work in progress – a serious mission is underway!

Some difficult choices to be made.

Some difficult choices to be made.

Bango the dog wakes up and smells the flowers !

Bango the dog wakes up and smells the flowers !

And the gorilla (on loan from school for the weekend) tries to hide among the baskets!

And the gorilla (on loan from school for the weekend) tries to hide among the baskets!

HAPPY MOTHERING SUNDAY

HAPPY MOTHERING SUNDAY

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!

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JANUARY 2015 MEETING

For the beginning of the new year the group has started to make samplers – see photos below

The group at work!

The group at work!

Sampler in progress - with a little help from BANJO the puppy!

Sampler in progress – with a little help from BANJO the puppy!

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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.

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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 :-

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Notice the watching dog has acquired a blanket stitched wrap!

Notice the watching dog has acquired a blanket stitched wrap!

A very atmospheric night sky - you can almost smell the bonfire!!

A very atmospheric night sky – you can almost smell the bonfire!!

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!!

Young Embroiderers' visit to the exhibition

Young Embroiderers’ visit to the exhibition

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:-

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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.

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The Rainbow Tree - Katy's winning entry.

The Rainbow Tree – Katy’s winning entry.

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!

Summer School books

Summer School books

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APRIL MEETING

Just before Easter, the Young Embroiderers made some beautiful Easter Bunny masks.

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MARCH MEETING

Young Embroiderers meeting on St David’s Day can only lead to one thing…..

Making Felt Daffodils

Making Felt Daffodils

Spot the difference!

Spot the difference!

FEBRUARY MEETING

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

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JANUARY MEETING

We used Van Gogh’s Starry Night as inspiration for some mixed media pictures.

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Hard at work!

Hard at work!

DECEMBER MEETING

Christmas Baubles were the theme in December

A bauble in production

A bauble in production

Decorations at the ready!

Decorations at the ready!

Beautiful !

Beautiful !

Very Christmasssy!

Very Christmasssy!

NOVEMBER MEETING

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!

Inspired by Klimt

Inspired by Klimt


SEPTEMBER MEETING

In September we worked on making name badges – here are two of them.

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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.

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