A wonderful array of items was brought in by members for this year’s competition, “A Fashion Item Embellished by You”. They included clothing (jackets, blouses and knitwear), scarves, bags, hats and jewellery. The display showcased the range of skills our members have – felting, hand stitching, machine embroidery, applique, beading and dyeing.
The largest number of votes was given to Sue P. for her wonderful hat. Described as “A Party Hat for a Stitcher”, it was fun and quirky! The winner of the Chairman’s Choice prize was Lyn who had embellished a jumper with beautiful flowers using machine embroidery. Congratulations go not only to the two winners but also to all those who entered.
Mary Page Trophy
Visitors to the WEG September exhibition, “One Time, One Place”, held at the Weaver’s Gallery in Ledbury, were asked to vote for their favourite piece. This year’s winner was Julia Rollit for her picture entitled “Reflection”, a landscape which showed a lovely sense of colour. Julia was presented with the Mary Page Trophy together with a small cash prize and a congratulations card.
WEG holds an annual competition for one member to win the Meadows’ Trophy; this was originally presented to the branch by Mrs Meadows in 1963. It was first awarded following a competition for a tea cosy to be made in any material! The title for the competition is announced in April and the entries are displayed at the December meeting when members vote for the winner. As well as holding the trophy for a year, the winner is also presented with a prize. In addition, a second piece is chosen as the Chairman’s Choice! The title for the 2015 competition was “Text Incorporated”.
Sylvia, Meadows’ Trophy winner, had designed a piece to celebrate Worcester’s very own Worcester Sauce and to highlight that it has been with us for many years. She said she had printed labels on the computer using bond-a-web as a backing. The bottles were cut out from felt and the whole embroidery was both machine and hand stitched.
Louise, winner of the Chairman’s Choice, had created a carousel tag book. She had been inspired by a workshop that she had attended led by Angie Hughes, by horses on a carousel, the bright colours of the fabrics, her love of scrap booking and words! She writes, “I have been making tag books for some time, using up “mistakes” from some of my watercolours, and then adding words and poems to enhance them. Following a workshop with Angie Hughes and her Indian influences, I printed off the horses taken from Indian miniatures, onto inkjet printing cotton. These were attached to tags and embellished with machine stitching, embroidery, beads etc. The printing on Khadi paper was painted with watercolour and then scrolls cut out to use as embellishments. The horses then needed some sort of cover – hence the box to protect them!”
The Mary Page Trophy was given to WEG in 1968. It is awarded for the most popular exhibit chosen by visitors to the exhibition which runs alongside the Three Choirs Festival. The 2014 winner was Christine for her work entitled “Of Sea and Sky” (see inset), which was full of movement and subtle colour changes.