It is so important that the skills of embroidery are shared and we, at Worcester, are so lucky to have a team of five adults that is prepared to take on this responsibility.
The Worcester branch of the Young Embroiderers was set up in 1988. Nowadays, it consists of a group of ten 5-17 year olds who meet nine times a year on the second Saturday of each month (third Saturday in May) at The Cutting Edge Studio, Malvern from 10 am until 12 noon.
The children are given projects and challenges to encourage them to express their talents.
At our May 2017 meeting, we had a workshop on Batik printing, presented by Lisa S. We had a great morning learning how to use the various Tjanting (wax pens) and metal printing blocks. The students were asked to do a practice piece to see how the wax flowed onto the fabric; this was a great learning moment. Their second piece was produced with much more confidence and style. Each piece was then scrunched up to give a crackled effect. When their piece was thoroughly dried, the students added different dye colours. When everything was dry, they ironed the pieces between newspaper to get rid of the wax.
On the 10th June we continued to finish off the work and decided how to stitch their pieces, some students decided to use hand stitching and some used their sewing machines.
One of our long term YE Members is leaving us to take up a textile A level at Worcester Sixth Form College. Mia has been an enthusiastic member of our group for the past 6 years and has been a regular attendee at our Saturday morning meetings. At our June 2017 meeting, we presented her with a box of threads, fabric and a mixture of miscellaneous items and wished her well for the future. We are all very proud of her and look forward to seeing her future work. Mia will continue with her membership of our group and we look forward to seeing her progress over the next few years.
Below is a picture of the presentation which was made by Christine, YE Leader for Worcester Embroidery Guild.
We also enjoy entering competitions, the most recent of which was entitled “Imprisoned Splendour”. The girls made pieces based on their birth stones and they received a certificate saying that they had received a “special mention” for their group entry!