The Mary Page Trophy was given to Worcester EG in 1968. It is awarded for the most popular exhibit chosen by visitors to an exhibition.
The Meadows’ Trophy 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!
Below you may find information about some of the winners of these competitions in previous years.
Members were invited to submit an entry into this year’s competition entitled “Centenary”.
Following a vote by those attending the meeting, Jill won the trophy for her piece entitled “Mellow Fruitfulness”. She said that the colours were inspired by all the red poppies seen this year. When asked about how the piece had been made, she said:
“The piece was started in Sheila Davis’ workshop. I eliminated some areas and added different elements. Background hand painted, flowers papier mache on wooden print blocks, machine embroidery on wash away film, painted seeds, all machine stitched.”
Sara received the prize for the Chairman’s Choice. She writes:
“It was with delight that I accepted the award of Chairperson’s Choice – I’ve never won anything before!
I was inspired by the title ‘Centenary’ because, when I did my research, I was impressed with the number of choices I could have made: Women’s right to vote was a strong contender, the formation of the RAF, Ukraine declared a free republic, the first recorded case of Spanish flu killing millions of people world-wide, ‘Tarzan of the Apes’ - the first Tarzan film - premiered, but the centenary of the Armistice ending hostilities in World War 1 was an obvious choice for me, both personally as my Grandfather was injured during those final days and also because of the historic significance.
I designed a panel to create a layered landscape that told the story of the end of the war using the symbolism of the poppy. I cut strips of dyed scrim and layered it on a blanket background in tones of green with a splash of red ribbon and left overhanging edges and used my embellisher to secure the fabric. I handstitched red poppies and free-machine stitched the soldier in the distance, paying respects to fallen colleagues. I wanted to write some text at this point and chose a fragment of poetry by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, a poem which resulted in red poppies becoming the world’s most recognized memorial symbol for soldiers. The large red poppies in the foreground are appliqued, using scraps and red net to add texture with free-machine drawing to highlight.
I thoroughly enjoyed creating the piece and I am very pleased so many members liked it.”
Thanks were given to those who had submitted entries and a request was given for members to let the committee know of any suitable themes for next year’s competition!
As usual, at our December meeting we had our annual competition for the Meadows’ Trophy. The subject had been given out to members about six months previously. This year it was ‘The Sea’ and it inspired 13 members to enter. The entries were very varied and included embroideries of a seashell, beach hut scene and underwater. All were of a very high quality and it was very hard to choose a winner. The members took it in turns to go up and study the entries and then voted for their preferred piece anonymously. Every entry got at least one vote; the winner, Sue P., took the prize with eight votes. The runner up, Jacky, with seven votes, was awarded the Chairman’s prize.