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.
Over the two sessions in May and June, the Young Embroiderers made a canvas cover for a recycled coffee tin which could be used to store pencils or other bits and pieces. The background fabric was coloured with acrylic paints and then set aside to dry. The members, inspired by a range of lovely stitch samples provided by Sue, one of the leaders, went on to learn a variety of hand stitches which were then applied to the background using their own designs. This proved to be a very popular workshop!
One of the projects the Young Embroiderers worked on during the first half of the Autumn Term was a pin cushion. They used fabric made at a previous YE meeting when they did shaving foam printing on a selection of fabrics. They cut out 1" strips to make the log cabin design for the pin cushion and a background. The strips were stitched together using a sewing machine and then hand stitching was done around them in a contrasting colour. The back was attached, the cushion stuffed and a tassel added.
It was wonderful to see the textile pieces created by our Young Embroiderers for an exhibition of work in the Bee and Honey tent at the Royal Three Counties Show, Malvern in June. The theme was Worcestershire wildflower meadows and insects.
The background meadow was created by printing onto a dyed table cloth and this was then stitched into it using a selection of threads. The bees were made using felt and various threads and were attached to the background using small pins. The photographs show the girls’ amazing achievements!
Thanks must also go to the leaders of the YE group for their generosity in the giving of their time and talents to support the children.
In our September and October meetings, we made little birds using felt, fabric and other media.