Unfinished Objects Workshop. 2018

Embroidery to the Rescue was a workshop enthusiastically led by Giuliana Bond from Australia, who persuaded us that embroidery is “alive and kicking” and can not only be used to embellish projects but also to rescue items that perhaps are a bit worn, or damaged or maybe not quite as special as we originally envisaged. Clearly members did not need too much persuasion and examples of old samplers came out of cupboards and forgotten skills put to good use.

The pictures on the right show two samplers - the first a page by Giuliana, the second a school sampler rediscovered by Carol Marsh from Surrey.

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Giuliana gave us an example of a hand knitted cardigan, originally worn by a boy but once outgrown was rescued by embroidering it all over, changing the buttons to right over left and making embroidered buttons for it, so it could be cherished by a little girl.

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Pat Griffiths from Ceredigion, Mid Wales, took this idea and restyled her own jacket with random flowers embroidered in wool.

There were innovative ideas to cover areas of damage.

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Jane Stevens from East Anglia embroidered a butterfly to cover a damaged area on her shirt, which coordinates with a butterfly printed skirt.

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Giuliana showed another example of covering up a hole.

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Linda Nuttall from Monmouthshire, South Wales added an attractive mouse design to her vest, using an iron on pattern from a Women's Realm

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Ulrike Bogdan from Aschaffenburg, Germany, demonstrated the use of a chain stitch filler

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Giuliana showed us a handwoven hand towel where the embroidery is "distracting" from a mistake!

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Barbara Scott from Guelph, Canada, added a tiny bit of red detail to her landscape bag, which made all the difference.

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Denise Fereday from Worcestershire embroidered and appliqued her weaving bench seat pad.

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Katy Barrett, from the Channel Islands, used embroidery to complement her woven and felted bag and turn it into something special.

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Jenni Young, from the Scottish Borders, repurposed a pocket from her jean.
"While listening to a radio programme I decided to doodle a few stitches on this jeans pocket. I love denim and have quite a lot cut up to use. I decided on the orangey red as best contrast."

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Carol Marsh was inspired by Jenni to do something similar.