Stitch Magazine Issue 134

In Stitch Magazine Issue 134, on page 44, you’ll discover a brilliant article by editor Kat McDonnell featuring the winning artworks in the Embroiderers’ Guild Members’ Challenge 2021 – ‘Exquisite Containers’.

Here’s a sneak peek inside.

Stitch Magazine Issue 134
Matchbox Challenge
Exquisite containers article in stitch magazine
Exquisite Containers Article

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Stitch Magazine Issue 134
Stitch Magazine Issue 134

When this embroidery was completed in early 2021, Lockdown was in place, and the Guild had put any thoughts of exhibiting the artworks on the back burner. Since then, the collection of ‘Exquisite Container’ artworks has been on public display at the London and Harrogate, Knitting and Stitching Shows.

One Red Thread 2021

The final stitch

I’m pleased to announce that Resilience will be exhibiting in the One Red Thread 2021 Exhibition in Australia. The exhibition takes place at Jervis Bay Maritime Museum & Gallery in New South Wales, 4th December 2021 – 13th February 2022.

One Red Thread 2021 exhibition poster featuring textile images and dates for the Australian exhibtiion venue - Jervis Bay maritime Museum in new south wales
One Red Thread 2021 Exhibition Poster

The piece shows a Lancastrian weaving shuttle in a Cotton Weavers hand. 

Size 24 x 24 cm. Central panel 21 x 21 cm, hand embroidered and hand stitched with vintage Sylko thread. Hand and Shuttle: Eco-leaf printed vintage Lancashire cotton cloth. Vintage Sylko thread. Outer border:  Linen, surface designed with bleach and discharge paste. Vintage Sylko thread. Designed and hand stitched in three weeks.

hand embrodery of a hand holding a weaving shuttle - Resilience part of One Red Thread 2021
Hand embroidered words around the artwork
Hand embroidered words around the artwork

Elizabeth Dubbelde of Berry Quilting set the challenge for embroiderers and textile artists to create a work under the theme EmpoweRED.
‘What can I do to make a stand about injustices, to raise my voice in protest? Hence “Empowered” gives us an opportunity through art textiles to raise our voices to show solidarity & support to victims of sexual assault. I urge you to raise your voice by creating a piece of work that relates to the theme of Empowered.’ Elizabeth Dubbeld, One Red Thread 2021.

Resilience is part of a body of work featuring Lancashire dialect.

Bankley 2021 Opening Night

Exhibition preview evenings are full of artists, hustle and bustle and lots of wine. The Bankley 2021 Opening Night was no different, only this time I was was one of the nervous artists sharing my work. The venue has three floors of artist studios and has a wonderful creative energy – a perfect place to host the exhibition.

Bankley 2021 Opening Night - The outside of the Bankley Studios - a former industrial mill in the centre of Manchester
The outside of the Bankley Studios – a former industrial mill in the centre of Manchester

So this was a very nervous me at the Bankley Open Exhibition preview event .

Bankley 2021 Opening Night - me standing next to my red hand embroidered artwork
Me standing next to my artwork
list of artists displayed on a wall inside the gallery space
Exhibiting artists

The standard of work was very high. I looked around the gallery and realised I was the only textile art in the exhibition!

hand embroidered textile art featuring writing about my childhood in the 1970's
Sound of the Kenwood Chef
Bankley 2021 Opening Night  - people in the gallery space pausing to read The Sound of the Kenwood Chef
People paused and read the piece

A few days after the Bankley 2021 Opening Night a brilliant online review appeared in The Northern Quota, written by Eddie Toomer-McAlpine. You can read the full article below.

review of the exhibition
Quote: Northern Quota review of the exhibition

The exhibition is on throughout October. Please check the gallery for opening times. Bankley Studios & Gallery, Bankley Street, Levenshulme, Manchester M19 3PP.

Thank you fellow members of the Society for Embroidered Work and the Embroiderers’ Guild for giving me the confidence to enter!