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30 January - 25 February 2017
If you have a passion for knitting, crochet, sewing, quilting, spinning, weaving, printing, embroidery, drawing or painting, make a note in your 2017 diary to visit Makers’ Month.
The Forum has joined forces with craft groups and creative businesses from across Norfolk, to put on a four week event offering free drop in activities, bookable workshops and textile based exhibitions.
From Monday 30 January until Saturday 25 February The Forum is the place to find inspiration, like-minded company and enthusiastic makers, all of them eager to share tips and techniques.
Makers’ Month is free and is also a great event for families during February half term, with hands-on activities for young people. For more information please see the website http://www.theforumnorwich.co.uk/makersmonth
A centrepiece of Makers’ Month is the ‘Hardhome’ Embroidery, created by members of the Embroiderers’ Guild. A fifteen foot high character from the HBO hit series, Game of Thrones, will be glaring down on visitors in The Forum’s Atrium. It is on tour and this is its first trip to the East of the country.
Following on from the success of the Magna Carta embroidery and the Guild's role in its production, the UK representatives of the HBO Home Entertainment TV Network contacted the Embroiderers' Guild with the view to creating a special artwork in stitch to form the backdrop to mark the release of the 'Game of Thrones' Series 5 DVD & Blue Ray boxed set.
The Embroiderers' Guild led the design and production of the piece and invited stitch partners The Royal School of Needlework, Hand & Lock and Fine Cell Work to participate. The final image was selected by HBO in December. It features one of the most intense battle scenes in TV history - the massacre of Hardhome. The first design and production meeting took place just before Christmas 2015, stitching started in mid January 2016 and the piece, measuring 5 metres in length and 4 metres high (nearly 17ft x 13ft 6 inches), was completed during the second week of March 2016… an outstanding achievement by all concerned.
We have received some fantastic feedback from visitors to the various locations where the embroidery has been on display - here are the comments from a visitor to the recent Knitting and Stitching Show at Harrogate:
"I recently had the real pleasure and indeed astonishment at seeing the Hardhome Embroidery when it was on show at the Harrogate K & S show. What a truly wonderful piece of work! I spent a long time soaking in its qualities and love it all. It comes alive and is amazingly intricate and convincing". Emeritus Professor Aberystwyth University
Dates for future exhibitions in 2017 featuring the Game of Thrones Hardhome Embroidery will be advised on this page
See full details of this fascinating project, led by the Embroiderers' Guild, on our Game of Thrones webpage (click here)
from 30 January - 25 February 2017. Please see the Forum's website for further details
The Silk Museum, Park Lane, Macclesfield SK11 6TJ www.silkmacclesfield.org.uk
This Study Day will explore the magic of silk, its uses and its histories. Tickets cost £20 (includes lunch and refreshments)
To book a place telephone 01625 613210 or pop into the Old Sunday School, Macclesfield
For more information about this event please email Professor Deborah Wynne: firstname.lastname@example.org
The event is jointly organised by the University of Chester and the Silk Museum