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National Celebration of Stitch - 2020 - Subject to Government restrictions being lifted

This year the National Celebration of Stitch will be held on or around 20th June - to suit your branch events.

The theme will be "Birds" and we are preparing some templates and inspiration for activities which will be posted here in Spring.


Marlborough and District Embroiderers' Guild - the Duchess of Cornwall unveils the Savernake Embroidery

20th January 2020

Savernake Embroidery

An approach was made to Marlborough and District Embroiderers’ Guild in 2015 to make a piece of embroidery to hang in the new building of the Prospect Hospice Outreach Centre at Savernake Hospital Marlborough.

Savernake Embroidery tree detailsThe choice of poem was made by the original committee of three who recognised its connection to the Savernake Forest. Its title is ‘All These I Learnt’ by Robert Byron 1905-1941, poet and traveller, who sometimes lived at Savernake Lodge in the Forest. His memorial is in the churchyard of Christ Church, Cadley as he was lost at sea during the Second World War off northern Scotland and has no grave. The poem was read by Prince Charles for National Poetry Day on BBC Radio 4 in 2006. As it celebrates Spring, Summer and Autumn most particularly these are the seasons that were chosen for the design and a purely figurative style of illustration was chosen to create a sense of peace, serenity and reflection.

HRH Duchess of Cornwall and Marlborough MembersThe base is painted calico. The silk fabrics are Crepeline, Habotai, and Dupion. The fabrics were all hand dyed or painted. The hand stitching was done in mostly Coats Anchor threads. The machine stitching was mostly done with Mettler threads. The silk threads were Mulberry silks and Devere Yarns. The pieces were individually drawn and painted by Margaret Heath and the silk fabrics added. The choice of threads were made and then they were handed out to members with instructions for stitches to be used. A narrow choice of stitches was used, stem long and short, running, seed, chain, French knot and fly stitch, for hand stitching. Free machining in straight and zig zag stitch.

By late spring the first individual pieces were ready to be taken home to be worked. There are over 70 individual pieces, two large trees, three butterflies and the stitched background.
Once the individual pieces were all returned they were appliquéd on to the background and blended together. The stitching started in late spring 2016.

Over 30 members took part. Work also took place at Stitch Days in Kennet Valley Hall, Lockeridge and latterly in member’s houses. It took just over 4 years from first plans to last stitch. Framing was done by Steven Hible at Right Angle Framing, Corsham.

HRH Duchess of Cornwall & Yvonne MilesThe Embroidery was unveiled on the afternoon of Monday 20 January 2020 by the Hospice President, HRH Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, at the Prospect Hospice, Wroughton. Yvonne Miles read the poem, ‘All These I Learnt’ and a group of branch members were presented to the Duchess. Margaret Heath explained the story behind the project and the techniques used.

Stitchers and supporters of the Savernake Embroidery - Margaret Heath was the designer and manager

Jackie Bagg Barbara Barr Deena Beverley
Julie Burchett Maureen Bull Vernice Church
Chris Cook Gwen Earl Susan Ford
Maria Fraser Jean Freakley Margaret Gow
Stella Hall Ann Hastie Rosemary Hawes
Christine Hill Sally James Ann Johnson
Judy Joiner Diana King Ann Kingdon
Lorrain Lockwood Ros Lomas Yvonne Miles
Hazel Morris Stephanie Nichols Hazel Partridge
Audrey Peck Cathy Pollard Clare Russell
Lindsay Sherwood Ann Smith Jane Smith
Susanne Stedman Linda Wells Sarah Wicks


Marlborough Branch Members



 
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