Branch News

Cotehele Strands of Time Embroideries - A project lead by Katy Choroszewska and members of Tavistock Branch

Cotohele EmbroideriesCotehele is a beautiful National Trust house in east Cornwall which was owned by the Edgcumbe family for the best part of 600 years. In 2006 the House Collections Manager Rachel Hunt and Maureen King, (a long standing National Trust volunteer and member of the Tavistock Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild) came up with the idea of a series of large embroideries depicting the history of Cotehele and the Edgcumbe family. Katy Choroszewska, a local artist and Embroiderers' Guild member, became the designer for the project and after much discussion with both Rachel and Tavistock Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild she produced a cartoon for the first panel. A team of stitchers from the Tavistock Branch were formed and produced samples. It was decided that the design would be painted in full colour onto cotton fabric and fine embroidery would be stitched on top of the painting, adding depth and texture.

The first panel tells the story of Medieval Cotehele. Beginning in 1353, Hilaria de Cotehele (an heiress and ward of Edward III's brother) married William Edgcumbe (a younger son of the Edgcumbes of Milton Abbbot) stating by petition that she would have none other. Then came the licensing of the house chapel by the Bishop of Exeter in 1411 and finally, in 1483 Richard Edgcumbe, who was involved in rebellion against Richard III, escaped from Henry Trenowth. He weighed his hat down with a stone and threw it into the river Tamar so that his pursuers would believe that he had drowned.

Four stitchers, Maureen King, Kath Braven, Fran Baigent and Susan Wright have worked every Friday in the Education room at Cotehele for several years to complete the first panel. Money was raised by the National Trust for a beautiful carved pear wood frame and the panel is now on view in the Victorian library at Cotehele.

While the first panel was being stitched, Katy was researching, designing and painting the second panel which depicts Tudor and Stuart Cotehele. It begins with the knighting of Richard Edgcumbe on Bosworth field in 1485 and includes the early domestic clock still in situ in the house. It also features Richard Edgcumbe II with his three wives and his young and rich, very religious step mother Catherine, her two chaplains and her gentlewoman. The timeline of the panel ends with Colonel Piers Edgcumbe and King Charles I, who according to a family legend,

Glossop Branch Celebrate 15 successful and eventful years with a Celebratory Afternoon Tea

Ann Cornes and Muriel CampbellOur meeting on 27th March was a special event to celebrate fifteen successful and eventful years since the branch was formed. Some special guests were welcomed and a warm welcome was given to 'retired' members. We were also delighted to welcome Cllrs George and Jean Wharmby who have always given their support.

Celebratory Cake - Glossop AnniversaryA marvellous - and delicious - cake took pride of place. Many thanks to Pat for baking and to Joy for decorating the cake - something to be very proud of. Ann was helped to cut the cake by Muriel Campbell, Chair of the Board of Trustees, who had travelled all the way from Glasgow to join us.

There was an exhibition of members' work from many of the workshops run by our branch, pieces which won the annual Rose Bowl competition and, of course, the travelling books were displayed as was the travelling book for North West Region:-

Our Chair, Ann, talked about the branch's history, its recovery from an eventful split of members and its many successes over the last five years. Our CEO, Terry Murphy, then described the work involved in extending the use of new technology and a range of developments which will make sure the Guild continues to be relevant in the 21st century. Finally, Terry presented Chris Harris, a founder member, with a gift from the branch to celebrate the huge amount of work she has done over the last fifteen years.

Then - what everyone was waiting for - afternoon tea and cake were served and very much enjoyed!

Heart of the Stitch

Daventry Branch (Heart of the Stitch - Daventry, Rugby & District)

The Daventry Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild now has a new logo. Daventry is situated in Northamptonshire but is close to the Warwickshire border and the members were keen to adopt a new logo which reflects the wider area from where their members are attracted.

They are a small friendly group interested in all mixed media as well as embroidery. Everyone is welcome to join.

Their monthly meetings include interesting speakers on textile related topics, along with a chance to sit and sew, sometimes with a theme. We hold workshops, have an annual lunch with a speaker and love to welcome visitors interested in textiles and related skills.

See more information about their meetings and activities on our webpage Daventry, Rugby & District. If you are interested in joining please complete and send the Contact form on the page.

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