100 Hearts War Stories

War Stories
Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War 1
Exhibitions throughout the UK, each one comprising 100 Hearts
in association with
SSAFA - The Armed Forces Charity (Wilts)

100 Hearts War StoriesWe are inviting Guild members to take part in the commemoration of the ending of WW1 a 100 years ago by producing one heart. Each heart will be included in at least one exhibition and, ideally, the exhibition would be as near to your home location as possible. Between 100 and 200 hearts will be included in exhibitions at the 2018 Knitting & Stitching Shows (space permitting) and/or the NEC in 2019 and in other major venues throughout the UK.

Important Dates

  • 5th February 2018 – The final date by which you need to inform the Guild of your intention to stitch a heart to be included in one or more exhibitions in 2018/2019. Please use the Registration Form that accompanies this project briefing to let us know that you intend to take part. Once we know your choice of size and colour we will be able to send you the fabric you need and further information on creating your heart. This will include a template; stitch & stuffing notes; design ideas; hanging options; and guidance on identifying your heart. You will receive these notes before the end of February 2018.
  • 31st July 2018 – Final date by which your heart needs to be ready to despatch prior to being included in one or more exhibitions in 2018/19. This will give you a period of 5 months to complete your heart and give the project team time to allocate hearts to exhibition venues and make the necessary arrangements to create each exhibition of 100 hearts.

You need to be a member of the Embroiderers' Guild to take part in this exciting project. Please click on this link which will take you to the main webpage on the Members' side of the website where you will be able to see full details and download a registration form. There is also further information on the SSAFA Armed Forces Charity (Wilts) and inspiration for your special piece.

You can also download and print the 100 Hearts Registration Form here. Don't forget you need to be a member of the Embroiderers' Guild to participate in the project.

Forget Me Not by Diane GrantForget Me Not - by Diane Grant

You may be interested to hear that Diane Grant, Life Member of the Embroiderers' Guild has just published a book entitled Forget Me Not. It is a fascinating illustrated history of military Sweetheart pincushions. Members can purchase a copy directly from Diane - please send a cheque for £25.00 made payable to Diane Grant to 34 Ruskin Avenue, Wrenthorpe, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 2BD. Don't forget to add a note with your name and address for delivery.

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