Spring 2019 News

Here’s a round up of what we’ve been up to at our most recent meetings – we look forward to you joining us for our next meeting, on the 16th February 2019, for a ‘Stitching Sessions with AVEG Members’.  This will be a chance for members and visitors to try a new stitch or technique, stitch a current project or bring along something needing help and advice from others.

In October, our meeting ‘From Embroidery to Basketry with Joan West – We loved Joan’s story and her innovative work. We look forward to seeing her group’s exhibition “Material Difference” that opens in Hertford on 2nd February 2019.

Our workshop in October was ‘Felting Wool to Silk’ with Barbara Weeks. We had a very full house for Barbara’s workshop and we had the best of times. Barbara was generous with her materials and also with her knowledge. We produced some lovely felt and went away rather pleased with ourselves! Thank you Barbara.

Our meeting in November was with Wendy Hughes on ‘From Painting in Fabric and Thread to Manipulating Materials’. It was a joy to see Wendy’s wonderful work and to hear about her life in textiles and fine art. All very impressive to say the least!

In December we had our Christmas Park, and as is always the case, we enjoyed each other’s company, had a chatty time stitching stars, played our “silly” game and enjoyed a lovely festive tea. Sandra’s knitted and felted bauble was the worthy winner of our annual competition, so Sandra has the honour of being the keeper of the rose bowl for 2019. Congratulation Sandra.

We had a fantastic start to 2019 with Harriet Riddell and ‘Travels with my Sewing Machine’. Harriet gave us a fascinating talk about her travels to countries that some of us only think about visiting! AVEG member Sue was Harriet’s choice of “sitter” for a stitched portrait; we’re all jealous Sue! We’re looking forward to hearing about Harriet’s participation in Oxfordshire Art Weeks this year. We’ll be going to see her ……