Members of GWE were well represented today at the funeral of Debby Turner at St. Leonard's church Blunsdon. A wonderful service, the church was overflowing with mourners all paying a personal tribute to Debby. She was a very special person, generous, kind and enthusiastic. We will all miss her very much. RIP.
Our Exhibition will be opening soon.. Saturday 24th March and it will run until Thursday 12th April 2018.
Please ring to check opening times over Easter.. we have been assured the venue will be open for business as usual over the Easter period.
on the Doorstep
A stitch response to
things seen close at hand
Great Western Embroiderers would
like to welcome you to Found on the
Doorstep, their third exhibition at
the John Bowen Gallery, Malmesbury.
work on show
The work on show is particularly
varied this time. Members have explored the theme from many points of view. Some
have approached it literally, exploring things seen at home and on their
doorstep. Others have looked at what was close at hand when holidaying or
travelling in very different places. Still others have focused especially on
the ‘found’ aspect of the theme, searching through their stash for fabric,
thread or previously unfinished pieces to inspire and create anew.
The techniques employed include
hand and machine embroidery and stitch, patchwork and quilting, weaving and the
use of original photographs and digital media to generate images.As always, there are many traditional pieces to
be seen but there is also abstract work which explores
novel ways of working with the old crafts, using unexpected materials or taking
an unusual perspective.
Throughout the year,
members have taken part in a group challenge to create Sinchies, small pieces 6
inches square where the only limiting factor other than size was the use of
specified pairs of colours. These colour combinations were drawn out randomly
every two months and members were then left to their own devises to use any
style, fabric or thread that took their fancy.
Great Western Embroiderers was formed in 2007. Members share a love of
stitch and textiles and
have a wide range of skills and interests. Many had very little experience on
joining the group. Others had studied for and gained specialist qualifications.
group meets regularly to stitch together and prepare for exhibitions,
exploring new areas of the craft thanks to members who feel able and willing to
share their skills, and through occasional visiting speakers, workshops and
visits.Meetings are held in
Cricklade on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month (except August) and the
group now numbers around 20 members who come from north Wiltshire and south
This exhibition illustrates the
breadth of our interests and we hope that you will enjoy the varied techniques
and styles of work on display.
We visited the Pitts Rivers Museum... and loved the artefacts.. so inspirational. We also visited the Modern art gallery link ----Here.. we loved the modern interpretation of the tapestry. Do go if you can.
We then went along to the Ashmolean...... a inspiration packed day.
We are a group of mixed media artists who enjoy working together. The main media of interest to us all, is fabric and thread, although we are also known to use traditional media in our sketchbooks. We are all very individual in the way that we create our art work.
We would be delighted to meet you and have a chat about what we are doing. Refreshments will be available and we have disabled facilities too in the United Church Hall in Calcutt Street Cricklade.
You would be welcome to look at our work and watch our demonstrations. There will be work for sale too.
GWE was formed in 2007 to serve the Swindon and North Wiltshire areas of the country. We are a very local group and we meet in the daytime at a venue in Cricklade, . We enjoy stitching together and exhibiting our work at local venues. We also enjoy activities and workshops organised by an enthusiastic committee.
Meetings - Day group
GWE Day group meet regularly on the second Tuesday of every month, except August. The meeting place is the United Church Hall,in Cricklade Wiltshire. Map here. Since January 2013 we also meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month and call it "Creative Textiles day".. same venue.
Next Main Meeting is Tuesday 12th June 2018. meeting at SMAG at 11am. change to published program. Creative Textiles Day Next meeting: Tuesday 26th June . WOW workshop and own work.
Please bring a packed lunch
Membership fees for 2018
GWE membership £35.00 GWE Creative textiles day £35.00 Visitors £5.00 ( max 3 sessions)
Main meeting 9th January - AGM and Gelli printing 13th February - exhibition preparation 13th March - black and white sinchies 10th April - Machine embroidery- Town hall 8th May - loom weaving 12th June - Eco and rust dyeing 10th July -Soutache brooch 11th September - metal work 9th October - Sketchbooks 13th NovemberTBA 11th December- Christmas meeting.
Creative stitch days 23th January - Own work 27th February 27th March 24th April 22rd May 26th June 24th July 25th September 23th October 27th November 11December- Christmas meeting with main group.