Saturday, October 15, 2011

Cape Embroiderers' Guild Exhibition

The Cape Embroiderers' Guild members hold an exhibition of their embroidery every two years. There is always plenty of beautiful work on show and this year there are some special added attractions. Not only will the work done by the members over the last two years be on show, but a number of challenge and competition pieces as well.

First there was the yellow linen competition. Last year CEG members were challenged to use a piece of yellow linen kindly donated to the Guild by SA Threads and Cottons as the base fabric for the annual embroidery competition. This resulted in some spectacular pieces ranging from cross stitch to hardanger and pulled work.

Then there was an embroidered flower competition sponsored by Trish Burr. The flowers had to be no more than 10cm x 10cm and could be embroidered using any technique. There were some brilliant entries and I was quite speechless when I was announced as the winner! I had entered a little Dresden Lace piece embroidered all in white and I thought a coloured entry would be more likely to be what was required. I'll post a photo of my entry soon.

The other embroideries that you can see if you are able to visit the exhibition are the Band Samplers. This is an ongoing challenge organised by Leslie-Anne Bickle. Each month an embroiderer designs a band that is then distributed to the rest of the challenge participants. There will be 12 bands in all. We have been watching the samplers grow over the year and there will be a number of beautiful pieces at the exhibition. Its so interesting to see them all together. They vary a lot as they have been embroidered in different colours on different fabrics and everyone is making little changes to the bands as they go along. These samplers will be well worth seeing.

Finally, there will be a retrospective exhibition of Founder Members' work and embroideries done by members in the early years of the Guild. With all that on show there will definitely be a feast for the eyes at the exhibition.

Cape Embroiderers' Exhibition
25 - 29 October 2011
9am to 5pm daily, except Saturday when the exhibition closes at 3pm
Fish Hoek Civic Centre
Recreation Road
Fish Hoek
Cape Town

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