At the end of last month a friend visited, partly to see us but mostly to see a fabulous Embroiderers Guild exhibition. Both of us were delighted by the beauty and skill on show; every piece created by the Winchester Branch of the Embroiders Guild. One of the creations which captured my attention was their Homes Project, and I thought rather appropriate to share given many of us are currently spending more time at home.

I was so inspired by it, that my friend left me with a square and thread to create my own. So look out for another embroidery post after April’s squares. In the meanwhile here are a few more photographs of this brilliant and beautiful community sculpture.

This sculpture is all about texture, and so for a moment I thought these photographs might be suitable for Jude’s being creative with textures‘. However looking at her extraordinarily textured photographs of a red sugarbush I realise that I am still far too focused on the object.

Jude is encouraging us this week to “study the texture and forget about the object”, which is totally not what I have done here! I am not going to give up though, I am going to have another think. Jude’s post today is really inspiring, and I would like to see if I can translate “texture visually, bringing life and energy to a photo through shape, tone and colour“. Whilst I am doing that, here are a few more object photographs for you.

If anyone wants to see the exhibition it is FREE to visit and there is plenty of space if you are ‘social distancing’. You need to be quick though, it is only open until Sunday 22nd March, in the Open Space Gallery at Winchester Discovery Centre.

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  1. It looks wonderful – in other times I would have tried to get over for the exhibition. I love embroidery but busy me with old eyes haven’t done any for ages. I’ll add to my list of things to do in isolation πŸ™‚

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  2. Afraid I’m going to miss the exhibition, but these look great. And a nice plug for Jude too πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Wasn’t sure if I’d find anything from you as you’ve been so hectic lately but life must slow down in current circs. Take care, lovely!

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  3. I love embroidery and I used to teach classes but I can’t possibly start anything else new right now. I need to finish what I’ve started…painting, knitting, piano lessons, photography class, baking, etc.

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  4. These are gorgeous. My daughter, Melissa, does a bit of embroidery, and she’s good at it too. She embroidered our family for me and we all look so cute. I look forward to seeing your finished product. Have fun with it, Becky.

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  5. These are rather beautiful and definitely fit the description of creative textures. I think the last time I used embroidery silks was back in the ’70s when I used to embroider my jeans with flowers!! I could possibly remember how to do cross stitch, but herringbone and those little knot balls? πŸ™„

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    1. You are doing better than me, I never progressed past cross stitch, and even achieving that stitch was debatable. There is a church cushion in Berkshire which probably is kept in the cupboard!

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    1. I also struggle with needle and thread, and don’t ever ask me to knit something for you!

      So lovely to have family embroidery. A real heirloom

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    1. Some of the other works were even more stunning in detail and skill. Such a wonderful exhibition, and part of the community too πŸ™‚


  6. Obviously there’s not a chance I shall get there, so thanks for the virtual visit. I bet if you played with some of these images you could deliver on Jude’s challenge, which is tough this week, n’est-ce-pas? What about those jolly penguins?

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    1. I know I did wonder if I should have a play . . but really want to try getting it right from the start. I might get the camera out later and prowl round the house! Going to be tough though to match what Jude has today.

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