Months ago I visited this annual exhibition and was again stunned by the quantity and quality of work this talented group produce each year.
In addition to the general display of members work, three areas were of particular interest to me:
A wide ranging display of World War 1 themed pieces demonstrated the wide range of skills members have. I was, however, completely struck by one small machine embroidered piece which seems to sum up the misery, the waste, the hardship and the the loss of the conflagration.
" For King and Country " is by Sue Townsend, and the content's very ordinariness makes it the more poignant. The skill in the stitching is wonderful.
I was also interested to see a selection of workshop pieces from Isobel Hall. Creating wonderful textures from simple stitches and unusual threads. This one is by Kate Jacklin.
One technique I'd like to master next year is Kantha and there was a charming elephant by Sue Hanger.
Each year the group have a 'Chairman's Challenge' and the skill and workmanship in Josephine Cade's piece "Giverney" was outstanding.
Finally I wanted to highlight a tiny section of one of Mary Hart's pieces to show a very effective use of tiny pieces of sweetie paper used to good effect.
This group' annual exhibition is always worth a visit in August and I have come away again this year with some lovely cards made by Sarah Adcock.