For anyone interested in the history of tambour embroidery – I will be presenting my new talk at the Chelmsford branch of the Embroiderer’s Guild tomorrow evening. It is based on the research for the work I am doing for The Power of Stitch
will be displaying in the spring of 2019 (details to be announced shortly).
My talk will look at the arrival of tambour embroidery in London, England in 1765. A fashion ‘must have’ of the late eighteenth century, the technique was both a favourite of the queen, and a means of exploitation of the poor.
(Images on this page show items in the Victoria and Albert Museum which may (or may not) be of tambour work. This chain stitch technique is difficult to identify without access to the reverse of the garment.)
The Chelmsford branch of the Embroiderer’s Guild
meets in the Main Hall, Christchurch, New London Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0AW. Meetings begin at 7.30pm and end at 9.30pm. Visitors are wellcome – there is a small fee.
On Saturday (8 April 2017) two members of EAST visited the East Yorkshire Embroidery Society at Cottingham to present our Between the Lines talk. We had a really warm welcome and it was a lovely group to visit, set in a very nice village, close to Hull. We did not have time to look around Hull but its station was full of flags advertising the fact that this year it is City of Culture (see below).
There is even an aircraft hanging from the roof – a copy of Amy Johnson’s plane (a Hull girl) made by the prisoners and staff of the local prison.
Another artwork in the station was a statue of poet Philip Larkin (below).
Despite the fact that it was a beautiful, sunny day, we were pleased to have about 90 members of the East Yorkshire Embroidery Society and we even managed to spend a few moments in their fabulous “pop up shop”. Susan is seen here (below) buying some silk fabric and I purchased a book on Elizabethan lace for just 50p.
And while we gave our talk our husbands took Susan and Colin’s dog Briar to visit the local windmill and found a cafe selling cake. It was carrot cake apparently so one of their “five a day”!
Coming home, sitting at Cottingham Station in the sunshine we had to sit a while with the birds singing and wild flowers blooming. It reminded me of the poem Adelstrop which we had read just a few moments earlier as part of our talk – a moment of calm where nothing happens at a railway station.
Tonight (on Monday,10 April 2017), I will be much closer to home visiting Chelmsford Embroiderers’ Guild
in Chelmsford, Essex with a different talk Threads of Time
. Visitors wellcome.
For more information about EAST talks visit our talks webpage.
(Posted by Janette)