Exhibition

The Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts Show  at Excel April 2017

Gillian Wood

From the birth of the map in January 2017 till it’s unveiling at the Excel Centre in April, the Romford Embroidery Guild has worked very hard to complete our project.  Our aim was to show all the current active branches of the Embroiderers Guild in Britain. We soon realised that to attempt the whole of Britain in such a short space of time was impossible, so the southern half of the country was produced. Under the guidance of Linsey we were successful and the finished map was displayed and proved to be the star of our show at Excel; visitors to the stand exceeded our expectations and were often delighted when they discovered their branch displayed. Many potential members found it an easy way to locate a geographically accessible branch, especially as the postcode was included in the branch tag – what an ingenious idea!  We invited visitors to leave feedback by completing a heart and hanging it on our tree. They made fantastic reading – “Pure gold”, “So inspirational”, “The detail is incredible”.

When planning what to include on the stand we wanted to include as many branches as possible. The logistics and security of obtaining items from all over the Eastern Region gave many sleepless nights. However, Dora came to our rescue and invited the branches to send in photos depicting activities and work they had produced.  All the photos were mounted onto the side wall of the stand and demonstrated how diverse the guild is.  This was an impressive section and visitors delighted in finding their branch among the display.  I would like to thank all the branches that sent in photos it really helped to complete the stand.

Other branches

Thank you to the following branches for sending in their photos.

Basildon, Bedford, Bishops Stortford, Cambridgeshire, Chelmsford, East Grinstead, Eastern Region, Enfield, Herts, Kingston, Norwich, S&E Essex, Sheppey, Waveney, Worthing and Worthing Saturday.

 

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‘Havering in Stitch, Past and Present’ was held at Havering Museum on 17th October to 21st November 2015