Today was the South East Area day of the Embroiderers Guild at Ardingly, at 7am I loaded the car with everyones work and with Marien wearing her "don't panic" brooche we set off. No one said that part of my usual route was going to be closed! The leafy lanes of Sussex are beautiful on a summer's morning.......but panic was definitely rising as we tried to find an alternative route.
We did arrive in time and and set up our exhibit which we had called "Trash to Treasure" the overall theme of the exhibition being "Re-invent, recreate and recycle - Embroidery for the 21st century. I wish I could show you all the branches, Brighton won the day with a very striking and topical "Rubbish in Space", Tunbridge Wells, who were next to us, had a chair and table set for afternoon tea complete with a vase of flowers, every bit made from denim, very clever. It was so popular with the visitors that Marien remarked that there wouldn't be a bit of denim left in the charity shops come Monday afternoon.
Our own (Sevenoaks) display didn't win any prizes but it won a lot of interest and a lot of smiles. Our theme was trash to treasure and we had rubbish tippling out of a council recycling box interspersed with the members items.
One of the most exciting parts of the day was when the exhibit was filmed by Jennie Rayment and her team for a brand new internet site called Just Hands on TV. Just click on the link to have a look at the exciting venture.
Hung over the boards is my own contribution and tomorrow I will photgraph it properly and show what has been keeping me quite for the last three months.