Rydale Embroiderers’ Guild Christmas Exhibtion.

Nunnington Hall , weekends only, to 17th December.

My first visit to this National Trust Property. A wonderful house displaying Christmas throughout different eras. On the top floor the Rydale embroiderers’ Guild have a display of members work including blackwork, hardanger, Christmas decorations and a lot more. a lovely tea room to round off your visit. A good day out.

Christmas Exhibition, items wanted.

EYES Christmas Exhibition at Cottingham Library 11th December to 16th December 2017.
Items on a Christmas theme, in any embroidery technique, are welcomed from members.
Please bring any exhibits to the EYES December meeting on Saturday 9th December. Please pack all items in labelled packaging.
All items will be returned to members in time for Christmas.
Small items are welcome. The maximum height is 12 inches.


Talk given by Dr Susan Kay- Williams RSN

On Saturday 11th December we were treated to an interesting and informative talk by Dr Susan Kay-Williams Chief Executive of the Royal School of Needlework. Dr Kay-Williams explained that the RSN was originally set up in order  to continue and preserve the great tradition of hand embroidery. She showed us slides of  students using a ‘slate frame’ , a traditional tool which dates back to at least the 18th century. The ‘slate frame’ requires the fabric to be stretched as taut as a slate to be worked on, hence the name.

Whilst having a base in tradition the RSN continues to challenge it’s students to interpret their ideas. One such challenge was to stitch a self portrait and we were shown images with embroidery worked on handkerchiefs and even a kitchen sieve.

Susan’s talk  covered a whole gamut of work from traditional crewel work, through to white work, black work, black work in red, stump work and a myriad of designs and interpretations of past and present students work.

My personal favourite, and judging by the gasp that went up as Susan showed the slide, many others too, was The Coronation Robe of Queen Elizabeth II from 1953. Susan showed a sample of the Gold Work undertaken by the RSN for the cloak.

Bringing us right up to date Susan talked about the hand embroidery on the cloak worn by Benedict Cumberbatch in the film Dr Strange. A great source of pride for the RSN is that, although many people may work on a particular design or project, all the work is identical. The cloak was a central character in the film and in order to withstand the rigours of filming 12 cloaks were made, each one having to be indistinguishable from the other.

Altogether a most enjoyable and educational afternoon.

Below. Dr Kay-Williams brought many samples of the work done by the RSN

RSN Display

Saturday 9th December Speaker

Karen Lane

My ‘F Plan Diet’ Fabric,Fibres and Felt.
Karen is a Feltmaker and textile artist based in Hornchurch Lincolnshire.

Karen will show samples of her work and talk about techniques she has used.

To be held at
The Darby and Joan Hall,
Finkle Street,
Cottingham, HU16 4AZ
2.30pm on Saturday 9th December 2017
(Doors open 2:15pm)
Members £1.50 Visitors £2.50
Includes Tea/Coffee


Day School Saturday 21st October

Heat Bonding with Nicki Parmenter.

Cottingham Darby and Joan Hall



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Coming Up! Saturday November 11th 2017 Dr Susan Kay-Williams RSN

Chief Executive of the Royal School of Needlework. Dr Kay-Williams will talk about the work of the RSN bringing with her samples of students work to display and to enhance her presentation.

Recently the RSN worked on some of the costumes for HBO’s very popular Game of Thrones.

Darby and Joan Hall Cottingham

Talk starts 2:30pm. (doors open 2:15pm)

£1:50 Eyes members                  £2:50 visitors


February 2017

Well we are well into the New Year now, so we hope you are all busy creating your Flags of Hope and a cushion for the Chairmans Challenge.

Our speaker this month is Clair Muir, who will be bringing her talke entitled Hats, Flowers, Fascinatiors – A Fascinating Journey, we look forward to seeing your there.

January 2017

In January our speaker was Nikki Parmenter, and she delighted us with a glorious, sparkling selection of her work.




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