‘Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution’.

La Robe Francaise My exciting talk includes reproduction 18th Century costumes – they will include;
A very elaborate Pink Silk court dress ‘Robe a La Francaise’ worn with large ornate pompadour wig and accessories,
A “Chemise a la Reine” a simple gown worn by Marie Antoinette herself – worn with a Bergere hat and powdered curled hair.
18th Century Underwear – a beautiful silk boned corset, side panniers and petticoat.

An integral part of my new talk is a comparison between the large elaborate court gown worn by Marie Antoinette for formal court occasions and the Chemise a la Reine which she preferred.’

Julia Soares -McCormick will present her new talk at our next EYES Meeting.

Saturday 10th March  Darby and Joan Hall, Cottingham. 2:30 pm

Doors open 2:15.           £1:50 members  £2:50 visitors              Tea and biscuits inc.

February 10th New Speaker Vivienne Brown

“I am a textile artist stitching fabric, paper and fibres. I use a sewing machine to draw with and to manipulate the materials and often use the computer to digitize my drawings and print them on to fabric. As a botanical illustrator my drawings are accurate and detailed and this is reflected in my textile pieces

I love the many colours and textures of fabric. I manipulate these by machine stitching to achieve dimension and texture and use the sewing machine needle in a drawing process. The computer has also become increasingly important to me as a design tool and I am exploring digital imagery on fabrics often incorporating my own botanical drawings. Such drawings are required to be accurate and to scale and this precision is reflected in much of my textile work.

Underpinning the design process there is always reverence for the long history of the craft of needlework and acknowledgement of the traditional skills of the early workers, both men and women. Recent work has explored themes blending nostalgia for the past with an appreciation of a wider environmental change in our modern world.”

Flowery Treats and Floral tributes.

“A new talk. From the 16th century to the present day. I hope to show how different generations of embroiderers (including some famous names) recorded their love of flowers in stitch and fabric according to the fashion of the day.”

Derby and Joan Hall Cottingham       

 EYES members £1:50     Entry from 2:00 pm          

 Guests                 £2:50       Entry from 2:15pm.

Everyone welcome Tea and biscuits included.


Vivienne is a contributing artist at the Bankfield Museum Halifax  Exhibition Perspectives on Pattern. February 10th through to June 2nd.

She will be presenting Through my Sketchbooks on 17th March 1:30pm to 4:30pm.


A Hand Made Meeting!

Never to be down hearted or down and out a last minute change and the EYES Members came up trumps.

Our January meeting was well attended. We had a change of title ….

Pins or needles, come along and be prepared to be amazed, and we were!

Four of our own members brought sample needles and lots of work examples.  We had quilting, machine needles, curved needles, leather needles, knitting needles and lastly tapestry needles.

Our members work was ‘amazing’ a truly inspiring meeting.


Do you, like me, have a problem finding the right needle for the task in hand?

Then you need to come to our meeting on January 13th 2018.

Needle Know How

John James is a trading name of Entaco, a company famous worldwide for the manufacture of specialised hand sewing needles and tools.

Entaco Limited is a privately owned British company based in Redditch, Worcestershire an area known as the Needle Capital of the World.
John James has ‘a needle for every need’, the speaker will bring a selection of their needles and talk about their manufacture and use.

Darby and Joan Hall , Finkle Street, Cottingham .

EYES members £1:50 Visitors £2:50  2:30 pm to 4:00 pm . Tea/ Coffee and biscuits included.                     (Doors open 2:15pm)

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

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