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Textile greeting card using reverse applique techique

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Machine embroidery for Capability Brown exhibition

Winchester Embroiderers' Guild welcomes contemporary and traditional textile artists, embroiderers and craft enthusiasts

Thirteen members enjoyed the workshop run by Zoe Hillyard. It concentrated on what was originally a Japanese repairing technique known as Boro. Boro links with Zoe’s Ceramic Patchwork because of the patching and piecing together, which was originally used for workwear. As rich Europeans we rarely repair garments, but Zoe taught us to appropriate the technique as a creative method.

We all brought our own selection of materials but Zoe generously supplemented this with her own collection of fabrics and threads, which we were delighted to delve into. The day went very quickly as we were totally absorbed, only breaking briefly for lunch. By the time we finished, all of us had interesting pieces to show and I’m sure that Zoe will be looking forward to being posted with their progress. 

We all left in high spirits, feeling our day had been enjoyably and productively spent - and Zoe made us feel that she had enjoyed herself too. I would highly recommend this workshop, thank you to our programme organisers.
N.B. I have a suspicion that we could look out for some Boro work sometime in the future from one of the YE groups too. I wonder if I’m right. Report by Jennifer.

The developed pieces were to shown at our meeting on April 12th and photos can be seen on Facebook or below.

Members work from Zoe Hillyard Workshop

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