Aylesbury Vale Stitchers – June 21 talk from Elnaz Yazdani



From our friends at Ayelsbury Vale:

The next online talk at Ayelsbury Vale Stitchers is on the 19th June with contemporary maker and EG scholar Elnaz Yaznadi, who will also be running the Goldwork workshop in September. Look at her website – on the flyer below – for details of her other online courses.


This is a great opportunity to connect with another of the younger, up coming makers who are utilising the resources for embroidery and materials in new and exciting ways. As Elnaz is located in Yorkshire this is a unique opportunity to link up with her.

This is the last of the series of free to view online talks, so please feel free to pass this on to your own friends and networks. I will send out the Zoom link early next week as usual.



Full information about how non-members and friends can join in on this and the rest of the talks for 2021 is now available from us at: aylesburyvalestitchers@gmail.com 

We do hope that you will continue to join us.

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It’s lovely to see the professionals at work! Here is a short film (4:12) about conserving a theatrical costume at the V&A https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAGVQMt36cY I love the professional “difference of emphasis” when the Conservator comments on the Wardrobe Team’s repairs! Horses for courses methinks!

Tabard worn by Ian McKellen as Richard II | Goodchild, Tim | V&A Explore  The Collections

And for those of you puzzled by my previous cheeky post – it was a ballet costume also from V&A! https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O1160526/female-ensemble-for-ibecause-we-dance-costume-bowery-leigh/?utm_campaign=1821112_Membership%20Monday%20Pride%20Email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dotdigital&dm_i=45GA,1316G,AGRI3,4XJFJ,1


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Herts TAS

I have a proposal for a Herts TAS official outfit!

Because We Must!

Joining in? Marion x

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Not being a floral sort of person, chintz has never captured my imagination….till recently. Having heard a talk on chintz by Mary Schoesser, I was keen to visit the Fashion and Textile Museum to see the exhibition “Chintz, Cotton in Bloom”. I do enjoy exhibitions where they detail the materials and processes and this one excelled in this respect. There was an inevitable large amount of red, white and blue, but the range of clothing – from tiny children’s caps to full dress – was amazing. And an honourable mention must be made for the sunhats; now I would like one of those! I attach a Twitter feed on the subject https://twitter.com/FashionTextile/status/1398315675945521153 (that’s new!)

Whilst I still can’t see myself parading in a floral gown (or even trousers), I have gained a lot more respect for the art. And, if you go, do pause in the first room and see how they are still hand printing chintz in Thailand. What skill!


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Now I have to admit I’m not a great fan of (real) tapestries in general; huge, blue and green things! I do exclude the Ofili tapestry from this as its glorious! See https://www.clothworkers.co.uk/history/collections/tapestries/

However, there is a fascinating short film from the V&A on the making of the Raphael tapestries that I must bring to your attention; https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/story-of-the-raphael-cartoons?utm_campaign=1814099_Raphael%20Jun-21%20segmented%20email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dotdigital&dm_i=45GA,12VRN,AE60I,4WR8R,1#slideshow=5239394909&slide=0

I can only imagine the mess I would make of handling so many threads!


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