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Alban Lacemakers – July 2022 meeting

There has been a late change to the plans for Alban Lacemakers meeting on Saturday July 9th. 

Time: 10 am to 4pm

Venue: St Stephens Church Hall AL1 2PX.

The good news is, that Liz Baker of Etui Coterie has accepted our invitation to come to our meeting as our supplier and to give us a talk on the restoration work she has undertaken on church vestments. She will have many interesting things for sale, including interesting bobbins.

Tea and coffee will be served mid-morning, midday and at some time during the afternoon, together with homemade biscuits and cakes but don’t forget to bring a packed lunch as well as your own cup or mug. Tricia’s lace that was used for Living Crafts this year will be on display throughout the day, but please make sure you keep your drinks well away from the lace.

Visitors will be welcomed at the door for a small charge of £5, so please do invite your friends.

We need to have a good idea of the number of people to catering for, so please let know if you want to attend, messages will be forwarded

Jenny Davis, Chair

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A bird in the hand…

A wonderful needlefelt artist I saw at Living Crafts is holding a workshop on Saturday 9 July at Bushey Pottery. You can choose your bird and all equipment, materials – and refreshments – are included. So if you’ve thought about having a go……here’s your opportunity. She comes highly recommended!

Full details from Bushey Pottery


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RSN Exhibition at Hampton Court – July 2022-March 2023

For the first time in three years the RSN have an exhibition at Hampton Court. A Girl’s Education In Stitch features work stitched by children as part of their education, from the early days of formal education to the 20th Century. The works are drawn from the School’s collection.

The exhibition runs from 20th July until March 2023, so you have plenty of time to arrange your visit. It is also possible to arrange group tours with a guide….. a good one for stitch and textile groups maybe?

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Eternally Yours -16 Jun – 25 Sep 2022

This summer, Somerset House presents Eternally Yours, a free exhibition exploring ideas around care, repair and healing. Showcasing diverse examples of creative reuse, from historical samples of the Japanese art of Kintsugi and Boro, which embrace upcycling and repurposing, to works from contemporary artists who put repair at the heart of their practice, Eternally Yours explores the unexpectedly hopeful and healing stories that repair reveals. In light of the recent global pandemic, the exhibition seeks to unpack how ‘repair’ can guide both our individual and collective healing.    

Visitors will have the chance to see the talents and skills of designers and makers in action first-hand at the Beasley Brothers’ Repair Shop, they transform discarded objects to give them a new lease of life. The brainchild of designer Carl Clerkin, the installation is modelled on traditional East End repair shops of old, that could and would repair anything. Sitting at the heart of the exhibition, the shop will also run live workshops and skills training.   

Bringing together everything from textiles and ceramics to furniture, Eternally Yours reflects upon the hope and healing which can be found in the memories and stories that everyday objects hold in our lives. In addition to displayed works, The TOAST Renewal workshop space in the Courtyard Rooms will host weekly artist-led workshops and mending consultations. . In this way, TOAST hopes to inspire people to try a variety of craft techniques and reconsider their relationship with clothing.

All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Somerset House Young Talent Fund. This provides bursaries and financial relief to artists, as well as opportunities for under-represented people aged 18-25 seeking to get into the creative sector.

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