Friday, February 7, 2014

We Share A Common Thread

Last year, my local chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild held a Challenge.  Each person was to choose a rectangle on the board and you were given instructions and a pattern for your piece of the puzzle.


There was going to be a secret message revealed as the blocks were completed and placed on the board, kind of like Wheel of Fortune.  You get the advantage of seeing the completed message without any waiting...


We Share a Common Thread was the message.  

Indeed we do.

As we look at the details of each of these individual contributions, we can see vast differences in style and technique.


There were all forms of needlework.  From cross stitch...


To crewel...



To Japanese embroidery...



To bargello...


Even some goldwork...


Some of my favorites involved either a clever use of the letters...



Or of the red thread...







Close-ups revealed surprises to delight the viewer, like the lop-eared bunny, tiny echinacea blooms and snail in the stumpwork piece below...


Such beauty in the details...




Beauty not only in the stitched pieces but in the women themselves.  It's a real blessing to have such a great group who share the same passion.

We gather.  We teach one another.  We encourage one another.  And together, we are all the better for it.  Better stitchers, better mothers and daughters, and better people.

I am a member of the Constellation Chapter of the EGA in Maryland but you can seek out a chapter in your area by checking the EGA USA National website here.  If there isn't a chapter close to you, maybe you can find a group of like-minded stitchers and just start getting together.


Now that our challenge is complete, it is displayed around town at various events and is permanently displayed at the Howard County Center for the Arts where our meetings are held.  It serves as our calling card and, hopefully, demonstrates to the viewer the breadth and depth of our Chapter's knowledge and skill levels.

My guild's programs and members have been the single greatest contribution to the development of my skills as a needleworker.  And I will forever be grateful to them for volunteering their time and energy.

We share a common thread...but there's nothing all that common about it.


Note:  Tomorrow is February 8, the annual Festival of Harikuyo where old and broken needles and pins are laid to rest.  I'll be having my own little ceremony but I just wanted to remind all of you that tomorrow is the day.  See you then!

22 comments:

Purrfect Lady said...

I'm ... overawed, such wonderful work, and more to the point a demonstration of such co-operation. Kudos to your chapter of the Guild.
Lesley xxx

Nouli said...

You are the best! All of you!!

Tania Kleckner said...

What a great project! Who designed this for your Guild? You are so lucky to belong to such a great group of talented stitchers.

Cath said...

That's a fantastic joint project. All the pieces are so different and each one a work of art on it's own.

wendy said...

What a beautiful joint project. So much talent. Wish we had a group around here.

Gerry Krueger said...

This is a fabulous display, Of course the little bird on the other O is my favorite (after yours) and the one with all the couching was unbelievable. Was that a CQ near the center bottom row.... ? Ger

Marsha said...

Wow. That is just simply wonderful. I love your 'o' block. It's very pretty.

Lisa said...

Just beautiful!!

Lisa said...

Just beautiful!!

margaret said...

what a wonderful group you belong to and this is an amazing collection of everyone`s work that looks so good as a large wall hanging

Lilli said...

FANTASTIC!

Rachel said...

What a very talented and skillful group!

Suztats said...

Such a wonderful project! Beautiful!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

You are blessed to be a part of this special group. Who ever designed this piece was genius.

Anonymous said...

Brilliant idea! Love all the close up shots. Wanted to do a display using photos of our members and their name tags since everyone has personalized theirs, but we'll see if that happens! We Share A Common Thread moves the idea towards how one theme/idea/material moves an entire chapter forward. ;) I have to repeat it. What a brilliant idea. Thank you for sharing. I see the most wonderful things here, Susan!
~ Sheila

Anna said...

What a wonderful project and your contribution is stunning, Susan! You're very blessed to be part of such a talented, supportive group.
Happy stitching.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely wonderful. Isn't it amazing how our fingers can creat what our mind dreams up? Wish I could take photo's like you.

Createology said...

Each canvas lovely on its own yet together they are truly amazing and definitely show "Common Thread Shared". Such a wonderful group of inspirational stitchers and how fortunate to be a part of the whole. Susan this is Stitching Bliss...

Judy S. said...

Great project! Thanks for the wonderful close-ups.

Catherine said...

What an amazing piece! Would love to see it in person ~ I am sure the more you look the more you see. Wat a treasure!

Judy Martin said...

This is amazing. Thanks for posting about it.

Lesley Turner said...

wonderful work

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