Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Corset Belt Workshop 24th September 2016

Gill Roberts tutored a fabulous workshop on Saturday to make a corset belt.

It was a big learning curve on how to bone a bodice and put in eyelets; but everyone accomplished it and we were so engrossed that the course over-ran as no-one wanted to leave!
As you can see from the photos, everyone reached the final stages of construction and had a wonderful day. The photo of the corset is one of Gill’s fantastic creations, which wasn’t shown the previous evening during her informative talk.
The talk had ranged widely over the history of corsets – originally they were meant to disguise the female shape, so as not to inflame men's passions! Gradually this changed, so that the waist was emphasised and the bust lifted. There is also a darker side, as corsets, with their lacing, play a role in dominatrix fantasy - but no one could possibly see a dark side to Gill's beautiful and intricate corset/bodices, which she has created for wedding dresses and formal wear.
Thank you, Gill, for travelling over the IOM. If you want to see more of her spectacular creations, please visit her web site

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A new hand on the keyboard.

Jean Shimmin is now taking over from Janet Thompson as IT representative for the Guild.

This post is a trial run to see how the blog works!

Theresa's piece at the exhibition was not on the last post, so it is included here. We couldn't show all of the pieces. You need to go yourself and appreciate all the work that has gone into making a good show for the IoM Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

'Landscapes & Gardens' Exhibition

The IOM branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild’s launch of their “Landscapes and Gardens” exhibition at Milntown  was very well attended by both current and past members as well as representatives from other crafting groups and of the trustees of Milntown Estate. 
Unfortunately our Patron, Lady Gozney and her husband the Lieutenant Governor were unable to attend due to a double booking. 
Eleanor Roome, our Chair, praised the members for all their hard work and enthusiasm in putting this exhibition together.  There are almost 60 pieces on exhibit from the Guild plus 11 pieces from the Young Embroiderers.  The exhibition reflects the changing seasons of Milntown with both vibrant colour and soft hues.  There is an amazing range of technique and skills encompassed within the pieces which highlights just how talented our Isle of Man branch is.  It is interesting also to see just how widely the branch has interpreted the theme.
Below is just a small sample of the wonderful and varied work on display.

 The exhibition remains open until Monday 17th October and is open each day, 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., except Tuesday when Milntown Estate is closed.