About E.A.S.T

East Anglian Stitch Textiles (E.A.S.T) was formed in 1995 in response to a demand for a self-supporting framework for textile artists in East Anglia, UK.


The membership of this group commenced with ten artists and now has fifteen.


Since it's inception E.A.S.T has had a close relationship with Braintree District Museum where it meets monthly and held the first E.A.S.T exhibition in 1997.The group continues to be mentored by Anthea Godfrey, Artistic Director of the Embroiderer's Guild.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Amanda Clayton's talk

On 29th April I visited the Colchester and Colne branch of The Embroiderers'  Guild  to hear Amanda Clayton's talk My blue suitcase and as I sat on the train on my way home l looked at an everyday item that I had carried with me all day - my train ticket. 






Next morning, in my workroom, I decided I would try to add odd items from my snippets box to make something unique which I could  add to my ideas book.

The ticket was too shiny so I gave it a good rub with some emery paper and painted it with cold tea. In the box I found a piece of calico from the edge of an unsuccessful collagraph print and some pieces of organdie.  I worked two parallel lines of running stitch along the edge of the calico and ruched it up slightly so it fitted on the ticket and I tore the organdie in two and frayed it.  I held the fabric on the ticket with a line of open chain stitch using an un-dyed linen thread.  I thought the open chain stitch looked a bit like the railway lines but the line was broken to represent the fractured return journey.







I further enhanced the ticket with some strands of bronze thread, a couple of daisies from a ribbon and a button which hid the ticket logo - just a few hours playing which will help me to remember an inspiring  Saturday morning.



1 comment:

  1. It sounds like a very interesting talk if she inspired you to stitch this when you got home that evening. Amanda is coming to our branch is July and I am so looking forward to it.

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