“Textiles often carry the stories of those whom society overlooks: women, children, slaves, immigrants, Aboriginal people, housewives, stay-at-home fathers, the ill, the disappeared, the displaced, and the grieving. We do a disservice to ourselves when we ignore the fact that textiles play an important role in telling our histories. Knitting, weaving, embroidery – no matter what the medium is, textiles are both byproducts and generators of narrative.” – Leanne Prain –
For the month of September, October and November 2018, The Embroidery Loop is going to be at the wonderful cultural hub that is Rich Mix. It’s an honour and a pleasure to be there, so if you still haven’t had a chance to hang out with us through the Embroidery Loop, do so now!
We’ll be occupying the lower Gallery Room, drink teas, coffees and hot chocolate (on us!) and, as always, enjoy chatting whilst catching up on some relaxing and fun embroidery and hand-stitching projects. All level of expertise are welcome: complete beginners, professionals, intermediate, and so on. This meet-up isn’t about showcasing your skills! We’ll both support you if you’ve just started and/or admire your approach if more experienced. There’s a lot we can learn from each other, and I bet, so much of it won’t even be about embroidery!
An open-minded approach and an interest in everything that a community can offer is one of the main characteristics of The Embroidery Loop. I look forward to sharing our passions, stories and ways in which we enjoy needle and thread in our lives.
My hopes for the Embroidery Loop meet-up is to see it grow into a wonderful, inclusive community of people from all walks of life; a kind space, a creative space, a support space where each one of our stories adds to the mix and enriches us in ways that neither me nor you can quite imagine yet.
The Embroidery Loop’s potential resides in the people who attend it, and each time will be very different, I’m sure. And how exciting it is to know that each one of us will bring something unique and of value to our embroidery practice.
So, here’s the dates to put in your diary:
29th of September 2018 – 10am-1pm, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA
27th of October 2018 – 10am-1pm, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA
24th of November 2018 – 10am-1pm, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA
You might not know me at all, so I thought I’d leave here traces of my footsteps for you to understand my journey and, perhaps, for you to feel welcome, if at any point, you wanted to be part of this too.
Here’s some books that inspired me:
You can also read more about the ethos behind The Embroidery Loop here.
P.s.(I’ll try and update the inspiration part regularly, as the Embroidery Loop develops thanks to all of your amazing contributions). In the meantime, feel free to comment and/or recommend anything that you think might add to this thread!