Talk about a stich in time!
These handy ladies have been getting stitched up ready for a special exhibition next month – and they have loved every minute of it.
More Tea Vicar – A Celebration in Stitch will be on show at North Pier in August, featuring work by the Blackpool and Lytham St Annes branches of the Embroiderers’ Guild.
And members are keen to tell people more about what they do, and dispel the myth of being stuffy, old-fashioned or dull.
The Blackpool group includes people of all ages, from all backgrounds and despite the impression people may have – all levels of embroiderers are welcome, including beginners.
Seonaid Elliott, chairman of the group, joined in 2006.
She lives in Preston, but was working for Blackpool Council at the time, so she could attend the group after work. Since retiring, she likes being in the group so much she has continued to go.
She said: “I enjoy embroidery because you always make something and there are so many things you can make.
“There’s always something to learn.
“There’s such a range of techniques you can use.
“Once you pick up a needle and thread, you can get in the zone and forget everything else.
“Whatever is going on, it really takes your mind off things and at the end you have a nice finished product and have made and achieved something.
“It’s all about embellishment, so you can create something quite unique and individual.
“I think people perhaps think of the guild as being like a professional organisation, but that’s not the case.
“It’s very friendly and suitable for all levels. There’s always someone more experienced or who knows how to do something you don’t, so there’s an education side it, you can always learn.
“There’s the social side of course. You get to meet people, chat and it’s a really nice atmosphere.”
Fellow member Gail Farnworth, from Bispham, joined the Embroiderers Guild about a year ago.
She said: “My friend and I enjoyed various crafts, but needed a bit of help and momentum.
“While the Embroiderers Guild is not a teaching environment, there is always someone there to help out when stuck.
“More than that, seeing the work of the other members is a great motivator.
“We have had a wide range of speakers, some have spurred me on to try different types of work and some I have just sat in awe of. We have been shown how to use many of the new products available and members have brought in samples for us to try. It is a very friendly and helpful group.”
More Tea, Vicar – A Celebration in Stitch will be on display at The North Pier Theatre, Blackpool, on August 9, between 2 and 4pm and August 10 and 11, between 10am and 4pm.