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.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Rainbow Squares

A couple of years ago I joined the newly re-formed branch of the Suffolk West Embroiderers’ Guild.  During this year (2017-18) the branch is running a project where each member embroiders a square in a specified colour - “Rainbow Squares”.  The colours progress in the same sequence as the rainbow so the first square was red.

I wasn’t very excited by the prospect of decorating a square with red stitches but I soon realised that I could make an eight square centimetre, four page booklet and attach that to an appropriately coloured square.  

I made the cover from torn scraps of fabric bonded to some felt, then integrated them with machine embroidery.  I covered this with a piece of muslin which I had coloured several years ago when EAST had a weekend with Ruth Issett.  I folded the cover in half, then added four pages inside which had a love poem, “Echo” by Carol Ann Duffy, embroidered on them.

The next square, for November, was to be orange.  I made a list of orange things - a colour, a drink, a fruit, a principality, a butterfly etc. - and embroidered these onto scraps of orange silk which I applied to a zig-zag book.  This I put inside a cover which had been made as before except with scraps of orange fabric.


The December square was yellow.  I didn’t realise until I began to sew what a difficult colour yellow is to work with and how few fabrics and threads I owned in that colour.  Nevertheless, I had decided that the book was to have images of shells inside so I raided my supplies.

The square to make for January is green so, hopefully, I will have more items to play with and the book will probably contain leaves - unless I get any better ideas.

I wish you all a very happy, healthy and productive 2018.


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