Scunthorpe Festival of Christmas Trees

Scunthorpe Festival of Christmas Trees

Fifty Gold Rings


Tree description

As a member of the Embroiderers’ Guild (Scunthorpe and District Branch), I used the first lockdown to embroider 50 goldwork decorations to fit into small hoops for our tree. Each hoop has gold ribbon or braid around the hoop too. Goldwork can consist of a variety of embroidery techniques but always includes metal threads, in this case gold coloured, and often other sparkly items too. So I have used silk shading, long and short stitch, split stitch, cross stitch and couching and have added beads, sequins and sequin waste as well as gold threads. In previous years many member have contributed embroidered decorations to our tree and will do again in future years when life becomes more normal.

Our friendly branch meets monthly in Ashby Church Hall and the programme has a mix of talks, demonstrations and lessons. No previous experience of embroidery is ever expected by our tutors and demonstrators and we try to cover a wide range of techniques each year. All you need to join us is an interest in textiles and the ability to thread a needle!

Our branch is part of a wider network which gives us the opportunity to enter competitions, attend summer schools and go to meetings with big name speakers that we couldn’t afford locally.

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Scunthorpe and District Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild


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  1. Janet Heywood

    What lovely embroidery and a lot of work for one person. I hope the decorations are brought to the Embroiderers’ Guild. when we meet again.

    • Ruth Neller

      How kind, Janet. It kept me out of mischief this summer! And yes, I will bring them in for members to see when we meet again.

      • Louise Heywood

        Absolutely beautiful. Chloe and Megan say the penguin is their favourite! xxx

  2. Jean Tither

    Beautifully done. Exquisite in every way.


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