Members Communal Projects
The Spring and Autumn squares were so popular we thought we would return to the seasons to complete the set so the next project (2016) will be Summer and Winter.
Project packs are £3.50 each plus p&p. The pack contains 10 grams of seeds, guidelines for what you should produce, details of where to send the completed pieces and of course the deadline for returns. Each pack also includes a £2 raffle ticket. Bargain!
If you wish to take part, please order your pack(s) from the office: 07837 649 712.
We look forward to receiving your contributions and sharing images of your work with the membership
Below are some of the squares returned so far.
Bugs and Butterflies
The Guild's third fundraising communal beading project was the "Bugs and Butterflies" project launched in 2014. In this project members contributed beaded creatures using some beads that were supplied, topped up with others from their own stash. Almost 60 bugs and butterflies were produced and these were attached to three garlands for wall hangings. Each garland measured approximately 36cms (14") across. Some of the bugs and butterflies were detachable so that they could be worn as brooches or pendants. A raffle for the garlands was drawn in May 2015 and the winners were Maureen Don, Catherine Munday and Pauline Harrison.
Sea and Sand
The Guild's second fundraising project was the Sea and Sand Postcards Project, which ran from 2013 to 2014, members contributed a small beaded panel on the theme of Sea and Sand. They used some beads which were supplied to ensure the end result would have continuity of colour across the panels when assembled together. Other beads of their own choice were also added. Nearly 70 panels were sent in and they were mounted on white canvas in varying combinations resulting in six wall hangings. These were raffled and the draw held in May 2014. The winners were Jill Devon, Erika Fidler, Lia Ward, Louise West, Lynn Bennett and Mabel McNicol.
Spring and Autumn Quilt
Our Spring and Autumn Bead Quilt project was the first of our fundraising endeavours and 143 lovely members contributed a total of 101 spring and 109 autumn squares. These were mounted on a fabric backing to create two truly wonderful quilts that were raffled in December 2011. Carol Brush, a Guild member since its very first year and a member of Purley Beaders won the Spring Bead Quilt. The Autumn Bead Quilt went to Fiona Lanham, who is not a beader but a quilter with a passion for everything autumnal. So both quilts went to very appreciative homes!
The first time members collaborated together in a beading project, was to celebrate the Guild's 10th anniversary in 2009. Members were invited to send in a beaded bead and the resulting 397 beads were strung together in a "necklace" which was 10.4 metres long (34ft) and weighed 1.75 kilos (3.5lbs). The "Necklace" proved a very interesting talking point for many members of the Guild and the public as it was displayed around the country at bead and craft shows.
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