Members Communal Projects 

We regularly organise a number of projects with participation from our members to create some amazing finished pieces. You can see some more pictures in the Members Communal Project Gallery

Watch this space for the next project to be launched.

Below are some of the squares returned for the 2016 project.

Sunflowers in garden

Sunflowers in garden by Shirley Munday 

Beech trees in snow

Beech trees in snow by Shirley Munday 

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.

One of the finished garlands

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!  

Detail of the Autumn Quilt

Beaded Beads

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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