Stitches a tribute to friend
2:18pm Thu Nov 22, 2012
AN EMBROIDERY exhibition in memory of textile artist Sarah Lawrence, who died in December, is being held in The Spotlight Gallery at Newark Town Hall.
It has been organised by Sarah’s Group, seven like-minded textile artists who have been friends since taking a City and Guilds Creative Embroidery course together.

For the last ten years they have been meeting in the studio of Craftynotions, on Jessop Way, Newark, where Sarah, their friend and mentor, ran her craft supplies business.

Craftynotions is now run by Sarah’s husband, Mr David Lawrence, and the group still meets there.

Mrs Judith Gill, one of the members said: “We decided to mount an exhibition in honour of Sarah’s memory, entitled Enjoying The Stitch, which is what Sarah always encouraged us to do.”

As their inspiration the group used the techniques in Sarah’s book, Stitch, Cloth, Shimmer and Shine, which was published posthumously this year.

Mrs Gill said: “During 2011 Sarah persuaded us to explore a different stitch each month and they were worked in three inch squares. These became known as ‘thrinchies.’

“They have been framed and will be on sale at the exhibition.”

The proceeds will go to Sarah’s favourite charity, the MS Society.

Enjoying The Stitch: A Tribute, opened on Friday and runs until December 15. The gallery is open Mondays to Saturdays from 10.30am to 3.30pm. The exhibition will transfer to the British Quilt and Stitch Village in Uttoxeter on April 26-28 next year.

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