What wonderful imagination children have! Two years ago, a simple landscape background attached to a free standing frame was made by Maria Fraser for the Avebury Festival to encourage children to have a go at some textile artwork. The results were a few stitched flowers and clouds. It came out of storage for the exhibition last weekend and suddenly took on a new focus for the young would-be textile artists. Having seen the eclectic art styles adopted by the adults in the general displays, the children were keen to stamp their own individual creativity onto the work resulting in a wonderfully imaginative softly, cloud-strewn and sunshine-filled world where mermaids and whales share a virtual landscape with sheep, unicorns, horses and foxes! Of course, this is now no ordinary countryside scene, and  has been recognised as such by its new name – “The Magic Garden”- which was given to the work by one of the would-be artists Eva Fraser (aged 10), who is also a member of the Young Embroiderers’ Guild

 Young Embroiderers – reported by Christine Hill

During the Easter holidays, our Young Embroiderers had a busy workshop. Here is evidence of their work. 
The four bookmarks based on plastic canvas were made and completed by girls between the ages of 6-8 and this was only their second session with YE so they did very well.
The amulets were made by the older girls (10 – 14 years). They found this project which was based on interlock canvas quite a challenge and most did not finish although they took the necessary materials home to finish the pieces later. They followed instructions regarding stitching and shaping but chose their own colours which  look wonderful. 

The finished piece with a strap worked in canvas has a silk backing stitched onto the whole piece and then the strap can be folded over to make a loop so the amulet can be hung from a cord and worn. (Being teenagers they will probably come up with some way of using them which we had not considered !)  A couple of the girls decided to stitch their squares onto their pencil cases and not make the straps.