It is my absolute honour to share the fact that I am the Acting Vice Chair of the Young Embroiderers’ Guild. It’s vitally important that young people embrace the joys of stitch, and we know that there are plenty of you out there, so I’m thrilled to be able to actively do my part with this website to build those connections.
This new column – YEAH Young Embroiderers Are Here! – is part of that effort, and each month Muriel Campbell, Chair of the Young Embroiderers Guild will provide ideas and content designed to engage with our young stitchy chums! If you’re aged from 5 to 24, you can get involved with the YE and use it as a way to connect with other Young Embroiderers and Textile Students.
Feel free to get in touch with us here at Mr X Stitch if you want to find out more about the Young Embroiderers’ Guild, or visit the website. If you’re a textile teacher, or you would like to help us revitalise the Young Embroiderers Guild, drop us a line. With your help we can enthuse a new generation of stitchers and help them develop themselves as textile artists.
For now, let’s take some time to get to know Muriel Campbell. She’s an absolute marvel! 🙂
I have been stitching since I was a small child. I learned to knit from my Mother but it was visiting Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow when I was 6 that has remained in my memory. There was a silk dress in black and grey stripe, Victorian in style and I wanted to know how it was made.
I also had sewing at school and remember making a pair of French knickers in blue cotton material – the stitching I enjoyed but they were not a thing of beauty.
What is your favorite thing about stitchery?
I love colour and texture in embroidery and all things to do with stitching. How the same design can look so different if stitched in fine threads as opposed to thick threads and they both have merit.
What do you make of the modern craft scene?
The internet has been revolutionary in promoting and encouraging all types of craft making. Stitchers and craft makers from all over the world are pushing the boundaries of traditional stitching and craft making ‘anything possible’
There will always be a place for traditional work and those skills must never be allowed to die out as it is part of our heritage which is where the Embroiderers Guild is so good at encouraging and promoting the art of Embroidery but also embracing modern use of design and stitch.
Fashion has also played it’s part in the use of stitch as embellishments.
Do you have any unusual talents we might not know about?
Absolutely none that I would admit to.
Here are a couple of piece of Muriel’s mixed media work – based on lorry gearboxes, Muriel’s not afraid to mix things up!
The Kingpin of Contemporary Embroidery. Committed to changing the way the world thinks about needlecraft.