Textile Art Exhibition at Ely Cathedral

As a change from writing about other peoples’ work, here is some information about an exhibition that I’m taking part in, with our exhibiting group ‘FIVE’. We’re really pleased that our textile art exhibition ‘A Special Place’ will be taking place at Ely Cathedral from 9th – 22nd March 2022. Please come and visit! 
‘We all have a secret somewhere to go to for comfort, inspiration or happiness. In this exhibition, five textile artists explore their own inspirational locations.
This fascinating collection of work ranges from handmade felt to goldwork through mixed media to quilting. The work is based on local gardens and faraway places. Many of the exhibits will be available to purchase.
Barbara Deacon, Cheryl Montgomery, Elaine Grahame, Jane Robinson and Suzanne Ball have worked together for ten years. This is their third group exhibition, after previous successful exhibitions in Worthing & Milton Keynes’.
I plan to be at the Cathedral on some of the days we’re open, so do let me know if you plan to visit in case we can meet up. There is more detail on the Cathedral website, for example opening times etc. Entry to the exhibition is free, and there’s a charge of £8.50 to visit the rest of the Cathedral. The first week of our exhibition coincides with an exhibition by the Royal School of Needlework, so you could get two exhibitions in one visit. If you want to get to Ely by train from Sussex, on some days there is a direct train to Cambridge that you can pick up at Brighton or Haywards Heath, avoiding London and the tube. Then it’s an easy connection on to Ely.

Talk by Zara Day

This months talk by Zara Day was very well received. Sadly I missed it so I can’t give any details, except to say that I’ve heard really enthusiastic comments from those who attended. Zara was invited to talk to us by popular request, after several members attended online courses with her during lockdown. Zara teaches a wide range of courses, both online and in person. Zara has sent details of her new courses (see below).  The website link below goes through to a message saying it’s a new website and to try later. You can ask our Secretary for Zara’s phone number which I won’t put on here, or  you can contact Zara on Instagram or Facebook at; https://www.instagram.com/zara_day_embroidery_design/


I have decided to repeat the new courses I offered in January as they have been so popular, and the outcomes are brilliant. If you have done Course 1 with me, you may be interested in Course 10. Several members had asked me to reinvent this course as they had really enjoyed it. So, Course 10 explores a different range of hand embroidery stitches and how these can flow across a piece and be inspired by our natural landscape. Course 11 looks at creating either imaginative or realistic  birds inspired by a mixture of tropical and native bird species in 3D. Where we will use a variety of decorative embroidery stitches and beading on top of a fabric sculpture. During Course 12 I will be sharing some of the techniques I use to create fabric designs for some of the pieces I have produced for my bespoke embroidery design company Rosemaryrose. These designs have been commissioned by interior designers for products such as cushions, chairs, and headboard designs.

I am running my Mini Make – Tree Bark Examined If you enjoyed Course 10 you will like this course as I share lots of different techniques inspired by the patterns, textures and colours found on tree bark. I take you through ways of creating a piece of textile art that looks realistic or abstract.

As before all courses consist of sessions lasting for around an hour and a half, on the same day and time each week. They are conducted through zoom in small groups in real time with live demonstration, artist inspiration, feedback on work and advice how to progress further, time to chat with other members and be inspired by each other’s pieces and knowledge. I have attached the information sheets about each of them.

March Timetable

Course 10 – Ebb and Flow – Tuesday 8th March – 4.30pm – 6 sessions £45.00

Course 11 – Decorative Birds – Wednesday 9th March – 4.00pm – 6 sessions £45.00

Course 12– Layering and Cutting Away – Thursday 10th March – 4.30pm – 6 sessions £45.00

Mini Make – Tree Bark Examined – Monday 7th, 14th, and 21st March + 11th April – 4 sessions £40.00

Places are limited for each course so if you would like to reserve a place, please email me. I will be reserving places on a first come basis, it may take me a couple of days to get back to you to confirm the place depending on the number of emails I receive. But I will work through them in date order. You may want to give me your first and second choice.

To secure you place, payment for the course needs to be paid by the 25th February and I will send out the zoom link and all the course information on the 28th February.

I  look forward to hearing back from any of your members if they have any questions or would like to reserve a place on one of these courses.

Zara Day, Founder, Zara Day Embroidery Design