The Highnam stitchers held their triennial exhibition this Spring. It was an impressive display. The show filled 3 large halls, and the 50 members showed their diverse styles to superb effect. The quilts, all sizes and styles, were hung on walls, suspended on frames, draped over chairs and tables, giving a something-for-everyone delight.
The ladies had worked very hard to make the event a success. There was a raffle for a splendid quilt, a £1 tombola where everyone won a prize, materials and threads for sale, a retail stall, and a welcome tea and cake room (filled with more embroidery samples and goodies).
The ladies, very like our own Chalford stitchers, were at hand and smiling to welcome the many visitors and ready to inform on various techniques used in the quilts displayed.
There had been a competition. The winner (of a Janome sewing machine) made an all-white machine quilted piece. This was fantastic, detailed and intricate – quite overwhelming.
A quilt that showed 3 rosettes was hand-stitched appliqué. This was a huge piece (king size) that had taken 4 years to complete; it was based on a picture with a German mediaeval theme about the potato wars. This was outstanding work. The stitches were so small and neat that one would need a magnifying glass to detect them. The colours and textures were so impressive that the image will remain in my mind for a very long time.