From 3-5th April 2014 ICHF organised the Creative stitches with fashion and embroidery and hobby crafts exhibition at this first class venue in the Docklands.
Jan Messent was invited to display her work that she produced for her latest book, Embroidered Portraits, published by Search Press.
In total about 25 different heads are shown in the book. Each one is a masterpiece. Some are full faced, some three-quarter profile and, some profile.
Since the book was published she has added to the portraits with extra necklaces, more shoulder, and detail in the background and so on. Then she had them framed by Fleet Framers choosing frames to suit each picture.
The exhibition shown here when the stall was closed and Jan had finished a very busy day there, was cleverly organised and included some enlarged pages from her book and samples of the way she made each head.
In addition to Jan’s stall there were many other well-known stitches such as Bobby Britnell, Lorna Bateman, Richard Box, Gilda Baron and Jeudis. I believe that Consuelo Simpson was also giving a workshop but I did not see her making a beautiful box. And of course there were marvellous stalls tempting us to buy more threads, materials, wool and clothes.
If you have not been to the ExCel centre it is easy to find. From Waterloo go by Jubilee line to Canning Street and then take the DLR to Prince Regent. Then it is straight into the centre and have a coffee!