Travelling Books

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‘Travelling Books’ is a project that is being carried out in many Embroiderers’ Guild branches. The idea is that within a branch small groups of branch members join together to produce a unique book for each member of the group. The books created by the group are called ‘Travelling Books’ simply because they travel around the group. Each member of the group makes a unique contribution to the book circulated by each member. The result is always very special – a book each participating member keeps at the end of the journey and often shares with others for pleasure and inspiration.

 

“The group I was in, I know, loved being in ‘our’ group and got to know each other a little better, finding out what each other’s passions were. The pieces of sewing were only part of the story, the comments that went with them, quite another. Poems, jokes, paintings, sayings, ‘how to’s’, memories, – all personal and special to that person – and special to me the recipient.”

 

Below are photographs of the books in the three groups we had in North Kent.

 

This project was so successful, that we repeated it, mixing up the groups so that different people were involved.

These are the covers of the books of people in Group 1. These people, like those of Group 2, passed the books on every meeting until they had been round the six people.

Group 2’s covers.

The people in Group 3, unlike the two groups above, passed their books on every other meeting and therefore, took a little longer to complete the ‘journey’. Here are the covers of their books.