December is usually the month when the East Anglian Stitch Textile members get together not only for our annual meeting, but also a social get-together at the start of the festive season - and so we did on Saturday. It was a time both to reflect and to look forward.
This year has been a particularly hectic one as we came to the end of working on our "Between the Lines" pieces and got ready for its first public viewing. WWI was not always an easy starting point but everyone rose to the challenge and the reviews received made us realise that it was a theme worth pursuing.
As always we had the support of friends and family, some of whom went beyond the call of duty and who we called on for help in setting up, taking down and stewarding at the Knitting and Stitching Shows in London and Harrogate. Special thanks to them all.
The work is now all safely back from Harrogate and stored away ready for the exhibition's relaunch at Braintree District Museum, Braintree in Essex on the 10 January 2015. Other venues are already booked in Cirencester and Snape and other possible locations are being researched.
While "Between the Lines" carries on the group members are starting on new bodies of work. Some have ideas developed from their individual WW1 themes. Others will be trying something completely new. It is a time for thinking about possibilities, developing ideas and trying new techniques. No title has been decided but we will announce it in due course.
Next year is a special one for E.A.S.T as we celebrate 20 years as a group and I am sure we will try to mark such an important milestone later in the year.
The E.A.S.T members wish all our supporters the very best for the festive season and look forward to sharing both our current work and new ideas with you over the coming months of 2015.