Thrunscoe Community Learning Centre

As someone who struggles with her actuaI embroidery technique when I was recently asked to present a City & Guilds Gold medal at Thrunscoe Community Learning Centre I felt a bit of a fraud. This is a fantastic achievement as only one medal in each discipline is awarded per year. This one was for Level 3 Embroidery.
My own knowledge of stitches is very limited and I adapt my basic 4 stitch vocabulary to suit what ever piece I am working on.

The recipient of the gold medal, Lynn Haith, on the other hand has definitely mastered the technique of embroidery in all its forms and her
wonderful use of strong colours is sublime.
 images below work by Lynn Haith.

 I went to see the end of year show at the Thrunscoe Centre two days prior to the medal ceremony and was blown away by the standard of the work produced by Jan Dowson’s students. I have been going to see this show for a few years now and the diversity of the work produced never fails to amaze me.
As usual the things I liked best were the sketchbooks , containing little gems of samplers waiting to be developed in to finished pieces.
images below from various sketchbooks.
For me the highlight of the exhibition was a moving and empathic piece by Sue Normandale which was inspired by a visit to the Foundling Museum in London.
I would urge that anyone thinking of doing a creative arts course in the Grimsby and Cleethorpes area to go to Thrunscoe  and see what they have on offer.
image below : Sue Normandale work inspired by the Foundling Museum

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