I’m pleased to announce that Miriam Forder from N Wales branch is the winner of the Amy Williams award for outstanding service in education.

Here is her nomination from N Wales Branch Committee- well done Miriam.

‘The Embroiderers’ Guild North Wales Branch would like to nominate Miriam Forder.

A local lady with more than twenty years membership of the Embroiderers’ Guild, and at the North Wales branch, having contributed to the branch as a member, teacher and played major roles on the branch committee.

Miriam has been an inspiration to many of our members.
Her flair is to plan, prepare work and provide samples and resources, building skills and abilities in a constructive and enjoyable way.

She completed the City and Guilds Creative Studies Parts 1 and 2 between 1999 and 2003, been a Textile tutor for ‘Hafal’ a mental health charity 2005 to 2008, and Textile Tutor Coleg Harlech 2010 to 2016.

Her friendly and supportive personality helps build confidence in the learner. She has that ability to get to know each one of us. Very perceptive, she is aware of individuals preferences in colour or techniques, stretching people, sometimes taking them out of their comfort zone, but still getting results.
She has the ability to reassure, has imagination and has a good balance between design and making, as required on textile courses. She can remember our skills and abilities not just for the course but a long time after.
Many of us, myself included have learnt so much from her…and we go back for more.
A firm believer in building notebooks and loves making books, we find we still refer back to those original records as well as new ones to track down a technique, very useful memory joggers, memories of the doing.

In her own right she’s also a talented textile artist, winner, on at least one occasion, of the visitor’s choice at our branch’s biennial exhibition, for her beautiful felt landscape. Modest, she has given a talk about her journey in stitch and contributed to occasional workshops; ‘Creating fabric with transfer printing’, 2007; ‘Fabric Paper book cover’ 2009, ‘Embellisher’ 2015 and in November 2019 played to a full house ‘Felt, embellish, stitch’. She was one who early on introduced us to the embellisher. In 2018, she was the first in the branch to introduce beginners over a six-week course to free machine embroidery.

We also remember her working in schools with a fellow member in an earlier Junior Embroiderers’ group. Loves introducing and helping new stitchers to these wonderful skills.

And she still continues to have a major role in the branch, working industriously for our Exhibition committee. She and another are relied on to coordinate and display the work, using her excellent eye for colour and balancing pieces one against the other, 2-D and 3-D.

During the recent months of Corona Virus lock down we saw her success in making Roman blinds in her home, photos included on our Members’ Facebook Group.

People enjoy and appreciate her sunny personality and learning new skills.

A deserving individual to receive this award. We hope you think so too.’