What does “HOME” say to you?

Is it the place you return to at the end of each day? A sanctuary of respite away from the busy world outside? The place where family gather around the dinner table and share talk of the day? Or is HOME now all clutter and mayhem – kid’s trainers, clothes and papers everywhere, pawprints on the floor…a place of never-ending dusting, hoovering, washing and tidying.

Do you picture your mother baking or the dining room with the posh china? The vivid colours of Habitat or florals of Laura Ashley? Remember the 1950s pre-fab; the 1970s avocado bathroom; or 2000 shabby chic?

Is HOME a grand yacht or converted barn? Have you seen the slums in Mumbai or igloos of the inuit-both HOME to someone. HOME should mean shelter and safety – but many have become reugees and other now live on our streets as “homeless” with no roof at all. What of the natural world – the bird’s nest or the crab in his shell. As we build more HOMEs for mankind, what are we doing to the natural habitat of the animal world? See how Embroiderers’ Guild members have interpreted the word “HOME”.