Monday, 20 November 2017

Louise Henly and Clare Wassermann From ''Brush to Needle''

Our meeting began today with a huge thank you to Janet Connock who has worked tirelessly for many, many years supplying us with goodies from all over the country manning the sales table for many years. Janet has now handed it over to our branch so it was only fitting that she received a token of our thanks for her hard work. Surprisingly, Janet gave a little speech. 

Thank you Janet
We were treated to not one but two talks today from our members. Louise Henly started by talking of her Art background having classes with John Garbett and her love of sculpture
...and how with encouragement from Ann Patterson she moved into embroidery

Louise's interest in graphic buildings. Louise has discovered and loves the colour of Inktense (as indeed do a lot of us)

Thank you Louise

Clare shared some of her mini quilts with us after discovering Wombourne Quilters, a lecture from Ineke Berlyn and becoming a member of Wolverhampton branch of the Embroiderers' Guild
Mini quilts - birds - the freedom of constraints - symbols in Clare's paintings

An Art dress made as part of an exhibition with the Guild and Connect in Threads Group
Clare's dress from the project completed with the Connect in Threads group
Clare's background was grounded in Jazz music teaching and playing the clarinet and saxophone. Frequenting Ronnie Scott's with the likes of George Melly, Spike Milligan and Humphrey Lyttelton.
Clare listens to music when painting
 Clare discovered meditation many years ago -  Clare's illustrations in paperback books after being spotted on Instagram by a writer in the USA.

Clare's latest paintings, on a smaller scale than usual, after a project at Boundary Way allotments, in Warstones

After the talk Clare's work on display

The future will continue to celebrate painting for quilts and stitch with a solo exhibition next year at the Museum of Cannock Chase Gallery (April 28th - June 17th 2018)
Thank you Louise and Clare for inspiring us to paint and find our own style of development

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Angie Hughes -inspired by Klimt

October 21st saw us all being "Inspired by Klimt" with Angie Hughes. After showing us some inspiring samples Angie talked us through how to use heat transfer foils with Bondaweb and Hot Spots, including how to add foils through sequin waste and how to blend different colours together.
This was followed by lots and lots of ironing as we all created little samples.
Once we felt we had got the hang of the foiling we moved on to yet more ironing to create our larger pieces. 

 After our foiling was prepared Angie then talked us through the different types of machine embroidery that could be used to enhance the pieces.

Grand Theatre Stand Tall Project

This year again we were asked by the Grand Theatre to contribute pieces of work towards a community project.The Grand wanted a Giant to display on the walls of the theatre during the Pantomine season of Jack and the Bean stalk. Lots of community groups are involved in this project and today was our turn.
Pauline from Heath House facilitated the day with James Collins from the Grand. Pauline brought loads of goodies for us to play with. We could produce patches for his shirt and trousers or leaves, flowers and creatures for the background.

A lovely day was had by all and some beautiful pieces were produced.
The start of  the goodies going out lots of fabrics, glittery things, ribbons, buttons and shiny things etc

Pauline  getting Jean excited by the possibilities of what we could do

Pauline explaining what we might want to do.

And so the scrum begins like children in a sweety shop!!!

Pauline talking through ideas 

And so the work begins

Nice one Lillian!

Some of the pieces made by other groups

Jude's grandson and his lovely piece. Well done.

Janet's Spider is on its way!
Brilliant day. Well done to all of you . We all look forward to seeing the completed Giant when it goes up in December. Thank you Pauline.