November saw us celebrating all things silk!
The lovely Fiona Nisbet came on the Friday night to talk to us about the wonders of the silk worm and different types of fibre/fabric. This was followed the next day by a workshop on making silk paper (but more of that later)
Fiona is a weaver who started out as a knitter. She has also dabbled with dyeing her fibres and now prefers the synthetic dyes for the lovely range of colours you can get.
Fiona told us lots of interesting facts about the different types of silk - just a few examples
- cocoon strippings are from the outside of the cocoon and the unwinding is done by the throwster (where throwsters waste comes from)
- warm water is used to dissolve the glue from the thread
- the number of dernier is the number of strands used eg 10 dernier is 10 cocoon strands
- silk noil is made from the cocoons that have been allowed to hatch
The following day some of our members took part in the silk paper making workshop. looks like they had lots of fun!
- information for new members
- ABC Travelling Sketch Books
- wightwick manor exhibition
- top tips
- National Stitch Day 2017 at Rock Houses Kinver
- Personal Inspiration Travelling Books
- Capability Brown exhibition 2016
- Mixed Media Mosiacs Residential with Stevie Walker...
Saturday, 17 November 2018
Saturday, 20 October 2018
A brilliant day was had by all in this this drawing workshop with Bobby Britnall. We started with charcoal and mark making using rubbers, paper towel, stanley knives and white chalk which was a great warm up exercise. Some well worth framing!
We then did an exercise where we drew what we could see in the room then moved around and drew on other people's pieces. We were left with wonderful abstract line pieces and instructed to choose one colour and move around the room again adding one colour to other people's work. Eventually we sat with our own pieces and made some sense of them. The outcomes were wonderful as can be seen. We eventually cut some strips off the edge and played with them. some brilliant inspiration for further textile work.
We then had a huge laugh drawing each other without looking at the paper, with our opposite dominant hand , drawing happy, cross and surprised then using different combinations of colours including analogous, primary and complementary to complete them. Again some great ideas for textiles.
What a brilliant day. We had such a laugh. Many many thanks to Bobby for a great workshop.