Sunday, 2 December 2012

Christmas Workshop

The Christmas workshop is always a time of great excitement and sharing of skills.
We had a choice of 2 things to make
First choice:- Pyramid vessels for candles or gift containers for the table - this gorgeous display was machine embroidered by Jean

Second choice:- Hanging bird - courtesy of Jean
So we set about IRONING...

PIECING TOGETHER...

DISCUSSING...

BEADING...             

MACHINING...

MAKING TIME FOR VISITORS INTERESTED IN MEMBERSHIP...
HAVING A BREATHER...

AND THEN ADMIRING OUR WONDERFUL CREATIONS...

AGAIN...


and AGAIN...
 
and AGAIN...

and AGAIN...

ALL DAY LONG!
Shirley's previously prepared pieces, adorned with amazing hand embroidery and beads...allowed Shirley the time to then sit back and read a magazine choosing Christmas gifts Shirley?
 
The beauty of a member's workhop is that you can also ''do your own thing'' which Margaret demonstrates here with her 'bridal' collection


FANTASTIC
I did very little work today but it was a lovely day. Friendship, food and a fantastic way to finish another year at Tettenhall. Happy Christmas everyone ... see you January 12th for our next lecture with  ''the ins and outs of the Embroiderers' Guild'' - An overview of the Guild collection, including the move from Hampton Court, where it is now, how we display it and where it is going. Includes pieces from the collection to examine and admire. Also a chance to chat to Terry Murphy and view pieces of work from HQ with Annette Collinge.
 


Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Saturday 17th November LAURA BOSWELL

LAURA BOSWELL
Today was our printmaking workshop with Laura Boswell. Her publicist and husband very kindly provided a plethora of photographs which he has shared with us. Here are just some of them.
Here we all are, eager and ready to start

 
       

                          Laura led by example every step of the procedure
This layout shows the toolbox and the brushes for cutting the plywood and painting the watercolours

To begin we transferred our individual designs onto tracing paper and then to the plywood



Laura advised on colour separation - a block cut for each design on the board
                            




 
 
Dot in ''physcho'' mode
This photo is courtesy of Clare, showing Dot demonstrating the correct way of holding the tool and bearing white knuckles - well done Dot, perfect!
 


Demonstration of the all important Kento

Cutting the Kento - the grooves into which the dampened paper is slotted so that registration is accurate
 

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Fiona's 2 cuts for her beautiful tree design
 
 
 
 


 



Laura had prepared the printing papers in advance
 The papers were dampened and sat inside sheets of dampened newspaper in a plastic folder.
Each print was placed back into the folder to maintain the damp pages