Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Member's Workshop and Open Day

Upon entering the room, we were greeted by Jean's handy work - beautiful displays were everywhere and set the Christmas atmosphere for the day
Thank you Jean

The table was prepared for our prospective visitors for our 'Open Day.'
There were Christmas decorations to inspire us
Here is our beautiful arrangement of items for sale. Today marked the beginning of our efforts to raise funds. The table proved a great success!
Margaret contributed a lovely theme of Scandinavian embroidery for Christmas items which proved to be very popular and most effective as you will see from the results at the end of the day
Visitors came and shared a mince pie and engaged with our work. We were thrilled to welcome a new member today
The Scandinavian embroidery was a great 'hit'

More Red and white work

Una's fabric ball for her daughter was as light as a feather

 Shirley knitting a sock on 4 needles in a lovely colour-scheme
 Shirley also had these wonderful boots with Christmas embellishments 
 Cathy's bead work was delicate and graced the candle bowl beautifully
 Cathy working on a second bead cover
 At the end of the day we admired our work
...thank you ladies for a wonderful day...Merry Christmas everyone

Monday, 18 November 2013

Amanda Clayton Workshop

On Saturday November 16th Amanda Clayton ran a workshop in which we 'explored the decorative image in a neutral palette'.
We started the day with some paper exercises ,drawing,cutting and ripping leaf shapes.

Our tissue paper and newsprint paper collages were then put together as a patchwork

Amanda showed us some fabric darning .........

with a curtain that she made for her sister.

We then created 'washing lines' of pieced sheers

and the added our 'fabric darned' creations

and Janet really had to think!!

Amanda suggested how we could place our stitched pieces on the background.

She also showed us ways of adding weight to our pieces by incorporating small found objects such as stones or small metal objects.

Amanda is now producing excitingthree dimensional work by pleating silk organza

Our 'Chinese Laundry' with our stitched treasures

The day was extremely relaxing and left us with plenty of ideas work on in the future.

Thank you Amanda.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Cherrilyn Tyler workshop

Cherrilyn Tyler's workshop on Saturday put our free machining skills to the test. Some of us had done very little and Cherrilyn was there to help and get people started. Others who were more experienced were inspired by her  ideas and encouragement . Some members used personal photos of pets and family and others places they had visited.  She was patient as machines played up and bounced on the tables. A pleasant day was had by all.

All sitting around the table for the introductory session

cherrilyn's work

more of cherrilyn's work

 Carole down to business drawing her design onto Vilene that's been ironed to the back of the fabric.

Then down to the stitching


who me ? at least I am not sitting next to Ruth!!

all working hard stiching
Don't talk to me I'm concentrating!

Cherrilyn lending a helping hand

Then our pieces of work,  they look lovely. Some are still work in progress