Monday, 29 July 2013

Derby Bird Workshop

Following on from Janet Humphrey's lecture we excitedly set about making a little Derby bird, inspired from the pottery pieces - Janet provided us with some handouts to show delightful colour- schemes of Derby birds.
We soon got into our stride
Using watercolours or water-soluble crayons we painted our birds onto calico
As the birds were to be 3D we had to draw and paint 2, facing east and one facing west

The beauty of hand stitching is it allows everyone to chat - sorry - discuss their work

The joy of choosing the right colour thread

A hive of activity

A hairdryer to set the water-colour pencils and to dry the calico at the same time

Jean has a closer look at the 2D bird in a frame

A collection of Janet's little flock

''Three little maids are we'' were working so beautifully and concentrating so hard, I couldn't resist

A lot of sewing is needed for these little birds - we thought the next one may be in machine embroidery

Joy's little bird in the early stages

We had time to peruse the wonderful 'Pearl' embroideries as the collection is now growing for the exhibition at Bilston this Autumn. They are FANTASTIC!

Janet with her flock and embroidering with us

At the end of the day we had, designed...


...and stitched...

...and as usual, they were all different and beautiful. 

Hopefully ladies, you will finish your birds in time for the Bilston exhibition

They will look stunning when complete and padded, with the addition of a beak which is painted and then applied

Don't forget the washer that sits at the bottom of the bird after he has been stitched and padded

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Janet Humphrey - Derby Bird

July Lecture
We first met Janet with her lovely work at the Regional Day in 2012. We were delighted that she chose to give her first lecture to us at Wolverhampton
Here is Janet with one of her gorgeous purses

Ribbon work - Janet was only too pleased to answer questions and give advice about her style and techniques

A lot of us loved this massive machine embroidery

You can appreciate the size of this piece as Lillian and Margaret examine it closely in admiration - pictured here above and below 

Janet's use of antique lace, hand painted with silk paints, is evident on this wonderful scarf

Janet demonstrated how she paints her lace. Here are the diluted colours in saucers

An example of antique lace
Using sponge to apply paint
Janet has begun to paint the lace - she prefers her colours to be very pale and muted
Wall hanging with pockets 
3-D perfume bottle in fabric and stitch enhanced with beads

The Workshop with Janet, will be the Derby Bird - these examples are hand embroidered and 3-D
They can also be interpreted in 2-D