Sunday, 26 May 2013

Mary Sleigh African Themes

We spent Saturday 24th May 2013 having a delightful day with Mary Sleigh. Mary showed us samples of african textiles and stitching . She introduced us to the notion of having seams showing on the right side.
She showed us  stitches for joining pieces and edges and how to make best use of found objects and beads.  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day and i think we all learnt something new-  Especially fluffy stitch!! We all went home with ideas and samples for moving on to our own pieces. And hopefully some completed pieces will be on display at our exhibition in Bilston Craft Gallery at the end of the year.


Mary in full flow

Lill and Margaret conferring in front of Ruth's mess!


Fabric and threads at the ready


Another table ready

and yet another!







A beautiful sampler from Mary showing stitches and embellishments


Another beautiful sample showing the use of bits of copper

The joining stitch with and without beads

Incorporating buttons on Mary's sample

Women hard at work

Carole, Val and Alison hard at work

Dina and Denise engrossed

Una creating!

Janet for once being serious!

Strip cloth from Ghana and on the right an example of work showing the joined squares with external seams and applique

Tobacco bags showing texture in the stitching and the use of beads

Mary's Book

A beautiful sample from Mary showing beads incorporated in the joining stitch

Shells and ostrich eggshell buttons and porcupine spines





A sample of Mary's work

A busy room!







The sunshine on a lovely afternoon

Here is some of the lovely work we produced.

some more of our work

And yet more of our lovely pieces

and more pieces

definately a colour theme going on here

more work by the group

more work

more work and..

And lastly another piece of lovely  work

Mary's samples

Mary's sample


Monday, 13 May 2013

To Bead or not to bead

Saturday 11th May saw the arrival of Eliza Mc Clelland to the branch to give a 'lecture' I say a lecture it was more like a theatrical performance. She gave a brilliant animated talk on her work as a bead artist. It was her work in the theatre that led her to needing a hobby during the day between shows. Also her inspiration that came from the many places where she performed that she wandered around and saw during the day like churches and museums. And the left overs in the wardrobe department rag bag which produced this wonderful quilt . Incorporated in this memory quilt is fabric from a costume Anna Neagle wore,  Lady Macbeths dress , bits of 'Joseph's coat and many more.
No dozing off - brilliant afternoon.





many more.




A beaded peter pan collar inspired by the animal around the statue of Peter Pan in Kensington gardens



An 'Andy Warhol'Cushion