Saturday, 22 February 2014

3D felting with Deb Roberts

We have just had a brilliant day making felt bowls with Deb Roberts. Everybody took home at least 1 completed bowl but many of us made 2 and some even 3. someone made a handbag and two others made  tall vessels as opposed to round bowls. The pieces were beautiful as can be seen in the photos below. Deb took us through the basics and although it seemed complicated we all soon got into the flow. Deb was kept really busy running round the room helping all. I am sure we have all gone home with aching backs , arms and shoulders but absolutely delighted with the pieces we have made.

Deb shows us how to lay out our fibres on either side of a plastic circle
Then knees bent and off we roll

Then the magic - remove the plastic innards - turn it inside out and we have a bowl
Debbie's bowl!
Off we go selecting our fibres and laying them out

Carole getting 1 to 1 tuition!

Roll, Roll, Roll away !

Heads down ,knees bent and keep rolling!

Elaine's beautiful colours
Joy checking her notes - Now what do I do ?

Thats it!!

Work in progress

Don't ask - make your own mind up!! but lovely colours

This and all the following bowls are work in progress and finished by lunchtime. They are all gorgeous

Oh Happy band of Felters!!!
Everyone agreed that we had an amazing productive day as you can see by these beautiful vessels!
Even if the chair went home soaked to the skin!!

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Jan Bevan talk

Saturday 8th February saw a large group of us meet to look at the journal art quilts of Jan Bevan.

 Jan belongs to a contemporary quilt group. The group are given remits on a yearly basis to produce quilts on specific topics and or specific sizes and shapes. They are expected to produce one piece a month throughout the year. Jan had brought the quilts with her to show us and was able to talk about them individually via the projector. Many of the quilts were very personal, reflecting events in Jan's life such as her daughter's wedding, holidays, weather etc. All used a variety of methods and techniques.

Many of us found this  inspiring as these pieces are small and manageable to do and had the  potential to be incorporated in items such as bags, cushions, quilts or book covers but many were mini masterpieces waiting to be framed.

Inspired by a Christmas card

Pieces from the Circles and the Words projects. The black and white circle piece Jan has used spray bleach to discharge the black fabric and the flower foot on her machine.

Two quilts bottom left inspired by her daughter's wedding dress

Quilts made during the year when red,blue and yellow were the criteria

Using the computer to manipulate the photo and  print on fabric a weather map and incredible bare trees. They were then stitched into - sometimes by hand and sometimes by machine

The yellow period

Jan answering questions. Great afternoon. Thank you.