Sunday, 30 October 2016

Alison Parkes "Layer, Stitch Explore"

Saturday's workshop was run by our own Alison Parkes. She started the day by showing some gorgeous examples of her work and explaining the different options available to people.  
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Full of enthusiasm we all dived right in! Some were taking the chance to perfect a stitch that had always eluded them (many had a go at French knots!), some were trying out as many different versions of a stitch as possible or a different colourway and others were using Alison's samples as a jumping off point to make an exciting new piece. 
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Surprisingly there were moments of complete silence (unheard of in our Guild) whilst everyone concentrated on their work. It didn't last long! 
There was some interesting naming of stitches such as "worm stitch" and "standing worm" (I am sure they are not in any text book). As well as lot of stitching, as usual there was a lot of chat, swapping of ideas as well as threads etc and it was a relaxed and happy session. 

The diverse range of work at the end demonstrates how everyone had a different spin on a very informative and helpful session. 
Thanks very much to Alison for a great workshop. 

Thank you Elise for your record of the day

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Angie Attwood - "From Come Dancing to Come Stitch with me"

Today we welcomed Angie Attwood to share with us her textile journey to date
Dance and design may seem like an unusual path to a love of textiles and a vocation Angie certainly didn't see coming. It began with the glitz of the Tower ballroom, Blackpool, beading embellishments for her ball gowns and has progressed to teaching hand and machine embroidery
Angie spoke to us of her beginnings following a diploma in Graphic Art. She is a staunch
believer of keeping a sketchbook, a scrapbook of ideas, they are essential for keeping our ideas and helping when we have a creative block. Angie suggested that if you are afraid of working in a sketch book then try working on loose pages and then stick them into a book
Angie realised how a lot of embroiderers struggle with the design process which is why she designed kits which are very popular. Angie's work has been published in Stitch' magazine

Birmingham Quilt depicting Selfridges, the Library, the Cube, and the Raddison hotel
Angie's record keeping of colour mixing to achieve the exact colour for her work. The process of colour mixing is very important to Angie
Design board for dandelion seed heads, each one in a different technique

Angie is presently a demonstrator of "Westalee Quilting Rulers" and can be seen this Saturday at Cotton Patch demonstrating their use
The perspex templates  and machine foot allow you to quilt large shapes on the straight and on a curve
One of Angie's most recent pieces, "Urban Collections" since joining the group Eclectica last May

Angie's poppies are machine embroidered on soluble fabric and they have proved to be a popular workshop
Looking at Angie's work at the end of the lecture, including our newest member Kanjana
Thank you Angie for stepping in at short notice to give your talk. We are very glad you could and look forward to seeing you for a workshop next February

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Thank you to everyone who voted for my piece.

Chair's Challenge 2016

This year we held our first Chair's challenge. Members were given a piece of barkcloth to do with what they wanted. Completed pieces were brought to the AGM today and displayed . People who came to the lecture were asked to vote..
 . People were invited to place a coin of any denomination onto their 3 favourite pieces. The piece with the greatest number of coins won a free workshop. The exhibition was amazing , the work was of a very high standard with a wide variety of skills being displayed. And £25-60p was raised for Bobby Britnell's charity Hands Up For Uganda which was brilliant.

And the winner is - Margaret Mc Quillen
Roll on next year's Challenge!