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

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