Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Two Days with Annette Emms -Imaginary Birds

When Annette Emms' workshop , Imaginary Birds, went out for booking we had such an overwhelming response that Annette was approached to do one on the Saturday and another the next day. We managed to fill both of them. 
What brilliant days we had with a lovely  teacher. As you can see from the photos the work produced was beautiful .  Needle felting scrim into blanket then birds created out of scraps of fabric and panels decorated with wool, ribbons and stitch. 
Annette says she loves coming to our group and we love having her.

Day 1
Annette helping Lorraine

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work in progress

Day 2

Annette's pieces

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Friday, 12 January 2018

RUTH LOWE - 1960's Fashion - Part 2

 Today we welcomed back Ruth Lowe with the second part of her talk and collection on 1960's fashion
 Ruth is holding a piece of Mary Quant's homewares, as in 1970 she gave birth to Orlando, spent more time at home and consequently went into designing Homeware. Marks and Spencer carried Mary's Daisy logo but not the Mary Quant name. Mary designed for Templeton carpets and her designs were on crimplene fabrics
 This pale green shirt is from the Viyella House
 The lovely ra-ra skirt in tiers
 Mary's clothes collection began in 1961, before this she had designed fabrics. Above are the classic black velvet trousers
 Mary's unisex denim range. She designed jeans to fit women as prior to this women wore men's jeans
 Ruth has a photograph of Mary Quant wearing the coat she is holding. Mary was a walking wardrobe for her clothes
 Mary loved buttons and 2 can be seen on the red dress - very familiar design when one thinks of Lady Diana's dresses
 The little black dress -

 Lots of lace on the cuffs of this little black dress
 Co-ordinates - 2 very similar dresses but in different colourways.

 2 similar white dresses
 Polka-dots - a top and skirt
 You would have needed to be quite brave to wear the wrap around top which fastens at the back
 More polka-dots; a three-piece consisting of a skirt, blouse and jacket
Now into the 1970's, where Mary thought a suit worn at the office could also be worn out of work
 Hats by Mary
 Sunglasses - this pair is worth £200
 The Hot Pants for which Mary takes the credit for their innovation
 Shoulder bag by Mary with the polka-dot pattern and the black and white colourscheme
 Tights by Mary. She takes the credit for fashionable body-wear, bringing in new colours such as navy, flock patterns, purple and gold glitter tights - "First Love". Also the flootless tights, similar to the leggings now worn today. Leg warmers and ankle warmers - the idea came from the world of dance
 The baby-doll nightie which was designed originally for the American market

 Pop together beads - Poppet beads, and the Mary Quant Daisy logo in a necklace
 Many thanks once again Ruth, for sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm for Mary Quant and the 1960's world of fashion