Monday, 11 February 2019

Tilly Tea Dances

February the 9th saw us listening to Maxine Smith from Tilly Tea Dances about her textile journey and her felting process.

Maxine likes to use natural fibres and nature themes in her work. She has been stitching since the age of 3 and by age 12 was making free machine embroidery cards (we were impressed). For a long time she worked in the charity sector but once her son was born she needed a job that could fit with being a full time mum and so Tilly Tea Dances was born. It has gone from strength to strength and now she is at capacity supplying 14 shops as well as running workshops.

Maxine explained that she likes doing felting as it is accessible to people of all abilities and levels of experience. She uses thin layers (because she is not making wearable items) and the process isn't as long and hard as traditional felting.

 Some beautiful unfinished (?) landscapes
 showing us how to use a multi needle hand took
some lovely pieces typical of what would go in her Etsy shop.
 Making one large piece to be cut up into many smaller pieces
 A happy smiling Maxine before the lecture started (and she stayed very smiley)
 even the tiniest scraps are made into pendants - no waste here!

 The very impressive wooden roller that takes out a lot of the rolling/bashing work of traditional felting.
laying out some of the fibres.

This was a lovely upbeat lecture full of great detail. Thanks to Maxine for being so generous in sharing her knowledge and talent with us, We are now looking forward to the workshop.

17th Century Marigold

Following on from her lovely lecture Nicola Jarvis came back to run a workshop embroidering a 17th Century Marigold

A demo on how to get the correct length of thread 

 Nicola explains where to outline with split stitch. We need to keep the stitches very small.

 This diagram is to help us understand the sequence and lengths of stitches to use when filling in a petal with satin stitch.

 Sue and Lorraine in deep concentration. (its not always a relaxing hobby!)


 Gill making good progress with her marigold.[she had finished by the next lecture and gets the Teachers Pet award :-) ]

It took us up until lunchtime to get this far. Lots to do still!