Sunday, 22 May 2022

Saturday May 21st Photography and stitch - Maggie Finney

Maggie gave us a very interesting talk about her love of photography and stitch. 

Her photography is taken both as a art form in its own right but also to be interpreted into stitch mainly on felt. She makes her own felt and then incorporates stitching and beads.

Often she will leave the photo as it is taken but she also uses computer programmes to put on filters.

She takes landscapes but also  macro images of wildlife.

Here are some images of her work that she has developed from photographs.






Thank you for an insight into your work Maggie


Sunday, 15 May 2022

Great workshop

 Maria’s workshop helped to re-interest me in machine embroidery. She was so helpful and gave so much information on how to make it easier to manage, thank you. My piece doesn’t do the day justice, but I love being table to write with the machine - as Maria said, writing is drawing!

Sunday, 8 May 2022

7th May  - Drawing with the sewing machine- Maria Wigley

Several of our members spent an enjoyable day learning how to draw with our sewing machines.

Maria started by showing some of her work and then some sample pieces that she had done .

She then showed us a drawing that her daughter had done that she added stitch to.

This was followed by a short period where we did some quick sketches which we the traced onto tissue paper. The tissue was then pinned onto calico that had been stretched into a frame . Maria adds borders of scrap fabric to her chosen fabric to enlarge the area that she can use in her hoop. She then demonstrated the outlining and then after removing the tissue she then showed the different methods of adding detail with close zig zig. couching, using thick thread in the bobbin, adding text and applique.

Finally we all had a go and here are the results - work in progress

Thank you Maria for an enjoyable day


Sunday, 24 April 2022

 April 23rd. Members Si and Stitch and Open Day

A large number of our members gathered together to Sit and Stitch and generally catch up. It was such a lovely day. We discussed pieces that we are working on . We had also invited members of the public to come along and meet us and hopefully  they would like to join us.

We were also delighted to welcome Gill and Jane Gregory from Birmingham Embroidery and Textile Art group who had coordinated the Commonwealth  project . 12 of our members had taken part. They brought along the commonwealth panels which included all 72 countries that are taking part in the games and their own Birmingham panel. It was good to see the panels before they go on their travels.


Our members also brought work that they had done in previous workshops, together with collaborative pieces that we had worked on and work that will be going into forthcoming exhibitions

Thank you to all who attended and also to our visitors . 

Tuesday, 5 April 2022

 April 2nd - Jenny O'Leary workshop - Batik on tissue - Natural forms 

A large group of us had a wonderful workshop with Jenny creating lovely effects with batik on tissue. Jenny started the day showing some of her work and then demonstrated the layering of tissue and other papers to create a background


Jenny then demonstrated the use of various tools and utensils to create marks on paper and the tissue.


She then showed the effects of spraying a bleach solution on to the waxed tissue.


The final process 
was to add ink onto the bleached background

Here are some of the pieces that we  produced





Thank you Jenny for a lovely day