Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Tea Bag Embroidery Sandra Kendall June 2019

This month our workshop was led by one of our own members, Sandra Kendall, who arrived with samples of suggested ideas for how you could embroider onto used tea bags.
Some of the samples were labelled individually and some were put together in a group.[See below]

Sandra started by telling us how to empty the dried tea from the bag by making a slit at the back followed by attaching iron on interfacing  to strengthen it ready for stitching.
Members were reminded of all the skills they had and how these could be used on the tea bags to produce attractive results. Within a very short space of time little embroidered tea bags began to emerge decorated with interesting off cuts, collectables and enhanced with stitch.

Some members produced embroidered individual tea bags while others produced linked tea bags that could be displayed together. Everyone was different showing a large range of skills.

In the afternoon Sandra showed us how to make an antique looking paper by applying tea bags to a glued hand made paper surface. Once this had been done printing could be applied to the surface to enhance it readyfor stitching. [See samples below]

Most members continued to finish their individual tea bags but a few had a go at a larger piece.
Most members embroidered a few tea bags and they took them home to finish and I don't think any of us will look at a tea bag in quite the same way again. 
It was a good day and thank you to Sandra for leading the workshop.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Members Show and Tell Folios-colour May meeting 2019

This month was members day with members bringing in their current projects and finished items to show to the group and explain what had inspired them.
Maureen volunteered to go first and she unrolled what she had in her hands. Three brightly coloured pieces of felt spread across the table. She explained that she had been inspired by the flowers in Australia particularly the eucalyptus blooms and she wanted to get movement into the felt before she stitched into it. She had three goes and they all looked equally good to us but Maureen said she was still not sure she had what she wanted.

Lynn had brought along a piece of embroidery that had the words of a song which was very personal to her across the middle with trees that had been inspired by the war artist Paul Nash.In the upper section she had embroidered a wheat field and in the lower section poppies. This had produced a very thoughtful piece of embroidery.

Anne had brought two pieces, the first was related to the Great Embroidery of Scotland and had an amazing lace cuff and the second was a squirrel embroidered all in white and was very sparkly.
Wendy had been trying out a new technique of flower pounding which she had been learning from a book. She demonstrated the technique for us and then set up a table for us to have a go. After the pounding transferred the pigment from the flower to the cloth it can be stitched into after ironing. Members showed a lot of interest in this technique and a workshop was asked for.

She also showed us a nearly finished piece of very delicate stitching.
Alison showed us some very pretty fairies that her and her daughters had made using feathers and bits and pieces.
She also brought a piece that had been made using squares cut and reassembled as different squares thus making very interesting patterns.
Paula loves weaving and she particularly enjoys colour and texture which you can see in this pretty sea green piece of weaving. 
 Agnes brought her beautiful embroidery based on the myth of Hades,  Persephone and gentians from a poem of D H Lawrence.
The embroidery depicts Hades with the door through which all shades must pass.
 Sandra showed us two samples of embroidery she had created on tea bags as a preliminary to June's meeting when the workshop will be on tea bag embroidery led by Sandra.
The first pieces will be worked on individual tea bags and members can attach anything they like to create a small picture/pattern/attractive texture: a bit like inchies. We were shown a piece made by gathering velvet and securing with stitch over frayed muslin.
The second piece was made by gluing opened tea bags to a piece of hand made paper, printed and then a flower appliqued on top.
 In between looking at members' embroideries the folio contents was spread out for us to look at and gain inspiration.

Thanks to everyone who took part and Alison for hosting the day.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Thread Bins Anne Cavell April Meeting 2019

Quite a few of our members had expressed an interest in making one of Anne's thread bins and so this month Anne led the workshop. A picture of Anne's thread bin is below and you can see that when not in use it can be twisted and folded flat.

 Member started by using the inner circle of a tambour ring and drawing two circles from cardboard and cutting them out for supports. Two larger circles were cut out in material, gathered and fitted over the card. The circles were joined wrong side together to make the base.
Anne's demonstration piece

 The two tubes [sewn at home] were fitted inside each other and attached to the base one tube at a time so that the material was the right side out.

 All members finished their thread bin and were able to take them home ready to use. They will find then jolly useful for collecting their cut threads.

However Anne had another string to her bow and had suggestions as to what members could do with their spare outer circle. She showed us how they could be used as a frame for a small embroidery. [see below]
 A big thank you to Anne for helping us make something which will be very useful.