Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Dandy Birds Bev Cavender November 2017

This month our workshop was led by Bev Cavender on Dandy Birds which were developed by Maggie Hickman Smith. Bev had made lots of the birds in a variety of fabrics and finishes.[See Below] The birds looked cheeky and full of character and we were ready to have a go at making our own!

From the pattern given to us by Bev,  we cut out the pieces in our fabrics.
We  cut four pieces for the feet and sewed two together with some stiffening between the material. Then we made a second foot.

 For the legs we wrapped ribbon/material around two twisted pipe cleaners.
 We made a special fold for the beak and then placed it in the body seam as we sewed the body. This caused a lot of hilarity as some of us muddled our back, front and top and bottom with some peculiarly placed beaks!!!!

 We then stuffed the body pushed the legs inside and  sewed the hole.The bird was finished with a big stitch through the body to give it shape and the eyes and feet  finished it off.

 We had great fun making our birds and they are definitely the dandiest birds ever seen!

A big thank you to Bev for showing us how to make Dandy Birds, letting us have fun and sending us home with a finished item!!!!!!!


Please remember the Christmas competition is a Dandy Bird!!!!!

Friday, 22 September 2017

Embroiderers' Guild Collection Sue Widden September 2017

This month we had our A.G.M. in the morning, followed by an early lunch, and then set up the room ready for our presentation on the Guild's collection.
Sue arrived complete with projector, computer and memory stick ready to go.

 The pieces ranged from the 15C to the 21C and were mainly English in origin.

 Sue informed us that originally embroidery was a pastime carried out by the upper classes of both sexes and it was not until later that the middle classes both men and women began embroidering.

 It was later still when embroidery became a mainly female occupation.

Sue told us a small amount of information about each piece and the members found it very interesting how embroidery had developed over the centuries.

 The members were so interested that Sue showed us a few extra photographs.
A big thank you to Sue for showing us the presentation and a look at some of the pieces the Guild holds.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

National Stitch Day Saturday 5th August 2017

As part of National Stitch Day a group of our members took some stitching to the library in Grange with a mission to promote embroidery and textiles. 
The theme was butterflies and we took some butterflies to stitch and a few completed ones.

 We had a few people who were quite interested in stitching and expressed an interest in possibly joining our group.
Thank you to our members who helped on this day.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Stitching on Felt Sue Tyldesley July 2017

This month our workshop was led by Sue Tyldesley one of our own members on absorbing stitch into felt during the felting process and adding more stitch and embellishment when the felt is dry.
Sue brought some lovely examples with her which you can see below.

Sue demonstrated how to make felt from scratch and how to apply a piece of embroidery which had been worked on dissolvable and/or sheer and could be felted into the piece.
Members began by laying out their fibres for the background
Some members added a piece of embroidery others laid out a picture as the last layer and then the fibres were wet felted together by friction.

Some of the felt was stitched into while wet.
As the felting process was completed members started to add more stitching and other forms of embellishment to their pieces.
We will then be able to add some completed felt pictures to the site.

Felting is always popular partly because of the tactile experience and partly because of the wonderful array of colours.
Thank you Sue for introducing us to a different way of adding stitch to felt and for converting a few more people to the joys of hand made felt.
Members went home very keen to finish their piece all thanks to Sue for her clear instructions.