Thursday, 15 June 2017

Beyond Repair Shelley Rhodes June Meeting 2017

This month we welcomed Shelley Rhodes who had come to inspire us with "Beyond Repair" loosely based on Japanese Boro work. 
She told us how she is fascinated with the life of a piece of cloth  with memories often contained within stains, tears and holes and how she tries to recreate some of this wear in her textiles.
Shelley set up a very attractive display of her work and another table with her sketchbooks samples and tools for us to borrow to distress our fabric/paper.

One of our group had brought some fabric which had been distressing on the line for 8 weeks and already contained holes tears and frayed edging!
We all started off by making holes, distressing paper and material using sharp implements, a wire-brush and a file! We then combined the two together to make some samples.

 After we had made  some samples we started to construct a piece of fabric made from distressed material and/or paper by attaching pieces with pins and moving them around until they were in a pleasing arrangement.

When we had arranged our pieces we started to stitch to integrate  the piece by matching colours and shapes on the piece.

Most of us got as far as starting the stitching and we took our pieces home to complete. It was a very enjoyable day and Shelley brought her own unique style  and creativity to the workshop. 
We took away with us a different way of working and looking at things which will help expand our own creative endeavours.
Thank you Shelley for a very enjoyable day.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Summer School June 2017

I drove to Clitheroe on Friday afternoon to join all the other members of the Embroiderers' Guild who were gathering at Waddow Hall, Lancashire, near Clitheroe, for a weekend of stitching and good food in the Lancashire countryside.
The tutors this year were Nicola Jervis, known for her modern take on crewel work and Kim Thittichai known for her hot textiles.
I was joining Kim,s group where we were going to try out a new non woven fabric Paint 'n' Bond which was really sheets of glue.

Kim showed us some of her pieces using Paint 'n' Bond which you can see below
We all set about painting and printing onto our Paint 'n Bond and once it had dried we ironed it onto cotton material or painted newsprint to produce some amazing patterns and designs.

We then added puff paint, embossing powder,coloured foil and stitch. We then ironed the Paint 'n' Bond to sheers.

We all took our samples home with a few more metres of Paint 'n Bond to play with at home and see what else we could do with it.

The other group was led by Nicola Jervis who has developed birds and a squirrel in a modern crewel work technique see below

The group chose which bird or squirrel they wished to embroider and then Nicola demonstrated the various stitches one at a time so they had covered all the stitches by the end of the weekend.

By the end of the weekend, the second group still had a lot of stitching to complete as they were working with fine threads and small patterns but I am sure they will all be finished over the next few months.
Summer School was as enjoyable as usual with great ideas, good food, good company and beautiful surroundings.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Waterlilies by Monet Joanna Henson May Meeting 2017

This month we started our Group Project based on the Painting Waterlilies by Monet. The workshop was led by Joanna Henson one of our own members. Joanna had cut a large picture of the painting into a 5 x 4 grid making 20 pieces of equal size.
Whole picture of Waterlilies by Monet

Close up of part of Waterlilies
Each member then chose one of the rectangles to recreate and embroider by any technique they chose.
When all 20 pieces are finished the painting will be put back together again to produce our embroidered version of Waterlilies.
Members worked on the background first and then applied stitch.

Backgrounds were made from wet felt, embellishing, painting, markal, sheers and a combination of some of these techniques. Stitch was then applied to enhance the surface and /or modify  the background colour.
All rectangles are at the "needing to be finished stage"and over the next few weeks members will complete their pieces and we are all waiting to see what the final piece looks like when reassembled.
A big thank you to Joanna for sorting out the picture in advance and then leading the workshop on the day.

One of the rectangles has been completed.
Can you tell which is the textile piece???????

Only 19 more pieces to go!

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Regional Day,,Lancaster April 22nd 2017

Eight of our members set off early on a bright, sunny, Saturday morning to arrive in Lancaster by 9 o'clock, in order to help Lancaster Branch with stewarding on Regional Day.
We had been allocated various jobs including raffle, tombola, competitions,traders and general help.
All the stewards were given red sashes to wear so that they could be picked out in a crowd.
The doors opened to members at 9:30 and people were welcomed with a drink, biscuit and a chance to chat with old friends.
In the morning there was a chance to do some shopping, play the raffle or tombola and  look at the beautiful textile work by Lancaster Branch, North Wales Young Embroiderers and the entries for the two competitions. 

Some of our members helping to steward below;

 Display of work by Lancaster Branch;
Competition Entries

Young Embroiderers

After very pleasant lunch with a beautiful view of Lancaster and the Bay we all made our way to the lecture theatre for a talk by Nicola Jervis.
Nicola gave a very informative and enlightening talk on her development as a textile artist and how she had developed her present work on birds with inspiration from William Morris.

After the talk prizes were given out and a goodbye and safe journey home was wished to all members.
It was a very enjoyable and interesting day and a big thank you goes to Lancaster Branch for organizing the day.