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.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Continuous Landscape Anne Covell April Meeting 2017

This month we made a start on our Chairperson's Challenge, A Continous landscape, led by Anne Covell one of our own members. A few of us had made one before but this new landscape was a different size and using different materials.
Anne had brought with her some of the older ones to show how they fitted together in a line and therefore the measurements needed to be accurate. See Below
 This time the instructions said to use vilene and paint the background.Anne suggested we marked the measurements down the side and then apply water and paint so that there was some flowing of paint to give a softer look.
Because the piece was bigger than we needed we could then choose the piece we liked best and cut to size. 
When dry we chose the piece we were going to stitch into by using a window.

 Anne then suggested various techniques for adding interest to the piece, applying sheers,trees from hessian fibres, couching and embroidering over the top to name just a few.

 Most of us only got as far as stitching or trying out ideas by placing fibres over the top but we all went away quite happy to finish off at home and hopefully when we bring them back they will all fit beautifully together because of our accurate measurements!
A big thank you to Anne for leading us through the instructions, making packs for us and offering us creative ideas to complete the landscape.
If you were not there on Tuesday and would like to make a landscape Anne still has some packs left price £1 if you would like to contact her.
Thank you once again to Anne and we are all looking forward to seeing them placed together. 

One of our members has finished her continuous landscape and it looks a bit lonely on its own so as soon as some more are finished we can try and fit them together!

We now have a few more completed and they are beginning to look wonderful. Keep on sewing!

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Making the most of your Threads! Agnes Halliwell March Meeting 2017

This month our meeting was led by one of our own members Agnes Halliwell.
 Agnes is a very experienced stitcher and has a wealth of experience to pass on to us about using threads in unusual ways.
She wanted us to gain experience of the effects that can be produced when using threads in a variety of different ways and then be able to apply them in our own work producing the effect we wanted.
She brought a range of samples, instructions books and finished embroideries using a range of methods to inspire us.[see below]

Agnes began by demonstrated coiling or making a shape with a thread, applying PVA glue, letting it dry so it retained the shape, after which  it could be applied to a surface or used as a dangling trim to complete an embroidery. [See thread shapes drying below]

 Next we were provided with a piece of canvas and by wrapping threads in a sheer and passing them through the holes a variety of colourful organic shapes were made. [see below]

We were then shown how to manipulate threads by twisting splitting and ruching the plies. [See below]

Members thoroughly enjoyed the day and went home with samples and the knowledge to experiment and use a wider variety of threads and methods in their work.
A big thank you goes to Agnes for carefully planning the day and inspiring us to experiment more with our use of threads.
The day was enjoyed so much and Agnes did not get through all she had planned that members have requested a Part 2 next year.
Thank you Agnes and we look forward to Part 2.