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.

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.

A finished interpretation of "Beyond Repair"