Monday, 31 December 2012

Christmas Hearts

Apologies for the late posting but illness, work, family and general Christmas madness got in the way. Anyway better late than never!
Earlier this month we had our Christmas lunch. Everyone brings a dish and then we all tuck into a lovely lunch. As per tradition we had a Christmas competition and this year we had to make a heart. Lots of different techniques were used and it was very difficult to choose a winner. Here are this year’s enters for the competition. 

The winning heart

For a change we decided to run a mini workshop after the meal to make a Christmas tree bird decoration. These little birds can be made very quickly if you choose not to decorate them with stitch but as we are a group of embroiderers this was never going to happen! Hence no birds were actually finished on the day but hopefully some of them made it to a Christmas tree on time!

Completed sample bird

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Finished Boxes

Here are some of the finished boxes from the Rachel Lombard workshop.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

A Journey in Stitches

Victoria MacLeod gave a stimulating talk at our November meeting. She took us on a journey of her work from the start to present day. She talked about how attending various workshops and completing different courses has influenced her work. 

One of Victoria's early pieces

Mixed media piece

Stitched DIY!

Victoria often works in groups of 3

More mixed media using unusual items

Saturday, 10 November 2012

From Scraps to Stitched Characters

Maggie Smith was our speaker at the October meeting. She brought a wonderful selection of stitched dolls. Maggie is interested in ballet, film, costume and fashion and this shows in her work. Each doll is unique with its own special story and characteristics.
A small selection of Maggie's dolls

Little Sailors

African inspired dolls      

To see more of Maggie's dolls visit her website - Haversham Dolls

To see more of Maggie's other textiles visit - stitchprint

Monday, 8 October 2012

Contemporary Box Making

We had a fantastic day last month with Rachel Lombard making boxes. The method used was very straightforward, using card to stiffen the sides, base and lid. Rachel also gave us lots of ideas for decorating the box. Although we didn’t manage to complete the boxes on the day we had a lot of fun and I look forward to seeing the finished results soon!

A completed box