Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Have Sewing Machine will Travel

Liz Ward, a trained art teacher, entertained us with her tales of her life living in Kenya, Nepal and Oman. She brought many samples of her work. She loves gardening and this is often apparent in her work. Using whatever fabrics were available to her at the time, including cutting up curtains and sheets, she created large appliqu├ęd pieces. It just goes to show that no matter where you are and with limited resources you can always find a way to release you inner creativity.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Fiona Wilson Workshop

We all had a fun filled day with Fiona creating a number of 3-D stitch techniques. There was certainly no time to get bored as we packed in lots of different samples to take home and extend further if we wished. We pleated, smocked, stuffed and rolled! Here are some of the samples produced on the day.

Fiona's samples

More of Fiona's samples
Some of the group's samples

To see more of Fiona’s work and visit her blog click on the link below.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

The Quaker Tapestry

Heather Goodall , a Quaker herself, gave a fascinating insight into the history of the Quakers. She had charming stories and snippets of information to go with the slides of the tapestry panels.
The idea for the Quaker Tapestry started when a young boy, attending a children’s class at a Quaker meeting, suggested a series of pictures to decorate the room. His teacher was Anne Wynn-Wilson, an accomplished embroiderer. She then decided upon a number of large tapestry panels depicting the Quaker story and beliefs. The same methods and stitches were used as in the Bayeux tapestry. A new stitch was also developed for the lettering and was named the Quaker stitch.
Work started in 1981 and was completed in 1996. More than 4,000 men, women and children in 15 countries helped create the 77 panels.

 The tapestry is housed in Kendal and is well worth a visit.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Members' Day

We had a lovely day yesterday creating jewellery and experimenting with the branch's newly purchased embellishing machine. Paula taught paper bead making and Irene ran a workshop on making brooches using paper and felt. Margaret and Heather also demonstrated using the embellishing machine and making macrame and bead bracelets.
Paula's necklaces and beads created by members

Felt and paper brooches
Sample made on the embellishing machine using wool tops and other fabrics

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Paper Stitch Print

May's speaker was Vivienne Brown. She has spoken at the branch before and as expected she gave a very informed and interesting talk on her work. She particularly focused on her work with stitch and paper and explained some of the processes she uses.
Her work has recently been on display at the Bankfield museum.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Surface Stitch

Ann's sample

 At the end of last month we had an interesting workshop with Ann Holden. Who could have thought you could achieve so many different effects using just one stitch! Ann brought along lots of samples for us to see and then proceeded to show different variations of simple stitches. Her clear instructions meant that everyone went away with various samples. She also showed us how to make a fabric concertina book to put our samples in. A most enjoyable workshop.
Some of the samples created on the day

A finished sample

Sample page from Ann's book

Sample page from Ann's book