Sunday, 16 October 2016

Captain Rummage

Yesterday our planned speaker had to cancel but “Captain Rummage” stepped in at short notice and entertained us. Chris Powell, also known as Captain Rummage, gave a highly entertaining and informative talk about Harrogate’s community scrap store – The Cone Exchange. Over 20 years ago, when Chris was working at Bettys and Taylors tea factory, a young boy on a factory tour asked if he could take home a waste cotton cone to make an angel for Christmas. Word spread and within a few weeks 500 angels had been made and sold with the proceeds going to charity.

Chris then started to look for other items of waste that could be re-used for crafts for children. The company then continued to grow and now numerous schools collect items for recycling such as mobile phones and then exchange them for craft materials.

Some of the scrap is also used to make items for sale at shows and fairs.

If you have never been to the store it is well worth a visit. I guarantee you will not leave empty handed. And of course if you have any fabrics or other materials you would like to recycle then Chris would be glad of any donations as all money raised goes to charities.

To find out more visit The Cone Exchange website

Monday, 29 February 2016

Stitched Papar Collage

We had a great workshop with Anne Brooke last Saturday. Lots of paper was torn and cut  and then stitched to create a large variety of collage pieces. Anne demonstrated each stage of the process , throughout the day ending up with her own collaged picture.

Anne's collaged picture created during the workshop

 Collaged pictures at various stages of completion. Looking forward to seeing them fully stitched .
To see more of Anne's work visit her website

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Needles and more

How many of you have a favourite needle that you like to use? Did you know that needles wear out and that we should always start a project with a new needle and probably change it several times during the making of a piece of work?
Karen Perry gave us a very informative talk on needles and of course we all had to buy new ones for our projects. Karen works for John James Needles, a company synonymous with the very best of needle manufacture, quality and reliability. 

Jacqui also brought in her pieces for the fire screen for the Fountains Exhibition. Hope they will inspire you to create your own 2” x 3” pieces for the screen.

Monday, 11 January 2016

Christmas competition

It's like the buses, I don't blog for ages and then do 2 in one evening.
I wasn't able to go to the Christmas lunch but I do have photos of a few of the competition entries - Inchies in red and gold.

Just a few of the inchie entries

The winning inchie

No the cup is not large, the little book is only 1" x 1"

 Also the raffle was drawn and the lucky winner of the collaborative quilt made by members was Irene Earl.

Members’ Day

We made a good start on work towards the Capability Brown festival. As our exhibition will be at Fountains Abbey we began by looking at images from the Abbey with particular reference to the landscape. We plan to produce a collaborative piece with as many contributions from members as possible. If you would like to join in the fun you can create a small panel (or several) 2” by 3” portrait in any technique or medium you like.

Reference materials plus initial sketches

Finished 2" x 3" panel - Tile detail from Abbey floor

Another finished panel of one of the many follies