Monday, 10 December 2018

All Things Christmas

We have been having some Christmas fun over the last few weeks.

Earlier this month we spent a day at our local library making Christmas decorations with children which was great fun.

We had a lovely Christmas lunch last Saturday and there were lots of competition entries. The challenge was to create a piece of work incorporating a shell. What a amazing array of creative pieces.

The winning entry by Stephanie Mawdsley    
After lunch Anne Russell treated us to a demonstration of how to make a Christmas posy. The posy was then raffled and one lucky member got to take it home.
Anne and the lucky winner

A beautiful Christmas Posy

Saturday, 4 August 2018

National Stitch Day

We had a lovely sunny day at Harlow Carr Gardens to sit and stitch. We had an exhibition of members' work - Hearts and Flowers. As well as our work we ran a make and take heart themed card. This proved to be very popular, especially with children. There was lots of positive feedback from the public. We may even get some new members!

Monday, 11 June 2018

Regional Day

Several branch members attended the Regional day at Riccall. We had 2 excellent speakers.
Serena Partridge's work has to be seen to appreciate the intricacy of the tiny scale of her work.

In the afternoon, Nicola Jarvis talked to us about her work inspired by May Morris (the lesser known daughter of William Morris) Trained at the Royal School of Needlework, Nicola is well known for her kits inspired by William and May Morris. She has also worked in the fashion industry (she helped to create the lace for the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress)

As well as the speakers, there were trade stalls and lots of competition entries to see:-

                                         Votes for Women - Challenge Cup

William Morris Inspired

                                                                     Children's Entries

                                                       Flower beginning with H


Saturday, 14 April 2018

A Stitch in Line

How do you like your lines? Straight or curved? Horizontal or vertical?
Our speaker today -Rachael Singleton- took us on a journey through the time-line of her ever developing work. Art has played an important role in her life from an early age. With two creative parents she has explored lots of creative arts such as ceramics, art journaling as well as embroidery.
She now works in mixed media textiles mixing papers and fabrics with stitch. Rather than getting bogged down in creating the perfect piece of embroidery, she is more interested in creative thinking, working with ideas.
We even learnt a new word - commingle - to mix or blend. She likes to commingle her colours.
Half way though her talk she gave us all a task. Using a triangular piece of paper we had to create a 3d form ( no creasing allowed)

Our structures made from a triangle of paper
Rachael creates both 2d and 3d pieces. A very talented and inspirational lady.

Beautiful pods created from paper with added stitch and fibres

Sketchbook pages and felt piece based on stones

To learn more about her and see more of her work follow the link below.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Under African Skies

Our speaker this month was Magie Relph, famous for her beautiful African fabrics. Magie travels to Africa to purchase hand dyed, batik and hand printed fabrics which she then brings back to England to sell in her shop. She talked to us about the different techniques used and introduced us to the talented makers and their families. As well as a slide show she brought lots of samples for us to see. It was a fascinating and colourful talk.

 To find out more about Magie and her lovely fabric visit her website

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Folk art Inspiration

Sarah Jackson, a talented textile artist, talked to us about how she uses folk art as an inspiration for her work.  She brought lots of examples of her work and interesting artefacts for us to see.  Her stimulus comes from the folk art from many countries but she has a particular passion for Russian folk art (having studied Russian at university and also lived in Russia for a while) She often uses vintage table linen and recycled materials in her work, painting and dyeing the fabric to alter its appearance.

Her grandmother (Winifred Taylor) taught her to stitch and as a lasting memory to her Sarah named her business after her. So if you want to find out more about Sarah’s work follow the link below.