Tecstiliau Meirionnydd Textiles

Advancing the Art and Craft of Textile Embellishment

June 2009 Workshop

Members attending the June meeting enjoyed the last of our Craft Extravaganza days for this 2.Clunie using  transfer crayons.year which had been organised by the group’s co-coordinator, Joan Robson. Our Chairman, Moragh Bradshaw began the day with a demonstration and talk on her experiences of using Transfer inks and crayons. Moragh had lots of samples to show of both products and showed a variety of ways that could be used in their application. Joan Robson then reinforced this and followed on with her own development of Transfer Crayons and Paper Bag Printing.

Joan then explain the method of Slashing, this was reinforced with samples and more suggestions of how to take this technique further. Couching was the next on the list and again Joan showed a selection of her own samples using a more modern approach to this technique. Members then spent the rest of the morning having a go at the techniques that had been covered.

Just before lunch members gathered to take a look at a selection of member’s textile pieces that would be going into local exhibitions during the month of July. Both Blaenau Ffestiniog and Dolgellau Libraries had invited our group to exhibit and give an insight into what our members produce from our meetings. 6.Beryl has a go with the glue gun.

After lunch Joan Robson gave a demonstration of creating an embellishment that could be added to a textile project using a Glue Gun and glue sticks. Members needed no encouragement to have a go and for the rest of the meeting they continued to experiment with all the ideas of the day. Another very busy and rewarding day was enjoyed by all the members attending.


More photos from the workshop can be seen on our Flickr page here


Funk Felters – May and June Meetings

In the May meeting members were encouraged to make pieces of felt in both white and coloured merino tops. It was suggested that around twelve to sixteen pieces be made before the next meeting. These pieces would then need to be gathered, tied, folded or scrunched in preparation for the June meeting.

The June meeting proved to be a very colourful meeting. Members brought in their pieces of prepared felt and dyed them using yellow, red and navy. Some of the pieces were over dyed using two or all three colours. Pam Ryan led the group on both occasions. These sessions came about after group members had seen a lovely piece of patchwork felt that Pam had previously made. Thank you Pam, for two wonderful days.

coloured felt tye dyed with navy white felt tye dyed with red, yellow and navy.

May Meeting 2009

Group members meet on both Saturday and Sunday in May. We had invited Liz Welch who has developed and specialises in using Friendly Plastic with Textiles. Liz gave a talk and demonstration on Saturday morning about her journey using this very exciting medium. The members were shown some wonderful samples, heard some colourful stories and were given a small taster of how simple it was to use this product. We really did not want Liz to stop as Friendly Plastic was so intriguing. After the talk we enjoyed a group buffet provided by the members attending.

2. Liz's use of Friendly Plastic ito embellish bags. 1. Liz's Friendly Plastic ATC's

On the Sunday a smaller group of members experienced a very busy day using all the methods that Liz had developed. There was a fully stocked shop available along with some of Liz’s jewellery items for sale. What more could a girl ask for. Liz kept us all very busy and everyone ended up with a delightful stash of treasure to take home. What a wonderful two days. Thank you Liz for such an experience. If you go to Liz’s blog, which is listed in ‘our blogs to visit list’ under Rarelizzie’s Blog, you will see some more photos along with a lovely write up about these two days.

4. Having a go with Liz's guidance. 3. How hot should the water be!

April Meeting 2009

The April meeting was an outstanding success. Led by the ever efficient Joan Robson a select number of members were encouraged to explore the diverse qualities of paper through making, moulding, manipulating and colouring samples.

We all came away buzzing with ideas and plans for further experimentation and development. The backgrounds and embellishments produced were a welcome addition to our own particular and individual store of useful treasures which will enhance our embroidery and card making projects.

After lunch, the making of SILK PAPER was clearly explained by Jane Price. Joan Robson then talked members through the method of dyeing with TEA BAGS and then demonstrated colouring fabric with Potassium Permanganate. To follow on, Joan then demonstrated how to print with a lemon juice paste onto the Potassium Permanganate fabric. Members then enjoyed having a go to print on fabric Joan had already previously prepared.

coloured paper Potassium Permanganate printed with lemon paste

Coloured Paper

Potassium Permanganate printed with lemon paste


fabric dyed with Tea Bags IMG_3129

Fabric dyed with tea bags


For more photos please see our Flickr page here