Members came together for a rather different meeting in August. The meeting started with a goodie bag swap which would be followed by a mini challenge for those members who were interested. Nearly everyone came with a goodie bag that contained items from the following, fabric, threads, beads, buttons, ribbon, paper and anything that could prove to be useful. This goodie bag was then swapped with another member’s goodie bag. The room was filled with great excitement and it felt just like Christmas. Each bag was such a wonderful surprise and members found that they now had a surprise colour scheme as well as items that they may not have worked with before.
Our mini challenge that was to follow was not compulsory and some members chose to work their swap on another occasion. The members that were taking on the mini challenge were asked to create a 4inch by 4inch piece of work using any technique in either hand or machine stitching.
Walking around the room at intervals during the rest of the day proved very interesting as everyone had a completely different approach to their own piece. Some pieces where manipulated, some collaged and some had used appliqué. There were couched threads, along with various hand stitches and applied beads. Each one was developing into a delightful MASTERPIECE.
These members could then take their masterpiece to the next step and use it on a final piece for our Christmas competition which is held in the December meeting. So you will need to watch this space to see what develops from this unusual meeting.