Tecstiliau Meirionnydd Textiles

Advancing the Art and Craft of Textile Embellishment

October 2009 Workshop

Seven members enjoyed a magical day creating a pair of fairy slippers with a return visit from Marion Wagstaff as our tutor. We were greeted with a lovely display of fairy slippers, felt and sheers in every colour, threads, beads and an excellent handout with step by step instructions in both writing and pictures.

 1. Marion's fairy slippers  5. Lesley's fairy slippers

Marion began by showing us her very unique way of producing the basic slipper shapes with the use of a fine tipped soldering iron. This method also fused the different layers of fabric together so we were all off to a very quick start. Silence was golden as we all concentrated and worked none stop. The embellishing of the slippers was the next step and Marion was at hand with lots of advice and ideas. Before assembling these small treasures the surface that would be the inside the slippers had to be painted with acrylic paint and allowed to dry. Marion then explained just how she stitched the  slippers together and by the time the class had come to an end most members had completed their pair. What an enchanting day.

7. The slippers we made on the day 6. Shirley's Fairy slippers

Other members attending the meeting had a most enjoyable day in the other room. There was a very colourful display of members 3D work , lots of chatting, Pat had brought her thread shop along and most members worked on their own projects. In all of our meetings our textile successes and failures are shared and most times any problems we have are solved.

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