Tecstiliau Meirionnydd Textiles

Advancing the Art and Craft of Textile Embellishment

Layer Cake with Jeanette McCulloch / June 15th 2013.

This was Jeanette’s second visit to our group. Just by simply taking a glance around the things that Jeanette had brought with her, we knew the day was going to be VERY COLOURFUL.

Jeanette explained and demonstrated each process step by step. Firstly, we were shown how to colour an artist canvas with acrylic paint. Jeanette then demonstrated a number of ways to colour tissue paper using acrylic paint and inks. Stamps were now added to the mix and this was a good means of applying an image. The use of masks and stencils were considered and this allowed us to change part or all of a surface. Other papers could be added to the mix such as wrapping paper, wallpaper, parcel tags, serviettes, doilies, photocopies, really anything could be given a go. Next came the fun part as the prepared papers now need to be either torn or cut. The papers then had to be arranged on the dry prepared canvas, some needed overlapping and some not. This is where the title “layer cake” comes from. Then all that was left to do was to secure the paper pieces with diluted PVA glue.
This was quite a lot of techniques to take onboard but it was to be the beginning of a very colourful experience. Everyone made a start and each table was full of paint, palettes and brushes. In no time at all, the hall floor was almost covered in wonderful painted papers. Later on in the morning Jeanette demonstrated something new, a Gelli Plate. This would give another way of colouring paper and was a way of mono printing. Those that used the Gelli plate took to it quite quickly and it gave some mouth watering results. Again even more papers to be placed on the hall floor to dry. Jeanette spent the afternoon giving advice on the composition of each canvas and just before the end we were treated to a lovely display of the work that had been done. Yet another day without any needles and threads to be seen.
Those members who had joined the day to do their own thing worked on smocking, knitting, hand embroidery and making a teddy bear. This was just the sort of day we all needed, simply the medicine to cheer us up after the dull wet days we were experiencing.


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Members can still attend the meeting and just do their own thing. The photo  shows some of the things those members had brought along to do. Things like smocking on a child’s dress, it was stunning and made us all wish we were around six years old again. Another member was applying machine embroidery to layers of fabric and one of these layers would you believe was a piece of knitting. The finished fabric was then slashed and then made into a very mouth watering bag.  Some beautiful beadwork pieces were being worked. Hand embroidery was being applied to a hand made felt bag. Some lovely fine wool was being knitted into a prayer shawl.  Also, stitching into paper to embellish cards was being done. Everyone was working on something very different.

A Day with Margaret Roberts (Digital Gran) / May 19th 2013

This was a day where we discarded our needles and thread and took to our laptops to learn with Maggie just how to convert graphics into textiles. Maggie guided each member so carefully through the programme they had chosen to work with. Everyone had regular breaks during the day which is so essential and this gave the members time to be able to have a really good look through all of the wonderful samples and folders that Maggie had in her display of unfinished /finished work. It was lovely for the members to see just how Maggie had developed the original design source into an end product.  For most of the day the whole room was so quiet and by the end of our day you could understand why. Each member had created a selection of lovely designs and had the knowledge to continue as Maggie had been so patient. Everyone had also been given written instructions relevant to the programme they had chosen to use. This rounded the whole experience as Maggie had produced very simple instructions that would be easy to follow and a good reminder of what had been shown throughout the day. What a lovely experience and with no stitching in sight.

Silk Painting with Jayne Huskisson / April 20th 2013.

Painting on silk is Jayne’s primary specialization and our members were guided throughout the day on this exciting technique. Jayne herself just loves the use of bright colour, the simplicity of line and then placing a contemporary twist to her chosen design. As you can see in the photo below the table is just full of colourful samples. Jayne is very much inspired by our beautiful Welsh landscape and lives on the Isle of Anglesey. Members spent a very busy and enjoyable day and the results of their efforts will be recorded later on in the year allowing them a little more creativity time. So just watch this space.


Transfer Printing with Pat Gibson / March 16th 2013.

Pat began by explaining the mediums you could use to transfer colour onto fabric, disperse dyes, transfer crayons and transfer paints. These mediums would need to be applied onto paper such as photocopy paper, tissue, kitchen roll, really have a go with any paper. The fabric needed when using these mediums would be a man made or a percentage man made to natural fibre. Pat demonstrated how to get textured backgrounds with the mediums and how salt creates a lovely effect when added to the wet surface. With the transfer crayons you could do rubbings for lovely effects. Using stamps to create designs and items such as leaves and feathers to create a resist. The resist items could be reused as the medium had been applied to them. When these papers were dry they could be torn or punched into shapes to be added to another painted background. You would also need to remember to reverse any words or letters if you were to use them. The rest of the morning was taken up with applying the mediums to paper and then during lunch our papers would have time to dry. At the beginning of the afternoon Pat showed us how to transfer these mediums onto fabric. A dry iron was needed at the hottest setting. Your transfer paper and fabric needed to be sandwiched between two pieces of baking parchment. This protects both the iron and the ironing surface. Net, leaves, strips and paper shapes from another piece of transfer paper can be added in the mix as a resist. You would not believe how wonderful it was to watch Pat iron. After Pat had demonstrated some of the many ways she used her transfer papers we were let lose again to have a go. At the end of the afternoon all of the excess mediums were applied to more paper so none of the medium was wasted. What a super day overflowing again with wonderful ideas when using these mediums.

A Day working with Angelina Fibres / February 9th 2013.

This in-house workshop was led by Pat Gibson who is the Chairman of our group. Pat explained that Angelina was originally produced for the Electronic Industry and also now for the Textile Industry. It comes in HOT FIX, STANDARD and CRYSTALINA. Pat began the day by showing us some of the many ways she uses this medium. Simply placing the Angelina fibers between baking parchment and ironing with a wool setting, you then create a fine and delicate shimmer fabric. We were then shown how to trap various things like skeleton leaves, dried flowers, thread scraps of fabric and silk tops within the Angelina. This creation could then be applied to Bond-a-web, cut or punched out into shapes that could then be applied to a fabric background.  The Angelina fabric could also be simply cut up into strips and woven. Texture can be created by ironing the fibres onto a wooden stamp or by burning into the fabric with a soldering iron. Pat also demonstrated how to create a fabric using silk carrier rods and gummed cocoon stripping.  Pat had stamped a design onto this fabric and had also got samples where she had taken it through her printer to again add a design. These methods were then embellished with stitching to create texture. This was such an exciting day to start our year as we all left with lots of samples and many ideas of what we could get up.