Tecstiliau Meirionnydd Textiles

Advancing the Art and Craft of Textile Embellishment

QUILTY, PAINTY LANDSCAPES with Stevie Walker April19th 2014

Stevie began by showing us how to create a simple line drawing from a landscape picture using tracing paper and a pencil. We were then shown a few ways of just how we could transfer the line drawing onto fabric. Stevie also explained the fabric sandwich that we would need in an embroidery frame to begin to stitch. We were then all treated to a demonstration of how to free motion machine the simple lines and add in elements such as trees, hedgerows and flowers. It was wonderful just sitting there and watching that simple landscape appear before our eyes.

Then it was up to us to have a go and within a few minutes there was a purring of the many sewing machines in the room. Stevie had advised us to take regular breaks and just have a walk around the room. This was such a good idea and the bonus was that we could see everyone’s landscape developing.

After lunch we were given a demonstration of how to colour our stitched landscapes using acrylic ink. For most of our members this was the exciting part as we were let loose with the ink. After a short while Stevie made us all sit down again as she needed to explain about the simple hand stitches she applied after the ink had dried. We then had a show and tell about the finished pieces of work that she had brought with her.

The meeting concluded with a show and tell of the landscapes we had been working on. We had all done very well and some members had nearly completed TWO pieces. Again, some of our members that had decided to work on something on their own worked on beading and different types of embroidery.


A PORTFOLIO OF STITCHED TECHNIQUES with Alison Holt March 15th 2014

We all began with our sewing machines threaded up, a correct material sandwich in an embroidery hoop and our feed dogs down. All of us were now ready to set off on a journey to create the elements needed for a woodland scene.

During this session we would only be using the straight and zigzag stitches on our sewing machines. Alison demonstrated different types of trees, foliage, ferns, bluebells, foxgloves, daffodils and snowdrops. It looked so easy and within minutes members sewing machines were purring away. We were all provided with clear, simple and helpful instruction that were both visual and written.

At the end of the day everyone had the knowledge of just how to create a woodland scene the Alison way. A few members not taking part in the machine embroidery worked on something of their own, things such as beading, hand embroidery

and experimenting with paper.


The group has both materials and equipment for members to use when we meet. So, our meeting today would be to have a play with these items and put them to good use.

Members had fun using our Big Shot Die Cutting Machine with the help of Hilary, we spent time cutting out shapes in various thicknesses of fabric, paper and also fun foam to make stamps with. Some members played with our soldering iron and others under the guidance of Pat had a go with Markal Sticks. This sort of a day gives everyone a chance to have a go, to learn from just simply experimenting and have some of our more experienced members there for guidance. Everyone at the end of the meeting had a lovely pile of goodies to take home.