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.