The programme for 2015 is now available, click the Programme tab at the top of the page and select Programme 2015. For information the programme for 2014 and 2013 is still available to view.
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.
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.
Autumn was definitely in the air as we arrived for our October meeting. Our raffle colour scheme was copper, rust and the fallen leaves of autumn and our gathering also reflected the warmth of these colours as we chatted and shared our skills during the day.
Our tutor today was Jane Price who is one of our members and is also on our committee. Jane is an excellent felt maker and our members today would experience just how enjoyable felting can be. They felted over a bar of soap, over a small rubber ball to create a flower and made the most beautiful round beads. All of these little treasures could be used to enhance any piece of textile work thus making the art of felting such a useful addition to an embroiderer’s skills.
Members that decided to work on their own worked on such things as needle lace, book wraps and tree decorations for Christmas. This small group of members had a little extra surprise as Pat our chairman gave them a very personal tutorial on using simple folds for making the spines for handmade books. Pages then would need to be added and these lovely books could then hold stitched samples, artwork or photos. What a very productive day was had by all.
There is something very special about a New Year and the group got off to a wonderful start under the guidance of Ann Edwards. Our ladies spent the day using tucks, folds and pleats to create both cornets and coronets. These techniques created delightful texture when working with fabric. Ann had a delightful display of work at one end of the hall to give inspiration on how these techniques could be used. There were boxes, cushions, bags and quilts. All of which had been beautifully finished with Ann’s clever use of colour, fabric and stitch. At the end of the day members had produced a stash of samples, a lovely Christmas tree hanging and lots of inspiration of things they could make. The handful of members who didn’t participate worked on their own with such things as hand embroidery and finishing off their Pipkin from the December meeting.
What a lovely ending to our year with Pat showing us how to make a Pipkin. As usual Pat had crossed all the t’s and dotted all of the i’s with delicious samples, an excellent demonstration along with patterns and a written recipe. You may be asking just what is a Pipkin? Well, it is a delightful small container that can be used to hold anything from a thimble to threads, a small gift, a chocolate, jewellery or may be your small change. When completed you simply hold the top and the bottom of the Pipkin, simply squeeze to open to expose whatever treasure has been placed inside. During the meeting we were also treated to a lovely exhibition of items that had been completed during 2013. The meeting today was just what everyone needed as it gave us all a break from the stress and preparation of Christmas.