Tecstiliau Meirionnydd Textiles

Advancing the Art and Craft of Textile Embellishment

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.

Felting with Jane Price on October 19th 2013

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.

Pipkins with Pat Gibson – December 14th 2013.

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.

Creative Surfaces with Carol Mcfee July 20th/21st 2013

When we all arrived for this two day workshop with Carol we had no idea just how enjoyable it would be. Firstly the display of Carol’s work was so amazing and colourful. Then Carol’s work table was filled to overflowing with paint, brushes, inks, molding paste, masks, stencils, wallpaper, scrim, calico, lutrador and so much more.

Carol began our journey by showing us all how to apply molding paste to lutrador, calico and scrim using masks, stencils and stamps. It was such a simple application to do that in no time we had loads of samples drying all over the floor. Carol next showed us how to combine fabrics using PVA glue, add in a selection of stitches and then molding paste was applied to random areas using a stencil. It was also suggested that we considered using the same application to an artist box canvas. Time went so quickly and it was soon 4pm. As you can imagine the room was now overflowing with so many samples. Reluctantly we all had to go home but we left with the hope that tomorrow would come round quickly.

We arrived for our second day to find our samples were dry. Carol began by guiding us through the colouring mediums that she uses. We were then shown how to give a background coat of acrylic paint to the calico, scrim and some of the lutrador samples. We then returned to our own workspace to background colour our own. Next followed a demonstration of how to create a lace effect to the uncoloured lutrador samples we had left. Here heat was applied using a heat gun and the areas without the molding paste reacted and left a lacy effect that was to die for. Care and control was needed and soon success filled every inch of the room as this lacy effect was magical.

Carol ended by showing us how to colour our lacy lutrador pieces and also how to build up colour by dry brushing acrylic paint with quite a number of layers on the samples we had background coloured.  The whole experience was very fulfilling as we had all achieved such unbelievable pieces of work using techniques that were so very simple. It will be exciting to see in future months the development of the pieces that have been created from this wonderful experience.