Please note that there are spaces on the following workshops.
On the 8th September Kate Findlay's workshop is entitled "Waterlilies" at the Community Church
Two successful events to report for June. Our speaker Gail Lawther not only addressed our Wednesday evening audience but she also held a workshop the previous day. The title was Doodle Birds and Doodle Bugs and was enjoyed by those who attended. They picked up valuable tips as well as producing their bonded applique designs.
On Wednesday Gail explained the development of her style of applique including her method of stained glass patchwork. She brought lots of examples of her designs which we were able to examine closely at the end of the talk. It was interesting to hear how she developed her techniques and designs.
Our June Speaker is Gail Lawther. Her talk is entitled Birds of a Feather.
She began working full-time in fabric and thread about 20 years ago and can't imagine a better way to earn her living. She designs and stitches quilts for books and patterns and also creates larger pieces on commission.She travels all round the UK and further afield, giving talks about her quilts and teaching workshops and several times each year she does residential workshops in different places.
Indian Kantha embroidery was the topic for our May meeting with local guest textile artist Gill Greany.
Gill had collected many varied samples to show us and explain their origins and traditional patterns almost exclusively using straight stitches.
Some of us who had previously tried this technique were intrigued to see how fine and small the stitches were even on large areas of fabric. Often two old saris were stitched back to back in an over-all pattern. If contrasting colours were colours were used for each sari and thread the two sides of the finished piece could result in surprisingly different effects.
Many members then enjoyed a mini practical session in which they tried their hands at a chosen design using these tiny stitches which led at least to the beginning of some lovely pictures.
Fabrics brought by Julie Chapman were also a delight and temptation for many!
West Bengali Kantha
Old Saris joined together with overall patterns
We look forward to welcoming Gill Greaney a local textile artist, who you may know as the lady with the yurt. After a short talk on kantha stitching, Gill will be running a mini workshop on Indian embroidery, which we hope you will join in with. Materials for the workshop will be provided for those who book beforehand (charged at £2) so please reserve your place. You will need the following sewing equipment - fabric marker, ruler, embroidery thread, scissors, needle if you wish to take part.
The speaker at our April meeting, Phillipa Naylor, acknowledged that one of the requisites of her visit was to entertain. I think we all agreed that she certainly did that! The format of the meeting was a Question and Answer session but it was so much more.
We learnt about the development, over lockdown, of her on-line classes which have become popular not only in this country but many countries around the world. There were plenty of examples to see of quilts including miniatures but also original clothing designs.
Those who know Phillipa's work and have been to her classes before will know how precise she is with preparations, instructions and her finishing.
She full answered not only prepared questions but also ones from individuals in the audience on a wide range of topics giving very specific details and lots of tips.