Sunday, 26 February 2017
She always takes her spinning wheel with her when she gives a talk or workshop.
Jude passed round many of the yarns she has spun from various animals, which as well as the various breeds of sheep, include llamas, alpaca,mohair and dog hair. Some of her commissions are from people who want the hair from their pet sheep or dogs spun and woven.
Then she chose another decorative yarn, and span the two together
Jude gave us this for someone to make into an interesting article.
This is one of the many impressive pieces made by Jude.
It was a revelation to see and feel how varied were the colours and textures to be found in sheep's wool. A really interesting talk and demonstration.
Unfortunately for me I will be away for the next meeting, when the talk will be about the Leek Embroideries. I had really been looking forward to it.
Tuesday, 11 October 2016
My Life in Stitches.
We were treated this month to a wealth of stitches in the work of this week's speaker.
Sue has been teaching embroidery and textile art for many years, and dyes fabrics and threads for sale as well as using them in her own work. Some of the threads can be seen in front of Leslie.
This is a detail of a beautifully dyed silk scarf.
As well as all the traditinal types of embroidery, such as counted stitch, crewel and gold work to name just a few, Sue loves to experiment and try many new media and techniques.
I love this piece using paper over wire shapes
Monday, 12 September 2016
A visit to Merseyside
In August, Mary and I spent an enjoyable day with members of the Merseyside branch for a workshop with Richard Box.
We started off in a large group with scissors and glue, a piece of hessian, and scraps of fabric.
I had the best seat in the house.
After that we went on to machine embroidery. Mary and I had a few teething problems with the embroidery feet
But finally ,success!
After that we began hand stitching
Some of the glued bits weren't easy to get the needle through.
Here is a completed version of a similar piece.
At the end of the afternoon we had a show and tell, and a chance to buy kits and D.V.Ds
This is a photo of a watercolour painting owned by Sandra. She thought it would be a good subject for an embroidery, so, after getting permission from the painter's son a small group of us set to work. After enlarging the photograph, we coloured a building each by painting them onto white cotton with Inktense and Koh-i-noor paints and crayons, then using collage and hand and machine embroidery, we attached them to a firmer background.
The sky was airbrushed onto white cotton, missing out the multi-story building in the background, and all the pieces were appliqued on.
The geese, which gave the area it's name, have been re-located, but we decided to put them back. The passers by are Sandra's grandchildren and Leslie.