Monday, 12 September 2016

Richard Box Workshop.

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

Goose Green

Group Embroidery

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 embroiderywe 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.

Friday, 9 September 2016

Summer Break

National Stitch Day

This year we had a pleasant day stitching in "The Cafe in the Park", which is in Stamford park Altrincham. We had a room at the back of the cafe with tea and very nice cakes conveniently to hand.

  We were embroidering leaves for our Capability Brown exhibition at Tatton Park, to be held next year

These visitors were admiring our embroidery of houses on Goose Green, a local landmark.