Sunday, 15 April 2018

April ''No Showers here''

 Individuality is everywhere...
New baby due in Jude's family so a new patchwork quilt is the order of the day
 Lillian and Pat continued with their work begun with Stevie Walker
Pat enjoying her figure in layered cut work to add to the Stevie Walker project
Colour books - Gillian translated a printed page into a stitched page of stitches
A great idea to discover how to achieve texture with hand embroidery
How lovely is this stitched page of hot colours?
Teabag continuation ... blue and brown ... a great combination
Pages of seasons by Pat
Joy is working on one of her favourite subjects - ceramics for inspiration - stunning copper and turquoise
Joy painting - ceramic vase project
New project introduction for June and July -
We all brought in at least one hand made book to share with the group
So many techniques and ideas
Fabric and paper pages galore

The new book project is to be a way of using up our UFO's, our printed papers and fabrics
Other work continued
Ruth's patchwork - tumbling blocks - USA style

Annie's crazy patchwork with the addition of trees
Kay's hand embroidery for a forthcoming wedding
Margaret Biggs - blue and brown again
Group discussions and sharing of ideas
                A stencil print made on a gelli plate, french knots, running and stem stitch  - Jude

''Homework is to prepare for the book project in June and July''
Nothing like a good clear out for the summer

Friday, 16 March 2018

March 2018

Our own work was the order of the morning and everyone was busy with a host of projects
After the continuing success of the Colour Books I want to introduce a new this space!
Elise continues with her hand embroidered circles
One of many discussions of the day, while looking at the new project work of Gillian
Dawn's lovely felted piece with delicate hand embroidery
Crazy patchwork enhanced with kantha stitching
 A lot of time this afternoon was devoted to a discussion regarding the wonderful Colour Books
 So many ideas and achievements have come from the pages of these books
Without worrying about design, design has happened
Colours have been experimented with and explored
Techniques have been experimented with and practised
My personal favourite - the humble circle - in fabric and on paper
Great use of colour and texture
More circles - Suffolk puffs following the black and white themed project
Wonderful use of colour with contrasting blue with the hot orange and bright yellows
So it is time to explore something new, something needed, involving no cost just enjoyment and personal development for a group project
What will it be.....?
Thank you girls

Friday, 12 January 2018

Happy New Year - 2018

Here we are again...a new day...a new year full of challenges. So much to do,
 ...where do we start??
 Today Janet chose to finish off UFO's, so a gentle hand needle felting
 Margaret has stitched into her muslin and teabag piece from December, and it is to become the lining of a book cover
 Dina's love of drawing continues
 Di too worked in her colour book using snippets of magazine arranged before beginning to paint in monochrome using the colours from the magazine pictures
 Annie's "Stars in a vase" is a triumph - using the waxed papers she made in November with Lillian
 Debbie set herself the task to make her Colour book more of a "happy" colour palette as it had become rather "brown"
 The task of Lillian's mammoth quilt continued. I could say she was enjoying it, together with Pat and Elaine who are using the same "difficult" pattern...but it wouldn't be the truth!
 This beautiful hand stitched box belongs to Joy who is in the process of making a surprise to go inside
 The lid of Joy's box
 Annie's amazing hand stitched patchwork
 Even closer-up - see the tiny hand stitches
 Elise's fabric print - "Shape and Structure" - hand embroidery has begun
 Dawn's hand embroidery - pistol stitch to follow
 Here is one of Lillian's blocks for her mammoth quilt
 Following on from the tea-bag dyeing, Pat produced this amazing large piece of fabric which was  dyed and baked in the oven after astonishingly using only 3 teabags
 When hung, this fabric is a piece of art in it's own right - it needs nothing other than an iron, a backing and a hem.
 By far the best serendipity moment I can remember!
 Pat P continued with her tea-bag work with hand embroidery
 Margaret Biggs applying fabrics in strips because of the sheer enjoyment it gives to her
 Joy is hand embroidering the surprise for the inside of her box
 Di worked on many things today including this applique piece
 Poppy seed heads to be pages of Margaret Boswell's book

Thank you ladies for sharing your wide repertoire of work and skills today