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

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

December - ''Anyone for Tea?''

Snow and ice could not stop us meeting today for our Teabags discovery day
 All the requirements needed were dried, ironed teabags, bondaweb and paints/inks/printing stamps for embellishment (to begin with)
 The calm before the storm...
 Teabag paper is pretty in its own right but it can be enhanced with muslin, baby wipes (left over from previous projects and coloured), and hand or machine embroidery
Margaret prepares her base and includes block printed teabags
 Dina has painted her bondaweb in a stunning clourscheme
 Alma's Raspberry teabags
Block printed teabags on a baby wipe background
 Lorraine's teabag panel is making great progress
 Lovely textures and torn edges
Really strong work on both circular and square teabags
A Forest Floor by Elise, is making great progress
 Di's block printed her assortment of teabags with lovely results
Margaret has made great progress by the end of the day
A lovely balance of pastel colours. Can't wait to see the finished result
As usual, other work continued
Lillian's gifts of cushions (Note the eye catching Christmas tree brooch - with batteries!)
Dawn's stitch diary is growing beautifully. A work of Art Dawn!

Clare is stitching into a felted piece
Today went by so quickly. We celebrated our friendship and love of the arts for another year
Margaret provided a wonderful soup kitchen corner (why haven't we thought of this before?)
 While we provided the rest. Non-alcoholic wine was the order of the day...Waitrose have now officially sold out of Sauvignon Blanc
Janet sums up our party mood

I cannot believe that another year of successful work has been accomplished. I am so lucky to have such an inspiring, creative and talented group of artists for company every month.
Here's a toast to a successful and happy 2018 where we will be exhibiting once again at the Cone
Thank you ladies
Jude xx

Monday, 20 November 2017

Waxed Papers with Lillian - November

Lillian led the day with a technique using wax crayons, acrylic inks and Markal oil sticks
Everyone eagerly set to work

Example of a finished paper backed with vylene making it suitable to receive stitch. This lovely work belongs to Jean.
Lillian's work in progress showing lettering
Waxing lyrical on papers in earnest

Lillian on hand for advice

Who said ironing isn't fun?

Dina - living proof of the hard work that went into today's production!

A further technique of scratching into the painted wax 

Just a blitz of activity and production today ladies

Other work accomplished today 
Janet worked on her spider for the Grand Theatre project - Jack and the Beanstalk display
Coming along nicely Janet
Front and back of Roberta's ABC travelling book - now it is covered and protected
Elise's hand embroidery in progress 

Thank you ladies for your company today. A pleasure as always
You are now saving your teabag papers and dyeing your fabric with tea or coffee and baking in the oven (very carefully), in preparation for our December meeting