Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Library Exhibition Grange over Sands Library August2016

During July our members were collecting or finishing off textile pieces ready for our exhibition of work in  Grange library.
Some of the committee collected the pieces together, made labels and signs and then displayed them in the library for three weeks. 

Our members had managed to cover the full range of textile work from traditional stitching, patchwork,encaustic wax, mixed media, goldwork, felt making etc. showing there is something to appeal to everyone in textile work.

Some of the pieces had been started in our workshops e.g. lichens,stumpwork butterflies etc.. Other pieces were following members own interests e.g. patchwork, encaustic wax, blackwork.

 Some very positive and generous comments have been passed to me by people who had looked at the exhibition so thank you to all our members for their hard work, persistence and creativity.

Circles Sandra Kendall July meeting 2016

Our workshop this month was based on circles and led by one of our own members Sandra Kendall.
Sandra reminded us of patterns we had made as children using circles and the many artists including Kandinsky and Hundertwasser who had also used circles in their work. 
Sandra  brought samples of hand stitched circles to show us that had been made by stamping, shiva through a stencil, or applique as the basis for the embroidery.
Most members chose the prepared circle they wanted to work on and then chose the stitches and colours they wished to use. A few members had designed their own pattern.

 Sandra suggested various stitches that would give certain effects e.g. line stitches, circle stitches and even suggested using just one stitch worked in different threads.
Members started stitching immediately and patterns began to emerge.

 Once the stitching had been completed members were shown how they could embellish their circle further by using buttons, beads, shisha glass, dorset buttons etc..
Most members took their half finished circle home to finish off and develop  ideas to make their piece unique. 
Sandra believes thet circle patterns could be explored some more and this is only the beginning.
Thank you Sandra for an interesting day.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Sun Printing with silk paints June Meeting 2016

As we made our way to the hall on Tuesday we were all watching the weather hoping for a little bit of sun and no rain. We had been told sun printing would still work in cloud but much more slowly than in the sun.
Several of us wore our macks because it never rains when you have your mack!
The workshop was led by one of our members Sue Tyldesley who arrived with a basket full of greenery to use for the sun printing.
Sue showed us some samples in pretty colours with the unmisstakeable shapes of leaves, flowers and grasses.
Sue demonstated the technique by brushing water onto cotton fabric and then applying silk paints and letting the colours mingle. She then applied leaves and flowers etc to the surface pressing them down so they were flush with the surface. She then placed the board supporting the cotton fabric outside for the sun to do its work! 
Then it was our turn and we were all raring to go and had fingers crossed the sun would come out.

Sue then said we could add sea salt to parts of the background to make a further pattern on the material.

There were lots of oohs! and aahs! as we removed the greenery to reveal the shapes. We then started to get adventurous and use all sorts of interesting objects and larger natural items.

Meanwhile the sun started to shine and the printing started to work much faster.
You can see a before and after picture below:
Our members enjoyed the day greatly and at the end we had a look at all we had done and Sue made suggestions as to what we might do with them.

All thanks to Sue for a very good day.