January Meeting

Happy New Year! What an exciting programme we have in store, starting with Anne Griffiths talking about how texts, such as passages from Alice in Wonderland, have inspired her work.

There will be the chance to book for the workshop on 24th February - 'Pictorial Machine Embroidery' with Linda Miller and for those members who were unable to come to the Christmas Social, a present from Santa!
Hope to see you there.

Christmas Social 2017

There were 12 of us at Monday night's meeting, a small group but a good time was had by all.

We had a lively discussion about all the 'show and tell' pieces, knitting, gold work and work from the hadron collider workshop, to name just a few.

It was nice to be able to sit, chat and eat some festive fare while we  stitched a Christmas tree decoration, organised by Janice Ballard and Dee McElligott.

For those that were unable to attend - their 2018 programme and present from Father Christmas will be waiting for them at the January meeting.

Hadron Collider and Candle with Kate Findlay

We met last Saturday, 25 November 2017, at Goodworth Clatford Village Club, for a fascinating workshop with Kate Findlay. Kate had been to talk to us last year and showed us her Hadron Collider series of quilts and we were all keen to learn more about them.

Fortunately she had brought some small samples of her work to show us and outlined the basic techniques involved, to produce swirling circles of glitter and motion.

Amid the chatter and pleasure we gained from Kate's clear instructions, we set to work on our own designs and after quite a bit of 'which side looks best?' and 'do you like the colours?', by lunchtime we had all got the basic structure together. Although we didn't all finish, the 3 examples below show what can be achieved in a short space of time.

After lunch Kate showed us how to make electronic candles, using conductive thread together with LED lights. It was an illuminating experience and we thoroughly enjoyed learning the basics of e-sewing.

Many thanks Kate, for giving us such a super workshop. I'm sure everyone learnt something new, even the most experienced amongst us. It was a wonderful way to spend a very cold and frosty Saturday!

Ancient Peruvian Textiles with Janice Lawrence

Janice Lawrence came to talk to us on Monday evening, 20 November 2017. Her talk was about the ancient textiles found in Peru, some dating back 12000 years. She also told us about the various people who had made them.

She first visited Peru in 1996 and became captivated with the designs and stitches.

It is remarkable that the textiles have survived so well but they have been preserved by the cold, dry Andean air.

Janice also talked about the techniques used to create the textiles, including twining and weaving. The indigenous people sourced the materials from cotton, sisal and animal fur. Thread was created using spindles and then worked on a loom.  They used natural dyes to colour the fabrics. It is here that the oldest example of indigo dyed fabric has been discovered.

Using cactus needles, they worked embroidered designs in loop stitch, stem stitch and detached buttonhole stitch. The textiles depicted condors, snakes, caimans and birds.

Janice also brought sketchbooks and examples of her own inspiring work to show us.

Thank you very much Janice, for coming to speak to us, it was a fascinating to learn how ancient people managed to produce such beautiful work involving such complicated techniques.

November Meeting and Workshop

Change of plan: Unfortunately our scheduled speaker, Jennifer Hughes is unable to join us but has asked a colleague, Janice Lawrence to come instead.
Janice will talk about Peruvian textiles and is bringing lots of samples with her to brighten up a wintery evening.

There will be some new stuff on the Sales Table including previous copies of Selvedge. The profits all go to Branch funds to enable us to have exciting speakers and workshops.

Don't forget to bring pieces for the Show & Tell and your Travelling Books if you are taking part.

October 2017 - AGM

The branch Annual General Meeting was held on Monday 16 October 2017. All went well, with most members of the committee agreeing to remain in post, with a couple of willing volunteers happy to join.

Afterwards, the banner that we had made in memory of Cindy Rose, one of our founding members, was displayed.   The final compilation looked wonderful and a big thank you must go to Helen and Christine for putting it together.

Helen and Eleanor were also thanked for holding a coffee morning, raising £90 for the Guild Collection and £20 from the sales table for branch funds.

The rest of the evening was very relaxed with Margaret, Hazel, Nicky, Jen, Morag, Ruth and Chris showing the group the ins and outs of soldering, stump work, free machine embroidery, Dorset buttons, Hardanger, gold work and ribbon work.

September 2017 Meeting and Workshop

On Monday 18 September our meeting was an in-house mini workshop where we made very small pin cushions, mounted on plastic bottle tops and decorated in coloured felts in a variety of styles, whilst we caught up with the news of the summer and the administration of paying our subs for the year.

We met up again on Saturday 23 September for our in-house workshop led by Christine, our branch co-chairman. She took us through the process of making beautiful bags in multi-coloured fabrics, incorporating pockets, zips and a lot of imagination.

The initial process was quite complicated but fortunately Christine was on hand to give us lots of encouragement and to make sure our seams and zips all went in the right way!

By the end of the afternoon we had produced a set of delightful bags, large enough for all our sewing bits and bobs but small enough to be a manageable size.

Thank you Christine for all your hard work in the preparation for the day. I know I can speak for all of us in saying how much we enjoyed it.