Saturday Get Together

A band of happy stitchers braved the cold weather on Saturday 17 March 2018, to meet up at Goodworth Clatford Village Club. There was no set theme for the day so everyone worked on their own projects. Some of us hand stitched and others brought their sewing machines and soldering irons.  We spent the day sewing, chattering, eating delicious cakes and encouraging each other. The time soon whizzed by.

A big thank you goes to Anne and Janice for organising the day, it was great fun.

March Meeting

Busy times ahead with Travelling Books and preparations for our Exhibition in the Andover Museum later in the year, as well as our own individual projects.
At our meeting Angie Hughes will share her ways of working - maybe a new technique for you?

Before that, don't forget our 'Stitch Day' this Saturday 17th in Goodworth Clatford Village Club.

Pictorial Machine Embroidery with Linda Miller

We had a wonderful workshop on Saturday 24 February 2018 at Goodworth Clatford Village Club with Linda Miller.

Linda's clear explanation on how she creates her unique embroideries was fascinating. She gave us precise demonstrations on each part of her work which proved exceptionally useful as we started to sew.

Her enthusiasm and encouragement was tremendous, especially as she was faced with a large group of keen learners with differing abilities.

Linda explained the techniques she uses to make her embroideries, including how to a create a two-tone effect and a brilliant way to round off corners on the finished work.

The  time whizzed by and before we knew it, it was time to go home. Through Linda's patient and encouraging manner, we all learnt a great deal. There was something new for everyone, from the beginner to the very experienced.

Many thanks Linda, for a super day. Your practical approach was inspiring  and I think our happy faces below say the rest!

In-house Evening Meeting on 19 February 2018

Our meeting this month was an enjoyable time to catch up with friends who managed to brave the cold weather and meet up at Priory Hall.

We are putting on an exhibition at Andover Museum of the Iron Age from the end of August to October and the meeting gave us the opportunity to discuss ideas.

Sarah Davis, one of our members, suggested we work on a group project to commemorate women's suffrage. She gave us a very interesting talk on Votes for Women, going over the history of the suffragette movement, which was very inspiring and reminded us of how courageous these women were. It left us with lots of ideas to work on. As well as this project, the exhibition will include samples of our other embroidery and textile art.

A big thank you to Sarah for all her research and enthusiasm to spur us on.

Stories in Stitch with Anne Griffiths

On Monday 15 January 2018 Anne Griffiths came to talk to us about her delightful work.

Anne began by showing us her hexagon quilt which she started when she was ten and explained how each piece of fabric held its own story and memories.

She talked about her design work and how she has been inspired by text and has used this theme throughout her work.

She explained the various techniques she uses to create her distinctive and original work. Anne enjoys recycling fabrics to create new pieces and showed us a beautiful set of miniature kimonos she had made from recycled shirts.

As well as being involved in community projects, Anne showed us some of her work from her Alice in Wonderland exhibition, which has been displayed in Cumbria and Oxfordshire.  It was wonderful to see the detail and precision in Anne's work and listen to her explanations on the processes she uses. 

Many thanks Anne, for coming to visit to us and for giving us such an enjoyable and inspiring evening. 

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.