Print and Stitch with a Variety of Threads with Fay Maxwell

We met up at Priory Hall, Love Lane on Monday 21 January 2019, for an inspiring talk given by Fay Maxwell. Fay explained how she started out by mixing and matching fabrics, combining layering and slashing. However, her work is now more focused on creating smaller hand-stitched pieces, incorporating bright colours with traditional stitching.

Fay layers differing weights of fabrics, such as silk velvet, felt, wool and denim to create textures. She then stitches using a mix of threads including tapestry wools, perlĂ©, ribbon and stranded cotton.

As well as explaining how she combines textures and colours to produce her delightful designs, Fay also showed us samples of cushions, mirrors and pictures.

Many thanks Fay, for giving us a fascinating insight into your work. We are looking forward to the workshop you are giving us in February, the time can't pass quickly enough!

2019 - January Evening Meeting and February Workshop

Our January evening meeting will be on Monday 21 January 2019 and Fay Maxwell is coming to talk to us. 

Fay Maxwell is coming back to give us a workshop in February 2019.

Christmas Social 2018

We all met up on Saturday 8 December 2018 at the village hall in the Weyhill Fairground for a relaxing get together, interspersed with stitching,
nattering and eating. Everyone brought a plate of food to share and the committee provided us with drinks and a stitching project. This turned out to be a bubble pod.

This year, having been asked to bring 2 fat quarters, needles and threads, we were given a pattern to follow.  It looked quite complicated. However, most of us have learnt rule 1 of sewing - read the instructions!

We started working, fortified by mince pies, sausage rolls and lots of tea and coffee. Gradually quilting designs began to evolve and some of us were brave enough to start cutting around the template!

We knew we would be finishing the bubble pod at home, as machine stitching was involved, so this enabled us to work at a steady pace and not to rush.

This small pod will be very useful for holding all sorts of bits and bobs and I have to say, mine is nearly finished!

Thank you very much to all the committee for organising such a relaxing and enjoyable day and to everyone who attended and joined in the fun.

Anne Hellyer - How Did I Get Here!

We met at Priory Hall on Monday 19 November 2018 and were given a talk by Anne Hellyer, our chairman and textile artist.  Anne spoke about her background, coming from a family of 'makers' and told us how she developed a passion for stitch. She went to Fareham College to study for the City and Guilds qualification and after leaving, stills meets up with fellow students.

Anne spends part of the summer each year near the coast in France and enjoys getting inspiration from the local area. She doesn't take her sewing machines but uses her hand-made sketchbooks to record  her surroundings and from this starting point develops the work when she in France and on her return.

She is particularly interested in architecture which explains the number of buildings in a lot of her work!

Anne's work is quite amazing and refreshingly original. Thank you Anne for a very entertaining evening.

We were in for another treat at the weekend, as on Saturday 24 November 2018, Anne held a workshop for us in Goodworth Clatford Village Club. This proved very popular and the hall was bursting at the seams with stitchers, sewing machines and brilliant ideas!

Under Anne's guidance, we spent a happy day doing what we like best - becoming totally absorbed with fabric and stitch. Based on a theme of architecture by the sea our resulting work was varied and delightful.

Many thanks Anne for two inspiring sessions, we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.