February Meeting

This month we are having a practical evening when we can sit, sew and chat - a good way to get to know other members. The theme of the evening will be a banner in memory of Cindy Rose. Each person is invited to stitch their own interpretation of a rose within a 10cm square. The fabric will be provided but please bring your sewing kit, threads of your choice and a hoop (if you usually use one plus a base fabric to stitch your square to). There will be some images of roses to inspire you but bring your own if you wish. The finished banner will be on display at our meetings.

Also there will be an opportunity to book for the March workshop.

This is the poster that is in Andover Library. If you know of any other venue where we could display our posters, please let one of the committee know.

Tuck into Twiddles and Fiddles with Jennie Rayment

We met up on Monday evening (16 January 2017) for a very enjoyable and entertaining evening with Jennie Rayment.

Unfortunately Jennie was recovering from laryngitis so had very little voice. However, she adapted her talk to a workshop and as well as admiring all her beautiful work, we had the opportunity to try out some of her techniques.

The work Jennie brought to show us was mainly in calico which allows each piece to clearly highlight all the intricate tucks and folds which are a key feature of her work.

Jennie's explanation of her techniques, by mime and demonstration, were very easy to follow as she showed us how she has developed her ideas. It was all looking so straight forward until it was our turn to have a go!

Having already watched how to make tucks, interlocking squares, petal pattern and crossed tucks we all set to work creating an origami twist. Jennie was on hand to make sure that we were all twisting in the same direction, and with a little bit of luck and varying degrees of skill, we all produced some very acceptable results.

Thank you Jennie, for giving us a super evening. Although the occasion was tinged with sadness at the loss of our friend Cindy, you certainly helped to cheer us up and had us all chatting and laughing, so once again, many thanks.
It is with great sadness that we have to announce the sudden and unexpected death of Cindy Rose, one of our founding members. We will all miss her friendship, expertise and her exquisite work. Our thoughts are with her family.

January Meeting

Happy New Year to everyone. We have a treat in store on Monday - a return visit from Jennie Rayment.  She uses simple techniques to produce fascinating results and kept us in stitches last time she came. (sorry for the pun!)

There will be a chance to book for the first workshop in 2017 which is "Nuno Felt Scarves on Chiffon" with Karen Head on March 18th.

Also,  if there are enough people interested, there is the possibility of a coach trip  to London on Sunday 5th March to the "Knit and Stitch Show" at Olympia. Full details at the meeting.

All in all not one to be missed!

Christmas Party 2016

We met up on Monday 12 December for our usual Christmas get-together. Everyone brought some food to share and the committee provided the drinks and the music. We decorated the tables with the night lights we had made at Anne Hellyer's workshop in November and it all looked very festive.

We spent the evening enjoying each other's company and making poinsettia brooches. Having been given a short explanation, we received packs of red and green felt, cut to shape and then stitched away, between the chatter and working on Anne's diabolical Christmas quiz! Although we didn't all managed to finish (too much talking and eating, I suspect) we were very happy with our brooches and they certainly looked extremely colourful.

Happy Christmas and many thanks to everyone who helped to make the evening such a success.

Setting the Town Alight with Anne Hellyer

On Saturday 26 November we all met at Goodworth Clatford Village Club for a great workshop with Anne Hellyer. Anne is member of our branch of the guild and is currently our joint chairman alongside Christine Brett, so she needed little introduction!

Most of us had seen Anne's work before but had not tried out her technique of making a machine embroidered nightlight. We all received packs of instructions and templates, then chose our colour range from fabrics which Anne had painstakingly prepared for us.

With Christmas just around the corner, we all chose to make our night lights with a snowy theme.
Not all of us had done machine embroidery before, so Anne helped us with technique and gave us all very useful advice on how to get the best out of our machines, (and ourselves!)

We started work by cutting out 'lit' windows then stamped on other windows and added doors. Next we stitched the details and added snowy roofs. There wasn't enough time to complete the nightlights but we all hope to bring them to our Christmas party and use them as the table displays.

Anne also brought examples of other work she produces, including beach scenes and a fantasy tree to inspire us.

Many thanks Anne, for a wonderful day, the time flew by and we all achieved some amazing results. I can't wait to see them all lit up at the Christmas party, so no pressure everyone!!!

Moving On with Ruby Lever

Ruby Lever came to talk to us on Monday 21 November. Ruby is well known to many of us as she is a member of the Andover branch of the Embroiderers' Guild and has regularly contributed her beautiful work to our exhibitions. She told us how she was trained as a draughts person but then spent time at home raising her family. When her children had left home she enrolled on City and Guilds Embroidery Part 1 at Cricklade College and then went on to complete Part 2 at Urchfont Manor College.

Ruby talked to us about how she developed her distinctive style and brought many samples of the work she produced whilst studying and beyond.

Ruby also talked about some of the commissions she has been asked to produce, including the altar cloth at Compton Abbas church and ecclesiastical stoles for Wells Cathedral.

Many thanks Ruby, for a wonderful evening of entertainment and insight, and allowing us to look at and touch your beautiful work.