Member work

Member work

Friday, 13 October 2017

Members' work

Here is a round-up of some recent work by Leamington branch members:

Firstly, the JETS entry for West Midlands Regional Day

At their recent sessions the JETS made pieces of wool felt, on which they appliquéd fish/shell motifs cut out from additional felt pieces, then they embellished them with beads. Each JET who entered received a certificate, and there was a goody bag with lots of useful materials for the group. 

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Sue Cooke has kindly allowed us to show a photo of the piece she has submitted for the Guild's Page 17 exhibition:

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The book is set in the Gothic quarter of Barcelona and starts in 1947, during Franco's dictatorship. Sue has used several techniques in her piece: the background is painted and leather book shapes applied; canvas work and leather are used for the library of books; the figure and the building have been machine embroidered on transparent fabric.

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Sue Frances was inspired by the mini workshop after the AGM in September to make a piece in the style of Gilda Baron:

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And if you are looking for inspiration for the branch Christmas competition, 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' (at the Christmas lunch on 2nd December), here are a few pages created by members of the Travelling Books Group:

Jean Myatt
Amanda Griffiths

Fiona Metcalfe

It's great to be able to post these lovely images, so do keep them coming, ladies!

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Stevie Walker workshop, "Quilty Painty Landscapes/Townscapes"

Following on from a packed talk, "Patterns of the Earth", in which Stevie illustrated the influences, especially the area around her home, that had inspired her work over a number of years, we enjoyed a thoroughly absorbing workshop to make our own small stitched landscape or townscape.

For the purposes of saving time over the inevitable indecision of which picture to choose, quite a few of us elected to use one of Stevie's delightful templates to work with. Braver members had their own images to hand, and of course, there's plenty of scope for future pieces.  

The outline was transferred to fabric by machine stitch, then painted with acrylic inks, which was a lot of fun ....  

Some hand stitching rounded the day off nicely.  Here are a few pieces that are on their way ...


Thursday, 5 October 2017

"Patterns of the Earth: My Work & Inspiration", Stevie Walker

A quick reminder that our talk tomorrow, Friday 6th is by Stevie Walker,

Patterns of the Earth: My Work and Inspiration

Stevie is a textile artist, craftsperson and tutor.  She loves printing, machine embroidery, creative stitch, felt and experimenting with all kinds of painting and drawing media.

It promises to be an interesting evening.  Visitors are always very welcome to come along.  (Please see links on the right for where we meet.)

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Branch AGM is on Saturday, 23rd September

There will be coffee & biscuits at 10.30 before the morning's business starts at 11.00 am.

We hope as many members as possible will come along to make it an interesting and lively meeting, and join in a bring-and-share lunch afterwards.

Visitors are welcome to join us for the afternoon workshop, when we will have a couple of short demonstrations on hand stitch techniques that can be used to continue the ongoing 'Seasons' project, or as a stand-alone sampling session.  Suitable for all levels, from beginners to the more experienced.

There is no charge for the day.

This is the recommended requirements lists if you wish to take part:
·       General sewing kit, threads, hoop, scissors, needles
·       ‘Seasons’ work prepared to date
·       A4 piece of backing fabric – open weave
·       A4 piece of chiffon or organza in a light colour

·       Fabric to back your book apertures

Please note that road re-surfacing work is due to be carried out on St Mary's Road, starting Sunday 17th September and due to finish Monday 25th September. 

We have been advised that the re-surfacing site extends from the junction at Radford Road to the junction of Caswell Road.   Access to the church will be available from one end of St. Mary’s Road or the other. A diversion will be signed. Please be aware of temporary road surfaces and raised ironwork and drive slowly.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Summer School with Fay Maxwell to make a slashed bag

Day 1

We started by delving into our stashes of fabric - we were told: don't be too selective, just pile on the layers of offcuts and remnants, using lots of colour.  It was great fun!!

Then we pinned on the top fabric, threaded up sewing machines and went for the curvy lines, spirals and grids ....

We were making good progress by lunchtime, and in the afternoon, we completed the stitching and started slashing - cutting channels between the rows, taking care not to cut through the bottom fabric layer.  This was much more difficult than anyone anticipated, and hard on the fingers!

Evening - homework! We were to finish the slashing, then wash the whole piece and BASH it hard against a brick wall (careful not to wake the neighbours!).

Day 2

The next step was to cut and fold back the layers in each grid square or diamond, and hand stitch to hold them in place.  This was surprisingly time consuming.

With all that completed, we could then start to line the bag.  Fay had a good method for doing this, which would ensure that all the seams were neatly enclosed, but it took some getting the head around - origami but not for beginners!  n.b. Don't forget to insert the magnetic fastener before making up.

The end result : A stunning and original evening bag!

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Leamington Library Greeting Card Exhibition now on ...

The exhibition opened on Monday and has attracted a flow of visitors admiring the creative work on display.  Members produced over 80 cards, which demonstrate a variety of techniques, such as machine and hand embroidery, beading, fabric painting, printing, felting and using metals.

The exhibition will continue until 13th August, and coincides with National Stitch Day tomorrow, Saturday 5th August, and also 'Art in the Park' week-end just across the road in the Jephson Gardens.

Visitors to the exhibition are invited to put a stitch or two in a piece of work, which when completed will be a beautiful butterfly.

The exhibition is open during normal Library hours, so do come in and have a look if you can.


Finished sample

Thank you to member, Helen Bright, for sharing photos of her beautiful, finished 'vintage' postcard, started at the July workshop:

Monday, 10 July 2017

Making Vintage Postcards with Janet Humphrey

Gill, who attended this workshop says:
We had a very enjoyable day with tutor Janet Humphrey, who arrived with goodies of lovely ribbons and hand-dyed lace and lots of inspiring samples.
After being shown how to get a unique vintage style postcard onto fabric using A4 labels and cut-out images, we set about choosing a postcard to embellish. Even though some members had selected the same postcard, each one soon became a beautiful individual piece.

We added lace, hand stitch and cut out extra flowers and butterflies ....

Janet was on hand throughout the day to teach us individually how to do new stitches such as creating a rose, stem stitch, French knots, etc and helped with ideas.
It was a lovely hand stitch, feminine, girlie day. Some members went on to buy extra postcards to continue with what was quite an addictive process of personalising them. We are looking forward to seeing them finished at our AGM day.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Marbling fabric

Friday evening's mini workshop using a shaving foam technique to marble fabric was very effective and a lot of fun - even if it was also a bit messy!

The starting point is a base of shaving foam, dotted with blobs of fabric paint

and 'stirred up' with a kebab stick or something similar to create interesting, swirly patterns

Fabric is pressed onto the paint-spattered foam, and the effects are many and various:

(the foam base for this print can be seen in the photo just above)

Our grateful thanks to Leamington member, Sally, who organised the session and brought along some of her samples, including husband's shirt:

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Vintage Postcards workshop - places available

Saturday 8th July 10.00 - 4.00

This workshop by Janet Humphrey will focus on using a blank vintage postcard pre-printed on to fabric (which Janet will supply).  Members will embellish the postcard with images of birds, butterflies, flowers etc., and then add texture with delicate hand embroidery: French knots, seeding, stem stitch and shading.

There are still a couple of places left on this workshop.  If you are interested, please contact or 07715664084 / 01926 338987 (please leave a message)

Please note: there will be an extra charge of £1.00 per student per postcard.

About Janet Humphrey

After gaining a C&G certificate from South Nottingham College, Janet went on to join the Derbyshire based ‘Living Threads’ groupShe has exhibited at various venues including ‘Stitching for Pleasure’ shows at the NEC, ‘Fashion Embroidery & Stitch shows at Harrogate, National Trust Properties and the Uttoxeter and Malvern Quilt shows. She is an enthusiastic tutor, keen to promote traditional skills and runs workshops for guilds, colleges and textile groups. Her work usually has an historical theme, often featuring hand dyed lace and she also likes to incorporate vintage images, fabrics and trims.