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Monday, 29 May 2017

A Small Slashed Handbag - Summer School with Faye Maxwell

Friday 4th - Saturday 5th August (10am - 4pm)
Leek Wootton Village Hall

Workshop outline:

Day 1

We are delighted to be able to welcome Faye Maxwell to lead a two-day workshop to make a lovely small handbag using the technique of slashing.  It's an excellent and very creative way of using up the many fabrics we have stashed away.

The day begins by choosing the base fabric on which to work.  Then, the fun part - emptying the bag of fabric pieces onto the table or floor and digging into it randomly, pulling out lots of bits and pieces of different fabrics.

When enough layers have been assembled, they are covered with a pretty top fabric and the piece is ready for stitching on the sewing machine.

Once the stitching is done, we can slash into the fabric!  (The piece needs to be washed and dried overnight.)




Day 2

Construction of the bag and, if you wish, finishing with a handmade cord.




The cost for two days is £57.00.
There are just a few places left. If you are interested, please do one of the following:
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Please note: If you are a Leamington & District Branch member, and would be willing to host the tutor for two nights, you will be entitled to claim a free place on the summer school.

About Faye Maxwell:

Faye originally trained as a Costume designer and achieved a diploma at Bournemouth College of Art. Following this she worked for Sadlers Wells Opera Company, before returning to Dorset and working in the fashion retail business until she married and moved to live in Surrey.

After her boys had left home for University she went on to the City & Guilds Part I and II in Embroidered Textiles and Design, which then led to a BA Hons in Visual Arts in Winchester combined with the Embroiderer's Guild which launched her into the world of Lecturing and Workshops, and the many Embroidery Groups around the world.

Although she loves the experimental techniques, Faye's first love will always be the embroidered stitch, and the many ways to change and experiment with threads and fabrics.



Rosie James, "Stitch Draw" Talk: Friday 2nd June

Our next talk, on Friday 2nd June, will be by Rosie James, an artist who works mostly in textiles, and who explores the use of the sewing machine as a tool for drawing. Her focus falls mainly on people and the kinds of crowds that form when people gather.  Recently she has become interested in the ways in which a line is created on the sewing machine and how lines are everywhere we look. These lines link us together.  The ways in which stitching and textiles figure in our everyday lives is a continuing fascination for her. 


Rosie’s work is created using machine and hand embroidery, screen print and appliqued recycled fabrics. She takes her first point of reference from crowds and large gatherings of people, looking for the detail in the ordinary but also the commonality within the group. 

Screen-printed buildings, windows, roofs and skylines also feature in Rosie's work. These elements create a sense of atmosphere and build links between the people and their location.



The black line of the thread is a seductive one; raised from the surface it is tactile and slightly fuzzy at the edges, velvety. This is one of the things that draws Rosie to the sewing machine rather than the pencil.








*** Visitors are very welcome at our talks. ***
Details of times and where to find us are in the "How to find us" tab on the right.


Saturday, 27 May 2017

Workshop for Charlecote Park volunteers

Leamington member, Sue Cooke, herself a volunteer at Charlecote Park, organised a two-hour workshop for volunteers there to try their hands at making mixed media gift tags.



Bravely turning out on what was probably the wettest day of the month(!), everyone said they thoroughly enjoyed the session, and they all produced something they were happy to take home.


There was a request to have another event near Christmas ...

Monday, 15 May 2017

JETS make felt

For most of the girls, this was their first wet felting session.  They thoroughly enjoyed it and made some good pieces of felt ...  
Laying out the wool fibres
Applying soapy water
Adding a bit of embellishment

The felt has now been given boiling water treatment and dried
Over the next couple of sessions they will develop the pieces further.

Also in the next session, they will have a chance to use a die-cutting machine.


Friday, 12 May 2017

Extrav-Organza!

May's workshop was a lovely stitching, slashing, burning day with Kathleen Laurel Sage!


Kathleen is well known for her floral organza designs, and also her innovative use of materials to create panels, bags, jewellery and 3D items.



Following a packed talk, illustrated with lots of examples and slides the previous evening, that led us through Kathleen's many-stage transition from hand embroidery to the design and development of her distinctive machine-embroidered floral work, we were treated to a fairly intensive day producing our own panels.  

While some people preferred to create their own designs, Kathleen's ready-prepared kits took away a lot of the uncertainty - and for some of us, time spent dithering!  The kits are beautifully assembled with all the materials, design, instructions, process diagram and reference photo, and enabled those using them to really focus on the stitching and creating, and to complete a panel during the day.





These lovely lacy designs use organza fabrics trapped between layers of dissolvable film, which are machine embroidered and then cut back, and finally cut out with a soldering iron.  The whole process gave us a thorough understanding of the techniques Kathleen uses and the confidence to apply them to our own designs.



Kathleen is a friendly, relaxed, helpful tutor.  She is also well organised and made sure we kept to a pretty strict timetable to ensure that we got through all the stages and had a super panel to take away at the end of the day.






Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Leamington Member's Pop-Up Gallery - postponed

Unfortunately, this event has had to be postponed to a later date.  Please keep an eye open for the artists during Warwickshire Open Studios fortnight in June.


Dear Friends
I would be delighted if you could pop in to see me and five other artists at:
Future Rabbit Studio Pop Up Gallery and Shop

at 10 Grove Street, Leamington Spa
We are open on
Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd, Sunday 23rd April
from 11-4pm
Best wishes
Fiona Metcalfe
www.fionametcalfe.co.uk

JETS Creations

Over the months of February, March and April JETS have been busy making an egg and a creature that hatched out of the egg.

In the February workshop the girls and some of the helpers glued scraps of organza over a blown-up balloon.  In the following workshop the balloons were popped and the eggs were embroidered and sequins added.

Then the creatures were cut out of felt and embroidered.  These are just a few of the creations.



The original idea was for all the girls to make a bird - but some of them had other ideas -


and we had a fish, a snake and a butterfly.  


We didn't have quite enough time, and the girls will finish their creatures at home. We are looking forward to seeing their beautiful completed creatures.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Spring Members' Day

Our Members' Day continued the 'Seasons' theme that we started last autumn.  (1st April - didn't notice any April fools, though!)


Our Programme Secretaries, Gill and Lucy, demonstrated some image transfer techniques, which we tried out - with varying degrees of success - to transfer spring-related images onto fabric. It was fun, and provided useful techniques for future use.



Gill had brought in some ready-made examples to get us on track:




Then we got on with some stitching, nattering, enjoying a lovely bring-and-share lunch, and generally having a very enjoyable day.





Our thanks to Gill and Lucy for the effort they put into the demo's, gathering resources and sharing their materials so generously, and generally making the day a success.

Progress so far: one version of Spring (left), Autumn (centre) and Winter (right)


Monday, 27 March 2017

Saturday 1st April - Members' Day


This Members' Day will be themed on the season of Spring,
running, as usual, from 10.00 till 4.00 at St Mary's Hall.
Entrance: £5

We would be delighted if you could join us to continue with the Seasons.
This is a completely stand alone day and you do not need to have been to any other seasons days to join in.
Suitable for all levels – from beginners to the more experienced.
 Two short demonstrations: image transfer and thread painting by hand or machine.

Alternatively, you could sit with your fellow members and stitch some ongoing work.

Lunchtime will be another of our lovely bring and share lunches

Recommended Requirements list

v  Sewing machines (hand stitch options are available)
v  Extension lead and a selection of machine threads - if bringing machine
v  General sewing kit, threads, scissors, needles.
v  Bring any pictures you may have collected as inspiration – although we will be bringing lots for all to share. 
v  If using for your theme; needle felt kit and wools
v  Seasons work prepared to date
v  Bring & share Lunch
v  Glasses (if required)
v  For one of the demos you may wish to bring gloves and an apron if you like to use them.
v  A4 (approx) pieces of cream/white calico x2
v  Water soluble fabric if using in your themes.
v  Small pieces of fabric to back your finished piece.
v  A lamp if you have one as the lighting in the hall is a little poor.

Don’t forget your name badges