We had been eagerly awaiting this month's meeting, as it was going to be a hands-on day with lots of demonstrations using many different art mediums and techniques. Claire began by showing us some 'Cozo' paper which you can't wet but you can sew, (it had beautiful raised patterns on it). She then painted water onto the paper and sprinkled brusho powders on top, using vibrant colours. Here are some of our results.
Next, Claire showed us how to use a product called 'expandit.' She began by holding a stamp whilst painting a light coating of 'expandit' on top. This was then pressed onto a piece of 'lutrador' and acrylic spray was sprayed over the top of it. Claire then used a heat gun to heat everything up, as it got hot, the areas where she had stamped with expandit, bubbled up and some holes formed in the lutrador giving an unusual affect.
As you can see below, we had some interesting results.
At lunch we were able to see some of our finished pieces from the May beading workshop.
In the afternoon session, Claire talked about how we can use 'tyvek.' She explained that this is used to make the new £5 notes. You can sew through it, cut with scissors, print on it with a laser printer, paint it etc. After painting the tyvek, Claire began to use a heat gun, and after a while it began to change shape and curl in on itself.
We were amazed at how quickly this changed shape with the heat gun, and Claire then went on to show us how to use an ink pad with some angelina fibres and fusable film. After inking the pad, Claire layered angelina fibres and fusable film making sure there was a layer of greaseproof paper on the top. Pressing a warm iron on top for a short while fused everything together, and when she peeled everything off the stamp, the ink was visible on top with lots of shiny colours behind it.
Here are a few samples of our work.
The final demonstration of the day, was to use Evalon (which feels like suede). Claire showed us some 'Markal Paintstiks' which are made from oil based paints and work on fabric. The ink becomes permanent on anything once it is dry or set, it can be set with heat if you want to wash the fabric in the washing machine. We were shown two techniques, one using stencils and another using a rubbing plate.
Our day had come to an end, and we went away with lots of new ideas for future projects.
Once the notices had been given, Sandie introduced Mel to the group, not that she needed much of an introduction as she is one of our own members. Mel has City and Guilds status and has been a member of the Embroiderers’ Guild for about 10 years in total.
The morning was spent preparing the designs using a variety of stitches from Blanket Stitch around the outline of our shapes through to Stem Stitch, Detached Chain Stitch, and Overlaid Strands to fill in the shape.
Second place was Frances Dunsire and in third place Ann Reading.
Well done to the winners and to everyone for entering the challenge.
Members had been asked to vote for the title of the next exhibition in February 2019 and Dee announced the result:
‘Shorelines and Seascapes’
It was also announced that one of our members (Ann Reading) won second place in the Rose bowl Competition 'Entranceways, Gates and Doors', at the North West Regional Day in Lancaster.
As the afternoon continued Mel demonstrated how to stitch on the beads explaining the threads and needles she uses. Then it was back to work, beading, and our designs began to develop even further. Before long the day had come to a close but as we looked at our work so far we were amazed, as always, at how different everyone’s was. Throughout the workshop Mel spent time with each member offering help and advice.
Zena thanked Mel for a great day and also Dee and Brenda for looking after our visitors.
As usual the ladies in the back room worked and chatted hard and another potential member spent the day with us. Previous workshop and day school items were also on display showing excellent stitching and felting as usual.
No April fools today, just members ready to stitch and chat throughout the day. We had several visitors as well, eager to see what our group has to offer. Hopefully they will be welcomed, befriended and inspired and want to join us.
Sue introduced us to her work; some from eighteen years ago and some of her more recent pieces. All beautifully stitched with a range of colours and designs. Several pieces were from kits and others from ‘Stitch’ Magazine.
Sue demonstrated how to transfer our designs using a light box attached to her computer. We were very impressed with this piece of kit. She also gave us a list of suppliers which can be found on the internet. Look under the ‘links’ tab for these.
As we began to stitch our designs Sue kept us on track by demonstrating some of the many stitches we could use from Blanket stitch, Split stitch, Coral stitch and Wrapped Pinwheels. Some of us used crewel wool, others used stranded embroidery thread. Sue also explained using both types of thread in our pieces is quite acceptable as is using cotton for the background rather than the more traditional linen.
The atmosphere throughout the day was calm and relaxing.
Members chatted and stitched as did the ladies in the back room. What a variety of work was being stitched by them as usual!
By the end of the day we had progressed and completed some of our designs and we certainly were inspired to make sure they were finished.
Sylvia spoke on our behalf to thank Sue for a lovely day showing us the craft of ‘Traditional Embroidery’ and for her generosity in providing us with the fabric for our work. We all agreed it had been a lovely day.
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