There was the annual competition, for the 'Gertrude Goodenough' trophy and members were invited to put a piece of their work down on the table and throughout the day we would all vote for which piece we thought should win.
Pauline Parker has taught textile art for 40 years, and today we were going to learn about working with a fabric called 'Evalon'. We were told that Evalon is a very versatile fabric, as it can be cut out with a soldering iron or scissors, it can be stamped, printed onto or even painted. When painted the fabric will soak up the liquid like osmosis - just a little goes a long way.
We were all given an instruction pack and Pauline began her demonstration.
Some of us improvised and used the windows in the room, as our 'light box' so that we could get our work done more quickly.
Before soldering, we had to trace the flower heads onto our Evalon fabric, by using a light box. We had a large lightbox for tracing our patterns, plus one of our members had kindly brought a small one of her own, for us to use.
As you will see here, we were shown how to cut out our flowers using a soldering iron on top of a baking tray.
Paints were mixed with lots of water, so that subtle colours could be achieved, when painting onto bondaweb. This was done, so that we could iron the bondaweb onto a piece of cotton frabric, to give a background colour to our flowers.
We also announced the winner of our Gertrude Goodenough competition. Here are the entries
And here is the winning entry made by Sylvia Maudsley - well done Sylvia!