Saturday 2 November 2013

November meeting

This month's speaker was Wyn Ingham who gave us a very interesting and highly entertaining talk on the life and times of Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Eleanor and Henry II - Effigies in Fontevraud abbey

Wyn confessed to a long standing interest in medieval architecture often to the bemusement of her family. Visits to places such as the Church of Notre Dame in Poitiers with a connection to the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine have inspired a series of pieces of textile art which Wyn brought to illustrate her talk.

Textures and colours in her work are based on wall paintings and ancient plasterwork.

Felting, fabric manipulation and embroidery feature in Wyn's work.

In several examples of work, Wyn used cocoon strippings to create silk paper which was then painted and stitched in to. It has been proposed that we invite Wyn back to give us a dayschool on some of her techniques. Watch this space...


The Christmas meeting starts at 1.30. There will be a Stitch session in the morning and lunch will be available from 12.00.
The meeting is a members' day and we will be making small Japanese bags. Please bring the usual sewing kit - needles, threads, scissors, and pins. It was also suggested that a ruler would be useful.
Small, stitch related, wrapped presents for the bran tub are welcomed. There will also be a raffle and the judging of the Christmas Competition. There will be cake!

At the January meeting Artists Trading Cards (ATCs) will be re-launched. There will be a demonstration on how to make these cards in the morning stitch club.

Josie will be continuing with teaching raised work in the morning Stitch Club and her next session will be in February when she will be showing how to make raised work faces.

Friday 1 November 2013

Young Embroiderers

Young Embroiderers met for two mornings this half term holiday. Cords were made and leaves were embellished to create a striking collection of trees. As this was Halloween there had to be a pumpkin...

Just three of the many trees that were created by enthusiastic young stitchers.