Member work

Member work

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

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

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Whipping, Stitching and iPad covers

Caroline Lindsay's talk and mini workshop on Friday evening, "50 Shades of Whipping and Lacing" had us trying out a variety of stitches, which was fun, and also drooling over Caroline's sumptuous and very tactile felt pieces created for exhibitions and shows (looks like another workshop coming up in the future ...).   
Caroline Lindsay, box lid
Caroline Lindsay, box lid
Here's a snapshot of some samples stitched on the night:




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There was further stitching on Saturday 4th at Sue Frances's workshop to make a disguise for an iPad, tablet or notebook.  This was a chance to use some of the scraps of fabric that we all accumulate over time.  

Sue brought along some of her own work for inspiration, and it was also a chance to get to know other members and to be inspired by their use of colour and layout.

The technique is to lay scraps of fabric on a length of calico which will accommodate your iPad or other device, and use machine zigzag to hold them in place.

The piece can then be further embellished by hand if required, before adding a backing and making it into a simple pouch.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Saturday 4th March: A perfect disguise for your iPad, notebook or tablet

Led by Sue Frances, this workshop facilitates the making of a cover using scraps of fabric and pieces left over from previous projects.  The piece you will be making could also be made into a book cover or panel, and you can incorporate any past workshop creations (a good way to use up some of those UFOs).

Those with some experience and confidence with their machine will be guided in the process to make their own piece. There is a formula for this, but creative as you are, there is room for personal expression.

For Sue's biography, please see post "Starting 2017 ...", 2nd January.

There are one or two places left on this workshop, 
so if you are interested, please Post a Comment below, 
or contact our Programme Secretary:

Fifty Shades of Whipping and Lacing - mini workshop

Friday 3rd March will be something a bit different.  Caroline Lindsay is giving us a mini workshop on

Fifty Shades of Whipping and Lacing

After a brief talk about her work in general, Caroline will explain what is meant by whipping and stitching, i.e. taking a few very basic stitches and whipping them into shape, plus unlimited creativity.

As we get to grips with these simple stitches, Caroline will bring round her samples to show ways in which one stitch can be reinvented with a simple whipping or lacing stitch.

Caroline belongs to a number of textile groups, including Sutton Coldfield Creative Stitchers and the International Feltmakers Association.  She trained at Leicester to teach needlework, specialising in Dress and Embroidery, and mastered a wide range of hand and machine embroidery techniques. Caroline often uses her own computer designs as a starting point for her work, which she then develops through working directly with the fabric, threads and stitching.

It promises to be fun!

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Mixed Media Quilting with Maria Thomas

Maria Thomas's Friday evening talk gave us a fascinating overview of the ups and downs of her personal stitch journey, which she illustrated with copious examples of her work.  This was followed on Saturday with a workshop based on the mixed media quilting techniques Maria uses in her work.

As a starting point, we used simple images of everyday/household objects and combined them with a variety of layered and collaged printed papers and fabric.

As you can see, we had all come armed with a not inconsiderable quantity of papers, dressmaking patterns, food labels and fabric scraps, 

which, under Maria's guidance, we proceeded to laminate, stick and arrange into a roughly log cabin style patchwork panel.  Sewing pattern tissue was adhered with emulsion paint to fabric for strength, while copious amounts of PVA were used to create a quilt 'sandwich' of paper/fabric/paper.

Once we had tinkered with the layout and got it to our liking, out came the sewing machines for the quilting part.

There's no doubt further stitching and finishing to be done at home, but we had a super day 'playing' with our paper quilt panels, and it will be a good technique to carry forward.  

At the end of the session we laid out all our panels together:


and Maria photographed our work for posterity ...

Friday, 27 January 2017

Maria Thomas, "My Journey through Stitch" Talk

Maria Thomas at work in her studio

Maria loves to share her passion for textiles and enjoys giving colourful talks about her career and work inspirations.  She will bring along many samples of her work to display during her talk to us on Friday 4th February.
A love of fashion and sewing led Maria to take an ND in Printed Textiles at Mid-Warwickshire College, Leamington Spa in the late 1980s.  Keeping her connection with stitch she went on to study a BA Embroidery at Manchester School of Art, and in turn completed an MA Textiles at UCE in Birmingham.
Since graduating, Maria has taught drawing, embroidery and printed textile design at degree and FE level.  She has designed freelance for fashion, exhibited regularly and her work is in public and private collections in the UK & overseas.  Why not come along to her talk and be inspired?