Member work

Member work

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Branch AGM is on Saturday, 23rd September

There will be coffee & biscuits at 10.30 before the morning's business starts at 11.00 am.

We hope as many members as possible will come along to make it an interesting and lively meeting, and join in a bring-and-share lunch afterwards.

Visitors are welcome to join us for the afternoon workshop, when we will have a couple of short demonstrations on hand stitch techniques that can be used to continue the ongoing 'Seasons' project, or as a stand-alone sampling session.  Suitable for all levels, from beginners to the more experienced.

There is no charge for the day.

This is the recommended requirements lists if you wish to take part:
·       General sewing kit, threads, hoop, scissors, needles
·       ‘Seasons’ work prepared to date
·       A4 piece of backing fabric – open weave
·       A4 piece of chiffon or organza in a light colour

·       Fabric to back your book apertures

Please note that road re-surfacing work is due to be carried out on St Mary's Road, starting Sunday 17th September and due to finish Monday 25th September. 

We have been advised that the re-surfacing site extends from the junction at Radford Road to the junction of Caswell Road.   Access to the church will be available from one end of St. Mary’s Road or the other. A diversion will be signed. Please be aware of temporary road surfaces and raised ironwork and drive slowly.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Summer School with Fay Maxwell to make a slashed bag

Day 1

We started by delving into our stashes of fabric - we were told: don't be too selective, just pile on the layers of offcuts and remnants, using lots of colour.  It was great fun!!

Then we pinned on the top fabric, threaded up sewing machines and went for the curvy lines, spirals and grids ....

We were making good progress by lunchtime, and in the afternoon, we completed the stitching and started slashing - cutting channels between the rows, taking care not to cut through the bottom fabric layer.  This was much more difficult than anyone anticipated, and hard on the fingers!

Evening - homework! We were to finish the slashing, then wash the whole piece and BASH it hard against a brick wall (careful not to wake the neighbours!).

Day 2

The next step was to cut and fold back the layers in each grid square or diamond, and hand stitch to hold them in place.  This was surprisingly time consuming.

With all that completed, we could then start to line the bag.  Fay had a good method for doing this, which would ensure that all the seams were neatly enclosed, but it took some getting the head around - origami but not for beginners!  n.b. Don't forget to insert the magnetic fastener before making up.

The end result : A stunning and original evening bag!

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Leamington Library Greeting Card Exhibition now on ...

The exhibition opened on Monday and has attracted a flow of visitors admiring the creative work on display.  Members produced over 80 cards, which demonstrate a variety of techniques, such as machine and hand embroidery, beading, fabric painting, printing, felting and using metals.

The exhibition will continue until 13th August, and coincides with National Stitch Day tomorrow, Saturday 5th August, and also 'Art in the Park' week-end just across the road in the Jephson Gardens.

Visitors to the exhibition are invited to put a stitch or two in a piece of work, which when completed will be a beautiful butterfly.

The exhibition is open during normal Library hours, so do come in and have a look if you can.


Finished sample

Thank you to member, Helen Bright, for sharing photos of her beautiful, finished 'vintage' postcard, started at the July workshop:

Monday, 10 July 2017

Making Vintage Postcards with Janet Humphrey

Gill, who attended this workshop says:
We had a very enjoyable day with tutor Janet Humphrey, who arrived with goodies of lovely ribbons and hand-dyed lace and lots of inspiring samples.
After being shown how to get a unique vintage style postcard onto fabric using A4 labels and cut-out images, we set about choosing a postcard to embellish. Even though some members had selected the same postcard, each one soon became a beautiful individual piece.

We added lace, hand stitch and cut out extra flowers and butterflies ....

Janet was on hand throughout the day to teach us individually how to do new stitches such as creating a rose, stem stitch, French knots, etc and helped with ideas.
It was a lovely hand stitch, feminine, girlie day. Some members went on to buy extra postcards to continue with what was quite an addictive process of personalising them. We are looking forward to seeing them finished at our AGM day.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Marbling fabric

Friday evening's mini workshop using a shaving foam technique to marble fabric was very effective and a lot of fun - even if it was also a bit messy!

The starting point is a base of shaving foam, dotted with blobs of fabric paint

and 'stirred up' with a kebab stick or something similar to create interesting, swirly patterns

Fabric is pressed onto the paint-spattered foam, and the effects are many and various:

(the foam base for this print can be seen in the photo just above)

Our grateful thanks to Leamington member, Sally, who organised the session and brought along some of her samples, including husband's shirt:

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Vintage Postcards workshop - places available

Saturday 8th July 10.00 - 4.00

This workshop by Janet Humphrey will focus on using a blank vintage postcard pre-printed on to fabric (which Janet will supply).  Members will embellish the postcard with images of birds, butterflies, flowers etc., and then add texture with delicate hand embroidery: French knots, seeding, stem stitch and shading.

There are still a couple of places left on this workshop.  If you are interested, please contact or 07715664084 / 01926 338987 (please leave a message)

Please note: there will be an extra charge of £1.00 per student per postcard.

About Janet Humphrey

After gaining a C&G certificate from South Nottingham College, Janet went on to join the Derbyshire based ‘Living Threads’ groupShe has exhibited at various venues including ‘Stitching for Pleasure’ shows at the NEC, ‘Fashion Embroidery & Stitch shows at Harrogate, National Trust Properties and the Uttoxeter and Malvern Quilt shows. She is an enthusiastic tutor, keen to promote traditional skills and runs workshops for guilds, colleges and textile groups. Her work usually has an historical theme, often featuring hand dyed lace and she also likes to incorporate vintage images, fabrics and trims.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

"Stitch Draw" workshop

The evening before our workshop, Rosie James gave us a fascinating talk - illustrated with lots of photos and beautiful samples - on her progress from print specialist, through drawing and stitch, photography and screen printing, and the influences of painting and sculpture, to her current focus on stitched drawing.  (See post below, 29 May.)  You may have seen Rosie's striking hangings at the Festival of Quilts at the NEC, among other venues.

The workshop started with some relatively simple exercises, all done with black thread on white fabric, and leaving long tails of thread hanging on the surface.

We progressed through further exercises, which included stitching an image traced onto tissue paper:

stitching figures drawn directly onto transparent fabric - see right-hand figure in the photo below:  

(It could be quite tricky to follow the drawn lines when looking through the fabric!)

and images built up with appliquéd coloured fabric:

It was a challenging, interesting and very enjoyable day, and Rosie was a generous and very supportive tutor.  We certainly didn't waste any time, and came away with some great samples.

➢ Perhaps we will be seeing a few examples of this technique on some stitched cards for our Greeting Cards exhibition at Leamington Library (31 July - 13 August)  .....

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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Phone07715664084 / 01926 338987 (please leave a message)

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.