Sunday, 30 June 2013

Branch Meeting June 2013

 Yesterday's morning session was how to make Dorset buttons. The three buttons above illustrate the speed with which one can be completed
a) by using the right thickness of thread
b) arriving for the start of the session!
 Hilary also demonstrated how to cover a button with weaving, hope people will try these at home and bring the results to the next meeting.

 In the afternoon we had a very special speaker who was 12 years old when first spotted at the Knitting and Stitching Show two years ago wearing the shoes below. Sarah has been embroidering and making shoes under the guidance of her grandfather for seven years now and brought in examples of her work covering this time, including the first piece she did with her sister, the Parbold canvas work.
 It's difficult to tell from the picture above but the embroidery is actually stitched on slate. Sarah spent a very long time drilling holes into the slate to hold the stitches.

 Sarah's Grandfather told her that if she wants to be a shoe designer she should learn how to make shoes. She has made several pairs with clog like bases but finds them too heavy to wear for too long. It's a pity that all shoe designers don't do this!

 We all really enjoyed Sarah's talk which was enhanced by the series of photographs passed round the group during the talk. This was an interesting alternative to showing slides or power point presentations and was greatly appreciated. We even had two Halifax members come along especially to see Sarah. 
Good luck with your ambition to be a shoe designer Sarah.

Two other bits of news

Margaret has an article in "Stitch" magazine this month (June/July) on how to make a biscornu pillow in counted thread work. Congratulations Margaret.

Charlotte brought in a 'pillowcase' dress to encourage other members to make them. These dresses are simply made and are sent to deprived children in various parts of the world. The idea behind making these dresses is that every girl deserves one pretty thing of her own (other organisations make shorts for boys). Charlotte is hoping to make 100 by the end of October so why not give her a hand? An ideal opportunity to use up the stash in the attic

Next month Judith is going to do a workshop on Shisha work, below are two examples of her samples. The second one uses bottle tops rather than mirrors. See you then.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

May 2013 Meeting

Rachel Lombard was our speaker at the end of last month. She emphasised the need for notebooks and how expensive materials are not necessary to make beautiful work. I wish I'd taken more photographs of her work but there are more samples on her website. 
 The base fabric for this beautiful bag is brown paper

 A page from Rachel's workbook on Beauty and clinical interventions

A raised work lion produced from a collection of images of lions. Rachel collected lions from many sources, including heraldry and children's books.

Next month's morning session starts at 10.30 and will explore Dorset buttons. Stranded cotton, a needle and a brass curtain ring are all that are required. A reminder too that Leeds Flower Show at the beginning of August has a new category of "Machine Embroidery" in the Crafts Hall. All entries welcome!

The Regional Meeting at Riccall was a great success. The two speakers were very entertaining and our branch won two prizes for "Underground" and two of the embroidery bag raffle prizes.