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Our first meeting of the year saw much experimentation with drawing and colouring on fabric with an assortment of water soluble pencils, crayons and blocks. Gillian gave an excellent demonstration of many techniques and effects.

Inktense pencil demo

Our theme for this year is ‘Of the Sea’ which allows for a broad range of interpretation. Gillian brought many ‘sea’ books to inspire as well.

Our experimentation was on A4 size interfaced fine cotton percale and ‘catcher sheets’ for washing machines with ATC, postcard or book pages marked up.

Interfaced cotton
On catcher sheets

We used a variety of colouring tools including Inktense pencils and crayons, water soluble pencils, water soluble crayons and watercolour paints. Rubbing crayons over textured wallpaper worked well. Mediums used to spread the colour included water- greatest spread, textile medium-slightly less spread and aloe vera gel-minimal spread. We tried barriers to the spread such as the inktense liner pencil and the oil based watercolour crayons with some success on our pictures.

On the right-using stamps

After finishing and heat setting some of these may be further enhanced with hand or machine stitch. Robyn’s finished Japanese silks boro bag was much admired. Great use of recycling and I love the cotton crochet doily featured.

Robyn’s Boro bag

Next meeting will be gelli printing, watch out for a recipe and info from Kerrie via email. Those who took pieces of the fantastic textured wallpaper samples Jill shared bring them along, they are excellent for gelli printing. Also for next meeting read the list and think about where we will head for the second half of our meeting/workshops.

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The final meeting for 2018 was a celebration, afternoon tea, planning for 2019 and show and tell. We had a little challenge for those who had the time and energy in the lead up to Christmas. The challenge was a book ( scroll) or members interpretation of of a book in a tin or box. Loosely themed around the 12 days of a Stitcher’s Christmas.

From Gillian

Jo’s was still in progress

Jenny concertina book with pockets, the pockets contained stitched images from the 12 Twelve Days of Christmas.

Carol produced a flag and a concertina book.

Pauline made a scroll

Laurene made a stitched scroll

These two from Kerrie

The was some other show and tell to admire, framed pieces from Jenny and some Boro bags from Carol and Laurene.

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The focus for the September meeting was Boro stitching with the intention of constructing a bag from the stitched cloth in the October meeting.  Boro is an old Japanese technique of mending and repair that uses scraps of cloth and Sashiko stitching or running stitch to extend the life of the fabric or garment.

This bag is made from small pieces of indigo dyed Japanese fabrics.

Jo led the session, demonstrating the construction of the base cloth. The idea was to create a base of fabric pieces or scraps stitched down onto a base cloth using running stitch ( Sashiko)

Base cloth in production.

A finished base cloth, ready to be made into a bag.

Finished bag

Another bag in production.

Some samples of mended and patched fabric, quite small pieces and probably will not be made into a bag.

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Members were stitching all manner of arty pieces this month at our ‘catch up’ session.

Some lovely felting from last month:

felt 1

felt 3

felt 3

Shirley’s quilt for the ‘Alice in Threadland’ challenge at our upcoming exhibition:

AinW quilt 5

AinW quilt 1

AinW quilt2

At our exhibition we have a great gift shop. Here are some items our group have been making to sell for the Guild:

bags

runners

Some of our members attended a fun day with the Trolly Dolly’s:

dolls 1

And finally some fantastic etched metal books made by some of our members at a workshop with Jen Crossley

Metal etched book 2

Metal etched book 1

Our October meeting will be “Colouring Cloth”, watch out for the emails.

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Our ‘Show and Tell’ for September was boosted by the return of members who had tripped off north for the winter.

Pauleen has been very busy, while off sunning herself, creating beautiful books and bags:

One of the books:

The beautiful bag, front:

and back:

Jill was not idle and finished off her creative beading sample from Lisa Walton’s workshop:

Jill is also currently working on a book incorportaing some fantastic colour combinations like this:

Evelyn took our lutrador experimenting to new levels with this amazing piece:

What an amazingly talented bunch we are!!!

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