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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.

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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 exhibition was to celebrate the ten years that GeeTAG has been meeting, with work from the last five years. It was amazing to see so much work, the variety of styles and the skills of the members. Three rooms filled, display cases and tables loaded and every wall, nook and cranny displaying work.

All involved are to be congratulated. The members for providing so much work to mount an exhibition, the organising team for getting the exhibition organised and the Geelong branch of the Guild for the financial assistance.
What is an exhibition without an opening? Glenys Mann, a well known and respected textile artist and founder of Fibre Arts opened the exhibition and our group was thankful for her support. All who came enjoyed the opportunity to mingle, sip a bubbly and have some pre dinner snacks whilst having a good look at the work. The following photographs will give a taste of the diversity of work, however, it is impossible to show it all.
Our stitched sign that was used for the promotional work and advertising was equally at home with the ‘white gloves’ and the explanation of how our group interprets books. The following photographs show some these.

Some of the other works exhibited.

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Yesterday was our last GeeTAG get together for 2017 and we partied with delicious food, had fun making tricky origami books and secret boxes and continued stitching for our 10 year celebratory exhibition next year.

Here is a taster of some works in progress that will be on show at “Breaking Traditions”, The Shearer’s Arms Gallery, Geelong, March 16-18, 2018.

The 2018 program has been sent out. Don’t forget to email your March exhibition entry forms through to Jenny by 5th February 2018, do not leave it to the February meeting as it is after the cut off date.

We will be starting 2018 at our first meeting on 10th February with Mixed media and the Golden Scrolls for our Embroiderer’s Guild 50th Anniversary exhibition in September.

Contact Leonie or sign up Monday for the Summer School, get in early before it is opened up to other branches of the Guild or you may miss out.

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas.

 

 

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Origami books continued

We are having some technical issues with the sign in for Kerrie, so I will pop up the photos from our November meeting and an update in the meantime and when we have resolved the glitch Kerrie can add her own inimitable, effervescent style!

Firstly Kerrie tutored us in another of her wonderful mini books, we should all be able to have our own mini bookshelves after the past few months.

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Please bring along your finished books for show and tell at the December meeting.

Our December meeting will be ‘Party Time’. Please let me know whether you will bring a sweet or savoury item to share for lunch, with a 12noon opening for a 12.30pm luncheon.

After lunch I will show you how to make a Chinese secrets box which may be added to your book pages and Kerrie will have another interesting book format to demonstrate. See your emails for the requirements.

A suggested program for 2018 has been emailed out. I have already had some great feedback and adjusted the program to suit. If you have ideas to add to the program for next year please email these through, I will send out the amended program just before the December meeting.

 

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Twining Away

Making twine was the focus for the September meeting. This is a super easy thing to and very easily done in front of the television. Carol demonstrated the technique using fabric strips and Kerrie followed on with paper twine. There are many uses for the twine, wrapping cords, pots, baskets, mats and weaving.

These are pots that Kerrie made using the technique. The first is made with dressmaking pattern/tissue paper, the second with silk and the third with calico. The twine is coiled and then each coil stitched to hold it in place.

Fabric strips, two different widths made into twine and below yarn twisted into twine.

Strips of dressmaking tissue twisted into twine. Kerrie likes to wrap the finished twine around some cardboard to keep it neat and stop ant tangles.

Strips of newspaper can also be twisted, however, may make your hands a bit dirty.

This is a little incentive, Carol has finished her concertina book ready for the exhibition in March 2017
And a couple of detail photographs
Following on from last month’s bookmaking session.
Carol has produced another book of her altered papers

And another as a keepsake of 60th

Rosalie had a few of her books to show
Another book form also made with altered papers

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Thank you to Kerrie for a fantastic display and tutorial of her handmade books at the August meeting. Hand stitch book

Following our ‘Messy Day’ on the 5th Saturday in July Kerrie constructed a concertina spine book and led us through the process step by step.

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Pauline went home and made a book:

Gillian shared some of her books:

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I also went straight home to make a book out of my papers and finished it on the weekend. My pages were a little loose so I made the holding tabs a little larger than the spine folds to keep them snug. The linen paper I used for the cover was perfect, I just folded it to size so it has a double up along the bottom and one end which has made it stronger:

And here are some teasers of books in process for our GeeTAG exhibition in March 2018 to celebrate 50 years of EGV Geelong Branch and ? years of GeeTAG (we are working out that one).

 

 

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There was an abundance of beautiful work on show from our productive members at our May meeting.

First up was Pauline with an explanation and great examples of Faux leather. This fitted in beautifully with our theme of recycling for our May postcards with the possible re-use of all those brown paper bags.

Faux leather box

Faux leather

Our other topic for discussion was felting. This arose from the tendency for people to gift me their accidently felted woollens for recycling. There were some lovely examples of needle felting and wet felting.

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A dressed Scallywag:

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Nuno felt patchwork

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Now onto the finished and in-progress pieces on display.

Firstly the April postcards where the theme was ‘Dancing the night away’ and ‘bling, bling, bling’.

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Dance of the 7 veils

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We had some icons appearing for March:

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Bowie icon

We had book pages and covers from Jill:

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DNA Book 1

Book 4

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We even had a finished May postcard using recycled materials:

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Many of our members were inspired after the Velma Bolyard workshop and went home to spin paper and make more shifu:

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Wow, you are a talented bunch.

Next meeting is June with our 15 minutes of fame spot with Robyn and a theme of ‘Out of Africa’- sure to bring out the wild side!

 

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Off to a Good start

Welcome back everyone. We are off to a good start. The program for the year has been developed – it will involve some form of  stitch most months and the opportunity to try or revisit a new technique. This month Gillian Norris led the introduction to Sorbello Stitch.

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Gillian’s piece incorporated stitches of varying size, some overlapped and threads of different types and thickness.

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Keen to start, the group got busy – hoops were out, fabric and threads selected and in next to no time samplers were finished.

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You may like to think about adding or collaging some fabric scraps or paper  and stitching on top. Torn strips of sheer, novelty or knitting yarns can make interesting threads and provide texture in your work.

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Then Jo demonstrated marbling fabric using shaving cream and highly pigmented inks. A simple matter of creating a layer of foam in a tray, using a pipette to drop the ink onto the foam and using a skewer to swirl the inks around. Fabric was carefully laid onto the foam, the marbled inks transferred to the fabric and then the fabric was removed and left to dry.

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Soon after everyone was having a go and there were printed fabric pieces everywhere. Coffee cups made excellent weights and stopped the fabrics from blowing away.

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There was time to look at these. Some finished books from 2014. A few photos of some of the pages in the books. Hopefully more will be added as the group brings along the finished books.

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If you have further suggestions or ideas about techniques that you or the group may be interested in learning please let us know as we may be able to add them to the calendar.

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Our November meeting saw a treasure trove of handmade books revealed. Thank you to Kerrie for her knowledgeable chat on the art of bookmaking. A few of the books and covers displayed:

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Needleweaving on the coptic binding

Needleweaving on the coptic binding

 

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Detail of Pauleen's bookcover

Detail of Pauleen’s bookcover

 

We are all now working on finishing our technique samplers from each month to put into our individual Book of 2014. Remember to leave the cover until after our December meeting, Kerrie will have a surprise package for all to incorporate.

Our pages will include beautiful creative canvaswork:

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Canvaswork 7Pin needleweaving will make an appearance:

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And lots of embellishment and encrustation of stitch:

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What an amazingly talented bunch you all are!!

 

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Many meandering books made their appearance at the March meeting, and each one was beautifully different.

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Gillian brought along a couple more variations of the meandering book including a triangular shaped one:

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Our 2014 projects for GeeTAG will culminate in a book of samples. Today we looked at making silk and felt pages for our books.

We firstly meandered on to a demo of silk paper making with a quick show and explanation of the different types of silk fibres and products.

Silk Paper with textile medium

Next Bronwyn showed some wonderful samples of her felting followed by a quick demo of the felting process.

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We were intrigued with the method for felting the beads into the page and nice beret modelling Beryl!

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This cool suction tool was for wetting down the fibres:

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Kerrie was a magnificent model also and demo-ed needle felting as another possible technique for making pages:

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Jill brought some wonderful show and tell:

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Hope you all have fun trying out some of these techniques and stitching on your pages.

Next month Pauleen and Pauline will be leading us in encrusting calico, look for the email with materials needed. Pauleen’s encrusted rock can be seen below.

Encrusted calico

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