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There was much ooohhing and aaahhhing at our August meeting as the results of Kerrie’s fantastic eco dyeing and printing workshop were unveiled. See Kerrie’s post for the wonderful pieces of fabric. We were also entertained and amazed as Robyn told us a brief history of her textile exploits to date, many and varied.

Robyn's textile life!

Robyn’s textile life!

There were lots of finished postcards to admire:

Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather

Felted and stitched postcards

Felted and stitched postcards

Out of Africa

Out of Africa

And some book pages on eco dyed and printed fabric:

Natural dyed backgrounds

Natural dyed backgrounds

 

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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.

Felt 2

needlefelting

A dressed Scallywag:

Skallywag - Benny is my name

Nuno felt patchwork

Felt 1

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’.

DNA 5

DNA 4

Dance of the 7 veils

DNA 1

DNA 2

DNA 3

We had some icons appearing for March:

Cat icon

Bowie icon

We had book pages and covers from Jill:

Book cover

Book 3

DNA Book 1

Book 4

Book 2

We even had a finished May postcard using recycled materials:

Recycled 1

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

Shifu

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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Each month our group responds to a suggested theme and technique for creating a postcard or other small piece of art. We have had lots of sharing of inspiration including a great ’15 minutes of fame’ from member Carol. Thank you Carol for sharing all your amazing artwork with us today.

February’s theme was Wings and the technique: layers and collage

March’s theme was Symbols or icons, technique metals and foils

Our April theme for today was ‘Dancing the night away’ and the technique bejewelled.

As always there was lots of eye candy from the previous months’ stitching as well as some interesting in process works, all very different interpretations of the themes.

Postcard 1

Postcard 2

Postcard 3

Postcard 4

Postcard 5

Postcard 6

Postcard 7

Postcard 8

Postcard 9

 

 

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Our first meeting for the year saw 23 of our 30 members join us to begin our first piece of postcard art. The suggested project for this year is to try out some interesting techniques on a postcard sized piece of art. These will be kept together in a box which many of our members have finished after receiving a bonbon of goodies at our end of 2015 xmas gathering.

Some boxes, finished and in progress:

Texture and maps

Texture and maps

 

Beautiful boxes

Beautiful boxes

 

Pauline brought along a box and postcard to show made from gummy silk, embedded synthetic lace, lumiere paints and tyvek:

Silky Box

Silky Box

 

We also had some great results on display from last years shibori experiments:

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Hopefully we will have some postcards to show at our March meeting based on the theme wings and using the techniques of layering, collage and/or distressing. Perhaps give the technique with the incense sticks a go?

Our March meeting will feature two mini tutorials: Water soluble paper and foiling,  an email will go out about two weeks prior with info.

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Xmas party time

Our December meeting began with a delicious buffet meal prepared by Kerrie featuring some delicious salads as well as some amazing desserts by our members. We opened our bonbons and received an additional gift each, prepared by Kerrie, to begin our box decoration for our 2016 project. Thank you to Kerrie, and her assistant Bronwyn, for the tremendous amount of work and effort in preparing for the day.
During 2016 we will be responding to a monthly theme and holding/participating in a series of mini tutorials to produce a box of mini artworks (postcard sized).
Below are some glimpses of the beginnings of our collaging to cover the boxes to hold our postcards.
Our next meeting will be in February, perhaps we will see some beautifully finished boxes.

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For our June meeting Gillian gave a brief rundown on the history of sashiko and boro stitching and showed us some great samples. She also showed us a very efficient method of weaving the fabric strips using a ruler.

Everybody was quickly at work cutting strips of fabric and weaving using this ingenious method. Most people also got onto stitching to attach and enhance their pieces.

Thank you to Pauline who emailed through a photo of her boro piece in progress with interesting shapes embellished on top.

Pauline's woven boro

Pauline’s woven boro

Next meeting is 11th July and will be ‘Stitched and Dissolved with FME’. Requirements list will go out Monday by email. Don’t forget to email through photos, they can be added at any time.

 

 

 

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Thank you to Pauline for leading us in a fun, arty technique today for our March meeting, one which everybody seemed to enjoy greatly.

It involved stitching, followed by glueing and then painting, with more stitching to come at home when out creations are dry.

These little masterpieces can be used as panels, bookcovers, decorations etc and I know I, for one, will be making a couple more after today’s fun. The lumiere paint was particularly effective and a little bit of gold rubbed onto prominent areas added a little extra special glitz.

Stitched, glued

Stitched, glued

Painted

Painted

Painted

Our stitch of the month was ably demonstrated by Pauleen:

Ladder stitch

Ladder stitch

And a few stitch samplers were on show:

Stitch samplers

Info for the April meeting will be going out shortly by email, as well as some reminders of special projects in which you might like to become involved.

 

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