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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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Something else to inspire you. This is a small piece of work by Cas Holmes. It consists of altered/dyed paper and fabric that has been layered and stitched. As with much of Cas’ work she is happy to combine machine and hand embroidery.

 

Cas Holmes Work

 

These two books are good reference books  for the topics that we covered in the August meeting – both have lots of information, ideas and how to.

 

Book by Cas Holmes

 

Book by Val Holmes

 

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Great results from the meeting this week with everybody having a go at felting vessels. It is extraordinary how many different forms were made from the one activity. 

felting 3

felting 6

felting 7

felting 8

felting1

felting2

felting4

 

Excellent tutoring girls!

Shirley brought along her quilt from Ballarat Fibre Arts:

quilt 2

confetti quilt 1

 

And Pauleen has been making some creatively coloured fabric (while on her winter visit north). These include rubbings and overprinting. Lovely colours Pauleen.

beautiful fabrics

 

It was a very busy meeting this month as we also played host to the travelling suitcase ‘Amina’ from ATASDA.

TS!

TS2

TS3

TS4

TS5Great opportunity to see such a wide variety of textile works close up.

September’s meeting will be our bring, stitch and sew month. Don’t forget to bring those ATC’s for our display at our biannual exhibition and any extra items for the gift shop.

 

 

 

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Our meeting this month was an “inbetweenie”.

At the beginning of the year the committee decided to try alternating new techniques with “stitch and sew” months and this has worked fabulously.

This month we had members working on a variety of techniques and pieces as well as sharing their discoveries and successes.

We are continuing to collect ATCs for our Biannual exhibition, themed for 2013 as ‘Alice in Threadland’. The back of the ATC is a transfer of a playing card and we have multiple creative interpretations of the theme including the Cheshire Cat:

ATC 1

ATC 2 ATC cheshire cat

Colourful hand embroidery on bookcover:

Bookcover

Applying techniques to create a casket:

box

A colouring technique (ask Jenny about this one):

colour technique

 

detail and the whole piece incorporating crazy patchwork:

CP detail crazy patchwork 1

Experimenting with the marble technique in silk:

marbles in silk

Op Shop refashioning:

op shop refashion refashion 2

Zentangle design:

zentangles

 

Another application of patchwork techniques:

patchwork extension

 

What an amazingly creative bunch and how great to see all these items being worked on!!

August is felting month and the leaders, Maureen and Helen had little kits available for purchase last meeting. If you want to join in please let me know and I will let Helen know how many kits are needed ($3 each).

The photo was included at the end of last month’s round up and here is some more inspiration:

felt bowl

 

See you all August 10th, an email will go round with the items you need to bring in addition to the little kit provided.

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This post is looking back to our April & May workshops. We began and continued embellishing ATC cards based on the theme for our biannual exhibition: Alice in Threadland. Details for the exhibition can be found on the Embroiderers Guild website. (Photos to come).

 

At the May meeting one of our members, Shirley, showed her wonderful memorial book on her Great Uncle based on her research into his life and experiences in WW1. More info is in these articles here and here.

Shirleys book 2

Shirleys book 3

 

Shirleys book 1

She also attended a workshop on the “Confetti Landscape” process.

Before netting:

confetti 2

 

 

After netting and stitching:

confetti 1Thanks for sharing your inspiring work Shirley

 

 

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Many of our members have just enjoyed a creative and inspiring week at the TAFTA Geelong Forum, while many others popped in to visit, view and shop.

Pauleen, Gillian and I all ended up in the same class-Hilary Peterson’s Dye, Print, Stitch’. We all agreed that the class was sensational. Shirley was in Kerr Grabowski’s Mark Making & Deconstructed Printing and Kerry chose a design focus program:  Wendy Lugg’s ‘Transforming Tradition’

The pots brewing:

Pauleen’s book:

Pauleen’s cloth:

Gillian bundling:

Gillian’s book:

Shirley’s printing:

And Kerry, if you email some photos I will pop them here!!

If there is any one else from our group who took a class and would like to put some more info up just email through your text and photos and I will add it on.

Some of mine are over on my blog.

It is well worth participating in the Geelong Forum and also visiting early on the last day (Saturday) to view all the amazing items created at a wide range of classes.

Don’t forget next meeting is October 13th.

November will be rust dyeing/imprinting and an email will go out after the October meeting.

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Silk Paper Plus

On Saturday the group had great fun experimenting with various techniques using silk fibres to make silk paper.

It will be interesting to see how these eventually appear after some stitching and incorporating or using as art pieces on the theme: Water.

For our May get together we have been fortunate in obtaining a booking for ‘Cara’ one of the ATASDA Travelling suitcases. It will be fantastic to see such a great range of textile art up close.

Our technique for May is textile beads, watch out for the email on supplies to collect.

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