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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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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.

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Thank you to Gillian, Laurene and Jenny for sharing some inspiring samples of stitching on paper. Many members enjoyed making some fabric paper with a fabric base overlaid and layered with tissue papers and watered PVA. It will be interesting to see how they are stitched and utilised in future Textile art works.

A few photos from today:

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March was all about pushing the boundaries of nuno felt and initial experiments display great success with this technique. Martina, Carol and Bronwyn led an informative and inspiring tutorial with their fantastic samples and individual ‘on the spot’ tutoring. Thank you all.

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Carol’s beautiful sample shawl

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Samples including felting onto orange bag

Carol has used her own alpaca fibres in many of her samples, and displayed much creative variety in all her displayed nuno felt.

We were all impressed with Martina’s exploration of nuno felting roses:

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Roses nuno felted onto fine white silk

And Pauline was on the ball as usual with a gorgeous finished sample:

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We had a flock of birds joining us in preparation for our contribution to the Artisans of Geelong Exhibition in April. Kerrie presented some options for making 3D birds in our first meeting for 2017 in February and the members have responded with gusto- they are beautiful.

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Some of the birds flocking together

And Gillian’s in progress:

Bird in progress

Our next 2nd Saturday meeting will be a Stitch & Share, perhaps of any intentions for your yearly project leading to our solo GeeTAG exhibition in 2018. If there are any suggestions for the 5th Saturday at Shearer’s Arms in April please email. Ditto with any finished samples of nuno felt and they can be added to the blog.

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Merry Christmas

The December meeting was all about the Christmas Party. This year we opted to have a shared lunch and a gift exchange. The theme for the exchange was the Twelve Days of Christmas. Each participant was to put together a parcel ready for the swap. The was a list to guide us in making our Twelve Days of Christmas Parcel. 12-days-of-textile-bits  To keep things fair each parcel was given a number and the participants a number with the proviso that if you somehow got your parcel it would be swapped. There was much fun and excitement as the gifts were distributed (Santa Kerrie) and opened.

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There was some work shown but the general mood was to party, lovely food to eat and lighthearted banter as we got into the Christmas spirit.

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I hope that members have had a happy start to the year and are thinking about if not already creating something with their parcel. It will be fun to see what has been created with the swap.

 

 

 

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