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For the next few sessions the focus of the program will be on FreeMachine Embroidery. Leonie led the group through the basics of machine embroidery and the steps involved in the making of a sculptural bowl shape and a few tips and tricks to get us started.

The bowl starts with layers of thread, snippets of fabric made into a soluble fabric such as Wash Away.

The sandwich is then free machine embroidered with interlocking circles which hold the trapped threads together when the soluble fabric is rinsed away

Then the soluble fabric is rinsed away. Thorough rinsing will create a softer more lace like product, less rinsing will make the embroidery stiffer and have more structure.

Then shaped over a bowl or glass to create the moulded shape.

The embroidery is then left to dry. When dry the structure can be worked into with stitch, embellished with beads or reinforced with fine wire.

Leonie demonstrated using thick threads in the bobbin, winding a bobbin by hand and making sure not to thread through the tension slot. This creates a thick pattern on the underneath which then becomes the right side.

There was some discussion about using the embroidery stitches built into the machine.

More inspiration from Leonie

Thanks to Leonie for her preparation and great introduction machine embroidery.

Top tip, use titanium needles.

Rhonda came with her Boro bag for Show and Tell

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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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This month’s mini workshop was taken by Carol O’Loughlin and a brief report was provided by Gillian.

 
We stamped using Pigment ink on dyed base fabric – tea dyed in most cases.
We then cut out motifs from fabric or pieces of colour to apply to the cloth.
Transparent gauze and muslin were used to mask some of the space and then we stitched over and around the resulting areas/images.
 
These photos are very much works in progress, the workshop continues next month with time in between for stitching.
 

Leonie, Martina and Janet had some show and tell from the dyeing workshop.


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Several members had been away at Fibre Arts Australia and came along to the meeting with some show and tell of their class.

Jo’s class -Text in Art Textiles with Claire Benn

Gillian’s class – Text and Textiles with Jette Clover

Rosalie’s class – Basketry with Mary Hettmansperger.

Meg’s class – Silhouttes with Michelle Eastwood

Kerrie’s class – Cloth and Memory with Beverly Ayling Smith.

Jo very expertly demonstrated the techniques involved in Breakdown Screen Printing.

Another of her pieces

The tables were set up, techniques were explained

And demonstrated

The demonstration piece

Some more show and tell of Jo’s work

The screen at the end, notice how the Text has started to disappear or break down.

And from Pauline, some work inspired by Jude Hill.

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Ten years ago the Embroiderer’s Guild Geelong branch launched the GeeTAG group to experiment with textile art and stitch. Next weekend we celebrate a decade of experimentation and sharing of skills and techniques with our inaugural exhibition at Shearer’s Arms Gallery. All are welcome to the opening by Glenys Mann on Thursday evening at 6pm ($10 entry, tickets from Gillian and Jenny- please pre-book for catering).

Breaking traditions

Below is a Taster slideshow of some of the wonderful pieces that may be on display:

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and a sneak peek of Gillian’s “Under the bay”

Under the bay

Thank you to Pauline who has sent through a proposed plan for the next few months:

April Resist dyeing using bleach- (requirement list will be emailed out prior)

May Mini show and share from my fun with Claire Benn at Ballarat

June Demo of felted portrait with Martina

Hope to see you all at the exhibition opening

 

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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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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:

Martina

Roses nuno felted onto fine white silk

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

Pauline McK

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.

Birds 1

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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