Friday, 23 June 2017

Christine Plummer's requirements for stitch club 15th July 2017

40 to 50 sheets of A4 paper ( I use different colours and weights for each page).
 Decovil Light (I will bring some for sale).
 2 hand made or brown paper for cover.
 A selection of co-ordinating papers (to decorate the outside of your book).
Buttons and lace (if desired or anything you wish to add).
Threads, thick and thin and buttonhole thread or similar to stitch the pages in.

I will bring packs of papers and Decovil for you to buy if you wish.

Pritt, PVA
Pencil and ruler
Kitchen knife (to cut the pages)
Sewing machine (optional)

Monday, 19 June 2017

Silk Shading and Goldwork a stitchclub by Jaqui Amatage 17th June 2017

As usual Jaqui was very organised with instruction sheet and pattern together with spare threads and beads. I am always rather awed by goldwork and reel with the names of the materials - gold check purl, gold smooth purl and jap were among the ingredients today. Then I take against the effect of the check purl - too much glistening for me. I realise that I have a long way to go with effective silk shading (and I have admit to being hopeless at reading instructions, but appreciate them particularly after the class). Here is work by Jacqui and some skilled followers.

Vanda Tayor Nottingham inspired by Emily Notman June 2017

To all Bailgate members - send Kate a photo of your latest work and I will put it on the blog. Or bring it to a meeting for her to photograph.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

30th June Japanese practical evening

We will be having a Japanese evening on Friday the 30th June. A practical Japanese project will be led by Lyn Rochester – no equipment needed.

Please bring as many Japanese things as you can, to give a good atmosphere to the evening and allow us to focus.
In Feb 2007 we made Japanese Omyage gift bags. In May 2008 we had fun with Japanese Indigo Shibori over a warm weekend. In April 2012 we had Katie Chaplin for a talk and a workshop and we made Japanese double sided patchwork as well as decorative balls (inserted cloth, Japanese style). In February 2016 we learned about Japanese book binding from Amy Hewes as a stitch club.

You might remember other events and you might have even visited Japan. Bring and share experiences.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Emily Notman Mixed Media Wall Hangings Workshop Saturday 27th May 2017

Emily had brought inks, paint swatch pots and mark makers and gave each of us a brown paper bag with pieces of white fabric, lace, net and lace for colouring. Our water bowls soon coloured as we wet our fabric and made the inks fainter. Many used the emulsion too. We all ended up with wet strips of coloured fabric which dried while we had lunch.

After lunch we made a sandwich with bondaweb as the bread and our layered landscape design as the filling. Emily encouraged us to never cut straight as landscapes undulated. She said she put her lightest pieces on top and the darkest on the bottom. Then iron thoroughly both sides.  Stitching with loops and fake French knots were her favourite.

What a marvellous day and a delightful tutor.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Emily Notman Mixed Media Installations Friday evening talk 26th May 2017

Emily uses fabrics and paper; anything that can be used to stitch into. She leaves wire and pins in work. She left work in the rain. The bridal dress feel comes from a favourite aunt who died. Emily used shells, and made shells (mussels) and barnacles. She developed landscape panels which you can see here; Emily handed  these round.  She frays fabric and cuts into it with a soldering iron. She makes loops and fake French knots with wool or embroidery threads. A Beijing craft magazine portrayed her work and she exports to China.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Interbranch Study Day East Midlands Region

Sunday 17th September 2017 10.00am – 3.30pm

Thringstone Community Centre 
The Green, 
Nr Coalville, 
Leicestershire LE67 8NR 

Workshop fee £35.00 (includes refreshments)

Secret Gardens in Boxes With Book Artist Paul Johnson or
Kantha Stitching with Gill Greany or
Wool Painting with Raya Brown

more details available