Monday, 31 July 2017

The Quaker Tapestry, talk by Anne Woods July 28th 2017

Anne Woods spoke at our monthly meeting about the designing and making of the Quaker Tapestry (77 panels total) which resides in Friends Meeting House, Kendal, Cumbria.  Appleton wool was used for the needlework onto specially woven natural wool cloth (not dyed).  


Flowers detail from panel D8: Botanists

Fish detail from panel F21: Friends in Canada

 Detail of the Quaker Tapestry Logo

Detail of the ship, The Woodhouse, which took the first Quakers to America.

The panels tell the story of the Quaker movement and its influence on modern world developments. Only a third of the panels are on display (in Kendal) at any one time. www.quaker-tapestry.co.uk for more information.

photos and words by Judy O'Neill

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Practical Japanese evening with Lyn Rochester and Origami Kimonos 30th June 2017


We all sat together passing along little pieces of coloured paper, following Lyn's clear spoken directions as we folded and tied. There was little chatting as we focused on the work in hand and each of us created four little bright figures, just the right size for a book mark. While we worked we nibbled Japanese snacks and a few of us had brought along Japanese related items to add to the ambience.  

Friday, 23 June 2017

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

Books 
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)
Needles 
Scissors
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.