Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Kathy Paton's stitch club: Lutrador, Ink and Melting 18th March 2017




Kathy had supplies of lutrador and inks which we could use at a nominal cost. Bailgate members were supplemented by people from Reflections, Heighington glass club and IMPart, a social art group in Lincoln. The day was spent using acrylic ink on lutrador which was then shrivelled and reduced to holes in specific places with a craft heat gun. As you can see above some stunning images were created.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Erin Fleming Theatre Costume Design Friday February 24th 2017



We were given a glimpse of the life of a costume designer for the theatre. Each were expected to design a costume for Eliza as a flower seller from My Fair Lady. There were a choice of fabrics to use as swatches for the costume; we each had to draw Eliza – some created their design by cutting up pieces from magazines and gluing a collage. It made a fresh way of looking at things.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Dry Felting stitch club by Robyn Smith 18th February 2017




We were each issued with a barbed needle in a holder and a large chunk of synthetic sponge; Robyn invited us to choose the fleece we wanted to use and decide on which smallish item we would create (needle felting is very time consuming). She encouraged us to start by rolling the fleece to create body shapes which we would place on our sponge and needle all over. Ears, feet and limbs were worked separately and added. As you can see hare/rabbit creations were the most popular with toadstools coming second. 

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Pentagonal Patchwork Bowls: a practical evening with Linda Phillips 27th January 2017



Linda Phillips showed us some of her patchwork quilts and examples of her bowls. She had prepared vylene templates which also served as stiffners and gave us a choice of fabrics; patterned for inside the bowl and plain for the outside (to allow us to add some embroidery). Most of us hand sewed the inside layer during the evening, leaving the outside as homework. 

Monday, 23 January 2017

Stitch clubs change location in March

In March we are moving stitch clubs to a room at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Skellingthorpe Rd, opposite the petrol station on the Birchwood Avenue junction.

Islamic Tiles – Ceramic into Textile with Kate Steane: stitch club 21st January 2017



The members all chose arabesque designs with interwining lines, leaves and flowers. The tiles were created using acrylic paint on tissue paper, backed with white felt; three different types of glue were used.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Shelagh Greenhaigh: practical goldwork evening 25th November 2016



photos by Judy O'Neill

This was goldwork for beginners although the more experienced joined in too. Shelagh gave us a simple design – a five flower with five petals and a leaf which we were to mark out on a piece of silk dupion, backed with cotton beforehand. Using a ring frame we followed Shelagh’s instructions, working with gold twist, purl purl, rough purl, jap and kid (for the leaf). She displayed some of her own goldwork which showed her love of natural things.