Monday, 26 February 2018

Maggi Ayling and Tapestry Weaving 23rd February 2018

Maggi Ayling brought a large number of small trial pieces; each had been made in advance of a bigger piece, to try out how the colours worked together. She emphasized how it was often necessary to work sideways, especially with vertical images.She talked about the earliest Coptic tapestries and had a book illustrating these, including this Egyptian piece, 4th century AD. Sadly the last minute change of venue jolted procedure on every level.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Join us with weaving on a picture frame run by Kathy Paton: Stitch Club 17th March 2018

To make your frame take a charity shop picture frame with equal amount of panel pins equally spaced, knocked in along short ends. Either 5mm apart or 1cm apart. Panel pins available upstairs in Wilkos; use 20mm pins or 15mm pins for smaller spacing. It is helpful to put masking tape over the frame first then mark spaces off on this. Also helps the pins not to slip.

In choosing frame size, remember that weaving starts a minimum of 6cm (2 inches) from the pins - with the same space available after the weaving. This is to enable tying off and weaving in the threads. 

Alternatively- Flying Tyger on the Cornhill sometimes have simple weaving frames at a great price. 

Warp yarn - 
smooth, strong cotton yarn. Crochet cotton is good. Neutral colour usually used but it's your choice. 
I will have warping yarn available.

Weaving yarns: 
Wools, fancy yarns and threads, fabric strips, wool roving - anything that can be woven in and out!
Thicker yarns grow faster!

I will provide weaving needles but feel free to bring your own if you have them.

Bring a cutlery fork or Afro comb.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Stitch club with Kate Steane - Collage hangings 17th February 2018

We all enjoyed the day rummaging through fabric fragments, placing them and then using bondaweb to glue them onto backing fabric. As you can see everyone went for landscapes but each had a different view. We all took our pieces home for final additions.

Friday, 16 February 2018

17th Feb 2018 Replacement stitch club - Collage hangings with Kate Steane

same stuff as badgemaking
also needle and thread and bondaweb (but all available from Kate together with a huge range of fabric fragments)