We were treated to the most delightful talk and examples of Isobels work which certainly took my breath way. Her work is so colourful and delicate. She explained about the journey into textiles, starting with the encouragement from her grandmother and to the many courses she took. This brought her to teaching machine embroidery and to creating works such as those we saw examples of. Such as feast of colour and delicacy. We hope to tempt Isobel back to run a day school in the future!
It was with much trepidation we began our 2019 AGM. Last year Abi Stonehouse took on the post of Chair, but her life has recently been overtaken by taking up a full time teaching post. We all were so grateful for her time as Chair, and totally understood why she could not continue. Full time teaching is no picnic!
We are looking down the barrel of no Chair and the prospective folding of the group, so imagine our relief when Jenny Ashford volunteered to take on the role for a year. Thank you very much Jenny, we are so grateful.
Another change to the committee is that Deirdre Mitchell is taking on the role of Secretary. Mike Wallace, should have finished his 3 year position of Treasurer, but he has agreed to stand for another year. Gwyneth Allen took over Programme Secretary part way through this year and she has agreed to continue.
The competition was a great success with amazing entries for the depiction of a book title in stitch. Unfortunately I forgot to take photos, but the entry chosen as their favourite was Helen Dowedswell’s Girl with a Dragon Tattoo.
Members had brought some of their work for others to see. It was enjoyable to see work otherwise hidden at home!
What fun we had! Liz Mullenger, ably assisted by Helen Sill had planned the Summer School so that we were able to try various techniques to transform plain white fabric into colourful works of art. The first challenge was ice dyeing where we covered our fabric with ice cubes and then sprinkled procion dye powder over it in colours we liked. As the ice gradually melted, it took the dye through the fabric with magical results.
The second day we washed out the dye and were delighted with the results!
We tried flour paste resist, painting with dye onto fabric, and used soya wax to create a resist before painting the created spaces with dye.
The second day we mainly concentrated on the Shibori method of resist, followed by dyeing the pieces in Indigo dye. Here are some of our beautiful handiwork.
As you can see we had a busy two days but we were very pleased with the results.
In July we were delighted to welcome back Sharon Hurst who regaled us with a deeply personal talk on how how her professional interest in both textiles and painting had helped her survive very difficult times.
She has travelled to so many places sharing her expertise, and encouraging others in our wonderful artistic world. her latest triumph is a TV programme – how far and what circles Sharon has achieved! Just two of Sharons amazing works of art.