Friday, October 5, 2018

Charity Day Outcome

Representatives of Bridge the Gap, our chosen charity for 2018, attended our AGM and were presented with a cheque for £450 by Janet.

Marilyn, Jill Crossley, Fiona Barker and Janet

Sunday, September 30, 2018

AGM and Quaker Tapestry Talk and Workshop

                                                       A most welcome guest.

At our 2018 AGM on Friday 28th September the business was fairly swiftly dealt with. The worrying thing being that the Committee is much depleted and there is a lack of ladies ready to serve as officers.

After refreshments, the floor was taken by Bridget Guest our visiting speaker and workshop tutor. She is a member of the Society of Friends (Quakers) and her subject was the history and development of the Quaker Tapestry.

Her power point presentation was a fascinating mix of pictures, sound and personal input. The Quaker Tapestry was the inspiration of a Somerset lady, Anne Wynn-Wilson, who was studying the Bayeux Tapestry. In 1981 she had gathered together a team of people with the necessary skills and work was started on a series of 70 panels, united by the use of 7 selected stitches, worked on a specially woven woollen background cloth. She wanted the work to be contributory, especially by children, who were encouraged to draw designs and sew parts of the panels. News of the project spread round the world and some panels were created by Friends as far afield as Australia. The collection of panels was complete in 1996 and it is housed in Kendal, the Lake District (Westmorland) being where George Fox, the founder of Quakerism first started preaching.

Quakers have been behind so many aspects of life both in the past (prison reform, abolition of slavery, chocolate!) and more recently in fields like astrophysics, and the panels depict these many aspects in wonderful detail. As well as being a feast for the eyes, they are a rich source of information.

An example of a tapestry panel.

The workshop, on Saturday, was well attended and Bridget provided a kit and a mandala design, which she had created especially to use each of the 7 stitches as in the Tapestry. Particularly interesting to learn was the Quaker Stitch, which was invented by Anne Wynn-Wilson specifically for the lettering on the panels.

It was a well-structured class, in that a small section of the design could be completed using one of the stitches, before everyone moved on to learn the next stitch. We even had a Skype link-up at 2pm with a class taking place in Kendal and working on the same piece. We were pleased that both classes seemed to be at the same stage of progress! Most participants still have quite a bit of work to complete the design but it is unlikely that the pieces will remain UFOs for long.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Advance notice AGM and Workshop

The Quaker Tapestry is NOT canvaswork and the embroideries that form its component parts are stunning. The talk at Friday 28th September's AGM by Bridget Guest should, therefore, be really interesting and the workshop on Saturday 29th most enjoyable.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Charity Day - 30th June 2018

The sun shone, perhaps too much, numbers attending were considerably down.

 Those who did come to Thie Ellyn, sat in a pleasantly cool atmosphere and enjoyed a wonderfully enjoyable stitch and chat - at the same time benefiting a very worthwhile charity.

This is the building that BtG is hoping to build to accommodate young people with life threatening conditions.

Remembering Jean's lovely smile.
The smile runs in the family!
Kits put together by Janet and one completed by Angela showing what can be done.
The Young Embroiderers joined us for the afternoon.

Although there were fewer attendees than hoped, we anticipate being able hand over a reasonable cheque to BtG.

Future July Open Meeting and Workshop

Friday, June 29, 2018

Flower Festival 2018 - St Andrew's

We were asked by St Andrew's to produce a display to complement their flower displays on the theme "The Manx Year". Below are pictures of the display created by members of your hard-working Committee! The Flower Festival is on for the whole of Tynwald Week.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Weekend of 18th-20th May. Sue Stone

                               "Appliqué and Hand-stitched Portraits with Sue Stone
Sue's self-potrait

The weekend got off to an inauspicious start with Sue Stone's not being able to get to the Island in time to give her talk “Woman with Fish” on the Friday evening. Because a maintenance van had run into the Flybe plane at Manchester, poor Sue was transferred to Liverpool and did not arrive on the Island until gone 9 p.m.!  This meant that we had to come up with something at short notice, so, for those who attended, we had a relaxed and sociable ‘social stitching’ evening.  However, without Sue, the evening ended early. 

From then on things improved spectacularly and the two-day workshop and the rest of the weekend were a huge success.

Eleven members had booked on Sue’s two-day workshop “Appliqué and Hand Stitched Portraits” which was held at the Braaid Hall and everybody turned up nice and early, which was a sign of things to come, as 4 o’clock came and there was hardly a stir from anyone to put down our stitching and go home. The next morning everybody once again came early and we were still busy stitching at 3.45 and only stopped in order to display the results of our weekend!  Normally by 3 o’clock people are tired and starting to put work away – even for a one-day workshop!

Impossible to stop!

Sue began by explaining her technique and then how we should transfer our image to the fabric using tissue paper and stitch.  She then spoke to each of us individually to advise about our image choices and how to tackle our piece so by lunchtime we were all well underway with our stitching and even reluctant to stop for the lovely contributory buffet lunch! 

The workshop continued in the same industrious fashion the next day.  The photographs show how the participants each tackled very different portraits and worked them in very different ways.  All of us came away having learnt such a lot and enthused with a determination to actually finish the portraits – no UFO’s from this workshop!

                                        The same image can be treated differently.

And this is what ladies took home!