Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Penny Nutall's talk and Zentangle Workshop 20th & 21st April

(Thank you to Maureen Kennaugh for her report and pictures)

On Friday evening Penny Nuttall gave the Guild an "informal reminiscence, with bits and bobs." This was her story of embroidery and textiles.  Penny's "bits and bobs" consisted of a wonderful array of embroidered projects, which included her exquisite Chinese vase. This married metal thread and silk shading over a lined 3D vase - with the embroidery amazingly going over the nearly invisible  seams  - which Penny made for the Embroiderers' Guild's "Riches of Stitches" competition some years ago. Penny also had some examples of her garments, which included both screen printed children's dresses and two examples of adult historical garments.
 Penny supplemented her talk and with a digital presentation, which explained the complicated nature of working with Manx National Heritage to produce replica historical garments for their various museums.  One example was the reproduction of Quayle's Manx Militia coat for the Nautical Museum which meant sourcing £100 per metre red cloth, gold epaulettes - and making a garment with no pattern to go by. Producing garments, which can be worn by today's adults and children, who vary so much from the shapes and sizes of the historical originals, is a real challenge! 
There was so much more to Penny's talk and "bits and bobs" included designing and making ball gowns for her daughter at university as well as parchment work, corsetery, and screen printed clasp purses  - and more besides.

In contrast to many of Penny's "bits and bobs", her workshop on Zentangle free machine embroidery, which she described as "doodling with free-machine embroidery", illustrated another of Penny's skills ie. free machining and quilting.

Penny explained that Zentangle is a meditative process (although I think everyone queried this with the amount of concentration required in the working  the pieces during the workshop!) and we should aim at its being a relaxing process!
 Zentangle has many set patterns, one of which we all tried and were quite amazed by. This is  Rick's Paradox .
   We started off the workshop by doodling with a pen in order to get into the flow of the freedom of doodling, then Penny set us working on fabric, free machining various doodling patterns, ideas for which she had provided.   After lunch Penny set the group working on our own patterns and zentangling "doodling"

  One of the major advantages to this workshop was that Penny was also very helpful in giving advice for those who were new to free machine stitching, or required a refresher - and even the more experienced stitchers learned something new!  All in all, it was a most enjoyable workshop.

Expert help on hand
A "posh" machine wasn't really necessary.  
Finished examples to take home.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Places on April workshop still available.

  Contact Janet Williams, the Workshop Secretary, on 675727, if interested.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

24th March - Our Creative Stitch Day

It was hard work but worth it, thanks to all the demonstrators and helpers. Here are some photos which capture the essence of the day.

Our Patroness, Lady Gosney and our
indefatigable, Stella.

EG IoM's Millennium Project
seen in it's full glory -
Manannan's Cloak
Pat K and Caroline before the rush, all set and ready to demostrate

Sheila demonstrated paper-piecing patchwork and Janet, her redwork
Theresa, with a rapt lady, absorbed in
her layering technique
Linda, ready to "fascinate"

Helen drew a crowd with her colourful work.

And things got busy and the noise level rose....!!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

24th February - Redwork - untutored workshop

The meeting opened with "business" - discussion of preparations for our Creative Stitch Day and the future of the Library.

After this our acquired projector had its first outing and we viewed part of a Jan Beanie DVD, which was extremely interesting, showing how to link dominant motifs and thus create a unity in an abstract design.

Those booked in to the workshop then moved on to preparation and stitching of the pieces, that will later form the basis of a project workshop later in the year.

We had a wonderful display of
pieces, already created by Sheila, Janet and Mo, to give us inspiration and show how effective and varied the technique can be.
As can be seen, REDwork isn't necessarily red!!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

COME AND JOIN US on 24th March 2018

JANUARY 21st 2018 Mixed Media

This meeting and workshop was, sadly, rather poorly attended.

Courtesy of Sue Quilliam, there was a sales table for Colourcraft items along with many other goodies, which were eagerly snapped up by the members, who were present.

The workshop was led by Maureen K and Stella, who showed how Tyvek, Lutrador and Angelina could be transformed by heat manipulation and used as a basis for machine- or hand- embroidery. The very select band of participants benefited from close help and attention from Maureen and Stella particularly in machine embroidery, once they had "played" with the heat manipulation!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

December 2017

Unusually, we had to cancel our Christmas "party" because of snowfall, which was particularly bad in Douglas and Onchan. The Police advised people not to travel.