After her talk "My Story in Stitch" on Friday evening, Helen Sargent followed up with a very interesting and relaxing workshop. We were shown all sorts of methods for creating a simple landscape using various media and methods. These involved tracing or direct computer printing, paints or material pieces, hand or machine sewing. We were a small group and, with freedom of choice, we all chose differently! We all went away with works in progress - see below- and I am hoping that, later in the year, I can add photos of completed pieces.
Betty chose paint, machine and hand stitching.
Maureen opted for appliquéd material, paint and machine stitching.
Maria's piece with many patterned material pieces - ready for quilting.
There was a good attendance at the meeting prior to the workshop. Apart from the "business" there was a sales table with items from "Silk Sacks" and "Silk Route", supplied on a sale or return basis. By the end of the day there was not a great deal to return!
12 ladies stayed on to participate in the workshop under the tutelage of Maureen Kennaugh. It was a very relaxed, and enjoyably messy, time. Everyone completed several pieces of paper and some went on to create 3D pieces. As these didn't have time to dry, it is to be hoped that they will be finished off at home and a later posting will show what ladies have done with them.
Maureen went to a lot of trouble to arrange the sales table and prepare a productive workshop, so we are most grateful to her.
Our visit to the Manx Museum was a real treat for those who attended. We started with a fascinating power-point presentation by Yvonne Cresswell. This prepared us to fully appreciate the exhibits and hidden gems that we were going to be shown. The quilts and samplers held by the museum are not just examples of techniques and design but the materials used tell their own story of the social history of the era, when each was made.
Apparently the Victoria and Albert Museum (no less) regards the Manx collection very highly. The V&A have pieces preserved purely for aesthetic appeal and with no back story, whilst on the Island, each piece has as detailed a provenance, as possible, which provide signposts to further research.
Afterwards we viewed the items in the galleries in a different light and felt very privileged to see many pieces - from a (possibly) 16th century stumpwork box to 20th century work by Larch Garrard and Alison Quaye - which are not usually seen by the public.
The year 2016 ended on a high note for our Branch, when Angela Teago's piece, which she stitched for our "Capability Brown Exhibition" at Milntown, was selected to be shown at all the Knitting and Stitching Shows, in London, Harrogate, and Dublin. A real feather in our caps. Well done Angela and thank you for putting us "on the map".
Let us try to make 2017 another successful year for the Isle of Man Branch. That will need you to support the meetings and workshops we have planned. (See side bar)
Last Saturday we enjoyed a convivial lunch followed by a fun workshop, for which we were joined by the Young Embroiderers.
Provided with wire shapes, tree and heart, we set to, with copper wire and beads, to create decorations or brooches. The YE members were much more exuberant in their designs. You can guess from the photos below, which examples were theirs!
Our monthly meeting was held on the Saturday morning prior to the Upcycle to Recycle Workshop.
Our visiting speaker was Myra Gilbert, whose work has been closely influenced by her fascinating life-story. So, she illustrated her talk with family pictures as well as with pictures of pieces she has created and also with tangible examples.
She is not only a designer but also a wordsmith and she pays tribute to the women who have sewn, through the ages, out of necessity rather than for pleasure, by inscribing a special Japanese tissue with lines of miniscule, carefully chosen wording. From this tissue she fashions doll size dresses, based on the dresses she and her sisters wore while growing up.
Everyone was amazed at this unique and painstaking work and the sentiments behind it.
The workshop that followed was designed to use as much as possible of a de-constructed man's shirt in order to create other useable items. Although by the end there were no finished items, most ladies were well on the way to finishing the component parts for an attractive cushion and there were also attempts at encrusting the collars and cuffs with beads. So, most went away with "works in progress"
and photos may be added at a future date, when pieces are finished!