Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Paper Mania Workshop

Mary McIntosh, visiting City & Guilds tutor from Sudbury, Suffolk followed her Friday May talk to the Guild entitled “Adventures in Textiles” with an inspirational workshop on the Saturday with the theme of  “Paper Mania”. 
Mary brought a great variety of her work to show on Friday, and explained, not only her sources of inspiration, but  her working methods.  Members were thoroughly impressed with Mary’s work and agreed that her work was “truly different”.
This set the precedent for the Saturday workshop, where, after Mary’s instruction, members went to work interpreting Mary’s designs and instructions with such concentration that for the most part the workshop was quiet!  Throughout the workshop, Mary was attentive, and, so, at the end of the workshop there were many completed pieces of work to show!
The workshop consisted of mixing pre-painted newspaper, layered with three to four layers of lustrous chiffon which was then stitched and the layers of chiffon removed to varying degrees using heat tools and additional stitching added as required.

As you can see, there was an overwhelming degree of success with this workshop and we were all very appreciative of Mary’s expertise.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Charity Day

This years Jean O’Neil memorial charity was the Breast Cancer Unit at Nobles Hospital and the day was once again organised by Janet Williams in memory of her sister and is now in  its sixth year.
There was an extensive raffle prize table as well as a sales table with lots of threads etc. and a lovely sharing table of food. 
Members could either make a name badge as this years charity project or bring their own sewing. It was very good to see that some were industriously working on their pieces for the forthcoming Milntown “Landscapes and Garden” exhibition beginning later in the year in mid September!

Haldane Fisher very generously donated the cost of hiring the hall so all proceeds will go toward the Breast Unit.