Liz explained that many years ago she chose rocks and stones as her topic for a City and Guilds course. During this time she also became interested in lichens and, although she has diversified considerably, Liz is well known for her circle in square designs using lichens as inspiration. Liz handed round a wonderful selection of her work and it was interesting to see her lichen design created using different techniques and materials. They included applique and reverse applique, free machine embroidery, hand stitched French knots, hand dyed fabrics, varying colour combinations and multi media.
Liz enjoys poetry and regularly includes text in her work. She loves experimenting with fonts and her son has created a font for her in the shape of a leaf.
In 2006 Liz was awarded the Charles Henry Foyle award for Stitched Textiles. Her work was entitled “On to the Eastward” and was her interpretation of a maelstrom.
Liz gives talks, has had articles printed in various publications, has been an artist in residence at Nature in Art and has exhibited her work at the Festival of Quilts and around the country. She is a member of the Contemporary Quilters Guild and showed us examples of a monthly challenge to create a journal quilt.
Thank you Liz for a wonderfully enthusiastic talk and for generously sharing your techniques.
Report and photos by Ros
Nikki is a talented artist in so many disciplines and the Guild is fortunate to have her as a member. We could not be anything but inspired by the breadth of her passions and skills, she in turn is inspired by artists such as Van Gogh, Klimt, Monet, Gaudi, Lautrec, the pre Raphaelites, and nature, history, birds and colour. Nikki showed us an amazing array of her work of embroidery, enamelling, silver-smithing, stained glass, furniture painting, upholstery and needle felting.
In amongst all this Nikki's uses recycled materials to dazzling effect in her multi media works such as her crown made for this year’s entry to the Madeira Competition. Last year she was competition winner with her beautifully imagined 'Mary Poppins' carpet bag. She is rightly proud of her ability to recycle and reuse.
Nikki seems to be able to turn her artistic talent to almost anything as well as doing her bit to save the planet. Thank you from the members of the Guild for giving us a glimpse into the amazing world of Nikki Vesey Williams.
Thank you Amanda R for your report and the photos.
I was so very sorry to have missed your talk Nikki, another time! Ros
The day after Jennifer's talk to the branch she kindly led a workshop entitled "Inspired by Chinese Ethnic Embroidery". This was a hand stitch workshop using folded pieces of fabric which were stitched into the form of a bird, fish or animal.
To start the day Jennifer showed us some samples which she and her friends had worked especially for this workshop.
Jennifer had also prepared outline shapes to act as a guide for our design.
During the day Jennifer demonstrated a number of different stitches which were included on the traditional Chinese embroidery - pulling stitch, various forms of chain stitch and she showed us how to make a flat braid which was often used to outline the design.
We left at the end of the day with some lovely samples, well under way and knowledge of some great stitches which were new to a number of us.
Thank you Jennifer for a most enjoyable day.
Report by Ros
Photos by Ros and Jennifer
After what seems a very long break Jennifer Hughes got our programme under way again with a very interesting talk entitled “Hats and bound feet”.
Jennifer brought with her a wonderful personal collection of costumes, hats and shoes which she displayed for members to enjoy. She explained that in the past Han Chinese women would stay at home and were respected for their embroidery. To start with it was the upper classes who stitched but in time the craft filtered down and women would buy silks and threads from pedlars.
Chinese girls had their feet bound from the age of 5 as women were not expected to do anything. The big toe was left and the remaining four were taped back. Nobody saw the foot bare and a sleeping sock would be worn at night times. It was considered a status symbol as well as a mark of beauty.
Jennifer then went on to show a variety of hats which were embroidered with a variety of animals, symbols and flowers. She explained that pom poms and tassels were added to children’s hats to keep spirits away and a tail at the back of a hat identified that the wearer wanted to be a scholar.
Report and photos by Ros
You may remember last year Lindsay S kindly organised a display of members work to exhibit at the West of England Quilt and Textile Show which takes place annually at the end of August at the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol. "Take a line" was so successful that members were keen to take part in the 2019 show.
This year Lindsay asked members to create a piece of work using a canvas 20 cms x 50 cms and include a circle/s somewhere in the design. The technique, topic and colours was completely up to the individual.
Thirty two canvases were submitted and just look at the wonderful variety of techniques, themes and colours.
Left to right:
Chris C - Paper Circles, Fiona H - Hurricane Irma, Clare R - On Another Planet, Sally J - My Garden
Jackie B - Sepia Seeds, Tase W - Freshwater East, Linda W - Crop Circle, Judy J - Have you got any "O"s?
Dawn V - Pewsey Vale Circles, Annie F - Mid Summer, Nikki VW - Dandelions at Sunset, Jean F - Maytime
Left to right:
Julie B - Hubble Bubble, Sue F - The Windmills of your Mind, Kathy P - Five a day!, Diana K - Raggy Orange
Maria F - Triffids and Roses, Robina O - Circles in Nature, Ros L - Kaffe Galaxy, Hazel P - Patchwork Orange
Stephanie N - Eddies, Lindsay S - Diesel, Lexie Bray - Champagne Fizz, Christine H - Blue Planets
Left to right:
Yvonne M - Emeralds & Amethysts, Lindsay S - Paua, Ann K - Rhapsody in Blue, Rosemary C - Circles Sampler
Marion R - Solar System, Ann K - The Hare and the Moon, Ann S - Rusty Boats, Susan V - The Eyes Have It!
Some of the comments from the visitors!
Image 1 - Diana & Stephanie, Image 2 - Jackie & Nikki, Image 3 - Ros, Lindsay & Rosemary
A very big thank you to Lindsay for organising everything, for designing the stand and for co-ordinating the project. You are a star Lindsay!
Also a big thank you to members who went over to Bristol to talk to exhibition visitors about our wonderful work.
Report by Ros
Photos by Ros and Lindsay
Victoria’s father worked in the oil industry and she was brought up in Houston and Jakata where she discovered her love of batik. She followed a course to learn the various techniques and showed us examples of her work.
Victoria explained that batik is a traditional dye resist technique popular in Indonesia using wax. The wax can be applied in a number of different ways, a metal or wooden stamp or tumblock, usually done by men due to the weight of the stamp or the tulis method which uses a canting containing liquid wax to draw the image on the material. To remove the wax the material is soaked in boiling water.
Traditional dyes are used, barks and indigo as well as chemical dyes. Different types of salt are used to produce different shades and colours. Various types of wax are used including paraffin wax and gum from trees and this wax must be the right temperature otherwise it will not adhere to the cloth.
It was interesting to discover that designs and colours differed depending on where they were made, the market they were targeting or sometimes the Sultan would decide. Muslim designs tended to be subdued whereas Hindus’ designs were more free. The Garuda, which is a mythical bird in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain religions, has always been a very popular design and small dots are a seen on most Indonesian batik. The designs are passed down from one generation to the next and it was very encouraging to hear that the technique is very much alive.
Report and photos by Ros
These individually designed flags are the branch’s contribution to the Exhibition at Salisbury Cathedral which is due to finish on Sunday. They were made by Ann Smith, Celia Bell, Vernice Church (who made three), Christine Hill, Maria Fraser (who made one in support of the Ukrainian soldiers fighting in East Ukraine) and Eva and Barney Fraser, both members of the Young Embroiderers’. They are being displayed along with almost 1000 other flags of thanks created by groups and individuals throughout the country. As well as the flags of thanks a magnificent quilt known as the Armistice quilt is also on display.
Clare R kindly led Stitch Day this month by showing members how to make fun patchwork bags.
Thank you Vernice for the photos.
On Saturday 22 June our branch celebrated National Stitch Day in St Peter's Church, Marlborough and in the Library at Calne. The four photos below are taken in Marlborough - Clare R, Ann S, Maria F & Vernice C.
The photo below is taken in the Library at Calne. Clockwise: Chris C, Linda W, Christine H, Lindsay S & Ann K
Thank you to Christine H and Vernice C for the photos.
Our day started with a demonstration from Jenny on how working herringbone stitch on the back of white organza could produce some wonderful effects. The group had a choice of three designs which had been drawn on the organza by Jenny prior to the workshop. The choices were a rose, a violet or a monogram.
Once everyone was happy with their Shadow Work technique on flowers and monograms Jenny showed the group the first embellishment to their work. This was how to create and sew eyelets. Every design had possibilities for eyelets. Then some people started to do the stems of their flowers.
The group then learnt how to attach a wide ribbon with a feather design. They were reminded by Jenny’s demonstrations how to attach using feather stitch, pin stitch and thorn stitch. Then it was time for lunch.
In the afternoon Jenny demonstrated further embellishments like how to attach a bobbin paper, sequins and stamps. The group were shown every process that they would need and the beautifully illustrated instruction books will be very useful. It was a wonderful day!
Here is the link to Jenny's website: www.jennyadin-christieembroidery.co.uk
Report and photos Jane S
Thank you Jane, Ros
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