Friday, March 19, 2010

The Market Panel

I’m sure that Lesley is pleased with the work now submitted for the Market panel. There have been many arrangements and re arrangements of the pieces but we are still waiting for a few promised items. Philip has added the lettering.  Some of us will meet on April 21st to begin attaching the individual pieces to the backing fabric.


March meeting

Elizabeth Smith had been recommended to us by a number of people so I eagerly anticipated her talk called “Fabric of Life”.  I was not disappointed.  The first thing was the range of items that Elizabeth was able to display. Panels, hangings, Christmas decorations, installations and a huge floor cushion.  Next was the variety of colour and texture. Look at the photos to get a taste of what we saw.  Elizabeth had a number of differing inspirations for her work,  frequently, like many of us ,  going back to the natural form but then applying a contemporary slant.   Much of her work had been done in cooperation with community groups. some of it is installed in public buildings.002 010 012 004 005

Elizabeth will be exhibiting at Touchstones in Rochdale from May1st this year. I would recommend a visit.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Workshop 13/03/10

Ann Burrows  has visited our branch several times before, so we were looking forward to her return.  She lead us with a title “Haberdashery with machine and/or hand embroidery”.  Firstly we looked at some of her examples and then began the task of arranging our own “bits “into a pleasing arrangement.  There was quite a lot of exchange and swapping between members.  Ann and I were both applying old , paper packets   containing needles  but exchanging the colour helped with both of our designs.   There was lots of chat about what a particular fabric meant to a person.   When looking at our work, families and friends will not be forgotten. We were encouraged to add old photos, buttons, zips and anything else that would have been found in a haberdashery.  This task took us until lunchtime. Again we were treated to delicious home made bread, soup and lemon tart . 020 Ann takes photos of our work.021 023024 017

We worked hard after lunch , stopping only for a quick cup of tea and then had the usual display of work. As always I am amazed by the way we all approach the same theme in differing ways.  Ann will be visiting us again in April and we hope that all members will bring their finished work to show her.