Monday, May 15, 2017

April meeting

Bolton EG Meeting                25 April 2017

We had a quite a number of ‘show and tells’ this month including work from our three regional day prize winners – Marion, Carole and Barbara. Last month Eileen spoke about the tiny dresses and shawls knitted to dress stillborn babies before they are shown to their parents and this meeting she brought some tiny knitted teddies which are included in the memory boxes given to the parents.

Our last workshop was ‘Stitched Paper Collage’ with Marion and the designs and cards we all produced were on display.

Our speaker was Dionne Swift who is a textile artist and tutor from Holmfirth. She runs online workshops and also at the Janome Centre in Stockport and her work has been commissioned many times by interior designers.  For many years she worked with devor  velvet until it no longer was a challenge.  Now she works in a more painterly direction creating machine embroidered landscapes interpreted in stitch from her photographs and drawings.  She builds up multiple layers of thread in her landscapes as we could see from the examples of her work she brought to show to us.   She also brought samples of the huge variety of threads she uses, from fine to heavyweight. 

Currently she is the lead artist on a Military Wives project in Yorkshire called ‘Stitched Together’ - no singing in choirs this time, but coming together through stitch.

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