Sunday, 24 March 2013

Katie Purson -  March 2013

These photos do not justify the exquisite detail, technique or passion portrayed in Katie's beautiful work. From an initial desire to be an archaeologist, Katie told us how she followed her heart & instead undertook a degree in Costume Design which lead to a career in the theatre & ballet world.

Her continued passion for traditional embroidery hand skills saw her achieve an enviable apprenticeship at The Royal School of Needlework & she guided us through the skills learnt . These included silk shadowing, gold work,black-work, white-work, pull & drawn thread work, cut work, mount mellick work & her favourite of fine white work!

    Katie concluded her talk with details of some of the work opportunities which have followed, from historic conservation work, religious creations to the simple repair of a toybear!

Monday, 18 March 2013

 Anne Menary - February 2013

Anne's talk on 'Fabric of the Universe' took us on a journey into Space visiting planets and outer space though her quirky ,hand stitched pictures and postcards. She researched and designed all her work through her sketchbooks and altered books before creating her amusing 'Time Traveling' images. She used a wide variety of fabrics from crimplene to tyvek and hand dyed and painted pieces. Nearly all her work is hand stitched using all the traditional old stitches and , so that they are reasonably commercial , she produces postcard size pieces including a textile print of the postage stamp. This was an amusing and interesting talk.


Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Next YE Meeting 9th April 2013

The next YE meeting will be on Tuesday the 9th April from 10.30 am to 2.30pm at Chelford Village Hall,

We are going to be making a colourful collage on paper first and them transferring it on to fabric and decorate it further.  You will need to bring some photos, images and colourful paper so you can make it really personal to you.

Here are some examples of scrapbook pages off the internet for inspiration.

Please contact Maria Walker if you want to reserve a place.

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Young Embroiderers February 2013

For our February meeting Becky Smyllie, a talented embroidery student from Manchester Metropolitan University ran the workshop for us.  She showed us how to make these wonderful three dimensional letters which the young people decorated to make these colourful letters.