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Hospital Quilts

The April workshop group spent the day making quilts for Charity Quilt Day (photos by Linda Hoddy). Linda wrote: ‘We made dignity quilts for Worthing Hospital which are used in A&E, High Dependency and various other departments. They are used instead of clinical NHS bedcoverings to make sad family times more comfortable’.

What a lot of progress in only one day
Two quilts in more detail
Had to include this cheery one too.

The Road to Mandalay

Jennifer modelling an intricate head-dress

This week we had a fascinating talk from Jennifer Hughes, who shared her knowledge and enthusiasm for the textiles of Burma. Jennifer brought a wonderful collection of textiles with her to illustrate her talk, some of which she modelled for us. Great hilarity was caused by her demonstration of how and why men and women tie the wrap-around ‘longhi’ in different ways (don’t ask!)

There were some wonderful little snippets of information. For example, every man in Burma has to be a monk for a period of time, so every family has a connection to the monastery, and religion is closely woven into the fabric of society. Another little snippet was where the term ‘white elephant’ comes from. Apparently pale-coloured elephants were prized, but a ruler could cause frustration and embarrassment by giving someone a white elephant. The elephant would take great time and expense to care for, but the recipient could never get rid of it as it was a gift from the ruler.

Examples of fine weaving
A belt with shells and coins. Wealth is worn rather than hidden away.
Embroidered elephant with sequins

Isobel Moore: ‘Swirls of Paper, Fabric, Stitch and Beads’

Isobel Moore

At our March meeting, members enjoyed a fantastic talk by Isobel Moore, who shared some of her wonderful machine-embroidered textile art with us. Her work (and her talk) were so well-liked that the forthcoming workshop on the 26th April booked up almost immediately. Don’t despair though, if you go on the waiting list then you may just squeeze in if there’s a cancellation.

Weaving at Colonnade House

This is just to let you know that I shall be sitting with my loom and spinning wheel in Colonnade House between 8th – 12th  May.  The idea is that I shall have a happy week chatting to people and also letting anyone who wishes have a go !  Please pop in and see me if you get a chance!  I know there are some good cafes nearby…..

February Workshop Group

Zippy Bag by Pam Bennett

Look what the Workshop Group made this month. Pam Bennett wrote: ‘Here is a photo of my finished zippy bag from our last workshop. Hope to make a couple more for Christmas presents. Thanks to Wendy for an excellent day’.

It would be good to add more photos if anyone has them.

P.S. I am trying to get my head round a different way of sending new posts to people who have subscribed via the link on the Home Page. If you receive spaghetti instead of something sensible, please let me know!

February Meeting

At the February meeting, we were treated to an interesting talk by member Ruth Walker, who talked us through her ‘textile journey’. Ruth brought with her a beautiful collection of her work, including machine-embroidered bowls, pictures and bags. By her own confession Ruth has quite a ‘thing’ about bags, and they are such a good vehicle for displaying a range of techniques. Ruth also showed us a wonderful range of designs based on peacocks. Some years ago she was treated to a magnificent display by a peacock who shook his tail-feathers at her and ‘strutted his stuff’, and peacocks have featured in her work ever since. Thanks to Ruth.

We had a whole-day meeting this month, so there was plenty of time to ‘sit and sew’, and to see what people are working on. Jill showed people the results of a recent embellishing course she has been on, and demonstrated how she makes background fabrics using scraps and threads (don’t forget that the branch has an embellisher that you can rent for just £5 a month). And thanks for the encouraging feedback on the website everyone. Do keep sending in the photos – we are starting to build up a good range in the ‘gallery’.

 

RSN Last-minute Day Classes

There are a few last-minute places available on day-school classes at the Royal School of Needlework in February and March – see below.

 

Intermediate Metal Thread Work: ‘Silver Snowdrop’
25 February
Hampton Court Palace

Funky Felt for Appliqué
4 March
Hampton Court Palace

Crewelwork Lady, Inspired by a 17th Century Petticoat
25 February
Bristol

Introduction to Blackwork: ‘Tulip’
4 March
Bristol

Silk Shading & Goldwork
Only 3 spaces left!
3 & 4 March
Hampton Court Palace

Intermediate Goldwork & Silk Panel
17 & 18 March
Hampton Court Palace

 

 

 

100 Hearts War Stories

Is anyone else planning to take part in the Embroiderers Guild 100 Hearts project? The plan is for members to stitch hearts in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. The guild will exhibit them across the country in groups of 100, and I think they’ll be at Ally Pally too.

I’m planning to make one, in memory of two great-uncles who died in the First World War, one on a troopship and one in the battlefield in Flanders. If anyone else from Worthing Tuesday is doing one, it would be good to photograph them together before they go off.

Hello

Hello, this is my first attempt to add photographs to our Guild website.  . .  .so here goes.  Here are some pictures of my weavings.  As you can see, I love colour and work spontaneously on a very simple loom.  I spin and dye most of the yarns and then enjoy making them up into wearable art.  Once I have got my head around editing this site, I shall look forward (together with Jane Robinson) to receiving your photographs.  Alison

 

Little Miss Muffet

The monthly workshop group had a good day this month learning how to make tuffets. These were made over a ‘former’, with a padded top, and can have little button-legs added. Photos by Sue Bush. 

 

 

If anyone was wondering who Miss Muffet actually was, Mr Google tells us that she was the daughter of Dr Thomas Muffet, a famous 16th-century scientist who studied insects. Apparently Daddy’s work wasn’t such a great hit with his daughter!