Sunday, 21 October 2018

More World Textiles.

Debby had picked up this indigo fabric from Quilters Guild where they often have some pieces of fabric for sale.She thought it had been stitched along its length before being dunked in the dye bath.There were some very fine lines where it had resisted the dye.She was wondering what she might use it for .The width was quite narrow so she might have to do some piecing to get a garment from it.

She had also had a spending spree at World Textile Day, picking up some Hungarian batik fabric.It is incredibly fine and detailed, the wax is pressed into the cloth from copper and wire tools which create the repeat patterns, like the tjaps used in Indonesia.

Debby couldn't resist adding to her collection of tjantings, they are beautiful to look at and a joy to use being so light.

a little Hungarian heart 

and stencil,

some Schwein fabric

and a fabric pack.

She also bought this length of stitch resist fabric in gorgeous earthy colours.Debby told us that before the Save trade many more dyes were used.It was only that indigo was easy to cultivate that it proved popular.The patterns in the fabric are reminiscent of scarification patterns used on skin by many indigenous peoples.

Her last purchase was a lovely Kantha pack.We will no doubt see these in different guises soon.

She had been doing some creating her own words" this month ihave been mostly making bags'

This is one and she has used a Prym snap tool to add the closure .They can be bought in lots of lovely colours to enhance your makes.

These were made from some pleather and offcuts of laminated fabrics left over from a workshop.

If you visit @65 gallery in Nailsea when we are there we are sure you'll find many more such goodies to spend your pennies on.

World textiles.

Do you remember the indigo fabric Viv was given as a present fromTokyo?
This is what she has  made with it ,isn't it lovely?She'll get lots of pleasure from wearing it.

It was World Textile Day in Salford the other weekend and several of the group went along.As well as interesting talks there is always a lovely selection of stalls selling all manner of textiles and related items from around the world.Viv treated herself to a selection of beads.

She also brought her version of the bag Deryll shared with us last month.

It was started but put aside and not finished ,perhaps she'll get around to it now Deryll has told her she should!

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Withdrawal symptoms and a remedy !


  First a date for your diaries..........24th November -Ist December.
                       GALLERY 65 
                       65 HIGH STREET 
                       BS48 1AW.

We have been having withdrawal symptoms after not being able to exhibit at Newark Park earlier this year, and having the Bristol Guild cancel our booking next Spring because of building work.There has to be some focus for our work so we have been looking around for other opportunities.Deryll did some sleuthing and has found this new venue in Nailsea .We will be there on the above dates and hope to see lots of you.As well as work on the walls there will be cards and other goodies for sale.An excellent early shopping opportunity.

Now on to the October meeting........

Jenn belongs to Sian Martin's Stitch Textile Artists ( meet twice a year at Ammerdown and exhibit together about once every two years.The next exhibition 'Telling Tales' is coming up at Ilminster in the Spring.jenn had been spending some time working on her pieces.She brought along some "pods" which will accompany a 

wall piece .They have been made from cotton organdie with corded pin tucking and her own printed fabrics.Some additional embellishing has been added in hand stitch, beads and sequins.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Captured !

Kirsten had been preparing some samples for a workshop she is to teach.The eventual pieces will fit into a 7" hoop.

We loved their direct gaze and the 3 -dimensional quality.We thought they would be great piece for exhibition.Kirsten was not sure how to display them.She has made cushions in the past but said these would not be robust enough to take the wear .

We thought they were quite wonderful as wall pieces and even suggested they might be free standing.

Perhaps with a base, rather like at the top of a totem.

That's it for this month, lots of people away for one thing and another .We should be back to normal numbers in October.See you then.

Blast from the Past.

It is sometimes good to sort through stashed fabrics and to look through ufos.,which is precisely what Deryll has been doing.She found this photo of the South Downs,taken when her son married, and began the accompanying piece .

Her little landscape ,we saw last month, was entered into the Long Ashton show and won a very creditable second place.The card we also saw was Highly Commended .

While having her sort through she came upon some dyed fabric done some years ago

and this little purse along with the instructions to make it .

It can be sized to fit whatever size you wish.It cleverly stitches the outer and inner lining and it is turned through a small gap which is slipstitched to close.

We liked this little bag too, that Debby bought at UWE? it uses small pieces of fabric and is a neat shape.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018


Jane had used an out of print agricultural husbandry book for her insects on this fabric. It is very playful and has a plush surface, a bit like velvet.She has plans to re-upholster a bench with it she uses in her sitting room.It should be a lovely and very original, personal project

She had been trialling some of her machine stitched bugs on various grounds. Several years ago she had ordered 100g of silk hankies for City and Guilds work, not realising how light they are.She reckons they will keep her going a long time! She had used dissolvable fabric and plunged the whole thing in hot water after .

Jane envisages being enveloped by them, gently wafting in a gallery, where you could walk through them. They look very ethereal but need a more robust backing Jenn suggested maybe some Margilan gauze, a scrim made from silk.

She had also tried them on wool tops, hoping when it was felted they would become more 3 dimensional.Unfortunately ,it didn't work as planned so more experiment needed.

Jenn, needing some handwork to do while stewarding, had dug out some hand-dyed turquoise fabrics.She applied some small squares and strips of felt, cotton, velvet and randomly stitched into them.She has an idea that she may add layers of transparent fabrics printed with hand made stamps based on marks.

Inspired by the effects on the unearthed fabrics she had also spent an afternoon  randomly dyeing some silk, cotton, scrim and velvet, just to see if she could remember how.