BDEG Chair, Ann Lowe (right) with Jan Weedon sampling
our strawberry, cream and shortbread feast last week
BDEG has had a fascinating range of activities ongoing throughout the Summer months since I blogged about attending the EG AGM in Manchester in May, on your behalf. Regular monthly evening meetings with a speaker, Saturday tutored workshops and our informal Sewing Days which provide us with a marvellous opportunity to get to know each other. With an ‘under-staffed’ Committee, we’ve each taken on a specific role - sometimes we overlap and you may received duplicate information - though better to have too much than insufficient. (And volunteers for the 2016/17 year would be appreciated.)
|Screen shot of our Blog heading; much to discover|
It wasn’t all strawberries! Our latest evening meeting (July 21st) was just such an occasion where we were informally sharing textile techniques with each other, led by our own Philippa Moggridge, who brought along some samples of historic seeds packets printed onto fabric. She demonstrated how we could turn these into hand-stitched samplers, providing us all additionally with a duplicated well-illustrated and annotated stitch guide. Some of us had brought materials along which had been purchased at exhibitions which we didn’t know how to use. Those who were experienced in their use, ably demonstrated. (Editor's Note - I'll add a list of some of the most popular products and how to use them to a new section on the Blog, as soon as I have a spare moment.)
|Carolyn looking exceptionally elegant in her chosen hat.|
Our April Meeting (21.04.2016) offered us ‘Stories in Stitch’ provided by Anne Griffiths - a textile artist with a wide range of interests. We were privileged to experience a slide presentation accompanied by many examples of her work which ranged from diaphanous hangings to small stitched pieces. (Anne will will be returning in November 5th to run a workshop for us.)
|Such intricate work was demostrated by Jennifer -|
waxed piece on the left was married to a paper page.
A week later, Jennifer Collier ran a most unusual ‘Experimental Textile Workshop’ where paper, or a paper derivative, was the basis of everything we made - using melted candle-wax. An inexpensive iron kept solely for this purpose is essential, as is protection of work surfaces, but some of the results were glorious, using a cornucopia of materials that Jennifer provided for us. Having created items that were semi-transparent (rendered so by the hot wax), Jennifer demonstrated how to use machine-stitching to create finished pieces. A revelation indeed.
|Philippa sets up the projector and checks it for Fiona's presentation|
|Vast sketchbooks and loose sheets of coloured drawings were the basis of|
Susan O'Grady's stitched pieces.
ALL VISITORS WELCOME AT ANY OF OUR MEETINGS, WORKSHOPS AND SEWING DAYS. Participating charges are very modest and differ according to the nature of the meeting, and status of the attendee. All charges maintained for next year without increase: Branch membership - £25.00 per annum. Workshops - £25.00 paid-up BDEG members, £35.00 everyone else. Evening Meetings - included in membership fee for BDEG members, £5.00 per meeting for EG members (please bring your EG card), £7.00 per meeting for all other visitors. A maximum of three meetings are allowed in a year for visitors who are not BDEG members. Sewing Days - free to paid-up BDEG members, £2.00 EG members (please bring your EG card), £4.00 all other visitors. This may seem complicated but has been calculated to cover the necessary costs.
NATURE ENGAGES - it would seem that topics connected to the natural world are a constant source of inspiration to anyone working in textiles. So many ways to interpret what we see around us on a daily basis. BDEG member, Clare Boomer, produced this stunning and unusual cushion for the Broughton Castle ‘Capability Brown’ project. (Right now, the cushions are on display until 17.08.2016 in the window of the former Moss Bros in Banbury High Street - at the top end of the pedestrianised section). And Clare’s cushion is to feature on the front of next year’s BDEG Programme.
|A fascinating book that should be on the shelves of every textile practitioner|
|A tiny mixed-media folding book, typical of Anne's work|
using vintage books, recycled textiles and much stitching