Saturday, May 6, 2017

Millefiore - update

Just in -  what beautiful brooches. Well done to the anonymous ladies.

28th-30th April Visiting tutor, Jenny Adin

Those attending the Friday evening meeting were greeted by a wonderful display of the exquisite work produced by Jenny  and we knew we were in for a treat. Jenny's talk, "Preserving the Past and Creating the Future" didn't disappoint.

Knowing from primary school days that all she wanted to do was stitch, Jenny obtained one of only 6 coveted places for a 3-year apprenticeship with the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court.

 The RSN was founded by Lady Victoria Welby to give genteel employment to "ladies", who had fallen on hard times. The organisation flourished and expanded. Well-known designers were brought in and items were created for great State occasions like the coffin cover for Queen Victoria's funeral and Queen Elizabeth's Coronation train.

Having completed her apprenticeship, Jenny spent 10 years in the Studio at RSN working to their exacting standards of perfection. We were fascinated to learn that she was the one working on Catherine Middleton's wedding dress up until 2am on the morning of the wedding!

The arrival of Jenny's baby daughter brought a change of direction. She decided to go free-lance and, with her own home-studio, she now divides her time 50/50 between commissioned work and teaching.

Her teaching skills were experienced by those on the very enjoyable, two day workshop at which they learnt the intricate methods to create their own millefiore brooch.

Unfortunately there are no photos of these available, just one of the happy group who took part!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Simple Landscapes - 25th March 2017

After her talk "My Story in Stitch" on Friday evening, Helen Sargent followed up with a very interesting and relaxing workshop. We were shown all sorts of methods for creating a simple landscape using various media and methods. These involved tracing or direct computer printing, paints or material pieces, hand or machine sewing. We were a small group and, with freedom of choice, we all chose differently! We all went away with works in progress - see below- and I am hoping that, later in the year, I can add photos of completed pieces.

                              Computer printing

                         Betty chose paint, machine and hand stitching.
            Maureen opted for appliqu├ęd material, paint and machine stitching.

         Maria's piece with many patterned material pieces - ready for quilting. far as we got....


Monday, February 27, 2017

25th February 2017 -Silk Paper Making Workshop

There was a good attendance at the meeting prior to the workshop. Apart from the "business" there was a sales table with items from "Silk Sacks" and "Silk Route", supplied on a sale or return basis. By the end of the day there was not a great deal to return!

12 ladies stayed on to participate in the workshop under the tutelage of Maureen Kennaugh. It was a very relaxed, and enjoyably messy, time. Everyone completed several pieces of paper and some went on to create 3D pieces. As these didn't have time to dry, it is to be hoped that they will be finished off at home and a later posting will show what ladies have done with them.

Maureen went to a lot of trouble to arrange the sales table and prepare a productive workshop, so we are most grateful to her.

Update to Upcycling

Don't leave your shirt as a UFO - it can become a cushion-talking-point!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Museum Visit on 21st January 2017

Our visit to the Manx Museum was a real treat for those who attended. We started with a fascinating power-point presentation by Yvonne Cresswell. This prepared us to fully appreciate the exhibits and hidden gems that we were going to be shown. The quilts and samplers held by the museum are not just examples of techniques and design but the materials used tell their own story of the social history of the era, when each was made.

Apparently the Victoria and Albert Museum (no less) regards the Manx collection very highly. The V&A have pieces preserved purely for aesthetic appeal and with no back story, whilst on the Island, each piece has as detailed a provenance, as possible, which provide signposts to further research.

Afterwards we viewed the items in the galleries in a different light and felt very privileged to see many pieces - from a (possibly) 16th century stumpwork box to 20th century work by Larch Garrard and Alison Quaye - which are not usually seen by the public.


Friday, December 30, 2016

Happy New Year Everyone!

The year 2016 ended on a high note for our Branch, when Angela Teago's piece, which she stitched for our "Capability Brown Exhibition" at Milntown, was selected to be shown at all the Knitting and Stitching Shows, in London, Harrogate, and Dublin. A real feather in our caps. Well done Angela and thank you for putting us "on the map".

Let us try to make 2017 another successful year for the Isle of Man Branch. That will need you to support the meetings and workshops we have planned. (See side bar)