February 6, 2016

Creative Textiles

Christmas is over and the group came together for our first date in the new year the 11th of January, is was an afternoon of discussing and chatting. Our next session on the 25th saw the ladies bring new and exciting work to do. New knitted items for grandchildren were begun. The tapestry looms (newly built) was warped and ready to begin an abstract woven design. Patchwork cushions with a Dresden plate design discussed and pattern’s made, quilts that have been left unfinished were reconsidered and a strong possibility of it finally being finished with the help and encouragement from the group. A new sewing machine was having its maiden run whilst a latched rug was undertaken on another table loom.

Handmade Christmas decorations were brought in to be admired before being put away.  A knitted family was being extended as a grandchild had so dearly loved the first that more were requested. Summer tote bags were being embroidered ready for that beautiful weather we all so look forward to. A collection of children’s cotton pinafore dresses were being cut out and made by a possible new member who had come to check us out!

It is truly remarkable what these ladies are capable and the standard of their work. A challenge has been given to the group (this is optional) to design and make an item using a polymer clay known as Fimo BUT what ever they make has to be used on a piece of textile they must make…it could be buttons, beads, brooch, scarf pin, etc. We will be making these in February, so it gives them time to think and design what they would like to make. We will now have to wait and see what develops….so watch this space!

Our next meeting is on 8th February 1:30-4:00pm (alternate Mondays @Hesketh with Becconsall Community Centre, Front Hall) Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided during the session.

We welcome beginners, intermediates and those with more experience in any form of textile media.

P.S. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Louise Pritchard for her generous donation of her unwanted craft and knitting items and books that she brought down to the group recently.; many of the items have now found new homes .

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