Africa in Stitch

Friday 22nd July

Pretty Flamingos

Stitch technique

Create a layered panel using machine and hand embroidery depicting flamingos at a water hole

Textile technique

Plastics and painted Tyvek

Friday 19th August

African ladies

Stitch technique

Create an African figure carrying a hand coiled pot

Textile Technique

Paper beads

Friday 23rd September

African sunset

Stitch technique

Cut back applique with a painted background

Textile Technique


Friday 21st October

African Vessel

Stitch technique

Create a striking vessel using found objects such a cowrie shells

Textile technique

Distressing with lutrador

Friday 18th November

African indigo fabric

Stitch Technique

Tie Dyeing

Textile technique


Thursday, 29 September 2011

London 2012 cultural Olympiad

Knitting and Crochet Guild

Do you fancy making a cushion out of British wool for the athletes at the Olympics?

WOOLSACK is all about British wool, the importance of wool in England's history while recognising what wool has to offer the UK today. They will be sharing this with the athletes by making personal gifts for them that are beautiful, functional and are a little bit of Britain to take home with them.

Find out how you can get involved:

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Augst work finished!

 This is my silk paper lavender bags.  Thanks to Lesley for her lavender I managed to make three and also to put a bag inside my cushion that I made earlier in the year, so that is now finished too!
 This is my silk paper 'hoard' book.  It hasn't photographed very clearly but I have embedded in some metal coins, beads, etc. in a piece of scrim.  I painted them over with the iron paint and activator.  I didn't want to completely cover the book in paint as I had included some coloured fibres in the paper which I wanted to show.  I have distressed the pages (nearly set the kitchen on fire) and I shall use it to write in notes about the pieces of work I have done.
This is the smocking and Dorset buttons.  I have done a piece of traditional smocking and another more modern piece with randomly placed gathers.  I have grown quite attached to feather stitch, it comes out really well.  I have included the canvas work from July to show how I have finished it off.
Thanks very much to Annie and Diane for a wonderful year of stitching, I have learnt such a lot.  It is a shame it is so far to come from Scarborough but looking at what you are doing next year, I might still pop over for a day sometime.  Regards to everyone and I hope to see you around.

July's work finished

Well almost.  I didn't get the sample with the discharge velvet done because I didn't have any (velvet, that is) so I may do that one at a later date.  The sample on the left is fabrics and hand embroidery the sample on the right is papers which have been stamped or machine embroidered.  There are a couple of strips of braid added to cover gaps.