Each month, we have a display of our work for members to enjoy. Here is a collage of things from the November meeting:
After many months of eerie tranquillity Cober Hill was treated to the giddy sight of 22 ladies and their tutor greeting each other for our grand (and much anticipated) residential weekend. A scene not unlike a genteel version of St Trinian’s classic, but for ladies ‘of a certain age’ without the gymslips.
Karen Lane was guiding us through her Art Quilt weekend. Karen is a felting and textile artist from Lincolnshire. Our inspiration for the weekend was based on some beautiful pieces created by Karen, herself inspired by David Hockney’s Tall Trees.
After designing our pieces, we set to work painting our background colours, including Inktense blocks and crayons, transfer paints and acrylic paints. Machine and hand sewing and embroidery completed our pieces.
As usual, the variety of responses to our brief was amazing. Ladies created their own, very personal, works of art, employing a stunning array of colours, textures and techniques.
Karen looked after us with infinite care – giving us patient and friendly advice, as well as sharing lots of new techniques and top tips.
Maggie took care of our every need and ensured we had every comfort – including a delicious afternoon tea. (Just in case we became peckish between the usual ample meals provided by Cober Hill catering.)
It’s been a funny old year and a bit, so it is with huge gratitude we thank Maggie, Karen and the staff of Cober Hill.
By Maureen Bromley
During what turned out to be the first lockdown, I decided, after working on various patchwork quilt tops (unfinished), general sewing, and knitting and crochet, that maybe I should maybe get some of the UFOs finished. So I went through my workroom (not sure I could actually work in there as it could be considered a storeroom). I should finished one or two of the items started many years ago, which transpired to be during the 1970s. I first thing I thought I should finish was an embroidered tablecloth, with the design preprinted on it, which was about two thirds done. Over the period of the next few months I worked on it, then put it back in the bag, worked on other things and then finally in November I finished it. It had one or two light stains on it which have more or less washed out and I am pleased to say we used it on the table on Christmas Day. The tablecloth was bought for a table we had, but it does fit the current table diagonally.
I then found another tablecloth, this time it was pulled thread, a very soft evenweave fabric with a green and white stripe. Again this was about two thirds done, so I worked on that, in between other things and finished it February this year. This was an original design by me and the notes and diagrams were still with it, along with all the threads. But I did have to reduce the amount of stitchery on it as I wouldn’t have had enough thread. This was started even earlier than the other tablecloth, possibly 1970, again it fits our current table diagonally. It doesn’t photograph particularly well, or maybe my skills as a photographer are lacking, but the photo does give an idea of what it looks like.
Well, I think I was on a bit of a roll here as I found yet another old embroidery in the guise of a cushion cover. No idea what the fabric is, it is quite narrow, about 24 inches wide with a selvedge each side. The design is an embroidery transfer which I still have and it was probably about 90% stitched. Why did I stop? Well I have no idea, but it is finished now and made up into a cushion.
I then had to decide what to do next. There are several UFOs started on workshops when I was attending classes etc a few years ago, so I pulled out the first one which I had the threads and design with it. This is a crewel work piece, using mixed threads and was probably about only 10% completed. I am happy to say this is progressing well and I am enjoying it so I hope to be able to finish it now. I think it is supposed to be a cushion cover, I may be overrun with cushions, but we will see. After that there are at least another half dozen pieces to be done, so it may be some time before I start any new projects! Well, unless I am tempted that is!
I attach a picture entitled ‘July’.
It is one of a monthly series.
On the border I have used the names for July in the various languages of the UK and a Roman quote about sailing on the ocean. The main part uses Roman mosaics of sea creatures, with a nod to Asissi work, and the bright colours of modern Mediterranean mosaics to depict the mystery of the deep ocean, which is still a great unknown.
It is very simple. It is cross stitch, English star, and back stitch.
Val W opened our January Zoom meeting with a discussion about her love of Colour. Deborah D showed these two colourful pieces hand embroidered with spiritual wording.
Diana’s sister has embroidered these napkins ready for a 70th birthday celebration. Everyone is hoping they will be able to meet in person for this important date.
Maggie T ‘You did say you wanted colour’
You did say you wanted colour! This is my version of the Harry Styles jacket (with a lot of alterations)
Hilary G has a go at Tambour Embroidery following last month’s discussion.
Pat C I’m hoping members would like to see my ‘Lockdown Quilt’, finally finished in February 2021 and now with my son and daughter-in-law. The main blocks are from a pattern in Today’s Quilter but I had to improvise on the outer border and binding having only scraps of fabric left to work with. This was the result of having purchased a Stripology ruler and excitedly cutting more 2.5 inch strips than I needed for the pattern. Happy days!
Ruth : My January sewing finished project. I made 120 flying geese 0.5″x0.75″. The finished square is 14″
Hearts : Jeanne,Sue and Helen
Luggage Tabs and Rolls undertaken following January Zoom meeting.
Elizabeth talks about her ideas and inspiration:
I have been busy making Suffolk puffs the last few days. It’s making me want to make 2 sets of tags as I can’t always decide what colour scheme to use. I have made last weeks button tag but now want to make a Suffolk puff one.
I have used this style a few years ago. I bought a book on Kantha stitch 5 years ago at Knitting and Stitching and made a sweet picture of poppy and seed heads. I was then hooked on the plain stitching method with a hand stitched quilt in mind. (In my dreams for now!)
I then found on Pinterest Jude Hill – Spirit Cloth and was amazed at her work. I think it imprinted on my mind and with my love of Angie Lewin, then, Anne Brookes starting her vintage courses, here I am finding my own style.
Val has described the stitching she used each week of the challenge to date; week1 is white, week 2 hearts,week 3 fabric strips, week 4 flystitch,week 5 fabricstrips,week 6 buttons.
For those who may have been inspired by the above project this is an ongoing exercise on YouTube. Details and link on January EYES post.
Hilary G welcomes a new grandchild.