Exeter & District Embroiderers' Guild is a branch of the educational charity Embroiderers' Guild, whose remit is to build awareness of stitch and textile art, and to encourage, inspire and promote the achievement of excellence.

Day Schools

Screen Printing by Val Hughes – October 28th 2017

Workshop Information

I will be bringing most of the equipment including a few blocks,  screens, printing inks, squeegies, brushes for cleaning etc.

Our aim is to print on fabrics,  a tote bag (I will have some for sale at £1.00 each if people wish to print one) and if desired learners can bring items they may already have such as a cotton apron, tea towel, pillow cases or even a cotton skirt, top or dress!! We will use screen printing methods, some block printing and I will also demonstrate how to create your own economical block.  This will be worked as a rotational workshop where learners take turns to print after I have demonstrated.

Learners need to bring:-

  • A selection of fabrics  to print onto such as cotton, calico, polyester cotton.
  • If desired a cotton bag, apron, tea towel, pillow case, cotton skirt, top or dress.
  • Notebook and Pen
  • Masking Tape
  • Plastic Apron or Old Shirt to protect clothing
  • Latex Gloves (Optional)
  • Scissors
  • Stiff Card for making your own blocks (Mount Board is Ideal)
  • A sheet of funky foam
  • Double Sided Tape
  • String
  • Craft Knife and Ruler
  • A small plastic tray (a take away plastic carton, lid is ideal)
  • A bag and newspapers/kitchen roll to protect work on route home.

Heather Everett Landscape Day School – 20th May 2017

Course Title: Machine Appliqué using bondaweb/bondina. Creating a landscape

Course Aim:

To introduce the technique of layering in machine appliqué using bondina.

Using a provided design or own photograph to create a design for a landscape picture. Use of couching, textured stitching and beading. Use of sheers and net to give shaded effects

Demonstration of stretching & mounting embroideries.

Materials & Tools:

  • Sewing machine capable of zigzag, drop feed for free embroidery
  • Fabric scissors
  • Iron (one between two would be ideal)
  • Pencil
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Piece of fabric 20x30cm
  • Piece of fabric for backing 30x40cm Calico is ideal.
  • Fabric for appliqué: Relevant landscape colours in differing weights include chiffons, sheers or nets.
  • Machine embroidery threads
  • Threads or cords for couching, a couching foot if you have one.
  • An embroidery hoop
  • Piece of bondina/bondaweb (1/4 metre, I can supply this for a small additional charge]
  • Selection of small beads & sequins

Before the day:

Select your design, I can supply some options, or choose a landscape photograph. You could add colours to your design with pencil crayons to help you decide on colour ways. Choose a variety of fabrics to suit your design. Silk is a lovely fabric to use because of its lustrous shine & depth of colour.

 

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February 25th 2017

Nina Fenner Coptic Book Making

Nina Fenner Day School list

Two pieces of fabric:  28cm x 22cm  (11” x 81/2”)

The fabric needs to be a medium weight cotton or linen (around a thin curtain type weight) NOT polycotton or other synthetic fabric – you could embroider the fabric. The decorations need to be within the area 23cm x 17cm.

All things to bring are optional so don’t feel you have to bring all these. All basic materials are supplied and I will have a selection of tools/glue etc for people to use. I will also some materials to buy if you think you would like to continue making books after the workshops.

It would be helpful if you can bring the following

  • Pencil,
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Small pot of PVA
  • Glue brush
  • Apron/old clothes (or be careful with your glue!)
  • Cutting mat or cork board
  • Scalpel

You may also bring these if you have them

  • Bone folder
  • Strong decorative threads
  • Fabric/paper for covers (see above)
  • Decorative papers for lining cover

I will be providing a basic stock of paper, card, decorative cover papers, glues, scrap paper, needles and thread.

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Oooh Organza with Zoe Hughes on 26th November 2016

Thimblestitch Nov 16

Requirements

  • Calico no bigger than A4 size*
  • Black machine thread*
  • Inktense blocks if you have them.  There will be some to borrow but if you have soft pastels, or Koh-i-Noor they will be fine.
  • Scraps of Organza
  • A piece of organza to top it A4 size*
  • Pencil and paper
  • Transfer pencil*
  • Small pair of sharp scissors
  • A selection of embroidery threads* hand and machine
  • Needles
  • Sewing machine in full working order with the ability to drop the feed dogs, Instruction book and foot pedal. We do have machines to borrow if you can’t bring yours.  The machining is a small part of the day school.
  • Newspaper

 

  Heather Everett October 2016 –

Machine Applique using bondaweb/bondina.
Shading & layering to create a flower or butterfly panel

Heather Everett Oct 16

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 Stef Francis June 2016

 creative embroidery

 You will need
Square embroidery frame/or artist stretchers approx 12”X12”
Muslin to dress frame,
Opaque background fabric, *
Lacy fabric*
Sheer fabric*
Metal foil*(optional)
Fine wires*(optional)
Embroidery threads of various weights*
Beads and sequins*
Usual sewing equipment, to include sewing pins
Drawing pins
Masking tape ¾ inch wide.
 If you wish to emboss a piece of metal foil as your central square you will need to bring a thick magazine and embossing tools/dried out ball point pen.
* I will bring for sale

 Alicia Merrett April 2016

Click here: IMAGINING MAPS.AliciaMerrett-5.

Lynda Monk October 2015

http://www.purplemissus.com/

Evening Talk 21 October 2015 – ‘Creating Surfaces’

Day School 24 October 2015 – 4 Scrim,Screens & Scrappy Bits

In this workshop we will be looking at ways to create textured and background surfaces using scrim and Thermofax screens combined with Gesso, Xpandaprint, AcrylicPaints and various other mediums. Although most of these surfaces may work well on their own, they will all be enhanced with further embellishment in the way of stitch, beading or additional mixed-media products and techniques.Each student will take home a variety of samples created during the day.

Requirements List
All materials are supplied by Lynda Monk and included in the price of the Day School
but you will also need
Gloves
Apron
Heat gun if you have one
Usual sewing kit including scissors
Sewing machine
Kitchen Towel and baby wipes
Extension leads


 Jan Tillett 28th November 2015 – www.jantillett.co.uk

Small Embroidered Box

Create a box for precious things using free machine embroidery. The lid will be embroidered using recycled fabric flowers.

Equipment

The usual equipment for free machine embroidery:

· Domesticsewing machine – bring all tools and instruction book

· Darningfoot/free motion foot for sewing machine and a selection of needles

· Normal sewing foot for sewing machine

· Sewingkit – scissors (fabric and paper), pins, tailors chalk, thimble etc.

· ½metre Calico

· Notebookand pen/pencil

20” x12”/ 50cm x 30cm of each of the following:

· Pelmet/heavyweight craft vilene

· Organza

· Mistyfuse

· Bondaweb– not essential but useful to have with you

Plus:

· Four8” squares of felt – two for the outside of the box, two for the lining

· Fabric flowers – small ones are best. They will be taken apart for this project

· Machine embroidery threads in your chosen colours

· Sewing thread to match your fabrics

· Baking parchment

· Angelina fibres (optional)

· A3 cutting mat, rotary cutter and 12” square ruler (a 6” x 12” ruler will do)

· Inktensepastels/watercolour crayons and paintbrush if you have them – not essential but may be useful to have with you.

If youhave any queries before the workshop, please contact me on 01884 32164 or emailjan.tillett@btinternet.com


Joan Prowse 27th February 2016 – www.joanprowse.co.uk

Alicia Merrett 30th April 2016 – www.aliciamerrett.co.uk

Stef Francis 25th June 2016 – www.stef-francis.co.uk

Heather Everitt 29th October 2016 – www.heatheremb.co.uk

Thimblestitch 26th November – www.thimblestitch-devon.co.uk

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Colouricious Day School work

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nina fenner day school 28th March

Here are links to a requirements list: things to bring stab binding,

*** (please note the new start time: 9.30am) ***

and some additional information: Stab binding outline

… and a link to Nina’s website: http://www.ninafenner.co.uk/

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 a collection of the work produced during the Nina Fenner workshop

ALL-LACED UP, WITH GWEN HARTLEY

Here is a link to the requirements list, for the up-coming Day School: All Laced Up with Gwen Hartley

Here are some of our finished pieces from the All Laced-Up event

All laced-up 3  All Laced-up

All laced-up 4  All laced-up 5   All laced-up 2

MOLA

Day workshop with Katy Choroszewska

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For anyone who loves patchwork and appliqué, Katy Choroszewska’s day class on Mola was a real inspiration.

Mola is a traditional form of reverse appliqué and appliqué stitched by the Kuna Indians from the San Blas Islands off the Panama coast. www.panama-mola.com

Katy introduced this fine craft to the group, explaining how these island women make panels for the bodice of their blouses using new and recycled fabric pieces to create naïve, colourful geometric and animal designs into complex patterns. www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mola_(art_form)

The Kuna women have been liberated by Mola craft as they make a useful income from this folk art, helping them gain welcome independence by selling their much sought-after textiles to the local and tourist markets.

If illustrations of Kuna Mola weren’t enough to encourage the group’s interest, then Katy’s own interpretations of the form certainly were! Using her hand-dyed cottons and threads, her work is exquisitely fine, joyous and fun.

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You will find lots of information on Katy online. Her online shop is well worth checking out for her dyed fabrics and threads. www.tamarembroideries.co.uk and on Facebook www.facebook.com/katy.choroszewska as well as ETSY and Pinterest.

Mola is not for the faint-hearted! Patience and nimble stitching makes for the best results. But the effort is repaid by the colourful, creative projects that you can produce. Mola opens up new creative avenues for those among you who love patchwork and appliqué, from pictures, hangings, panels for clothing and quilts. The traditional designs are wonderful but as folk art, new themes and ideas are constantly being introduced (even cartoon characters have been used by the Kuna women!) – leaving each of us free to bring in traditional European folk motifs – or even our own inventions.

For those of you who were unable to attend the workshop, Katy shares the basic techniques with us here, mola and check out her website for details of forthcoming classes and exhibitions.

Our thanks go to Katy for leading such a brilliant day and for sharing her basic techniques with us here and on the day.

Joan Prowse – Felting Workshop

Joan ran an introductory workshop for Guild members.
It was a wonderful day and everyone produced felted roses and a landscape.
See her Facebok page here www.facebook.com/joan.prowse.7

One member said “I haven’t laughed so much in a workshop for years!”

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Click on Joan’s business card to read her details

Further Felting

See professional felting courses being run by Bicton College bicton felting