What you will need:
- Machine+lead+embroidery foot+instructions
- Spare bobbins, thread and needles ** see below
- Hoop if you like
- Notebook and pen
- Usual sewing kit
A top fabric and a backing fabric. Possibly a middle layer like thin wadding, felt or blanket. The type of fabric depends on your experience and the effect you want. If you are a complete beginner a thinnish furnishing fabric with a bold pattern to follow would be perfect with calico or thin cotton for the backing. You could just use plain calico but that’s a bit scary!
If you are using your gelliplate, block printing or screen printing samples you could prepare a piece by bonding in a mock patchwork fashion onto a thin background (like the fish or cushion samples from July). You could then add a wadding and backing layer as above.
If you are an experienced free machiner perhaps you could use dissolvable fabric like Solufleece or two layers of organza. You will need a hoop for either of these.
- ** Thread and needles
Needles: at least a size 90 with a big eye if you can
- Thread: cotton is best to start with. Slippery thread will make you cry and mutter at your poor machine!
Liz, Lynn and Dee will demonstrate free machining so you can go to each of them and ask questions. There are some basic rules and each of us will have a different take on these so do ask each one. We all learn differently,
It’s going to be a great day!
Gelli & Mono Printing by Dee
- I will have some gelliplates to play with but if you have your own, please bring it.
- What you need:
- Paper A4 max: copy paper, book pages, tissue etc.
- Fabric: anything really, except thick or too textured but not too thin or open if you want a definite print. A4 size.
- A roller. I will have a few
- A piece of A4 card laminated for monoprinting. A shiny magazine cover will do.
- A biro or ball point pen
- Baby wipes if you have them. We can share.
- A few stencils if you have them.
- I will bring some acrylic and fabric paints but bring your own if you like. I will also have a selection of bubble wrap, lacy stuff, cotton buds and leafy things, but if you have anything that will make a texture, please bring it.
We will have two tables in the morning of messy stuff. I’ll clear up by lunch time. In the afternoon I will show you how you could put some of your masterpeices together to make a small panel. For this you will need: Some wadding, Possibly Bondaweb, Pins, thread and sewing kit.
June 2018 Workshop
Zenbroidery by Judith Venning
In this workshop, I will show you how to develop designs from easy doodling and then turn it into intricate embroidery. I will show you lots of ideas of what to do with the finished creations.
- Paper or card to draw on – you will practise drawing your design in a 3.5” square(s)
- White cotton/calico to embroider – wider than 3.5” square so you can attach it to an embroidery hoop
- Embroidery hoop
- Backing for the cotton/Calico to give it strength whilst embroidering. I use thin iron on interface
- Embroidery threads
- Coloured felt tip pens/ fabric paints/crayons etc. – anything you want to try out on fabric
- Usual sewing kit
I will bring all these items so don’t worry if you don’t have them
May 2018 Workshop
Requirements for 12th May – Stumpwork Sunflower
- Small piece of plain green cotton fabric (about 8″ square)
- Variegated yellow embroidery thread (or two different shadesof yellow/orange
- Green and brown embroidery threads
- Coated wires (obtainable from cok shops or TheRange) – the type used for sugar craft
- Scissors, needle, pins and 4″ x 5″ embroidery hoop
April 2018 Workshop
- 6″ fabric square
- Backing Fabric
- Threads – stranded cotton, perle, similar
- Usual sewing equipment
I will bring printing blocks and fabric paints
The aim of the workshop will be to print and stitch one tile.
Traditionally the tiles were quite muted; reds, greens and blues, but if you prefer brighter colours that will work equally well.
MARCH 2018 WORKSHOP
Decorative Panel – Panel front for book or A5 frame.
Bring an image to work from.
2 pieces of fabric,
small amount of bondaweb,
threads including different textures
usual sewing kit.
Bring piece of spare fabric to practice stitches on.
FEBRUARY 2018 WORKSHOP
Stitched Postcards by Sandra Tatum
Hand or machine stitching
For each postcard you will need:-
Pelmet vilene 6″ x 4″ – or stiffening fabric
Backing Fabric 6″ x 4″ – calico or plain fabric wich you can write on
Top Fabric 8″ x 6″ or larger if you like to use a hoop.
Treasures for decorating your top fabric – hand stitching, machine stitching, pretty bits of fabric, scrim, sari silks, interesting threads, vintage morsels, beads, sequins, felt shapes, ribbons, buttons. Items from little UFOs! Stitch of the month samples.
Sewing machine – not essential. Useful for zigzag round finished edges, but this could be done at home; or you can blanket stitch around by hand.
Bondaweb or similar
Usual sewing kit, ruler, pen
I find each card takes over an hour depending on my hand stitching so you may make more than one!
JANUARY 2018 WORKSHOP
Lightweight bright cotton fabric 16cm square x 2 pieces. This makes a bag approximately 12.5 square. If you wish, scale up the fabric to make a bigger bag.
Threads to go with chosen fabric colour (space-dyed perle works well)
Shisha mirrors (readymade is allowed!)
Sequins, beads, button for closure.
Usual sewing kit
It would be helpful if you could machine stitch the two pieces of fabric beforehand – right sides together 1/2 cm from edge. Leave a gap on one side approx 4cm to turn through to right side – finger press edges, stitch gap and you are ready to go.
DECEMBER 2017 WORKSHOP
Christmas Meeting – bring a plate of food to share.
Two items will be demonstrated:-
White, skin-coloured, and colour of your choice wool tops***
Pipe cleaner 15cm (6in) long or chenille wire**
Household sponge for felting pad*
Various sizes of sewing & embroidery needles
* I will have some you can use
** I will bring some for use/donation
*** I will bring some for sale.- bring loose felting type wool & usual sewing items
Yarn – 3-4 different colours
Craft wire **
Beads – 2 black medium size **
Needle & black thread
* I will have some you can use
** I will bring some for use/donation
*** I will bring some for sale.
NOVEMBER 2017 WORKSHOP
Exotic Bird – Liz Moon
Approx. 17 x 17 cm piece of felt for background
Approx 17 x 17 cm piece of felt for back
Bird Shape – your own or I will bring a selection of colours
Odd pieces of felt for edging and decoration
Threads, sequins, beads
Usual sewing kit & beading thread and needle
To make it into a hanging, you will ned a piece of dowel, driftwood etc and cord to hang it.
OCTOBER 2017 WORKSHOP
SCISSOR KEEPER – Rowena Light
We will be mono-printing some fabric, then embellishing it with stitch and sequins and/or beads, then quilting it, so you will need to bring the following…(If you cannot cope with bringing a whole lot of stuff, just bring your fabric threads and sewing kit, and I can print a piece of fabric for you on the day, for a small donation to cover paints). Otherwise, please bring:-A waterproof table coveringSome newspaper to make a print padAn A4 file protective sleeve or some plastic sheeting that suze for the printing plateRag to wipe hands on, plus baby wipes, apron or wear old clothesLarge head paint brush, or sponge head brushFabric paints in your preferred colours, or acrylic paints and fabric medium (I will bring some to share for a small contribution)Loo roll or kitchen roll to clean the printing plate8” squares of fabric, plain colours or neutralsWater pot, scissors and ruler if you have not pre-cut your fabricHairdryers to dry fabric – one between 2 or 3 should doHand sewing kit and threads in your preferred colours, /metallic9” square of wadding (yes, bigger than the fabric squares)And lining fabric to matchYou may not get to the quilting stage in the workshop so don’t worry about the last two items if you don’t have any.Please ring me if you have any questions – 01409 221173 See you soon ! Rowena
This month is our AGM followed by a talk by Nina Fenner at 1pm. Nina will bring a selection of her wonderful books including new material. Nina is an entertaining speaker and a lovely person. Look at her work on her website ninafenner.co.uk to see the work she does.
Playing with sari, pieces, silks and precious scraps The idea is to play with little pieces of loveliness and make them into another gorgeous fabric.There are three different ways to try.Kantha stitching to feltNeedlefeltingMachining with cold water dissolveRequirements:Small ( at least one inch, don’t be silly!) pieces of precious fabric or perhaps sari strips ( I’ll have some to steal ) and a piece of ordinary felt. Pins, usual sewing kit, embroidery thread.If you want to try the needlefelting we will have two embellishes and Lynn has kindly offered to lend us her needlefelting equipment.For machine embroidery you will need your machine ( or we will be able to set up the guild machines) machine threads. I just used black as you can see. Any cold water dissolve stuff you have, two layers. A hoop. Dee will have some pieces of Solufix for you to try. So, you choose or do all three if you like!
There will be an informal meeting with no workshop. Please bring some stitching to do if you wish or just chat!There will be a “SWAP SHOP TABLE”, so bring along any of your pieces of work that are not required – finished or unfinished – and take home someone else’s!If you finished a sample from last year, please bring it.
May 2017 Workshop
Fabric Flowers or Name Badge by Judith Venning
instruction here FABRIC FLOWERS by JV
Requirements for May Workshop
Thin cotton or poplin type fabric – you will need six 4″ squares to make the name badge or six 31/2″ squares for the others.
Sewing needle and matching threads
Co-ordinating button, size between 1/4″ to 1″
Button to cover in fabric for the back, size 1/4″ approx
Medium size safety pin or brooch pin.
I will bring extra material, buttons and pins. I will also bring a cutting board and cutter if you have not prepared your squares in advance.
April 2017 Workshop
Requirements for April Workshop
Felt – any colour of your choice
Double ended knitting needle **
Fancy threads – metalic or to match colour of felt **
Beads to match or contrast – seed beads and beagle beads for decorating
and larger spacer beads to add between your felt beads *
Beading thread and mat, plus thread heaven or beeswax
Thong/cotton cord on which to put your felt beads *
Small amount of Bonda Web or bonding powder
Usual sewing equipment to include scissors, beading needles
*I will bring a supply of beads for sale as well as cotton cord/thong
**I will also bring threads and knitting needles and beading mats
Bonding powder and transfoil will also be available to use for a small donation.
I will also bring earring posts and hooks if anyone would like to make them for a small charge
March 2017 Couching Workshop
Fabric – Plain, patterned or block printed fabrics ranging from cotton to more open weave linen types can be used
A variety of fine threads for stitching down and thicker, decorative, textured thread or ribbons for couching down
Cotton, calico or felt for backing
Beads or other small embellishments are useful but not essential
An embroidery hoop – optional
Usual sewing equipment
We will be learning three different types of couching and exploring the effects you can achieve with them. I would suggest bring a small amount of whatever you have in your stash and create samples of each techniques to use in future work.
Poppies for Devon County Show Appeal
Pattern for knitted poppy, provided by Gill Cable
Requirements: Red dk yarn and a small length of black.
Size 9 or 3 3/4 needles
With red yarn cast on 120 sttches
Rows 1 – 4 knit
Rows 5 knit 3 together to end of row 40 sts
Rows 6-9 knit
Row 10 knit 2 together to end of row 20 sts
Row 11-14 knit
Row 15 knit 2 together to end of row 10 sts.
Cut yarn, leaving 20 cms yarn. Thread that through all the stitches. Pull into a circle and sew seam using matress stitch,
With Black wool, cast on 16 sts. Cast off
Sew to centre or use black or green button with 4 holes.
February 2017 workshop
by Soreen Persent
Requirements List for Mandalas
Various colours of felt
Variety of embroidery threads
Variety of beads e.g. seed beads, bugles etc.
Needles and a pair of scissors
Paper or card for templates
Requirements List for Baubles
Fabric – 13cm x 20cm (with enough room to fit in a hoop
Lining – same size
Threads – in any colour
Beads – any type
Hoop or Frame
Card or paper to make a template
January 2017 workshop
Gill Cable will show us how to make Antiqued Lace – for use as Book Covers etc.
Piece of felt (dark colour of your choice) Approximately A4
Selection of lace scraps, doilies etc., preferably cotton
Paints – acrylic or fabric
Sewing Machine (or you can hand stitch)
Treasure Gold or other form of gold paint
Gill will bring lace and paints for you to use.
November 2016 workshop
Patricia Hewitson will show us how to make a Smocked scissor keep / Lavender Bag.
Usual sewing equipment, scissors, needles etc.
Stranded embroidery thread
Crewel needle (7)
Ribbon or cord for the loop
Some batting or lavender for filling.
I have prepared some fabric and backing material
Crewelwork Workshop 8 October 2016
The aim is to make a crewelwork sample using a variety of stitches.
Crewelwork is traditionally carried out using woolen thread on linen twill. Linen twill is very expensive, so try and find an open weave furnishing type fabric. Plain fabrics are traditionally used.
A square of an open weave fabric approximately 20 x 20cm.
Crewel and or chenille (size22) needles with an eye large enough to accommodate the wool.
Appleton fine tapestry wools or equivalent.
Frame or hoop to hold your fabric
Fine embroidery scissors
Hard pencil or an air fade marker pen
An idea for a design if you wish. I will bring some along.
Design ideas, examples of work, some fabric and many Appleton wools will be available for your use on the day, so bring whatever you have available. Pat Boaden 2016
July 2016 WORKSHOP
Small quantities of medium weight fabrics e.g. chintz curtains, home-made fabrics and felted fabric
Backing fabric e..g. felt
Embroidery threads to compliment fabrics
Needles for sewing by hand
Good pair of scissors
Pair of scissors for cutting out template
Liz Moon is starting a stitch a month initiative. (Fantastic!). This will run alongside whatever workshop we are doing. Bring along a hoop (any size) some fabric, needles and thread and you should be able to build up a wonderful set of samples. Liz will take a stitch and show you different ways of interpreting it.
At the next meeting we will also have the printing blocks just for fun so you can print your plain or patterned fabric without Dee nagging and asking if it is for Capability Brown!
Requirements for January 2016 workshop
The aim of the day is to create a stash of printed and stencilled fabrics on the theme of ‘Gardens and Landscapes’ to use for our Capability Brown exhibits. If you are not interested in exhibiting don’t worry just enjoy the techniques.
We will provide wooden printing blocks, some home made blocks, some stencils, some dyed cotton and some acrylic paints.
You need to bring an apron, something squidgy as a printing surface like a towel or a wodge of newspaper and some lunch.
It would be good if you could bring any of the following if you have them:
Fabric paints or acrylics and fabric medium
Fabric in soft colours (including white or cream), plain or patterned. Could be cotton, satin, synthetic, organza, muslin.
Hair dryer or heatgun to speed up the drying process.
If you came to one of the Colouricious days and have something that didn’t quite work bring it along.
If you have lost the ability to search for any of these things just bring yourself and enjoy the day!
November 2015 Workshop
We will be making the dragonfly in the photo, it can then be attached to any background.
Requirements as follows:-
Cotton covered cake wire. This can be painted, if you like, to match your thread.
Metallic thread, gold, variegated or colour of choice
Dark or bright thread for couching the wire.
2 small beads for eyes
Wooden cocktail stick
Blunt ended needle
Usual sewing equipment.
I will have lots of all the above available
October Workshop – Requirements
Requirements for Saturday 10th October: Two pieces of cheap felt A5 would be fine but bigger if you like A variety of ribbons: thin, wide, patterned, plain, organza-y. (nasty shiny glitzy....this could be their moment!) Don't be too fussy just grab a handful or get a really cheap pack at Westpoint. If you haven't got any ribbons just tear fabric strips or use sari ribbon. A selection of fancy woolly bits you've picked up and can't find a use for. I have lots so don't worry. Two or three machine threads Your machine, the foot pedal and the bit you plug in. Ordinary foot. Instruction book. Rotary cutter, cutting board and ruler. Failing that, bring a ruler scissors and pencil. Pins We will be exploring your machine's fancy stitches just for fun and variety but you can do this perfectly well with zigzag. See you there, Dee ************************************************************************************
July workshop – see the list here: Requirements for Water Soluble Workshop in July
JUNE WORKSHOP – FABRIC BOOKS
list of requirements: June Workshop 2015 (1)
We have started work on the panels for the banner:
REQUIREMENTS – For the May workshop
The banner design we will be working on, was inspired by Sandra’s wonderful work with sari silk ribbons:
…. which in turn was inspired by the work of Effie Mitrofanis and her book ‘Threadwork’.
REQUIREMENTS LIST FOR APRIL WORKSHOP –
Ribbon Embroidery with Lynn Bennett:
REQUIREMENTS LIST FOR MARCH 2015 WORKSHOP, here: Just One Stitch Requirements List
some of our bracelets made at the February workshop
Requirements List for February 2015 workshop
Bracelet made from a plastic bottle
One small empty plastic bottle
Felt – enough to cover the inside and outside of your bracelet
Fabric which can be wrapped around your bracelet that is not too thick
Needle and threads to match fabric
Double sided tape
Various embellishments e.g. lace, buttons, beads and sequins
Pieces produced at the Tissue Paper Fabric workshop
Tissue Paper Fabric – Gill Cable
We will be bonding tissue paper to make fabric with either Bondaweb or PVA glue, which is cheaper, but takes longer to dry.
Sheets of tissue paper, preferably white, not too thin
Bondaweb same size and/or PVA glue
Wide brushes (for paint and glue)
Pieces of fibre, light sequins, bits of fabric
Threads to decorate in colours and thickness of your choice
Apron, plastic gloves if required
Small notebook to cover if you wish
**optional, as I will bring some of these to share.