Tuesday, 31 October 2017

October 2017

Our group meeting this month was held at the same time as our Guild's AGM. Some of our members were busy with other commitments, so only two of our members were present on the day. The meeting was held on the second floor of our new Guild building, and those members that attended were all happy and excited about our new, fabulously lit space.

Our show and tell comes to you via e-mail and technology once again.

Sheila had completed a quilt for a grandchild. It is appliqued and quilted by machine. The owl design was found on the internet.

Congratulations also go out to Sheila whose quilt "In A Fog", gained second place in the NSW annual challenge. The quilt can be seen here.

Gerri had also completed a quilt. this one has been made from children's handkerchiefs that Gerri had in her stash. The quilt is for a new baby boy due soon in her extended family.

This little jumper and hat set has also been made by Gerri. Completed for Rotary/CWA effort for African babies. The jumpers are very easy to knit and can be knitted in one piece. If anyone wants to help out, please send us a message or comment with a contact, and we will send the pattern.

Jenny has started another  bobbin lace challenge. This one is a bookmark featuring triangular ground. The original pattern was published in Australian Lace, a magazine put out by the Australian Lace Guild, and featured a variation of a lace spider as well as the triangular ground. As both elements were new techniques to Jenny, the pricking was changed to concentrate only on the triangular ground. The bookmark is being worked in Gutermann Sulky No 30 cotton.

Sheila was fortunate to visit the House of Dior exhibition in Melbourne .

This has to be the pinnacle haute couture from the basic little black dress to the most fabulous ballgown. Each outfit could be seen as a total ensemble, but closer inspection revealed fine details
that made the outfit sing. A simple looking black wool dress at the front revealed a beautiful inverted tulip shaped opening in the back skirt outlined in silk. A daring show of the leg for 1947.

The Look 47 dress designed by Raf Simmons was like a rainfall of hydrangea petals.Tiny squares of organza, perhaps multi-layered, covered the whole dress. The dress was white at the top and gradually shaded to a deep mauve along the bottom with specs of pink thrown in here and there. A stunning dress.

A small atelier section contained the toile for Johm Galliano's Konnici-Kate suit. The toile had the designs drawn on paper pinned to it.

It was interesting to see the completed outfit later in the exhibition.

Gianfranco Ferre's Luna coat dress was a classic in it'sdesign. Basic simplicity with a stand out and stand up lapel

Jenny had received these two petit point pieces in the mail. Found in an op shop by her friend, these two exquisite pieces were destined for the bin. The quilting pin and lace pin give the perspective as to the size of the pieces and the holes in the canvas. Believed to be worked on a linen canvas, Jenny hopes to re-block them and turn them into brooches.

Hopefully our new Guild building will be open for use very soon. We look forward to our new adventures in this new space, so please come back and visit us in November to see what we have been up to.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

September 2017

Our meeting this month was held in Gerri's temporary residence in Randwick, in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. After a quick catch up on all the news, we settled down to morning tea and show and tell.

Jenny had finished her first ever bobbin lace handkerchief edging. Made in the Bedfordshire style, the edge uses 90/2 Linen thread. The edge is mounted on linen fabric using 'Nun's Stitch' in the same linen thread that the lace has been worked. The full story of this edge can be found on Jenny's personal blog.

Jenny had also finished another bobbin lace Christmas decoration. This star pattern came from an old issue of an Anna magazine, and has been worked in DMC No50 Cordonnet Special thread

Gerri has been working on 3" (75mm) embroidery hoops and themed fabrics in preparing mini Christmas trees. Once stretched into the frames, the fabrics are then embellished and stitched with beads.

The hoops will be then backed with felt, and joined in the shape of a Christmas Tree to be hung on a door or wall.

Robyn continues to work on her country piece, stitching through tea bags and dyed fabric

The Saga with crochet squares continues as Gerri experiments with more shades from the Cake balls of wool. These will be joined into another rug for a Christmas present

This month Robyn has been playing with drawing faces, stencilling, ink, acrylic paints and textas in her journal.

Susan has  started a new unit in her course, Sculpture/Studio Processes, and tried to do some work for it while on holidays  in the forested hills inland from the Sunshine  Coast. Her  first exercise was an ephemeral sculpture and working on the theme of time. Susan was to use found materials, create a form, a la Andy Goldsworthy, and photograph it over 5 days to show the effect of time on ephemeral materials. The photos show 2 things that Susan  created on the day , and which she found was quite fun to do. 

Our travelling adventures are still happening while our new Guild building is being completed. Maybe next month we will be in our new space. Please come back to visit next month, not only to check out what we have been playing with, but maybe also our new meeting space.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

August 2017

Our group met in Wollongong This month.  Gerri very kindly organised a meeting room at the Xavier Centre which was a well situated venue for us.  And we started with a yummy morning tea thanks again to Gerri.  After catching up on social  events, we shared the work we have been doing in the past month.

This quilt has been made by Gerri for her Grandson. It includes school photos throughout the years, family, beach, thongs, cherries for Young where he spent his younger years, and his love of combi vans.

 This is the back of the quilt .

 Gerri had also completed this comfort crochet blanket from the "cake" seires of wools from Lincraft.

 Jenny had completed her scarf ready for next winter. Knitted in a drop stitch pattern, two different yarns have been used, one plain, and one variegated to give an interesting result.

Sheila had a day space dying threads, fabrics, tapes and laces.  The techniques used have been used by our group in the past.  Sheila's favourite stitch, raised chain, looks fabulous when the space dyed threads are used.  The fabrics, tapes and laces will find their way into quilts and and embroidered projects.

This bag is one that Sheila has made using hand dyed upholstery fabric, and some of the tape and threads from the above dying day. The tape has been decorated with raised chain band, using a variegated knitting cotton which was also over dyed in the space dying process.

Created for the annual Quilt NSW challenge, Sheila's quilt addresses the issue of ageing and memory.  The full quilt will be revealed after the challenge is judged in October.  The threads used were hand dyed and shown in our July post.  Raised chain stitch gave the quality of stitch required for the quilt.

QuiltNSW can be found at:  https://quiltnsw.com/

After Gerri and her husband, Graham, provided lunch, we were delighted to attend the Lateral's exhibition at the Old Court House in Wollongong.  The Laterals is a well established creative group within the Embroiderers' Guild of NSW.  'Off the Rails' showcased the group's work from the last year or so.  Details of the monthly challenges along with the works completed by the members answering  the challenge were displayed together.  This gave the viewer the opportunity to see the varied ways in which the challenge was realised by the members.  For the viewer, it was interesting to see embroidery taken to three dimensions in a number of the challenges.  We had the opportunity to meet with friends in the Laterals and discuss the works, the group and it's dynamics.  It was a fitting end to our day in Wollongong.

It has been fun finding new venues to have our group meeting. Next month we hope to be in our new space at our re-vamped and updated  Guild building.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

July 2017

The NSW Art Gallery was our meeting place this month. Four of us gathered in the park opposite, then moved on to morning tea and show and tell in the coffee shop inside the Gallery once it was opened. 

Sheila had been stitching this face design using her favourite stitch, raised chain band. The design is based on a  Julie Fei-Fan Balzer stencil, and will eventually turn into a bag front.

Both Jenny and Robyn were learning a new  pulled work stitch called 'Gros-Rose Stitch'. Based on a drawn background of cut 1, leave 3, the stitch gives a very open and lacy effect. The above sample is Jenny's.

This is Susan's  soon-to-be journal cover, with one of her small embroideries that was stitched about 4 years ago.  Susan has added appliques of scrap fabrics, and covered the raw edges with couching. The outer line is raised stem stitch which may change with further inspiration.

 Susan's  "Memory Quilt" is growing.  Made with 3/4 inch hexagons, mostly cottons, Susan thinks it will continue to grow to  fit the top of this bed and just over the sides.  It has been so fun and relaxing  to do, Susan thinks it may even get bigger still.

Jenny had finished a second small bobbin lace Christmas decoration. The pattern came from an old Anna magazine and and DMC Cordonnet Special thread No 50 was used. There are six designs in the series, and Jenny hopes to work at least one of each.

These finger-less gloves were also made by Jenny. One 50gm ball of 4 Seasons Merino 4 ply just didn't quite make a pair. So the second glove was finished using Lincraft Lullaby 4 ply in a different colour, and stitching was added to both gloves to bring them together .

Sheila has had a number of attempts at graduated dying from black to white. In her first attempt, the dye was quite purple and both fabric and threads were over saturated. In the second attempt, the dye was adjusted by using black dye  with a golden yellow and some green to get a better black.  A white thread and an ecru thread were dyed as well as a stranded cotton, which are going to be used in her project.

This cotton cloth has been dyed by Robyn with coffee grounds over several weeks.  Round tea bags and a selection of threads have also been collected to start her next project.

Robyn continues drawing on index cards influenced by Daisy Yellow ICAD challenge.

Following show & tell, we all visited 'Making Modernism', an exhibition of works by Georgia OKeefe, Margaret Preston, and Grace Crossington Smith which is currently shoing at the NSW Art Gallery. This exhibition is on now until 2nd Ocober.

Our meeting next month will be.......... who knows? Our new Guild building is slowly taking shape, so maybe, just maybe, our next meeting will be in our new space. How exciting! Here's hoping.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

June 2017

For our meeting this month, four of us met for morning tea  in the coffee shop at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney . Over a hot cuppa, we shared show and tell. Although some of us were busy elsewhere, show and tell is still possible via technology.

First up is Gerri's main item for the Order and Chaos display by the Embroiderers's Guild at Darling Harbour. Stitched onto a kitchen seive using variegated threads with added beads and bling.

This little thimble holder was made by Sheila. Using felt as a base, the flowers were stitched with hand dyed knitting cotton, fly stitch and beading. The edge is done in double pekinese stitch.

 The above flower, Robyn's favourite subject, has been created  on a small, plain, index card. This one  has been drawn by Robyn using Pitt pens and water colour pencils.

Jenny was excited to be playing with a new stitch. Called 'Rose Stitch' , it is a filling stitch found in Schwalm work, where some threads are withdrawn from the base fabric, and the remaining fabric distorted with pulled stitches to create a new pattern.

Jenny had also started knitting a new scarf. Worked in a drop stitch pattern, the scarf is knitted with two different yarns. One is Morris Empire, a 100% merino 8 ply, while the second is Noro Silk Garden Lite, a 45% silk, 45% mohair and 10 % wool yarn from Japan. Both yarns were left overs from a previous project. The two together are creating an interesting effect.

Jenny has completed all the granny squares required to make her bag. The added mustard has given  some life to the mix. Next step, joining them all together.

These white face washers have been jazzed up with crochet edges by Gerri.

Gerri is also continuing to knit squares.

Jenny's bobbin lace hankie edging continues to grow. This pic shows it just about up to corner number 3.

This is a page from Sheila's sketchbook. The doodle began as three dots on a page and continued while waiting a very long time for an appointment.

Robyn had started an on-line water colour portrait course through Jeanne Oliver. The page above shows the grid mark up, while the one below shows her blind drawing.

Following morning tea, the four of wandered the museum, viewing 'Out of Hand - Materialising The Digital', an exhibition on the rise and use of 3D printing. There was a quick view of the Student Fashion for 2017, then the 'Love Is- Australian Wedding Fashion', where we all oohed and ahhhhed over the variety of style, colour and fabrics that go into the making of wedding attire.

As our normal meeting space, Guild headquarters,  is nearing it's completed renovations, we have maybe only one or two meetings left  "outside".  So please come back an join us next month to see where we go & what we do.