Tuesday 1 December 2020

November 2020

 Ten of our members met in reality in November under strict COVID guidelines for meetings inside.

A very successful day was had with show and tell, a shared lunch, a birthday cake for one of our members having a "0" birthday, and chatter about next year.

We also welcomed new member Sheila C to our group.

Show and tell brought lots of items, a small section of which is below.

Above is Suganthi's exercise from a Vinny Stapley's workshop for Stitch Club that Textileartist.org hosts. The exercise called for sheer pale fabrics which Suganthi had zero of , so went with what was in her stash.  A stylised version of a eucalyptus twig was used as her motifs.

Sheila B's daily practice for November was to stitch a 10 cm square. She used a plant dyed fabric, plant dyed threads and non-plant dyed threads for these stitch meditations. The blocks have been connected to create a scroll. 

Susan's progress on her memory quilt. Susan still needs a few more rows of hexagons, especially to make it longer, then  will have to work out how to finish it. The quilt will be left unpadded so it can be used  as it is in summer, and possibly over a doona in winter. Susan is still thinking about it all.

Sheila B is participating in  #carvedecember hosted by @balzerdesigns. This block was based on her grandson's drawing. She repeated and coloured the blocks for a gallery of Grammas, Andy Warhol style.

Jenny had completed a bobbin lace hankie edge for a friend's '0' birthday. It had been completed for some time and has now been gifted. Completed with a variegated Gutermann Sulky thread, and two strands of  Gutermann cotton in yellow as a gimp along the edge.

Recently, when Jo was stuck getting something started, she made a series of spot samplers.

In this one  metal threads and beads were used .


Susan's  first mosaic project, a bird bath, which has been therapeutic in more ways than one. 

So one COVID year has passed and we all survived. I wonder what 20201 will bring. Please join us in 2022 to find out. 

Friday 30 October 2020

October 2020

Our group met via Zoom again this month, with seven of us in attendance. There was much discussion of our current exhibition as well as show and tell.

Lesley has nearly finished her cushion in Tuscan Lace

Sheila has been preparing for Christmas making her annual tree decoration to give to family and friends.  She has also created her own cards.  Unfortunately, these are all under wraps until they have been received by the family and friends.  She has also started working on a major embroidery for the Embroiderers' Guild biennial Margaret Oppen prize.  Another work that can't be shown.

With so much work needing to be kept from the public eye, Sheila has pulled out some old work.  Following a course with Dorothy Caldwell, Sheila began exploring stitch on paper.  Using a discarded piece of craft paper, she added basic stitches to each page and then created a small book.  She has since gone on to create a number of major works involving stitch on craft paper.

After discovering how to make books using a single sheet of paper, Sheila went on to create a stitched fabric book.  A large piece of calico was covered in scraps of organza with a grid of machine stitching to stabilise them.  She then added a stamped design and stitched lines and shapes using her hand dyed threads.  When the stitching was finished, she folded the book and machined a cord of heavy thread around the page edges.

Jenny had been experimenting with some drawn thread. Cutting 6 and leaving 8 threads. Exposed threads had been wrapped and the larger holes were filled in with woven wheels. A Crochet thread was used for the woven wheels, so consequently they all have a mind of their own .

Jenny had also been internet surfing and landed on  this page  After reading, Jenny had discovered that pulled thread stitches could be worked over a background with threads removed in only one direction. here we see an experiment in wave stitch. In the top half wave stitch has been worked in one direction leaving one thread between the stitches. On the bottom half, wave stitch has been worked in the opposite direction leaving no threads between the stitches. 

Jenny had also made herself a new little Christmas decoration. Using a photograph from the internet as inspiration, Jenny charted the design and worked it in Perle thread on Belfast linen.

Annette's Dorset Feather stitch sampler. Her sister found the 1957 Olivia Pass Dorset Feather Stitchery book. She thought Annette needed it to accompany her journey with Dorset Buttons.


A little Summer Cardigan knitted by Annette in a  Bendigo Woollen Mills pattern. Worked with 8ply cotton, it still needs to be stitched together and buttons

This month is Inktober and Sheila has been participating using the prompts as her guides for each drawing.  The drawings are of a 30 cm mannequin and drawn with a small variety of coloured pens.  The drawings are in a craft paper accordion book with each page around 10 cm square.  The full set of drawings can be found at:  https://www.instagram.com/thingstitcher/

This is the 1st in what Annette  hopes will be an embroidered series of her travel photos. Watercolour pencil, applique and stitch with silk thread. Annette Loves the contrast of her daughter's blonde hair in the moving sea of Japanese people visiting a shrine in Tokyo.

Annette has been looking at photos from when we were able to travel. Years of work ahead and great memories.

COVID 19 is still circulating around, though restrictions have been lifted and contact tracers are working overtime. It is with great excitement that our group hoped to meet in reality next month.


Thursday 15 October 2020

Vlinders, Papillon and Butterflies

Our Vlinders, Papillon and Butterflies Exhibition is still up for anyone wanting to see it in person. Level 2, 76 Queen Street, Concord West. NSW Australia.

In the meantime, please enjoy our virtual exhibition. 

Tropical Garden and Butterfly by Annette Hinde

Butterfly Trinket Pouch by Jenny Bargh

  Golden Butterfly by Jo Steele

Appliquéd Butterfly by Lesley Groombridge  

Butterfly wing work bag by Jenny Bargh

Hooped Butterfly by Annette Hinde

Needle lace Butterfly by Robyn Johnstone

  Sac a Ouvrage by Annette Hinde

Appliqued Butterfly by Lesley Groombridge

 Gold work butterfly and lotus flower by Lesley Groombridge 

Butterfly wing inspired underlays on a pleated skirt by Robyn Johnstone

 Whitework Butterfly by Lesley Groombridge   

   Japanese Copper Butterfly and Japanese Slate Butterfly by Margaret Smith

By Sheila Beer

By Sheila Beer

By Sheila Beer

By Sheila Beer

By Sheila Beer

By Sheila Beer

By Sheila Beer

By Sheila Beer

By Sheila Beer

By Sheila Beer

by Suganthi Singarayar

By Susan Freeman

by Suganthi Singarayar

Chrysalis by Rhonda Brownbridge 

  Homage to Nico's Butterfly by Margaret Smith

Grouped display

Grouped display

Grouped display

Grouped display

Grouped display

We hope that you all enjoyed our virtual exhibition and go to see it in reality, COVID permitting.