‘Threads of Friendship‘
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Susanne Davison has sent the image below of her work to accompany the presentation in April. ‘Stitched Paper Collage Design’.
Why not join us for the meeting to see what goes on.
Box making workshop
How lucky were we last Saturday when a member of our group- an experienced box make – shared her expertise and skill to deliver a fabulous workshop for us. We were all astounded by her work as there were lots of her boxes to look at and handle. AND we were told these were the ‘basic’ style (I.e. no curves)!!!
As students, all new to this technique, we settled down to listen to instructions and begin our box samples. It was much more complicated than we’d originally thought. Working in 16ths of an inch, we were really pleased not to be advanced enough to work in 32nds!!!
As usual, a day is never long enough and our boxes were unfinished, not that we expected them to be. Hopefully, as we were all enthusiastic, some will be completed and shown to the rest of the group.
Many thanks to E. H. for a workshop with such clear instruction and guidance.
The Fletcher Award is one of our competitions and all members of the group are eligible to enter. The work has had to be done in the last year and can be from a kit. This also took place at our meeting. It was won by an exquisite Kingfisher in a goldwork technique and this was created by Sandra Whiston. It was as a result of an online course run by The Royal School of Needlework and it was designed by Becky Hogg.
Other inspiration for some of the pieces – Stitch Magazine No. 98 ‘The Embroidered Garden’ by Kazuko Aoki; Tiny Treasures Blackwork by Liz Almond; Flamingo Toes blog and The Northern Echo.
We aim to promote embroidery and related crafts to everyone and as a group we collect, preserve, document, interpret and make embroidery accessible to all, through exhibiting, showing examples and being visible in our community.
Our 5 attributes – suggested by our members
1. We are a friendly and caring group and our meetings have a relaxed atmosphere.
2. We have fun and are given the opportunity to experiment and learn at morning workshops.
3. We reach out and share with our local community and beyond.
4. Our members pass on skills by encouraging others and sharing expertise.
5. We are always learning something new from each other and expert speakers.
We are a friendly bunch who meet regularly on the first Saturday of every month (not August) at Elm Ridge Methodist Church Hall. The meeting proper is from 2.00 pm. We suggest that you get there a little sooner so that you can sign in, have a cup of tea and and meet other members.
If you are looking for inspiration or for something to do, why not visit the Darlington for Culture website for ideas. There are plenty of arts activities and opportunities available online, with some in-person events taking place too. Visit the DfC website http://www.darlingtonforculture.org/ and Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts to find out more.