Sunday, 10 December 2017

Piecemakers Cancelled!!

Due to the weather conditions today and forecast for tomorrow we have decided that we will cancel tomorrows ALL Day Session

We will try for an ALL Day NEXT Monday - 18th December

If you know anyone who might not see this - please could you forward the message

Thank You 

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

The Tent Makers of Cairo

 On Monday we had John and Joan Fisher visit to talk to us about their work with the Tent Makers of Cairo.

A really interesting talk on the History, design and  methods that these men use to create beautiful and distinctive additions to their homes.

 All the pieces are worked onto tent canvas
If they want a different colour background, the a piece of coloured fabric is placed on to of the canvas

 The designs are drawn onto the background
 and then fabrics is needle turn appliqued onto the drawing

 Lots of designs include Script
 as well as Floral designs
 MAny of the designs come from carved woodwork used in decorative doors

 They also cater for the Egyptian tourist market

 Many of the more modern designs include embroidery too

A great afternoon full of inspiration

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

A Great Workshop

 We had a very successful workshop this month, making a Flex Clasp bag, using these Hexagon shape clasp

 Everyone arrived (as requested) with thier fabric cut out so we got straight onto sewing
Ellen's Tartan medication bag
 The bag is simple enough to make.
 Just a couple of rectangles really

 But once the clasp is added it turns into this lovely little secure bag
That snaps shut

Some lovely fabrics selected

This was such a popular workshop that  A Lot more clasps have been ordered!!


Don't Forget

Next Monday 
6th November 
we have Joan Fisher coming along with a slide show and talk on
The Tentmakers of Cairo  

She will have many samples for us to view
We will open as usual at 1pm  
with the talk commencing BY 1.30 

Visitors are most welcome so please bring a friend too!


Monday, 2 October 2017

October Offerings

 Angie excelled herself at group by actually taking out her pretty needle-case. That is as far as it got, but she enjoyed herself and that's what it's all about!
 Lynda was cutting some HST units from a sheet that she had sewn.  Will they ever be used? Who knows, but they are cute😏

 These were the sheets that she used to make multiple HST's  - a great time saver
 Kathy was pleased to show the pretty pouch that she has made with her orphan EPP pieces
 Chris has tidied up for the first time in ....... years and discovered this Candlewick embroidery piece, which she says she will finish (before the end of the year) we shall see 😜
 Val .. well I am not sure what Val was making, but she had a very pretty Mug Rug
 Kay is back on her activity book . It will be lovely when its done.

Ann was busy working on her Crazy Patchwork block that will become a Linus quilt
 Mrs Beal's apprentice has been promoted to "Panel Stitcher"  after her report card read "much improved"
a Doggy panel
 June is appliqueing onto a thread-work background

 Muriel has begun working on a lovely child's quilt design

 Shirley had been on a beading course and still has a way to go before this poppy brooch will be finished.
and it will be beautiful
 Ellen is working on a super secret piece

 Which may or may not resemble the candle holder that CUC will be showing us how to make in November

 Maureen is (MAD!!) making a tiny tiny tiny piece of lace for her God Daughter

 There were several beaded tea lite covers appearing after the September workshop

 Bridget wanted everyone to know that this little work of art had ONLY taken her 3 weeks to complete

 Lynda had been to a Anja Townrow workshop and was adding the final touches.  It was going to be a book cover, but she may create something else that will show it off nicely.

 Three of the ladies belong to a Flickr Group - Mini Mania Challenge. Septembers Challenge was "Circles" 

Kim Porter came to group on Wednesday to talk on her Washed and Worn Quilts.   A great evening but I failed to take any photos.  Shame you weren't there πŸ˜•

Just a Heads Up that Joan Fisher will be coming to us on 6th November to give her talk on The Tent-makers of Cairo 

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Summer is Over ...

 There seems to be quite a bit of knitting and crochet going on at group at the minute ...

But Kay had managed to finish her (very very old)table topper that was a group project MANY years ago!
lovely all the same
 Ellen is blanket stitching another High Tea Fusion quilt ready to be joined with a crochet border

this design has proved popular

 June has made another box - this time to hold napkins
 June has alsi used part of an old metal tape measure to make one of the "snappy" purses
 Hexagons are still proving popular
 And some secret sewing that I am not able to show you yet.

The Purse clasps have been ordered for the October Project day so all is go for that lovely little bag .

And so into Autumn......