|Sutton Coldfield Creative Stitchers||
As expected, Ruth Issett's visit had us all inspired!
Ruth dyes, prints and stitches in her studio in Shropshire.
She told us how her observations of fantastic colour combinations in nature, and particularly within the landscape around her home reflects in her colourfully energetic work.
The title of this year's Chairman's Challenge was 'Journeys'. Members voted by putting coins next to their favourite work Frances was the winner with her embroidered bridges.
Our last meeting of the 2015/16 calendar was great fun. The subject was birds, with each tutor choosing a different technique.
Lorraine taught how to make 3d hand embroidered birds.
Carolyn produced machine stitched birds and taught how to paint with water colour, which can be further stitched into.
Frances' little birds were hand stitched behind sheer fabrics,
and Mary taught how to applique fanciful fantasy birds.
It was so much fun spending the day with Wendy Cotterill, who thoroughly explained the principles of transfer dying. We played with layering images and experimented with various methods of transferring colour and design onto fabric.
So this month we met Amanda Hislop. What an amazing array of work she brought with her! Her sketchbooks were totally inspirational and a pleasure to peruse. The colours and textures she used to portray images and impression of local landscape were subtle but exciting, and we are all looking forward to her workshop when she returns in June.
I hope Amanda won't mind me using photos from her facebook page...
Emma Price is a Fine Artist and Natural Dyer. She runs a business called 'In the Wool Shed' from her sister's farm in Kenilworth.
She sells hand crafted natural dyed yarns, knitting kits & runs workshops.
Emma gave a fascinating talk on Thursday. She bought along with her some amazing samples of traditional cloth and told how her extensive travels had fuelled her passion for Indian textiles, leaving some of us wondering what we had done with our lives!
She now runs journeys to India.
"I am not a professional tour guide I am a natural dyer and fine artists who has travelled the length and breadth of India for more than 25 years in search of spinning wheels, looms, and the stunning aray of India textiles...." Emma Price
Caroline encouraged us to break a few rules and experiment with materials that are not quite so traditional in her Goldwork workshop on Saturday.