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Weardale Methodists’ project

Penny has been busy: “This is what I have been working on this week.  It is my panel for the Weardale Methodists’ project. Left hand side where I started at 0830 on Monday 26 April 2021, 26 hours logged unpicking and re-stitching later spot the difference.  Good job I like French Knots!  Just the lettering and pointy corner bits to do now.”

Follow the link below to the project.

https://www.facebook.com/methodisttapestrycollection

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Branch Project

Our latest project is based on a challenge set by textile artist Anne Brooke, Sue V is coordinating the project for our branch. The idea is to create a series of mini stitched pieces, one a week for 52 weeks, which will be attached to a luggage label or similar with the date and a memory of that week written on the reverse of the label.

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Work completed by our members during these unprecedented times

From Jane H – This postcard was inspired by Sandro Botticelli The Birth of Venus.  I treated calico with gesso to create a canvas type finish.  The image was digitally prepared on the computer using Photoshop following a project set out in an old Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine.  The image was Inkjet printed on the calico and hand stitched/embellished with machine stitched edging. A great little project to build up some digital altered imaging skills.

Second piece from Jane H – This postcard was a stencil on the geli plate using fabric paint and then printed onto cotton.  I free machine stitched transparent paper on to give the look and feel of honesty and then hand stitched the background and machine edged.

Third piece from Jane H – This postcard was a wooden stamp I bought from last year’s Knit and Stitch, free machine embroidered and machine edged. The background is eco printed cotton.

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From Andrea P – Andrea stitched this lovely piece for Jackie’s travelling book.

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From Jackie B – A birthday card stitched for my daughter who loves unicorns.

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The following four are images of pieces stitched for our travelling books project.

Yvonne’s collage is inspired by the work of textile artist Anne Kelly who uses vintage fabrics to tell a story. Yvonne has used fabric gifted by a friend, fabrics she has dyed and printed and lace in her finished piece.

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Just to prove that you can find inspiration wherever you look, Shirley’s Jacobean floral wallpaper gave her the idea for this motif worked in glossy threads and beads!

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Melita’s piece depicts the rock strata in silk with a vein of lead running up through them in silver threads. If you can zoom in on the image on your computer you will see fossils and the mining equipment depicted too.

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Jackie says that Pansies are one of her favourite flowers as they add colour to the garden all year round Denise loves their other name of ‘Heartsease’ too.

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From Ann M – Summer Embroidery – Ann has been busy making scrubs as well as stitching, this is the square Ann stitched for the Yorkshire Scrubs quilt.

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From Judith A – This handsome chap is ‘Corvid’, a beautiful 3D piece by Judith A, made following a workshop led by Ann Wood. His friend is what I think a sparrow imagines he looks like! The outline of the design by Nicola Jarvis was printed on heavy cotton fabric. She told us to just do whatever we wanted with it, so I did. 

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From Sally B – The Great Tit Sally stitched for a friend after being inspired by the nesting ones by her bird table.

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From Chris F – Chris has been very busy whilst in Devon, the Yorkshire rose is a variation on Elaine’s design, the landscape was from a felting workshop at Harmby.  Her 3 year old grandson wanted to sew too, a cross means there is treasure below.

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From Sheena G – Sheena has been busy with her flock.

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From Sue I – Sue stitched this from drawings which she had done in her garden as a woodpecker visits her feeder often.

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From Sue A – Here is a little study of a blue tit I have done as a sample for a larger piece.

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From Yvonne W – I have completed a small hanging started on a workshop with Anne Brooke called Print, Collage and Stitch. I am continuing with my Sew4theSoul challenge I shared earlier. My piece is now 25 inches long. I have learnt pistil stitch and colonial knots. The piece includes Suffolk puffs and patchwork hexagons, applied lace, buttons and beads. 

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From Shirley W – I am working through my stash of kits and sewing items – I have made two Christmas quilted Advent Calendars, one Japanese quilted wall hanging, a patchwork Christmas play mat. (Using up bits from a Christmas Jelly Roll).  I have also made some beaded pens.  I go out for an hour’s walk every day, (anything to keep my fingers out of biscuit barrel), although I am doing more baking, which seems to be defeating the object. I have been sorting out my craft room and given up my paper crafting hobby, so made up a number of kits and donated them to the village, so someone could take up a new hobby or use it for home learning with their children so they could make posters, projects, scrapbooking, make a journal of the things they have been doing during these difficult times, anything really, then when this is all over put them on display, so that they create a not only a family history but also a village history.   I have a number of embroidery books and whilst having a right good sort out I came across a book on candle wicking, so I think I might have a go over the next few weeks. Have you ever done any; if so have you any tips?

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From Jackie B – Week 3 of the TextileArtist.org community stitch challenge from Emily Tull.

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From Sue A – I started the Sew4thesoul challenge about a week ago and am finding it totally addictive.

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From Jackie B – Week 1 of the TextileArtist.org community stitch challenge from Sue Stone, the message goes out to all those who support us in these troubled times.

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From Sue V – I made this to hang in the window. Just thought I’d share as others may like to do similar.

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From Penny W – I have attached a photo of the piece of work I finished last week.  Some RLN members have seen me stitching small parts of it and asked to see it when finished.  The work is “The Owl & Pussycat” it was designed by Jenny Adin-Christie, and one of the kits provided by Jenny for stitching at the Region’s Durham Spring School 2019.  Yes it has taken me almost a year to complete!  It includes many different techniques for raised embroidery, and some at a very small scale.  I remember Jenny saying in our first session “the needle-lace pea floats on the side of the boat must be the size of the finest petit-pois, no marrow-fats on this boat”.  When stitching the pussy cat there were hoots of laughter when we looked at the size of the template for the needle-lace pussycat head and the leg…  There has been much joy in stitching this piece as well as learning new techniques and working with new threads.  Plus a bit of cursing at silk gimps when the end wanted to unravel…  My final task is to take a deep breath and mount the piece for it’s frame, which was also supplied by Jenny and her fabulous team.

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