CETG Meeting on Monday 9th May 2022
In place of the regular talk by an invited textile artist, the May meeting was a social get-together, where members met up for a chat and could try out three different techniques which they could use in their future stitching projects.
Pirkko introduced people to the fun of needle felting and showed how a little stabbing can produce a lovely flower for display on a card. It looks easy, but as well as making sure you keep your fingers away from the barbed needle, producing a neat effect takes a little practice! Janet showed a simple method for transferring a design onto paper or fabric, which could then be coloured or stitched: the results were most effective. Michaela brought along a wealth of felt shapes which could be combined with stitch for putting on a card, or perhaps made into a brooch. There were flowers and birds in abundance, and she also had some lovely Japanese threads for embroidering on the shapes.
Members brought in the flags they had made for the Platinum Jubilee Bunting; there were around 25 different flags, in a variety of clever designs. More details on this collaborative project, and photos of some of the flags can be found here.
Also on display were some examples of ideas for the members’ recycling and embellishment challenge which is due to be finished later in the year. Pirkko showed a bag made from recycled denim, and Sue had brought a colourful embellished panel.
A raffle was held to raise funds for the group, with the winners taking away little bags of stash, made up of coordinating fabric, threads, buttons and embellishments. Members agreed that one of the highlights of the evening was simply talking stitching with people they had not seen for some time, and catching up on their news. A good time was had by all.
Words and photos© Liz Wilmott CETG/May 2022