On the 26th November, Margaret Beal came to lead a workshop for 12 members of the Guild. She demonstrated how to cut felt and polyester organza with a soldering iron. First, we stitched leaves and abstract shapes with free machine embroidery, and cut the excess organza away from the edges of the stitched shapes:
We then layered organza, free machined into it, and carefully removed the top layer in sections to reveal the organza underneath:
Some beautiful effects were achieved by building up layers of snippets of organza, and then working into these with stitch and the soldering iron:
The members produced lots of great work over the day, and I certainly feel inspired to take this further:
Margaret brought many beautiful samples of her work to share with us, and these were invaluable to help us understand the techniques she shared:
All in all, we had a great day, and are looking forward to next year's workshops.