On Saturday, Birmingham Embroiderers' Guild welcomed Annette Emms to lead a dayschool entitled "Inspiring Images", and what an apt title that proved to be!
Annette generously shared her repertoire of techniques, all of them free from nasty chemicals, and we made lots of interesting transfers.
Annette brought along many samples of her work, for us to see how to put into practice the techniques we were learning, as well as lots of lovely images we could use to try the techniques.
Winsome made this fabulously successful transfer, using Dulux ivory paint and an Osborne Stationers' copy:
Here's a fantastically clear leaf transfer:
We had great fun making transfers using sellotape and magazine images, which let us choose lots of interesting images:
Annette let us have a go at using Gel Medium (availalbe from Art Van Go) to make beautifully delicate transfers on fabric and for adding to other work:
It was great to be able to work together to learn these new techniques, enabling us to learn from each other's successes and mistakes, and share ideas about how to take these new techniques forward.
To take a look at the images we produced, press play on this slideshow:
Annette's work is a fantastic inspiration for us, as we now plan to integrate image transfer into our own work. Here are some images of what she has done with the techniques:
For more of Annette's finished work, take a look at this Slideshow - press the play button to begin:
All in all, it was a fantastic day, and we came away feeling thoroughly inspired. If you get a chance to take a workshop with Annette, then do, it'll be well worth it.
Our next dayschool will be Simple Stitches, Themes and Threads with Steph Redfern on the 24th of November - see Margaret at the next meeting if you'd like to book a place.