Monday, 17 February 2014

A Tale Of Two Members: Angela Attwood and Margaret Richards

We had a great meeting in February hearing about the stitch lives of two very different members.

First Angela told us her story which began as a junior ballroom champion and remembered her first experience of sewing when she had to help string beads for the dressmaker through becoming a Graphic Designer working on major accounts and giving it all up to run away to sea  (taking her sewing machine with her). After returning to land Angela looked for a new creative career and began by completing a City and Guilds level 2 in Innovative Textiles and Machine Embroidery.
Part of Angie's City and Guilds Portfolio

She is now working on her 3rd article for Stitch Magazine and producing kits so that others can try to emulate her work.

Angie's finished samples for Stitch Magazine

Angela told us how she plans her pieces and likes to sketch her designs. and we saw an example of this with her sketch of a motor cycle and her finished work.

Motor Cycle sketch and original as well as a postcard of stitched work 

Margaret Richards then spoke of her stitching journey which began as a practical sewer around the home and for her children. Margaret began her journey in textiles with a course at the MAC and told us how she loves to experiment and develop ideas she has seen - If it burns burn it!  Margaret sews with a group and issues challenges to expand their skills together.
The cockerel challenge  
 Not one to follow the rules Margaret allows her work to develop organically and used this fairy to demonstrate how she started from the shoes up!
Well I nearly got her shoes in the photo!

From Ironbridge to Hong Kong Margaret demonstrates creating embroidered works from pictures.
 With two such contrasting members we couldn't help but be inspired to rush home and stitch.
Members  having a close up look

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