Saturday, 13 February 2016

February Meeting - A tale of two members

Bernadette started meeting and handed to Clare for an update on the Capability Brown project:
Our slot at Charlecote Park commences 10 August until October 31, plenty of time to get working and we need 25 pieces to be mounted on A3 or A4 canvas (available from the works) If you are feeling it big scale canvases up to A2 are acceptable. Follow this link Capability Brown for lots of pictures from Charlecote including the Orangery where the display will be and let Clare know if you are working on a piece.

Clare then updated us about Regional Day 18 June 2016 lots of volunteers are needed from the branch and they will have £2 off price ticket price.there will be a rota for lots of different tasks e.g. book stand, sash wearers, competition, cakes and refreshments etc. The more volunteers we have the more time we can all have to enjoy the day so names to Clare please. Many of you have already completed tags, we need 150 so please keep working and handing completed tags to Meriel, remember these will be finished and mounted onto luggage tags so the finished work needs to be around 2.5 x 3.5 inches. The finished tags will be attached to goody bags for all attendees which amongst other things will include a sewing kit and hoop.

The sub committee confirmed that plans are progressing well and several traders have confirmed so we know there will be plenty of retail therapy.

Then we progressed to the main event a tale of Two Members: 
First we heard from Elizabeth Parker who told us of her very varied artistic background from potter to textile artist via watercolour and photography, we didn't know how she found time to produce the wonderful pieces that we had the pleasure of looking at close up.

With a little help - the garden gate created by Elizabeth's husband who helped with other pieces  

A commission for a Masonic Banner reproducing a Victorian design

an intricate quilt 

Yes it even include cable knitting as well as crochet 

Margaret finding out just how to make the bowl
As well as being an active member at Birmingham Elizabeth is also a member of Solihull Guild. Elizabeth has worked with Carolyn Gayton, Edwina Mackinnon and Ineke Berlyn

Our second speaker was Anne Watts who told us of her stitching career from her childhood learning to knit with her aunts and the sewing machine she received for her twelfth birthday.

Early examples 

Is it a work of art or a shawl - well its both

more wearable art

No I didn't get the mathematical reference either but it resulted in this lovely piece

Memories from a trip to Japan

Thanks to both Elizabeth and Anne for an inspiring evening.

The orange raffle had a great collection of goodies to fill the large and small bags.

Next meeting we have Nicola Jarvis talking about crewel work so see you all on March 14.

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