Saturday, 26 November 2016

November Meeting and the Royal Ballet

In November we were delighted to hear from 2 members of the Birmingham Royal Ballet costume department and they bought along these wonderful costumes for us to admire.

It was a privilege to see the costumes up close in so much detail and to have Sam talk us through the construction (yes I mean construction) process never mind the running repairs and darning at the side of the set. 

As well as talking about the Nutcracker costumes Sam also had many pictures from current and passed productions we heard about weights and remeasuring of costumes being used for new generations of dancers as well as the making of shoes and masks.

We all agreed that this was an interesting and informative talk and Sam was patient and encouraging with the many questions members had to ask.

The raffle bag was Silver which was fitting with tonight's theme.

Friday, 11 November 2016

November Meeting and the Birmingham Royal Ballet

Tonight we are delighted to be welcoming a Samantha Priest from the Costume Department of the BRB.

This will be a great chance to get ideas for the December competition theme of Costume, so get thinking and planning your piece, we will have a members vote on the night and the cup is up for grabs.

Again you will have chance to see the sample pack for our Christmas meeting when we are having a practical evening 'Darning with a Difference' with Christine Plummer.  Christine will have a pack available on the evening for £6 and tonight you will have chance to see the pack, this will also give you an idea of what to bring from your own stash if you prefer.

What you will need:
Cotton scrim and Jute scrim approximately A4 dyed if preferred
Contrast or complementary threads e.g. Wool, cotton, ribbon, fabric.... anything to add texture
Large eyed needle and scissors

Christine will bring individual items to buy or packs which are £6 .

The Raffle bag is Silver so if you can do bring a small contribution - it all adds to the great fun of going through the prize bag.