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Jane Davies wkshop

Posted by sandra on November 16, 2016 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi All,

A full wkshop for the Kantha Quilting wkshp and two on the waiting list, though some managed to get on with a couple of people withdrawing which would have made a total of 24 wanting to be there! Is this an indication of what everyone wants and needs!

It was a beautiful, relaxing and productive wkshop with lots of deliberation about choice of delicious coloured fabrics first, then how big,small, and what position and then what threads to use!. This was followed by stitching in just one running stitch, as big or small as you wanted, in whatever direction in order to acheive a texture to the surface of your piece. the results on the day were pretty amazing but since then more stitches have been added as each piece has shrunk in size but grown in interesting textures casting shadows and highlights in beguiling ways!!!!

 I have finally edited the pictures to go with this but am awaiting some help to put names to all the work, will hopefully get this help on friday!

 We hope that everyone will be able to share this great technique with the lovely colours that can be used for our next exhibition, maybe as an installation? who knows where this can lead.

a lovely time was had by all, thank you Jane!

Claires' Eco Dye Workshop

Posted by sandra on October 7, 2016 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi All,

I have just uploaded images of some of the great dyed fabrics acheived at the Eco Dye Workshop with Claire Cawte, greatfully taken and submitted by Sonia. We all had a great time messing about with leaves, petals, seeds, berries, bits of iron and coppers all rolled up in fabric and tied tightly with string [or threads if you thought of it]

What had previously, at least for me. been a scary subject with mordants and alum etc, turned out o be not so hard after all and although you can never quite gauranteewhat the result will be with the Eco printing the possibilities are endless and only governed by your resources and imagination. I have already purchased a steamer and a dedicated saucepan for dyeing!

Claire was free with her expertise and knowledge and had some fab samples with her including all her samples from her degree course. The necessary Alum, white vinegar and iron water was provided by Claire but so many of the different mordants are in your own home already so all the excuses not to do this type of dyeing where the colours are so subtle and gorgeous are no longer valid.

With Colour being the theme for our next exhibition the possibilities are exciting!

Swansea Festival of Stitch

Posted by Enid Davies on August 21, 2016 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi All,

Well all the hard work WAS worth the effort 'cos the Festival has been a resounding success. It was just great to see all the other groups exhibitions and appreciate all that is going on in the Swansea/Neath area. Everyone excelled themselves to reflect the theme of Childrens Literature with glorious colour, fabulous humour, clever inspiration, and of course, exquisite stitch. Not to mention all the street art would be a crime, I have been bowled over by the ingenuity? of how well it has withstood the vagaries of the weather and how children have interacted with it all.

The Makers Market and the Weavers Spinners and Dyers along with Rachel and Katrina attracted lots of interest with quality work for sale and on display, and they all said they would like to come back again to our friendly Festival!

So a huge thank you goes to you all for your contribution however big or small, it all counted in the success, for the fund raising, both for the Festival and for our Roald Dahl Charity, for the manning of the exhibition, I know many visitors were very grateful, and it was fun too to hear all the praise for all your fabulous work in our stunning exhibition. Congratulations to all who have sold their work, there is still time for more! Mark and the staff delighted with the massive increase in footfall.

So is it all going to happen again? A lot of interest has been generated and  I believe that there will now be more people interested in joining in with all the work necessary for the management of  the Festival. I will not be one of them but wish them every success in the continuation of the Swansea Festival of Stitch. 

Threads of the Unexpected

Posted by sandra on August 7, 2016 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi Everyone,

Oh dear is it really April the last time I made an entry here!

Huge Congratulations to everyone that contributed to our fabulous exhibition at the Ceri Richards Gallery, thirty four members which was brilliant, a couple of regular exhibitors weren't able to make it this year, but it is still a record number, with I think nearly 70 exhibits!!!!!! This of course is nothing compared to the number of Sweets, bookmarks, bookcovers etc that I am sure that everyone was responsible for with a fantastic response.

It has been a hectic year but those who were at the opening and also visited the Gallery since, have to be thrilled and delighted with how well our work has been hung and displayed. Glenys Cour opened the exhibition and was surprised and generous in her praise for the standard of the work.

The hard work that has been put in by the committee in getting all your creations to this result is prodigious in its commitment to acheiving the best results. Many thanks to you all for making my job so easy! special thanks to Marilyn as exhibition officer in organising it all, especially with the extra work with street art, ably assissted by Rhian and Bernice. Thanks to Karen who I couldn't do without and who has been such an encouraging voice throughout the year without nagging! Wendy for her help with delivering your work safely and putting up sweeties.

Our thanks also to Esyllt who once again translated your words into Welsh for the brochure. sorry that there were a few hic ups with the brochure, the pages got muddled at the printers as I used a different format, however I was delighted with the photo quality and I hope you enjoy your free copy. I am having problems with my memory card and the computer so not all images are up yet, all those in the brochure but there are more to come, also no finished editing names and titles, will get there

Free pat testing, no entry fee and the free brochure has been our way of  giving back to you the members, we are still maintaining a fairly healthy bank balance, but we would still like you to consider how we should spend any temporary surplus for the benefit of all.

Thank you to all those who have voluteered to man the exhibition during Festival fortnight. Whenever I go to and exhibition I always have questions and appreciate if there is someone there who can help!

Don't forget to support all the other groups who are exhibiting both in galleries and on the street, there is some beautiful, enticing, exciting, quirky, funny, endearing, challanging, technically brilliant work out there which is exactly what the Festival of Stitch set about providing for general public consumption as well as our own!

Thank you all

Wendy Dolan workshop

Posted by Enid Davies on April 3, 2016 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi All,

I have just posted images of most of the work done by members at the Saturday workshop that was quite productive with images starting for Roald Dahl influenced artwork. Sorry only seem to have some images and apologies for not remembering names.

Wendy is an experience free machine embroiderer and brought with her a range of her beautiful work and a huge stage by stage process samples to explain how she gets her results, sharing without hesitation her skills and techniques. Very professional and had even brought with her, spare darning feet for those who were without,myself included as my daughter conveniently had mislaid mine!

A full on day but we all had the basis on which to carry on and complete a piece of work for the Exhibition.  Success for me just starting on my first piece for Itchy Fingers based on Revolting Rhymes and Cinderella.

Hope you are all gettin on better than me, the last workshop with Mel Jones sounded like you all had a great and productive time.

Mel's Workshop

Posted by Enid Davies on April 3, 2016 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Have just managed to upload the images that Rachel kindly sent me, but sorry I have no names to who did what!

enjoy anyway, if anyone can submit a report of the day, i can upload it, or you can too!


Posted by sandra on March 25, 2016 at 4:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi All,

You may have heard, but in case you haven't, Llaregub Village is now residing at Llwyn Y Bryn Campus of Gower College as an inspiration for students.

Mels Workshop

Posted by Enid Davies on March 15, 2016 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

hi All,

sorry long gap since posting, got a few things going on!!!!

Rachel has kindly sent me some images from the workshop on Saturday last which I was unable to attend, but everyone enjoyed a great day. Unfortunately for some reason I am unable to uplod the images but will try again later.

it sounds like it was a fabulous starting point for some of your work for the exhbition in August judging from the photos, well done all. I have no names to add you must claim your own pieces.

Many thanks to all for the fantastic contribution that you all made to the Swansea Festival of Stitch coffee morning, it was a great day. Plans are moving on apace and Karen is keeping you uptodate with the sweet making encouraged by Marilyn, Bernice and Rhian, we hope to make a great show to greet all the visitors.


Posted by Enid Davies on February 4, 2016 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (1)

Hi All,

Our next Workshop is on framing for your exhibition work so hope you will all enjoy.

Marilyn held a meeting at the Institute for all to talk about the Street Art we are doing at the Taliesin to greet people to the Exhibition and all those people coming for the Festival of Stitch on the festival trail.

The Theme is Sweets loosely based on Willy Wonka and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Marilyn and Karen will bring more news on that and the next gathering to exchange ideas and fabrics. there are some pictures from Pinterest giving a few ideas. To have a little bit of cohesion  the following sweets are the most popular.

Lollies, Liquorice Allsorts, Dolly Mixtures, Humbugs, Quality Street and any old fashioned pick and mix sweets, so plenty of choice. Hopefully by the next meeting there will be a few samples to show and exchange of fabrics to help, there is already quite a selection available so do come and collect some for your chosen sweets! There will be cellophane available too!

Hope to see a few more people at the next meeting but the Tuesday and Friday meetings will also be Sweet Making!

Roald Dahl aid

Posted by Enid Davies on January 13, 2016 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Exhibition 2016

The title of our next exhibition is Threads of the Unexpected inspired by the Author Roald Dahl celebrating the anniversary of his birth. This links also with the theme of Childrens’ literature for Swansea Festival.

Books, stories, curated collections, and other published works The Gremlins                                                                (1943) Over To You                                               (1946) Adult stories about war                                                              Some Time Never (1948) Adult stories about Gremlins                                                                                          Someone Like You (1953) Adult stories has 18 short stories  adult stories                                                                         Kiss Kiss (1960) Adult  has 11 macabre                                                                                                                           James and the Giant Peach (1961)           Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) The Magic Finger (1966) Fantastic Mr Fox (1968)              Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (1972) Switch Bitch (1974) Adult                Danny, the Champion of the World (1975)                    The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More (1977)   The Enormous Crocodile (1978)         My Uncle Oswald (1979) Adult                                                                              The Twits (1980) Reflected his hate of Beards                                        George's Marvellous Medicine (1981) Revolting Rhymes (1982) Retold Fairy Tales, hilarious!       The BFG (1982) Roald Dahls favourite, the keeper of dreams and odd words.              Dirty Beasts (1983) Horrid beast poems      The Witches (1983) one of the scariest childrens’ book              Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories (1983) other peoples stories, his choice   Boy: Tales of Childhood (1984) about a boy similar to himself                                                                                          The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me (1985) younger three characters     Two Fables (1985) Adult stories                Going Solo (1986) more about his life after Boy                     Matilda (1988)                                                              Rhyme Stew (1989) poems related to fairy tales for older children                                                                                         Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life (1989) country tales, adult   Esio Trot (1990)writing things backward can make magic The Vicar of Nibbleswicke (1991) Back to front dyslexia       The Minpins (1991) Sin forest, local                                 Roald Dahl's Guide to Railway Safety (1991)to keep children safe My Year (1991) Nature diary Play scripts and film screenplays The Honeys (stage play, 1955) You Only Live Twice (film screenplay, 1967) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (co-wrote film screenplay, 1968) The Night Digger (film screenplay, 1971) Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (co-wrote film screenplay, 1971) Anthologies and collections co-written by Roald Dahl or inspired by his writings The Roald Dahl Cookbook (1991) Revolting Recipes (1994) The Roald Dahl Treasury (1997) Animals, Magic, Family, Friends and Foes, Matters of Importance Even More Revolting Recipes (2001) Songs and Verse (2005)  has seven themed sections bursting with monsters, ghastly children, magical creatures, unpleasant adults and - of course - a few surprises. More About Boy (2008) Completely Revolting Recipes (2009) or inventions although we are supposed to be looking at childrens’ literature The Meccano Chariot The Wade-Dahl-Till valve The Writing Chair

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More (1977] is for older children. Check out the link there are seven stories.

What to do?

You can see that the choice is too long and too varied and is rather discombobulating! If you are currently working to a theme with your work I would recommend that you either latch on to a story that has at least a vague association with it and develop from there.

If you have a favourite story, stick to that, read through and make a note of the words or descriptions you liked, or the characters and develop from there, often his stories are based on where he lived, make your story be about where you live and make the characters your own, with the essence of Dahls story.

Interestingly at the museum quite a lot was made of his war experiences and Over To You (1946) has ten stories based on his experiences for those who wish to follow on from a WW1 experience. Or you may wish to look at his biography and work from that with some of his wacky ideas, although childrens literature is really the theme

The themes of his books have definite subject matter with children overcoming some adversity

There are several monsters that have a range of personalities and images, draw your own from descriptions

There are Witches, create your own

There is always a nasty person/people in each story somewhere nearly always grown ups

Food features in quite a few of them, quite a lot revolting

Animals are themed frequently too, either real imagined.

It is difficult not to think of the imagery of Roald Dahls books without the presence of Quentin Blake. However at the museum there was a useful challenge where one person per ports to be Dahl and describes the character, another puts themselves in the role of Blake and draws from the description. Have someone play the Dahl role, you play the Blake role and see what you come up with! Another challenge that came up at the museum was to design a new chocolate bar and invent a name for it! My granddaughter came up with loads! Use all the help you can get! There is an opportunity to be fun, and children are big money spinners, do not be afraid to think at their level, or release the child in you!

The BFG is being made into a film by Steven Steilberg released in July just before our Exhibition




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