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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




Posted by Enid Davies on January 13, 2016 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi all, Welcome to the new year.

Our AGM this year turned out to be very busy, thank you to all those people who came and welcome to four new members!

Also welcome to the new committee, I'm sure we are going to have a creative year together.

Talking about creative I am putting up the list of books by Roald Dahl and a few comments under a seperate entry but to clarify a few things that were a bit confusing to both me and everyone I think is that I have made an executive decision that as a group Itchy Fingers will NOT be making an installation this year [hip hip hooray do I hear!] However we are committed to making Street Art OUTSIDE the Taliesin building. At a meeting on Tuesday Marilyn announced that the subject matter is SWEETS of a giant and colourful nature. I hope that further information about how this can be acheived will be forthcoming, where, how, what etc. What fun, start collecting together all those yummy shiny and colourful plastic, fabrics, sheers, metallics and please come along to the Tuesday and Friday meetings to get updated an join in with a bit of madness and joy with a bit of unexpected results!.

I hope you all enjoyed hearing all about the TFSR charity and the work they do and where your money is going to be spent. Phil Popes spoke about his visit to Tanzania and the success of the projects going on there.

Robi has also announced there is going to be a meeting of all those taking part in the Festival on Feb 14th in the Gorseinon Institute where all the groups will be contributing to a coffee cum sales tables cakes day where there will be a table selling 'things' to raise money to try and make the Festival a huge success. Itchy fingers will have a table where you may sell anything you care to bring along with a price on it, and hope you will donate something to the Festival table too.

Fantastic news about the Village, it is now on show in the FOYER of the Grand Theatre and is already enjoying rave reviews!

Christmas Lunch

Posted by Enid Davies on December 7, 2015 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi All,

A lovely time was had by everyone that was able to be at the Christmas Lunch at the Grill. Company was good as was the food and staff and provided a lovely end to our year, well almost.  Many thanks to Robi who organised our secret Santa, she was also responsible for wrapping of all your stars for the Coffee morning, both being very successful, and a lot of fun.

We have one more committe meeting on Friday to iron out any issues for the AGM, but I would like to take the opportunity to wish all our members especially but also all those who support us and our work 

A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Creative New Year  :)

Look forward to seeing you all Jan 9th 2016

Christmas Lunch

Posted by Enid Davies on November 9, 2015 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Next month is our Christmas lunch at the Grill House in Waunarlydd once again booked for us by Marilyn. We were only allocated 24 places so I hope not too many people were disappointed.

I do hope we will see all of you at our AGM on Jan 7th 2016 when we will lose some valuable members of our long running committee, but also welcominmg some new members too. there will be a range of stalls available for people to spend their Christmas money, or next years presents!                                                                                           There will of course be some business to discuss, but hope it will be painless.

We also have a lot to talk about regarding our next exhibition at the Taliesin in August. We are of course part of the Swansea in Stitch Festival and the grand opening of this festival will be at our own opening. We are hoping to have an installation outside to draw in the crowds and promote both our exhbition and the Festival, so get your thinking caps on as to how we can have a Roald Dahl inspired installation. Bernice has already come up with some ideas , but  all suggestions will be most welcome.

Our Speaker will be Caroline Rees who was a recent winner at the Made by Hand show in Cardiff. she is a paper cut artist, which leads on from her previous work at a Glass artist  using sand blasting. She will ring example of her work and talk about it and its develeopment. She uses incredible patterning and quirky characters and scenes, which I think could easily get us in to mood for some of Roald Dahlsstories.

Pat Johnson

Posted by Enid Davies on November 9, 2015 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

What a lovely lady and a fab workshop. She showed us how to make a whole range of jewellery and related 3D items and provided all that we could possibly need. but also discovered that it is all so easy to acheive at home in the kitchen.

Many thaks to Deanne who took all the photos and put them up. I have edited some of them with  information but would be grateful if anyone else could add more info. unfortunately Bernice and April had gone before images were taken of their work.

Pat Johnston

Posted by Deanne Mangold on November 8, 2015 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (1)

Felt workshop 07/11/15

Brilliant day, see photo gallery.


Posted by Enid Davies on October 12, 2015 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (2)

The Exhibition has now been taken down and verbally we have received great plaudits for a great exhibition, unfortunately not many people wrote in our book, and no sales I'm afraid. However there was some beautiful work on show and the Civic Centre looks bereft without it! and I finally put Marilyns picture up!

The next workshop looks exciting with the Lovely Pat Johnson, maybe a present for the bran tub?

We look forward now to our Coffee Morning where the stars will be sold for the charity we hope you will all come and support with friends, neighbours and family and bring something for the charity and cake table and or buy! Not asking too much for the price of a new and better life for many in Africa.

 The Charity also collects and refurbishes tools for the menfolk refreshing their shed!

Then there's the Christmas lunch. I look forward to seeing you all at these events

Serendipity Exhibition

Posted by Enid Davies on September 18, 2015 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (0)
The images are put up in alphabetical order of christian names.


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