Saturday, October 24, 2009

Special Guest

At our October meeting we had a very special guest speaker - Patti Medaris Culea, reknowned Cloth Doll Maker for America.  Patti was staying with Kathryn and had just been at Ally Pally at the Knitting and Stitching Show and was on her way to Fobbles, near to the village of Ravenglass, to teach a workshop.

Patti very kindly talked to us about her passion for Doll Making and more recently cloth book making  and all things to do with dyeing and stitching fabrics and threads.

She was most generous with her time and very kindly allowed us to inspect the dolls. She happily handed them to us after she had talked about them and we passed them round for everyone to enjoy.

We had a good audience with a number of members from neighbouring branches, our own members and friends.
It was a most enjoyable evening. A very big thank you to Patti.
We all felt very privileged  to have had Patti as a speaker and to be able to see the beautiful dolls and books that she has created. Patti is a very bubbly, energetic and friendly lady. She was like a ray of sunshine!

Several members of our audience were going to the workshop at Fobbles and I know that they had a great time.

                                 patti

           dolls1

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              doll5

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

September Speaker

Our September speaker was Moncia Selway who talked about how she became inspired to work with spider stitch and how she started to incorporate folded origami techniques into her pieces of work.

          monica1 

     an amazing piece of work all done in spider stitch!
                  just look at the close-up for detail
Monica has used many different kinds of threads to gain this amazing effect.

                           monica1-closeup

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         monica3

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          Monica is a member of Parbold Branch

More Bags

Two more bags made by Marie at,  and post, the Monkey Buttons workshop.

1st Quilted bag 1

         2nd quilted bag 2

Our members were really inspired by this workshop and have produced some lovely bags. Thanks Marie.