Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Colourful thoughts

On Monday evening Marge spoke to us about the colour wheel and how to use it to advantage when planning a design.

Marge brought along lots of diagrams to illustrate the differences in colours, shades, tones and values.  It was interesting to see how colours changed in appearance when used with various backgrounds

Armed with lots of new information we all went home with a new appreciation of the importance of our colour choices

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Tactile Textiles - update

A few of us got together  to continue the project to make more Tactile Textiles for the Dementia Support Group. 

Here are a few pictures:

 Some are in the form of animals and Janet is busy making lots of heads:

 Lots of texture and tassels:

We are aiming to make around 25 by the end of March and these will be distributed to the Day Centre patients. This will be followed up by producing written patterns and possibly kits to make further supplies.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Blackpool's Treasure Trove

I thought you would be interested to see these images of some of the "pop up" museums created so far by the Blackpool Treasure Trove Project.
These have recently been on display at various sites in the town and will now be taking a break over the Christmas period.
From January onwards the displays will resume and we are looking forward to working with the artists on this project in the near future to present our own "pop up" museum.
We look forward to working with Costumologists on this project. 
See some of their fantastic work here:

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Stitch Nights

Our new season of stitch nights was off to a flying start last week with Ann giving us some guidance with shadow work.  
Several members had brought in lovely examples of work to inspire those who had not tried this technique before.

Shadow work is worked on sheer fabric where the stitches show through the fabric to give a delicate, muted effect.

This technique is often used on lingerie and children's clothes - particularly christening robes.

Colour can also be introduced for a bolder effect

Members tried out various designs and those with more experience were given a "mystery item" (in this case - metallic thread) to incorporate into the samples.