Wednesday, September 13, 2017

New beginnings

Monday night saw us launched as Seaside Stitchers with our new identity as an independent stitch group.
We have a full programme planned for the coming year and we were very happy to welcome one new member and one returning member to our meeting.
Not much stitching was in evidence on Monday as we were busy discussing all the details involved in setting up our new group.

It was great to see so many people there and the room was buzzing as everyone chatted and enjoyed the coffee and biscuits on offer!

Our first event is a super workshop on Saturday with the amazing Sue Stone. Sue has exhibited internationally and is currently chair of the 62 Textile Group.

We will be "Exploring Texture and Pattern in hand stitch" and the places have been snapped up with just one remaining as of today.

If you are not familiar with Sue's work you are in for a real treat!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

St Annes Festival of the seaside

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We will be putting our work on display during the festival at Soper's on Wood Street
Do come along and take a look

Wordpool 2017

We were very happy to be involved in Wordpool 2017 in Stanley Park earlier this month.

This is a fantastic annual family event organised by Blackpool Libraries and run with the help of an army of volunteers.

This festival of the written word gets bigger and better every year - and once again we were blessed with a glorious sunny afternoon.
Kits for all ages had been prepared to stitch and take and these proved to be very popular.
Based on the theme of Animal Antics we we had a variety of cats, birds, fish and other animals to make and by the end of the event had almost run out of supplies.

t was great to see families enjoying the sunshine and concentrating on the stitching

Everyone seemed happy with the results and many of the children managed to finish their kit to take home

This is a great event and we hope to be involved again next year

Friday, May 12, 2017

Exhibition 2017

In April we returned to Blackpool Central Library for our exhibition. Having used the venue two years ago we knew the room was very light and would show our exhibits off to their best advantage.
The exhibition seemed to come together very well and we were amazed at the diversity of the work on display.  Visitors also commented on the quality and variety of our work,  it is always very rewarding to hear compliments like this!

Our group work was also on display

Endless beach

Inspired by Klee Circles in Squares

Our Teal squares made for our branch 35th Anniversary

Catching up!

It is a while since i got around to updating the blog, so I will try to put as much information into this post as I can to update you on what we have all been doing recently.

We enjoyed a Shibori Workshop with Elaine Little from Blackpool Sixth Form College. Elaine brought lots of examples and plenty of samples for us t try out this technique.
We had lots of fun trying different ways with ink, dyes and bleach and the effect on different fabrics when folded and manipulated.

Our tutor for the  March workshop was  Shelley Rhodes. Lots of food for thought in a very informative sketch book workshop. Once again this presented us with lots of opportunities to try different media to print and paint onto papers. We all managed to produce concertina sketch books, and these were displayed at our exhibition in April.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Blackpool Cloak

In the midst of our usual round of meetings, stitching and workshops, some of us have been working on a very exciting project with the Grand Theatre.

The Grand in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company present a series of Shakespeare plays for schools aimed at 8 years and over "First Encounters with Shakespeare"

This year's play is The Tempest, and we have been asked to produce a Blackpool Cloak for Prospero to wear during the performances.  Children in local primary schools have been very involved in a programme of "Shanties, Shipwrecks and Spells" to discover our local coastal heritage. As a part of the programme we have visited Anchorshome  and St Kentigerns Primary schools to lead workshops with the children to make seaside themed embellishments for the cloak.

As usual our members have been very generous with donations of suitable fabrics
The children got quite excited when they saw all the sparkly stash they had to play with.
Many of the children were able to stitch and produced some lovely work, the younger children produced equally effective glued collages.
We were very impressed with the behaviour, enthusiasm and ideas  from all the children and we have a huge selection of  work to add to the cloak.

Construction is now well under way and the first performance is on the 28th February

Performances at the Grand are on 4th and 5th of February and tickets are available from the box office
The performance is especially tailored for children and is 90 minutes long so if you are free on those dates why not go along to watch what promises to be a fantastic production

Shabby Chic Tassels

Our February workshop was a lovely relaxing day of hand stitching. Ann guided us through making Shabby Chic hanging tassels.

As usual we had lots of lovely fabrics, beads and buttons to play with

And we all produced very different but equally satisfying results:

We decided the best way to display was on the coat pegs: