Fifteen of us had a good day working hard. Ann kindly brought her laptop with some photographs she took of the exhibition at Salts Mill a few weeks ago and it was good to see the work again.
We had a discussion about the request we have had to submit work for various exhibitions around the local libraries next year culminating in a large display at the Royal Armouries in 2015. Topic is of course the First World War and some groups are already under way with their work. We have a few members interested in doing something so we are going to look further into it for next month. Apparently there isn't much work done so far on women in the war, so we may go down that route.
A few people brought in their 'Elements' work so far and we had another discussion about how we would arrange our own exhibition next May. There is some really good work been done and I think it is going to look fantastic.
Everyone was geared up for the Knitting and Stitching Show next day and it didn't disappoint. We all came home with various bags and boxes and everyone declared it a good day. I think there were more people there than ever before. I certainly didn't get as long as I would have liked round the exhibition stands and I didn't have time to double back and revisit traders for a second look. Jenny and I looked in on the Art in Action stand and picked up some interesting tips from one stand but unfortunately I didn't get the ladies name. One is photographed below, not very good but I did a quick sample on Saturday so I wouldn't forget the method.
First, stitch tissue paper onto a piece of fabric using either hand or machine sewing. Next, cover the tissue and stitch with gesso. While the gesso is still wet, place another piece of fabric over the top and leave until it is completely dry. When dry, rip the two pieces of fabric apart. You will get some of the tissue clinging to the stitching and the rest will have attached itself to the other piece of fabric. Two samples in one go!!
I will do this again with some more interesting fabric and tissue but the idea is good.