Today we started looking back as some of the things we have already done to give the new comers a chance to try out different techniques and fabrics that they have not come across before. We started with Kunin felt which is made from plastic bottles and therefore melts when it is heated. We made these little medieval tiles, painting bondaweb and attaching to a backing. From there we add vilene to the back of the backing fabric on which we have drawn our design. Adding the kunin felt to the front of the fabric over the bondaweb we then stitched round the design with cotton thread and also added a border round the edge. We cut away excess kunin felt from between the design and the border and then zapped the remaining with a heat gun which melted away the kunin felt in small patches to create a distressed effect. The remaining felt can then be painted to create a toning piece of work.
Everyone enjoyed doing this, some for the second time as they have been with the group from the start. Other members brought their own work to do but we haven't started a theme yet although there was some discussion about postcards and another themed display.
Here are some of the tiles we did.
Moira was finishing off some work from the Embroiderers' Guild Regional Summer School.