Sunday, 31 January 2016

Meeting - January 2016

January 2016 meeting

At this meeting we were very pleased to welcome Nicola Graham, the founder of Reuben's Retreat in Glossop, a charity which was created following the tragic death of Nicola's son, Reuben, at the age of 23 months.  His parents decided to set up the charity to support families and children with life threatening and life limiting illnesses.

The Retreat will also have facilities for families who have lost their children, and will provide bereavement support and counselling.

This branch of the Guild wishes to show affinity by creating a textile work, possibly a wall hanging, for display in the Retreat.  Bundles of patchwork squares were available for any members who wish to create an individual piece of work, and many of the bundles were taken.

After her talk Nicola was requested to officially present the Rosebowl to Bea Burchill, the winner of the branch competition to create a new piece of stitching from UFOs (UnFinished Objects) donated by other members.  Bea's entry was unanimously voted the winner by branch members.  On the photograph are Bea, Nicola and Ann, who is displaying Bea's winning entry.

There was also a display of hand stitching from the folios which are currently on loan to us. Unfortunately it was a very dull day which made it difficult to study the stitching, so the folios will be displayed again at our February meeting to provide members with ideas for their own work.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Lynda Monk - Mixed Media Textile Artist

Last week Ann Cornes and myself visited Chelford branch to attend a workshop run by Lynda Monk (  The workshop showed us how to make a vessel and a quiltlet using Lynda's techniques.  The lovely, messy techniques involved using Kunin felt, Lutradur, pelmet vilene and lots and lots of Gesso and Xpandaprint.  And we had plenty of practice in using a heat gun and soldering iron.

Under Lynda's excellent tuition we each created a vessel and a quiltlet but as the items hadn't dried we had to wrap them in plastic to take them home so that we could complete them.  Here are our pieces as they look at the moment, about 31cm tall:

Now they are dry we can add colour - and in a little while (!) I shall post  a couple more photos to show them to you in all their glory!