Tuesday, 28 January 2014

The Northern Ireland Embroidery Guild 17th - 19th January - part the third

A lovely sample using torn strips of paper serviette along with the newspaper, painted Bondaweb and sparkle.

I have spread this trip over 3 posts as the ladies produced some fabulous samples on both workshops. A New Starting Point is my newspaper based workshop that also combines printing onto the backgrounds with printing blocks. 
The Northern Ireland Embroidery Guild is a thriving group of all ages but as with all groups they can always do with more members. If you live anywhere near Belfast and fancy joining in the fun - go to - www.nieg.org.uk they can also be found on Facebook - https:/www.facebook.com/pages/Northern-Ireland-Embroidery-Guilds

You have already seen the build up to these samples in the previous post - here are what was produced by the end of the day - 
Painted and dyed newspaper decorated with painted Bondaweb, gilding flake, heat transfer foils, glitter and anything else to hand.


Then the printing blocks came out - the idea was to use a colour that was already in the work to print with. . . . this work could then be stitched into at alter date. All of these samples could be ironed onto a firm iron-on interfacing to create boxes, book covers or jewellery. Your finished piece could then be sealed with acrylic wax.


A New Starting Point also covers making faux chenille with newspaper. These also included polyester organza.

Catherine took the idea further and stitched her faux chenille in different directions.

 . . .  and some of the group also printed onto their slashed and distressed faux chenille.

I was very pleased with this sample - the choice of colour for printing was perfect . . . 

And this sample used the decorated newspaper as the top layer of the faux chenille.


Christine had fun trying to hold her faux chenille sample into a bag shape for this photo.

I had a fantastic time in Belfast, I was so very well looked after and the group were very great fun. Thank you all so much for a fabulous weekend. I will be at the Dublin Knitting and Stitching Show in November and hope to see some of you lovely ladies there - and who knows, I may add a trip to Belfast at the end of the show - be VERY afraid Catherine!!!!!!


I am off to Exeter tomorrow for the Craft4Crafters show at Wespoint Arena.
The show is open Thursday - Saturday. !0 - 5.
If you are going - do come and say  Hello!!!1


See you tomorrow Diana - Whoo hooo.
Jill - I will see you next Wednesday night.

x x x

Friday, 24 January 2014

The Northern Ireland Embroidery Guild 17th - 19th January - part the second

 It was worth having a little hint in the last post - Janet sent me 2 images of how she is beginning to stitch in to her samples.

 Starting to look good . . .

  The one day workshop on Sunday was A New Starting Point - the day started well with Noel cooking me an 'Ulster fry' - How could I refuse???
 A girl needs a good start to the day . . .

I must say that the ladies of The Northern Ireland Embroidery Guild  www.nieg.org.uk are very good fun - and also VERY talented. I had the best weekend teaching this fabulous group of women.

 The ladies working hard.
 Just look at that bottom lip . . . !!!! Joanne/Joanna was particularly good fun.

 Lots of layering of papers, painted Bondaweb and of course - sparkles.


The papers were then printed onto - preferably with a colour that is already in the works so the print isn't tooooo 'in your face'!!



 I will show you the finished samples in the next post before I dash down to Exeter for the Craft4Crafters show on Wednesday.

 The group also tried the newspaper faux chenille which I will also show you after the weekend - I took so many pictures because the group produced so much splendid work.


I can't leave this post without another image of Tess - The Wonder Dog! 
She made it very clear to me on Sunday morning as I was packing my case that she really would like to come home with me . . . . . 

 . . . if only - I think Catherine, Noel and Matthew might have a little something to say about that. I will just to go back again . . . Ha Ha!!!


Have great weekend everyone.
Hello Jill
Hello Diana

x x x

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

The Northern Ireland Embroidery Guild 17th - 19th January - part the first

 A fabulous sample created on the short On the Surface workshop Saturday afternoon.

After a dismal start on Friday - I eventually arrived in Belfast 4 hours late. I missed my flight as the M23 was closed due to flooding. A journey that usually takes 30 minutes took three and a half hours - aarrgHH!!!

I was met by the lovely Janet who whisked me away to look at the sea and then off to a local bird sanctuary - Castle Espie, where I had the best rhubarb pie and ice cream I have ever had - deeelicious!
Then it was on to Chez Breen to meet Catherine and Noel my hosts for the next two nights. I have never been so well looked after.

This post will be in three parts as these lovely ladies created a great deal of fabulous work.

On Saturday morning I delivered my lecture which was well received - then we had lunch and I taught a short version of On the Surface. In just two and a half hours the group produced some beautiful work.

The group working hard . . .

Very intense work.

The group worked with painted Bondaweb and the usual suspects - gilding flake, dried pressed flowers, sequins, transfer foil, glitter . . . .


It is always very pleasing when a student sends a photo of work she has stitched into (hint, hint) after the workshop - Orna Doherty did just that.
These are her samples - 


And here is the work stitched into - scrumptious!

I will post more in a few days . . .


I really want to have a dog again - it has been a long time since I owned one. I always thought I would want another medium to large size dog - I have never been particularly attracted to small dogs, till I met Tess. She is SOOO gorgeous, very funny.
Tess belongs to Catherine and Noel who I stayed with in Belfast. I totally fell in love with her. I hope to be able to have the time to look after a dog towards the middle of 2015 and will be looking for one just like Tess. Lord knows I need the exercise. . . . .



Hello Jill
Hello Diana

x x x