Knitting & Stitch Show – October 2014

Unfortunately this year we did not have sufficient people to organise a Guild coach to Ally Pally so several of us went by ourselves.  Vernice and I went on Thursday and she has kindly shared some of her photos so the rest of you can have a taste of some of the amazing pieces on display.  Click on the images for details.
Thank you Vernice!

Report by Ros

Wiltshire Breast Feeding Art Competition – October 2014


This was an art competition organised by Wiltshire Council Health & Social Care Department to promote breastfeeding in anti-natal clinics.

It was open to all age groups and in all art mediums. The eleven finalists had used water colour, pastel, photography, collage , crayon and machine embroidery.   

I wanted to create a layered look using fine organza fabric and achieved the different tones of blue by cutting away one or two of the layers. The ‘frame’ was created by using vermicelli stitching and then a fine velvet ribbon as a straight line to contrast with the curves of the stitching and the image of the mother and baby.  The canvas background was painted with acrylic paint in an abstract mottled effect so that the image did not appear too ‘flat’.

The exhibition of the 11 finalists is to be shown in libraries around Wiltshire over the next few months.    As soon as I know where these will be we will let you know.

Report by Lindsay

Kath Danswan – October 2014

October is the time for our Annual General Meeting and after the election of officers and the general business we sat back and listened to member Kath Danswan talk about her background and experiences abroad.

Kath did City & Guild courses and a HNC in Stitch Textiles and in 2006 self published a book entitled “Beautiful bowls and colourful creatures”.  She told us about her visits to California, Australia and the well know Quilt Show at Houston. Kath talked to groups and organised workshops where she taught her bowl technique and her colourful insects.  She kindly brought a selection of her work for members to enjoy. 
Thank you Kath for sharing your travels.

The next meeting of the Guild will be held on Monday 3 November when the speaker will be Jenny Adin-Christie and her talk will be entitled “Preserving the Past/Creating the Future”. 

Reported by Ros