Jennifer Hughes – Workshop

We were offered a wonderful selection of Thai Ikat silk, cottons and hemp to use for our Thai bags.  To start the workshop Jennifer explained the technique of reverse applique, gave us a detailed handout and suggested various designs we could consider for our bags.
Although we were using the same technique, each person had chosen their own design and different coloured materials so it was interesting to see the varied results.
Jennifer also showed us how to create braids and different types of prairie points to decorate our bags.
To end the day Jennifer showed us how to finish our bag with a lining and how to attach the braids.

Jennifer was a most generous and patient teacher and we thank you for a most enjoyable day.

Report and photos by Ros

Jennifer Hughes – September 2018


Our September speaker was Jennifer Hughes and her talk was entitled “Culture at their fingertips – the Hill Tribe People of Thailand”.  Jennifer trained as a Geography teacher, has an interest in needlework and lived for a number of years in Thailand.  She has a wonderful selection of colourful garments and hats which she has collected over the years. 

Jennifer explained that the Thai government recognises 6 different groups of Hill Tribe people and they all have their own distinctive individual style.  They weave their own materials, usually hemp or dyed indigo cotton, on a backstrap loom attached to a tree or somewhere in the house and garments are then made up using the narrow cloth. At a very young age they are introduced to the various techniques and by the age of 7 or 8 children are expected to weave their own cloth.  The garments and head dresses are decorated with stitching, seeds of wild grasses, dyed chicken feathers, and in the old days silver, but this has now been replaced by a lighter metal. 
We were shown garments from the Akha tribe, the Mien, who are superb embroiderers, the Lisu, the Lahu and the Hmong.

​Report and photos by Ros

Take a Line – August 2018

Last year at a Guild meeting, Lindsay Sherwood came up with a great idea for showing the talents of members at the West Country Quilt and Textile Show held at the University of the West of England in Bristol from Thursday 30 August – Saturday 1 September.

The challenge was to create a piece of textile art in any colour and using any technique and materials, but with two provisos; the size of the piece would be 50 cms x 20 cms vertical and it would need some sort of line running through the piece 20 cms from the top.

Below are the 28 entries which were exhibited.  Click on any image and scroll through to see names.

Below helpers: 
Jackie & Lindsay                                Maria, Ann & Lindsay                Ros & Lindsay
​​ Stephanie,  Rosemary & Diana       Jackie & Ros
On behalf of the branch I would like to say very big “thank you” to Lindsay for all the organisation and hard work for this event.   

We are also grateful to Be Creative with Workbox for publishing Lindsay’s article and photos promoting our exhibition.

Report by Ros
​Photos  thanks to Lindsay