The Blog of the Halifax Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild, meeting monthly on the first Friday at the Maurice Jagger Centre, Winding Road, from 6-9pm (Meeting proper starts at 7pm)
We are a group of women (but men are welcome!) who have an interest in textile art and embroidery. We are of mixed abilities and there is no need for you to be able to sew to come and join us - there are no tests!
New members are always welcome - why not call in and join us as a guest for a few months?
Meeting fee for visitors is only £5.
Our meetings vary - we have talks and workshops, show and tell - we also have lots of weekend workshops and playdays. For details of what's coming up (and what's been and gone!) check out our programme below...
Over lunch, we watched part two of the instruction provided by our "hostess" Beryl, and her assistant 'Pokey' (American, what can I say?) which gave us inspiration for embellishing our background fabrics with stencils, stamps, embossing powders, metals, acrylic medium and glitter (OK, that was just me.) Wyn gave generously of her expertise and materials and we all learned lots of new techniques, going home with lots of ideas and coveting the lovely flower stencil...
A lovely day today at the MJC, we hired the room for our own workshop. We watched a Beryl Taylor DVD kindly supplied by Wyn and then followed Beryl's examples and produced some Taylor-esque work of our own, with varying degrees of success. First of all we painted our background fabric with diluted PVA glue, then we laid various paper products on top, including serviettes, torn wrapping paper, book pages, magazine pages and sweet wrappers. These were also brushed with watered down PVA, then torn strips of tissue paper were laid on top, again sealed with PVA and finally painted with diluted fabric paint. These were left to dry, or helped on their way with a combination of heat guns, hairdryers and sunbeams! They were quite wet, as you can imagine, and we found that some of them separated from the backing when they dried out, probably due to the PVA solution being too weak. They had to be reattached with Bondaweb, but that worked well.