Our Chairman Wyn brought along lots of identical squares of damask which had been dyed blue at the top and green at the bottom, along with lots of paints and floral-themed stamps.
After an unseemly scrap to get to the printing materials, we printed our pieces of fabric and then started to stitch onto them. The end result will be an "endless" embroidery - they will be stitched together to make a long flower bed.
No photos of the piece to show you yet, but here is a photo of the printing in progress :
A couple of members brought along some finished pieces to show us.
Sue B has made a beautiful fully hand-stitched quilt. She has been attending classes for this at Patchwork Chicks at Barrowford (near Colne, Lancashire - the Dark Side!); we called there on our Branch Outing last year and she was inspired!
This is the front of the quilt
This is the reverse, which is just as lovely as the front!
Jane B brought her silk Hearts Hanging, which she started at the Hearts Playday in February. The hearts are all embroidered and padded which gives the piece a lovely 3D appearance - hard to photograph it without wanting to squash all the hearts though!
The whole piece
This heart is embroidered with fly stitch
This velvet heart is embellished with gold glass beads
This heart is embellished with beads which reflect the pattern of the fabric
This heart is decorated with one of those raised embroidered ring thingies
that looks like a barnacle (I missed that meeting!)
The hearts are stuffed with two layers of wadding surrounding synthetic stuffing. They have a very smooth and neat finish.
Finally - don't forget to visit our Branch Exhibition at Bankfield Museum, Boothtown Road, Halifax, which is on from now until 11th July.
It features some of our recent work including Regional competition entries, along with other pieces encompassing the theme of Homes and Gardens.
There will be a Grand Opening on Saturday 23rd May
when refreshments will be available and you can find out all about our Branch.
Thank you to Davina for organising this exhibition!