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...

Sunday, 8 November 2015

November Workshop - Felting Three Ways!

Following on from our talk by Julie Turner at our November meeting, (see earlier post), she agreed to run a workshop for us covering lots of aspects of felting. 
Julie brought along items made by herself and others, including a lovely tree/rabbit scene made for her by her daughter Isabel, and also Isabel's wedding bouquet, which you can see on the below photograph. 

Lots of lovely wet-felted pieces made by Julie

First of all we did some 2D needle-felting, making an array of pink and purple flowers

Then we did some 3D needle-felting, making a forest of toadstools.

And a dog.

Julie then taught us her quick and easy way of wet-felting - much quicker and easier than other ways we had tried felting before, many of us made a couple of pieces in the time we had left. If you want to know what method Julie uses, you'll just have to book a workshop with her! 

Below are all the pieces that we made during the workshop - vases of flowers and some beautiful landscapes. 

Julie rounded off the workshop by demonstrating her embellisher and then letting us have a go...

November Meeting - Back to Back with Julie Turner - and a Textile Tea-Party

On the Friday of our meeting, the Branch were lucky enough to be invited to the magnificent surroundings of Halifax Town Hall, along with other local groups connected with textiles, for the Mayor's "Textile Tea Party". This provided an opportunity for the groups to have a look at each other's work / what they offer, and to network with each other to see how they could work together to provide the best service to the residents of Calderdale. 

We were welcomed by the Deputy Mayor of Calderdale on behalf of the Mayor, who had unexpectedly had to attend another event in London. 

Here are the members' items we took along to give the other groups a taste of what we do. The atmosphere was lovely, we all enjoyed seeing each others' work, and as an added bonus, there was tea and scones!

Friday's meeting was a talk by our own member Julie Turner, who has recently given up "proper work" and is now concentrating on her textile business. 
Julie's family keep Ryland Sheep and she told us how they arrived at this lovely breed (the pigs weren't a big success and were decidedly less useful to a textile artist...). 
Julie took us on the fascinating journey of how she learned to use the fleece from her own flock of sheep, all the way from the shearing to the wearing of garments knitted from wool that she has spun herself. With her lovely friendly manner and sense of humour, we had a hugely enjoyable time listening to her talking us through several improbably named pieces of equipment along the way. 

Here is Julie demonstrating one of the afore-mentioned thingamajigs with the assistance of the lovely Margaret. 

This piece of work has a background woven from coloured Ryland rovings and the tree is formed from white Ryland wool woven by Julie. 

This little lamb was made by a friend of Julie and was the first thing made from wool that Julie had spun on her traditional spinning wheel. Julie explained that she had learned from this first attempt at spinning that the yarn was too coarse because she had been spinning it too tightly, and that she had left too much lanolin in the wool. 

Some of Julie's home-spun white Ryland yarn

Buttons made from coloured Ryland felt

Not a proper sheep

If any other groups would like to contact Julie, she is available for talks and workshops and you can e-mail her at julie.turner@live.co.uk