Monday 12th March
The meeting was a week late because of the weather but it was worth waiting for. Seventeen members had a most enjoyable afternoon hearing about Batik from one of our members - Tori Riley.
Tori travelled to various parts of the world while growing up and became very intrigued by the batik made in Java. She was as qualified as art and craft teacher but loved the Batik, so travelled back to Java to find out more about how it was made.
Java is one of the places where batik has been developed to a very high standard. All the raw materials are readily available especially the dyes from plants. The two main colours are indigo and brown.
In central Java it has been well developed over generations. Certain colours and designs were only worn by people of rank so it was easy to tell a person of status.
There are two main methods of applying wax – one is a little cup with a long spout - the wax is poured onto the fabric. The second is using a stamping tool dipped into the wax then onto the fabric.
Just a few of the beautiful pieces
explaining how this beautiful piece was produced
Chairman Sue with Tori
Monday 5th February was our first meeting in 2018. It was an early start as members wished to find out more about Devore, a workshop and talk with Dionne Swift.
Devore is a velvet fabric with a raised pattern created by disintegrating some of the pile with chemicals. (to devour)
Information supplied by Val who attended the workshop.
Space was at a premium as there were nearly 25 members present. A paper template was made, then a screen was used to apply the paste. This needed to dry, so on returning home I had to iron till it looked burnt. I then washed off the devoured bits. Next it can be dyed.
Dionne's details are: www.dionneswift.co.uk
Report from Chairman Sue -
Our first meeting of the New Year was very busy. It took the format of a Practical with Textile Artist Dionne Swift showing us how to create Devore. We had 23 members taking part, each of us given a 12” x 16” piece of fabric.
She spoke of her background and years of Showing at Exhibitions (like the K&S Shows) and going out to teach her craft, with great success. Dionne demonstrated how to make an easy design on paper and we followed her example.
The end results after our applying our paper design on a silk screen and squee-geeing a paste on the screen and swiping a rubber wedged tool across the surface 3 ways, created the design onto the Devore. It then needed drying. Dionne had set up a drying area which members used, but on collecting their dried piece of Devore it was found some had picked up others Work, because everyone had followed Dionne’s design!! If only they have had the fore sight of initialling their piece!
Four pictures from the workshop / talk
How to apply the paste with a screen
Below is Val's finished piece
Our Christmas Social, was as good as usual. We had a very busy programme for the day with so many interesting items. Two members were caught in a queue behind a road accident but luckily got there in time for the lunch.
A delicious lunch
Members sat round having a good chat.
Val receiving a sewing bag from the branch members - made by Kathryn.
Val ran a mini workshop for members - make a Christmas decoration.
Glenys presenting her Bursary Award (2016) work and what she created during 2017. Several individual Mandala embroidery frames of beautiful stitchery. She used this opportunity to practice stitch and is now an enthusiastic expert.
Kathryn ran her reverse raffle, everyone loves taking part, such fun. We had two other raffles as well. A really good time was had by all.
Eight members has a most enjoyable day 'Making a Better Bag'. This was a workshop run Kathryn, one of our talented members. This was the second bag workshop she had run, it was just so popular with everyone.
We all got down to work and had a friendly but industrious day. Most of the bags were completely finished.
Here are some of the completed bags.
We were all really thrilled with the results, they all looked so professional.