25 October 2016

Zodiac Day at Gawthorpe

Patricia and her group of volunteers were at Gawthorpe Hall again this month, stitching in the Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth's Library.  Jenny Waterson, Learning Curator of the Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth Collection, and one of the House's volunteers sewed alongside them this time.

It was a fine day and there were lots of people visiting the Hall and most seemed to find their way into the Library. They showed lot of interest in their presence and the work to hand and many stayed to join in.  Patricia had prepared Zodiac Signs to be stitched with simple embroidery stitches.  The room was a buzz of conversation and busy fingers.  It was most encouraging for both Jenny and the Pendle members and everyone agreed it was a most enjoyable afternoon.

You can learn more about the Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth Collection at their website www.gawthorpetextiles.org.uk       J

6 October 2016

Fantastic Creatures

Wow!  Nikki Parmenter visited Pendle Branch on Monday to talk about her wonderful creations - fantastic is the only word for them!  No bling is too much for Nikki and what a wonderful effect it creates.  She not only raids the haberdashery stalls, but the DIY stores and novelty shops as well to use in her work.

This peacock has a base of chicken wire, bound and padded and then embellished with fused layers of organza, Funky Foam, sequins, beads.....anything goes.

Nikki holds her fabulous peacock
A gorgeous elephant sits alongside a Madonna

Nikki is an artist and much of her work features her drawings of classical mythology from Greece, India and Persia  as well as the Bible and more modern references, together with fabulous creatures of all sorts, which she transfers to acetate sheets and paints and cuts out to enhance to her work.

A hare and a butterfly alongside Nikki displaying a hanging 

Her themed hangings may contain related images from many sources and feature birds, animals, insects and flowers of all kinds.

Earth Mother Gaia with some of her creatures

The Owl shares a boat with the Pussycat in a sea hanging............

..... and an Egyptian queen floats among an abundance of water creatures

What a wonderful afternoon.  Nikki will be with us again for a workshop in February to share some of her secrets to making a Fabulous Fish - something to look forward to in the dark days of winter.   J