Sunday, 2 October 2011

A busy Autumn for Wombourne Quilters

As you know September has been a very busy month for Wombourne Quilters and currently there is a display of our quilts in Wombourne Civic Centre as part of the Wombourne Past and Present exhibition which is open today and Friday this week.
At the Bradmore workshop on Saturday Sept 17 the Olympic quilt took shape, sashing sewn on, then sections quilted and joined together all in one day. The back seams were finished at ‘Sedgley Live’ last Saturday and Carole Auden is adding the binding with Mary Toft slip stitching that in place. We hope to have it complete for the end of October deadline so that it will be included in the book to be published next year

‘Sedgley Live’ was very successful for Wombourne Quilters with several people enquiring about meetings in the future and much interest shown in the Olympic quilt and the pennants, as well as lovely comments about the quilts on display. 

Our last meeting on 21st September was good fun with lots of quick tips demonstrated during the evening. We are hoping to put a book together with tips and problem solving ideas that would be useful reference for the group members - more about this later.
Next meeting 5th October
Sheila Smith ( is giving a talk about the Contemporary Felt Scene at our next meeting and that is followed by a full day workshop on Felted Texture, Thursday 6th October at Wombourne Library 10am-4pm. There are still places available and if you are interested please contact Gill Biel to book a place.

Here are some details:
The workshop involves creating surface textures on felt by combining simple stitching within the actual felting process.
The workshop is experimental and aims to make participants aware of the exciting possibilities
this combination offers. It is suitable for all levels of experience as basic felting processes will be

Workshop Requirements:

1 metre bubble plastic – small bubbles/single sided as used for packaging

50 cm length of plastic foam piping (from DIY stores sold as pipe lagging)

Plastic bottle with small holes bored in the lid (to sprinkle water)

Olive oil or unperfumed soap

Basic sewing kit to include needles with large eyes

Strong thread i.e. top stitching thread or crochet cotton – any colour

As the workshop is experimental, small quantities of a variety of materials are required e.g . Merino
wool tops, dyed cotton scrim, silk chiffon gauze, silk fibres.

Either I can supply a list of materials with quantities or I can supply a workshop pack of materials for
each student at a cost of £5.Please let me know which you would prefer?
October 19th at 7.30.
Janet Leeper will be leading the workshop on 19th October to make a new fabric (as if we don't have enough already!) to stitch or print on, from found ephemera, little bits of cloth etc., a fun and creative evening.
Janet says:
If you'd like to come please bring the following:
Decide what colour/(s) you want your finished fabric to be.
Bring thin papers and fabrics e.g. tissue paper, paper napkins, paper towels, scrim, net, lace small pieces of calico/cotton pre dyed or coloured....(.you can do plain white if you want).
The fabric will be made from a variety of paper and fabrics used interchangeably. Quite small pieces can be used so it is a good way to use up those scraps you just cannot throw away.
You can always add slivers of thicker bits like felt, velvet or a thread, ribbon to add interest. Also to make the work personal the odd used postage stamp or part of a letter, map or ticket.
I once saw used a lovely label that was soaked off a wine bottle.
The only other things you need besides the statutory apron is a good quality plastic carrier bag to work on, a pair of scissors and a brush(I use a half inch decorators brush) to apply paste which I will supply.
News Flash - Addition to the programme
November 16th
Amanda Clayton is giving a talk about her work on 16th November, she was one of the original members of Wombourne Quilters many years ago. Her work is innovative hand stitched embroidery using natural fibre and fabrics. You can see some of her work on 
A very interesting evening and certainly worth coming along to see Amanda’s work.
Thanks to everyone who has been able to help out in any way this month, including all of you who have donated fabric for Project Linus and contributed to the Olympic quilt and the pennants. Here are the ones we have made so far.....

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