About Me

East Ayton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire
A group of ladies who enjoy traditional embroidery but who meet once a month to try some experimental work. We meet at Ayton Village Hall on the third Thursday in the month for a full day and again on the first Thursday for half a day. We currently have a waiting list of people who want to join us.

Monday, 19 March 2018

March Meeting

I managed to get the stitching finished for this meeting and so the bookbinding demo went ahead.  I think some thought it a lot of work but it is nice to make yourself a book you can love.

This is the finished book.  The lotus design is taken from a photograph I took of a paving slab in Hong Kong.

Plans are going ahead for a workshop with Jane Hare in June.  We will be doing eco-printing which should be fun.  A quiet meeting this month with everyone getting on with their own projects of which here are a few photographs.

Cath has been doing some work with tea bags and these designs have come out lovely.

Christina made this little fabric book at the Embroiderers' Guild summer school last year and has been busy finishing it off.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

February Meeting

Today I was going to demonstrate a bookbinding technique but unfortunately I hadn't finished embroidering the book cover so I have had to defer that to next month.  The embroidery is now finished but I have to mount it onto board and get all the other bits and pieces done.  The book is going to hold lots of patterns and designs that I have traced off so every other page will have a pocket to hold these.
People still had work to do and Ann was recycling her Bomb Craters from our 'Warriors' exhibition and turning them into shells and pebbles.  Caroline was using her new Markel Sticks (she has been to Art Van Go) and making some lovely pages of colour to go into a book. Roma has made her own book of coloured pages and was putting that together. 
We are now all waiting for Spring and some warmer weather to inspire us.

Christina had been on the seafront and taken photographs of lobster pots and fishing nets and was recreating this in these designs.

This is Carolyn's markel and paint papers and some tyvek she has been working with.

Cath has been stitching ammonites.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

January Meeting

Just looked at the blog and it seems ages since our workshop with Alice Fox in November.  13 of us had a lovely Christmas lunch at Betton Farm, just up the road from where we meet and the day was enjoyed by everyone.
Now it is January and we are back to normal.  We had a quiet meeting with everyone doing their own thing and getting settled back into routine.  Postcards had been exchanged in December and those who weren't here exchanged today.  There is some coastal work coming along and some poem work too.  I have purchased some 5ply wool and have started knitting samples of Gansey patterns as I am working on a theme of fishing.  Took me a while to work out the pattern but got along fine once I realized the instructions were for knitting on 5 needles and in the round and I am working on two needles from side to side!

Monday, 27 November 2017

November Meeting

A busy day this month as we had a workshop with Alice Fox.  We were adding found objects with stitch onto fabric.  This was a much calmer lesson than some of the ones we have had recently but it was very much enjoyed by everyone.  Lots of work for you to look at.

Here are the group photos taken at the end of the session.

Here are some of the individual pieces.  The first one is using train tickets.

These are tile spacers.

Shells have been used here.

I know this was Maureen's work.  She had a long narrow strip of hessian which she filled with all sorts of objects and which came out really well. 

Sunday, 29 October 2017

October Meeting

A very busy day this week.  Jackie and one or two others brought along their Markel sticks and some paper and fabric and we all had a play with them.  We had lots of stamps and stencils to work with and everyone was busy all morning and into the afternoon.  Next month we have Alice Fox doing a workshop with us so we are all looking forward to that.  Some people have done their postcards already for this round while some of us haven't got started yet!
Here are some of the prints that were made with the Markel sticks.

My phone camera keeps putting some of the photos sideways on and I have to try and work out which ones are wrong, like this one of Carolyns.

Maureen did these two lovely prints on fabric.  We are looking forward to seeing what she does with them.
Sheila did these lovely poinsettia style flowers.
Roma produced these pieces using images she had printed before.

Can't remember who's these images belonged to but they are beautiful.  The flowers are so delicate.
I think this was Lesley's work.  It is the beginnings of a landscape and looks really good already.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

September Meeting

Nearly everybody present this month now the summer holidays are over and of course everyone was keen to hear what we are doing for our next project.  After much discussion we decided to go for 'Yorkshire's Coast' which should give us plenty of scope for a varied exhibition.  We also decided to work a piece based on a poem and the poem we chose was Cargoes by John Masefield.  It has such a variety of words to get inspiration from and it ties in nicely with the coastal topic as well.  So with the postcard challenge on top of that, we have plenty to keep us occupied during the winter months.
Everyone was stitching or working with their own things this month so here are a few photographs of what was going on.

Liz was painting some papers to make mounts for some work she has done.

Barbara is making a piece inspired by a piece in Wendy Dolan's book Layer, Paint and Stitch

New member Lesley was creating a landscape in this piece.

I recently went on two workshops with Dionne Swift one on fabric manipulation and the other using the embelisher.  Both were excellent and I came home with lots of samples and one piece nearly finished.

This is my nearly finished embelishing work.  I have done a bit more to it at home and now am ready to put some hand stitch in.

The following pictures are some of the fabric manipulation we did.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

August Meeting

We got the Lutradur out today to have a look at how you can use it.  We started with a small square to which we added some strips of tissue paper to create a different surface.  We then painted the whole, also adding moulding paste or expandaprint or both, through a stencil.  These were then treated with a heat gun to burn away the lutradur.  Here are some of the pieces that were produced:

I am not sure who's was who's so I won't put any names to them in case I get it wrong.  Some of these turned out really interesting it was a pity we didn't have time to wait for moulding paste to dry properly but everyone got the idea of what you can do.

I think most people are ready to start a new topic so we are thinking about poems, postcards and inspiration for the main body of work.