Sunday, 14 March 2010

March Meeting - 'Beryl's Buttons' and 'The Future of Handmade Textiles'

Our March meeting was one which we had looked forward to for a long time. Here is one smart and very fashionable lady wearing one of her special garments. Yes, our very own 'Queen of Wearable Art' was going to do a workshop on how to transform our clothes with her very special buttons.

Beryl had brought along many samples of buttons and fastenings for us to look at.

Too many for some people to decide what to do? It was hard to choose which of the many techniques to 'have a go' at ...

... but Beryl was at hand with advice - and instruction. In this case - crochet. (Sorry, Beryl, I'm going to have to have a private lesson!)

A busy morning followed ...

... and many and varied were the techniques being used ...

The Young Embroiderers' were able to join in ...

... and enjoyed the session very much.

Such concentration!

A very productive morning, girls!

And such glamour from the older 'girls'! Our Christmas party will be all a-dazzle!

After lunch we had a very interesting and thought-provoking talk from Jim Gaffney about 'The future of hand-made textiles'. We 'oohed and aahed' over the stunning batiks from Java and ikat weavings from Indonesia and kilims from Turkey.

Diane presided over the 'shop' with wonderful fabrics, unusual clothes with an ethnic flavour ...

... and the most tempting range of silver jewellery and beads. A feast for sore eyes!

I can feel a visit to 'Textile Traders' in Bishop's Castle, Shropshire, coming on!