February 2018 workshop by Sandie Maher “Making a Stumpwork Butterfly”(report by Beryl Webster)
On Saturday 17th February 20 plus ladies gathered for the stumpwork
workshop by Sandie Maher from Preston Embroiderers Guild. We were
provided with very comprehensive notes on how to work and construct our
butterfly, plus the necessary shapes for the wings and the chenille and
thread for the body and veins in the wings.
Sandie gave us a demonstration of the start of how to transfer our shape
onto our material and the seeding stitches to build up the wings before
we started on the main colour and design of our butterfly. We all set
off doing a variety of designs whether they were authentic butterflies
or figments of our imagination.
There were lots of inspirational examples to encourage us and books for
reference and while we were working Sandie constantly wandered around so
we could ask for advice.
I think we all found it a challenge to finish our butterfly in the day
and it was interesting to see the variety of colours and designs amongst
the ladies on the course. We all learnt a lot and how demanding
particularly on time stumpwork can be but it was a most enjoyable workshop.