Workshops & Talks 2018

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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.