A very full letter this month – but there are so many wonderful things happening.
Firstly, we MUST say a big thank you to Sheila Meyerowitz who has donated books and also back-issues of the magazine “Inspirations” for us to sell in order to raise funds for Ighali. Thank you so much Sheila! This is very generous of you. They will be on sale soon at R50 a copy.
Our workshops this month are two very interesting and simple techniques. Carol Robinson will be introducing us to a creative, freestyle embroidery. She brought some samples to the last meeting, and it is very beautiful. The details are as follows:
So the next class for the Tuesday ladies is a FREESTYLE EMBROIDERY one. We will be exploring textured embroidery done on fabric painted material. The ladies are to bring:
- Hoop – 15 cm (slightly bigger or smaller will work)
- Hoop stand, if you have one
- Various needles for embroidery thread and thicker thread
- Thimble, if you use one
- Threads – perle and embroidery thread (there will be textured thread provided)
- R10 cash for class
Our Saturday ladies will be exploring Redwork, and Jenni Langford has sent these details:
There are two very interesting festivals which celebrate handwork of all descriptions, including embroidery.
The first one you may know about if you are on Hazel Blomkamp’s newsletter list. It is taking place in Benoni at “Spinnerin” and includes all sorts of interesting things. This is an extract from Hazel’s letter:
This event is inviting you to attend workshops that include a wide range of styles and techniques. Everything from miniature, beginners and more advanced embroidery to teddy bear making, hairpin crochet lace, felting, hand applique and quilting, creative crochet, knitting and even loom weaving. The organisers have gone out of their way to provide you, the needle working public with not only an interesting programme but also, some of the best tutors in the country.
If this event sparks you interest you need to go to the website which you can do by clicking here. From there you can download the workshop schedule in order to see what is being offered and, also, to make your choice. After that, you can register online. If you are not comfortable with registering online, you can download a registration form and email it to the organisers who will make sure that you registration is completed and confirmed.
The following is from Sandra de Wet and concerns the Quilters’ Festival.:
I would like you members to know about the Festival as there is so much of interest to embroiderers, although our focus is quilting and patchwork. It will be held form 17-23 August 2019, at Heronbridge College in Fourways, Johannesburg.
The Festival is worth a visit, I think, even if you no longer attend classes.
Entrance fee per day is R50. That gives you access to all the attractions: exhibitions, shopping (around 45 vendors), daily 1 hour workshops, demonstrations, free sessions, food and drink.
Then we have longer workshops: we have two overseas embroidery teachers coming, in Dorothy Tucker from the UK and Sue Spargo from Ohio, USA. Dorothy has been Education Officer at the UK Embroiderers’ Guild and specialises in Kantha embroidery, the running stitch work from India. Sue Spargo is an expert in embroidery on felt: she teaches widely and has many books to her credit. Its a great chance to learn from such experts right her here in Johannesburg.
All the details, including of all the teachers and workshops, are easily accessed on our website http://festival.quiltsouthafrica.co.za
There are also South African teachers offering classes that would also be on interest to your members, all hand sewing: I would mention Elaine Barnard and Kathryn Celliers-Louw.
There are also classes in beading, applique, embellishment, printing and dying on fabric, as well as general design classes.
Classes run for 1-2 days and prices start at R380 per day.
Bookings are open already, via a ticketing agency: see www.Tixsa.co.za
As I said, this is a long newsletter this month, but a lot of very interesting things going on.