Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A little taste of Turkey

Our Patch club held it's AGM last week and we always have a guest speaker along to enlighten us. This year we were delighted to meet Riki, who had grown up in our little town.
Riki kept us entertained with wonderful tales of her life in Turkey. She has recently returned from there after several years living amongst the people and working in her field of anthropology. Not only were the stories enthralling but the "show & tell" was amazing. Riki like all of us at The Patch is a lover of fabrics and textiles and her collection of embroideries, weaving and carpets is divine.

We attended to the usual events of electing office bearers, having supper and catching up with each other too of course.
Welcome to the new committee members and congratulations to those who were re-elected as well.

This is a heavily embroidered wedding jacket.

This gorgeous beaded cushion cover shows work in the style of one extended family.

The tribal rugs were spectacular and it was so interesting when Riki pointed out the symbols woven into them by the women and explained to us what each symbol meant.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Dyeing Days

A last minute reminder that there will be another Dyeing Day
on Saturday....that's Charlotte's Cottage.
Bring masses of labelled,washed white cotton fabric, a sharing lunch plate, a few dollars to cover costs and wear old clothes.
Here's a pic of what was made using some of the last "Dyeing Day" fabrics
9am start and finish when you're done!
See you there!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Our visit by the WA Embroiderer's Guild

Last week we were lucky enough to see a travelling exhibition of beautiful embroidery.
Sue and Glen, talented members of The WA Embroiderer's Guild
have been visiting various towns throughout the state to share this beautiful work.
Our little space was packed  as so many people came to see the display and it was lovely to see dozens of new faces too.
Here is our Pres. Loris chatting to Sue from WA Embroiderers

Some samples of the work on display.

Glen was demonstrating her technique with machine embroidery.

There were lots of happy smiles just like this as the girls enjoyed the gorgeous needlework, delicious eats and good company.

Everyone is buzzing with excitement as the "THE SWAP" with Club Quilt Narromine is underway. Parcels have been sent across the country with much discussion about the contents. Now many of the return parcels have arrived and it's time to start work making something for our new friends.
I hope we can all remember to take some pics of the finished items before the parcels go back again.