On Friday 14th August, a group of EG members enjoyed a cordmaking workshop with Jane Ostler at the Tennis Club. Jane has been a teacher of Natural Sciences, as well as City and Guilds Creative Skills, has done a lot of natural dyeing in the past, and is still happy to pass on her knowledge and skills.
(It was busy at the Tennis Club, as there was a tournament going on, and the cafe staff kindly brought lunch out to us - in the rain!)
An easy, relaxed day, during which we achieved several types of cord, including a 'friendship' cord, and one which uses a lucet, which dates from Roman times (ours were made by Jane's husband, Brian, for which many thanks) and produces a square four-sided cord. Also crocheted ones, plaited ones, and a twisted cord, which required a friend to tension the thread or yarn used.(See photos, available under 'past workshops' on the blog.)
These can be used as straps/handles for small bags, or as decorative 3D additions to surface stitching.
Our first AGM takes place on Tuesday 1st September and we will start promptly at 10.00am, as it will be followed by a talk from Textile Artist and tutor Jeanette Jackson, entitled: 'Textile Inspirations, a Creative Journey', which will take us until lunchtime.
After lunch, please present any items you have for display at exhibition in Grantham Museum, which starts on 17th September. Christine still needs pieces from our various workshops over the past year, and there is still time to complete and mount, or whatever, for presentation.
We are planning a Preview on the evening of Wednesday September 16th with wine and nibbles, starting at 7.00pm, so please invite family and friends to see our displays.
The Banner and Bunting will be on display, but we still need your contributions!