Jan Beaney talk & workshop

March 2014 – Jan Beaney’s visit

On Monday 10th March our meeting had quite a buzz about it – Jan Beaney was our speaker (as she described herself  “half an embroiderers’ Guild President”) She gave a marvellous talk, full of interesting anecdotes and wonderfully inspiring photographs of her work. The hour and a half passed by all too quickly. We were able to examine her work and handle the samples and drool over her sketchbooks – what a joy!

The Workshop

Not surprisingly, places for the day’s workshop “Bejewelled & Bedazzled” were over subscribed, and had to be allocated by ballot. So 16 lucky participants turned up the following day for a workshop with Jan.

She brought with her some amazing samples

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We learnt/relearnt various stitches, including Roumanian Couching, Sorbello Stitch, Lazy Daisy – and produced some small samples using the stitches in various combinations of large, small, on top of each other, using thin, thick, shiny, matt thread etc etc.

Jan then demonstrated how to lay down a background.

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It was already time for lunch – although an hour later we were to reconvene with our backgrounds ready, our design source sorted and some ideas as to which stitches we were going to  use – so, very much a “working lunch”!!

After lunch, we began to work on our ‘pieces’, and the atmosphere of concentration was palpable! By the end of the afternoon everyone was well on the way to producing a bejewelled and bedazzled sample – I’ll try and take some photographs at the next meeting of the finished pieces.

We all agreed it had been an absorbing and informing day – with just one common complaint – it had all gone far too quickly!

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