NIPG 2015–16 Season Kicks off with …
Last year we opened our 2014-15 season with our very own members. Our Guild is packed with industrious and talented people and we wanted an opportunity to highlight some of our members’ pieces. We left it entirely up to each speaker as to what they want to ‘share’ within a ten to fifteen minute slot.
‘Here come the girls’, this year’s theme…. intriguing!
Last year it was “Favourite Things”. The four people who stepped up were Esme Edwards, Anne James, Paula Ellis and Helen Heron. It was absolutely fantastic, one of our best meetings!
Esme Edwards, began by placing a funny wee black box on the table, puzzling us all at what it contained. What was her favourite thing? Having started her talk by revealing some of her history with sewing and in particular patchwork, we were wondering what could be in this little box. To our delight, she opened the box to reveal the most gorgeous sewing machine. One which she has until recently, used regularly.
How to follow Esme’s opening? Anne James, our present Chairperson, bravely stood forth and enchanted everyone with her manipulated fabric piece, which she had constructed for her City and Guilds.
We were on a roll – how could our meeting get any better?
However, Paula Ellis captivated everyone before she even spoke with her gorgeous cushions. The variety and skill which she used to create them, had everyone listening to every word and trying to take it all in to replicate at home. The cushion which had been commissioned by proud pet owners, was beautiful.
[After the meeting there were demands that Paula give us a workshop on creating these adorable cushions.
You asked, we answered!
Paula is taking an all day workshop on Sunday 8th November.
Lastly, and by no means least, Helen Heron treated everyone to a riveting talk, on how she came to create her piece which celebrating renowned poet, Michael Longley’s poem ‘The Leveret’ written for his grandson.
Helen Heron’s handpieced appliqued cushion
That was a glimpse into last year….
This year is a mystery, so you’ve got to be there to experience it.
2 thoughts on “Open the box and out pops a sewing machine!”
What absolutely beautiful works of art those four girls produced, I’d so love to be there for that cushion workshop!!
Thanks Deb for your kind words. Indeed they did produce some wonderful pieces. Truly the talent that lies within the group is breathtaking and they are so modest too. Shame it’s a bit far away for you to take Paula’s workshop, and she’s such an ethusiastic teacher it will be a great fun. Next month, is a weekend with Irene MacWilliam which should prove really interesting.