Tuesday 26 October 2010

Smocking bonnets

Work continues on the smocked baby bonnets. Barbara brought two of her own designs to show the group.

Barbara has added beads to the green smocking on the left for a heavier, sparklier effect. This technique works particularly well on clothes intended for adults.

There is an important social aspect to the meetings.

Dominic Auty, Isabelle, Katherine, Francesca and Jacob Stevens enjoy a chat over a cup of tea

For smaller children and those not interested in joining in the sewing, we are lucky to have books and crafts supplied by Marion Joyce.

Margarita Grimer, Dorothea Shaw and Teresa Grimer take a break from their sewing

Saturday 23 October 2010

First meeting of the Guild of St Clare adults' group

The Guild held its first meeting for adults on Friday, 22nd October. It was a very convivial occasion with members bringing along their knitting, mending, smocking and applique. We look forward to the growth of the group and its expansion into techniques used in vestment making.

Clare Auty, Elizabeth Dulston (of Zelie's Roses) and Emma Stevens hard at work

Friday 15 October 2010

The first session at St Anthony of Padua church hall

In Michaelmas Term 2010 we moved to St Anthony of Padua church hall in Headington. It's much easier to teach two groups here, as the room can be divided into two with a partition down the centre. Above, some of the younger group making chalice veils with the help of Emma Stevens; the older group, led by Barbara Williams, making smocked baby bonnets.

Completed needle cases

By the end of summer 2010, several beautiful needle cases embellished with drawn threadwork had been completed.

Friday 1 January 2010

Cushion covers

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This is a sample of the children's first completed project: cushion covers with applique work.

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Marie Lewin with her exquisitely appliqued and embroidered cushion.