The African Fabric Shop are hosting a World Textile Day event on 14/04/18 from 10am to 4.30pm at the East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Avenue, postcode KT24 6QT. There is plenty of free parking.
Thanks to our lovely chairperson Theresa, who stepped in as speaker at our February meeting after our original speaker was postponed, we all enjoyed a talk about three very interesting Japanese crafts:
Boro Quilting - Boro are a particular kind of Japanese textiles that have been mended or patched together by simple stitching in order to reuse. The term Boro comes from the Japanese boroboro,which means something tattered or repaired. Theresa made this beautifully stitched Boro bag.
Furoshiki- These are a kind of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth used to transport clothes, gifts or other things. Furoshiki wrapping has a particular style which reflects Japanese interest in ceremony,beauty,multi-functional objects and attention to detail in everyday living. Cloth wrapping has been around for more than 1200 years in Japan. The word furoshiki actually means 'bath spread' and originated in the Edo period (1603-1868) when the cloths were commonly used in bath houses to wrap clothes and as a bath mat.
Some examples of how one furoshiki cloth can be used multiple times are:
wrapping a gift
a bag for shopping
a scarf or belt
Furoshiki is not only aesthetically pleasing, but eco friendly too. It can replace wrapping paper and plastic bags and is recyclable.
Theresa brought in some beautiful examples of furoshiki that she has done
Sashiko- A Japanese hand-sewing technique using a running stitch to embroider a patterned background.
Sashiko means 'little stabs' and this technique originated in the Edo era (1615-1868) and was traditionally used to repair, recycle or reinforce garments. The patterns are geometric and include both straight and curved lines arranged in a repeating pattern. Below is an example of a Sashiko stitched sampler hand-sewn by one of our talented GQ members.
Japanese textile supplies are available online from Euro-Japan links.
Our members also shared their wonderful work with us in our Show and Tell time, inspiring us with their talent and ideas.
PLEASE NOTE * The workshop on the 13/02/18 with Janice Gunner, and her talk at our monthly meeting on 14/02/18 have both been postponed.
Happy 2018 everyone!
Where does the time go? It doesn't seem like a whole year has gone by since we held our last AGM, but here we are again. Our Annual General Meeting went very well with our committee members voted back in again to continue in their roles supporting Guildford Quilters. A big thank you also went to our lovely Chairperson Theresa for all the time and effort she has given to Guildford Quilters in her first year.
Our meeting then proceeded as usual with our monthly raffle and some lovely prizes were won by a few lucky members. This was followed by our Show and Tell session. Once again our talented quilters brought along their gorgeous quilts and quilted goodies to share with and inspire us to get sewing in 2018.
Anyone interested in finding out more information about Boro quilting prior to the workshop with Janice Gunner on 13th February,can do so on the following website.
There is also additional information on both her talk and her workshop on Janice Gunner's website.