Helen showed us her completed bag, called Threads of India.
The embroidery was done on rug canvas, which was stiffened with pelmet vilene and assembled with calico and braid into a bag. The colours were inspired by a photograph of dye workers in India.
Carol's Language of Threads piece is called Treasure Islands. She hasn't quite finished it yet.
She began with a felt background, and hand couched hand spun and threads and then machine embroidered. Like most shiny things, it's hard to photograph well, but it looks wonderful.
Maz showed her piece, Impressions, which is also not yet finished.
It's made using fabric lamination of newspaper images and text onto synthetic organza, using matte medium as the adhesive. If you enlarge the photo, you can see the stitching she's adding, which gives a lovely rich texture.
Beverley's challenge used her own hand-carved blocks. She carved a positive and negative version of the same image, and stamped it onto different fabrics. She pieced a background from two fabrics and is mounting her images on that background. Some images are a single layer, with frayed edges, while others have been lined. She is adding running stitches, French knots and other embroidery in Perle thread.
It's very soft and pretty in colour - can't wait to see it finished!
Tricia brought some beautiful roving to spin. Helen was happy to help her manage it, though it did look as if she had plans to make away with it. She does have rather more of it than Tricia, doesn't she?
Tricia is keeping a firm grip on the end, though!
Nola was busy with her orphan blocks project. From leftover quilt blocks and units of different sizes, she's making twelve inch blocks for a quilt top.
Our next Challenge was chosen by Carol. She has set us the task of making a work on the theme of Lost Treasures, to be shared at our first April meeting. So many possibilities! Meanwhile, we're busy making postcards to swap for our next meeting in two weeks' time.