It’s been such a busy few months that time has flown and I find myself needing to write 2 Felpham Belles meeting updates in one.
March was all about English Paper Piercing Patchwork.
Don’t you just love those beautiful fabrics? In just over an hour we each managed to whip stitch our hexagons together to create a gorgeous Grandmother’s Flower Garden motif.
The ‘flower garden’ theme must of got us all into the gardening mood as our April meeting had us all planting our very own indoor gardens!
Here are a couple of our finished creations.
Our very own gardens in jars or as we like to call them “Jardins”!
February’s Felpham Belles session was a creative paper cutting experience led by our very own chair Michelle. Michelle guided us through the process of cutting out our design and mounting them onto card for the world to see.
Here are a few photos of our makes.
Felpham Belles welcomed in the new year with a visual feast of screen printing.
Shirley, textile artist from the Handprinted led the session and taught us how to develop and cut stencils before pushing the vibrant dye through the screens with a squeegee.
Felpham Belles were getting into the festive spirit this months with their rags, wires frames and a quite a lot of knots.
It’s amazing what a difference a good trim can make to the look for your rag wreath.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas to all of us at Felpham Belles.
Felpham Belles were ‘full-of-beads’ this month with an amazing session led by Jennifer.
You could “Lariat” with fine beads,
Create a “Bo-Ho” style leather and bead necklace,
Or even make a beautiful beaded wrap bracelet with it’s figure-of-eight binding.
With very much thanks to our tutor for the night, Jennifer, who kindly gave up her time to come and teach us.
Our meeting in September saw Felpham Belles cutting lino to make beautiful hand printed tiles under the expert guidance of Will Dyke. There are some of Will’s amazing designs.
Here are the belles at work……
…..and here are a few of our finished designs.
Rosemary Moon’s delicious culinary dishes and her amazing sense of humour were once more the flavour of entertainment at July’s Felpham Belles meeting.
Sweet tomato and peas salad, Strawberries with chilli and lime, Broad bean and cracked wheat salad were just some of the dishes on offer.
Our eyes (as well as our taste buds!) were well and truly fed with colour and the amazing aroma of these seasonal delights.
A huge thank you to Rosemary for a fantastic night – I think you may have recruited a few more members for your “Whisky for Women” club too!
What can you make from a length of scrap fabric, a handful of beads and needle ‘n’ thread?
That’s right, a beautiful summer weight necklace. Here’s one of our Felpham Belles members in action, feeding some beads down a fabric tube.
And another Belle wearing her finished necklace.
Many thanks to Sheila for leading such a fabulous night.
Our African Drums session was a resounding success at this months Felpham Belles.
Chris Diallo (Hands On Skin) brought along a selection of African drums and percussion instruments for the group to play.
We first learnt some basic ‘drumming moves’, before testing out our group’s beat on a traditional Gambian rhythm.
Tasty cakes were ready and waiting for our well deserved musical interlude. Check out the Easter theme!
Many thanks to those who brought back their stitched heart-shaped cushions for the hospital for our breast cancer charity make.