At our June meeting Sylvia Critcher gave an interesting talk on the subject of “Is it Trapunto?”
A warm welcome was extended to Sylvia, who trained at Goldsmith’s College, where her tutor was Constance Howard. Sylvia taught City and Guilds and has been embroidering for many years. Illustrating her talk with amusing anecdotes, Sylvia spoke of how she began her career at Marley Tiles where she designed tiles and other floorings before moving to the wardrobe department at Elstree Studios and then to ATV. Sylvia has taught all aspects of stitching from working with metallic thread and porcelain dolls before moving to quilting, a medium which did not originally inspire her until she started to make a trapunto quilt and has not stopped since. Sylvia starts by putting her design on the front of her fabric (dressmakers’ calico). She uses butter muslin at the back and then uses a combination of running or back stitch, depending on the outcome required. Sylvia is currently in the process of writing a book to explain all the techniques that she uses which will be published in a year’s time.
In the afternoon Sylvia led a mini-workshop for all members on the three main techniques she combines in her work - English, Italian and French Quilting.