November Meeting - A warm welcome was given to Erica Thomson for her talk and mini-workshop on “Knitting connections, Origami and Wirework”.
Erica spoke of how she progressed from working in a shop demonstrating knitting and sewing machines to developing her own work using knitting and over locking machines. Erica has an interest in a wide range of crafts and has been able to link many of these together in a wholly creative and imaginative way to produce a diverse range of work from jewellery to boxes.
Erica talked enthusiastically about her love of craft and textiles, making connections to her knitted textiles to create 'something new and different'. Erica works mainly in wire at the moment, using a knitting machine to make sculptural necklaces and bangles. Combining wire knitting with knotting to create interesting brooches, Erica is constantly striving to produce something unique, unusual and wearable. She demonstrated how she had made jewellery to co-ordinate with various outfits by selecting different colours of wire or photocopying fabrics and garments, to create folded origami inspired earrings and pendants.
Wendy Ramsey led the vote of thanks remarking how much she was looking forward to trying some of Erica’s ideas.
During the afternoon members had the chance to try out one of Erica's techniques - using a Japanese cording disc (Kumihimo) we made a triple helix wire bracelet. The results looked very professional.