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Amanda Clayton’s talk

On 29th April I visited the Colchester and Colne branch of The Embroiderers’  Guild  to hear Amanda Clayton’s talk My blue suitcase and as I sat on the train on my way home l looked at an everyday item that I had carried with me all day – my train ticket. 



Next morning, in my workroom, I decided I would try to add odd items from my snippets box to make something unique which I could  add to my ideas book.
The ticket was too shiny so I gave it a good rub with some emery paper and painted it with cold tea. In the box I found a piece of calico from the edge of an unsuccessful collagraph print and some pieces of organdie.  I worked two parallel lines of running stitch along the edge of the calico and ruched it up slightly so it fitted on the ticket and I tore the organdie in two and frayed it.  I held the fabric on the ticket with a line of open chain stitch using an un-dyed linen thread.  I thought the open chain stitch looked a bit like the railway lines but the line was broken to represent the fractured return journey.
I further enhanced the ticket with some strands of bronze thread, a couple of daisies from a ribbon and a button which hid the ticket logo – just a few hours playing which will help me to remember an inspiring  Saturday morning.

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Juliet says May 9, 2017

It sounds like a very interesting talk if she inspired you to stitch this when you got home that evening. Amanda is coming to our branch is July and I am so looking forward to it.

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