We had a good turn-out including 6 guests at our April meeting. It was a busy meeting with a flower competition, a raffle, a shoebox collection of toiletries for Ukraine refugees and lots of sign-ip sheets for forthcoming activities!
This month our speaker was Deborah Wheeler from Whitchurch Silk Mill. She gave us a light hearted introduction to Silk Painting. Whitchurch Silk Mill is the oldest Silk Mill in the UK and is still in the original Grade 2 building. Silk painting originated in Thailand, Vietnam, India, China and Japan. Silk painting is the practice of applying paint to silk textiles.
We had brushes, water containers, a mount and we chose our Gutta pattern already prepared with an outline to paint immediately to make a card using the Serti technique.
We were taught how to control the colour using two different paint brushes – one slightly thicker than the other. We were encouraged to experiment with salt – applied to wet silk painting . Salt is a drying agent and pulls the dye towards it. Apparently the unique style of painting emphasises “flexibility of style and softness”.
It was a creative and happy evening and members really produced beautiful paintings.
Mel brought the decorated Easter Egg that the Craft Club had made. It will now be displayed at the Church.
Our May meeting will be our AGM on 9th May. Our speaker will be Alice May Tomkins, talking about ‘Surviving the House that Sat Down’.