It was a pleasure to be asked to give a presentation on batik for the Derby Quilters Group at The Derbyshire Federation of Women’s Institutes H.Q.
After arriving in a cold gale this morning I was greeted warmly by the club secretary Margaret Smith and some friendly group members. I quickly got to work setting up the demo whilst husband and technical wizard Jamie wrangled wires and lap-toppy things ready for the slide-show. Through a whistle stop tour we covered introductions, batik history and context, tools of the trade and batik methods all before the coffee break!
We stopped for refreshments and with interests piqued many curious ladies came to the front to talk and ask questions. We came across members who had tried it before or who had bought batiks, or had used shop-bought batik fabrics in their quilting already. Their eldest member was 96 and it was delightful to see her zest for continued life-long learning. These ladies were a lovely bunch who’s enthusiasm brought about a super synergy in the hall.
After the break I talked a bit about my own work and some alternative methods, the work of other batik artists, The Batik Guild and about batik with specific relevance to quilting. We looked at pattern and motif, dyes and colour fixing, different waxes and some of the alternative designer batik fabrics. I finished up by showing a series of time-lapsed videos I had filmed of the batik process of some quilting inspired fabrics I’d made, plus a slide show of some beautiful quilts from around the globe. These were inspirational examples of where my world and the quilters world happily meet together.
I gave a practical demonstration towards the end which was followed with several adventurous ladies having a go themselves and discovering the versatility of this wonderful craft whilst everybody gathered round. Lots of questions were asked and time just flew – I don’t think I’ve ever talked so much in just a few hours! We were so busy that we forgot to take photos and the only record of the day are these shots here of me cleaning up at the end. 🙂
Thanks so much Derby Quilters for sharing your enthusiasm and your knowledge on all matters quilting with me. I hope to be seeing you all again soon!
Derby Quilters is a very welcoming group and is open to new members of all ages. They meet every Wednesday morning in the W.I. hall and would love to hear from anybody interested in developing patchwork and quilting skills. Call Margaret Nicholass on 01332 550751 for more details.