Monday 17th October
Sketchbooks with Diana Holden
Firstly, welcome to the new members who joined us on Monday, it was lovely to see you. Also thanks to Diana Holden who came to talk to us about sketchbooks and brought her beautiful work and shared so generously with us. Diana is an embroiderer at St Peter’s Burnley and part of the Diocesan Needlework Group. She encouraged us all to use sketchbooks to help us communicate about our stitch and ourselves. They’re a place to develop ideas and try things out and are not intended to be perfect, they are for us and not other people. She showed us lots of examples of how to start with the dreaded blank white page by adding colour in various ways, and then how we could add drawings, quotes, pictures and samples. We looked at a variety of beautiful sketchbooks she has created and I’m sure that we will all take her practical advice to heart. For those who don’t really use sketchbooks, I hope they feel more confident and inspired to do so; for regular sketchbook users, there were lots of ideas to inspire us to develop them further.