Saturday, July 27, 2019

July 2019 – Deadlines are on the Horizon


The Final Chapter of our Group Challenge is in safe hands with Annette.

And the rest of us are stitching and stitching to fill our allocated boards. Some will have three boards and others will have two boards to fill.  It has been very democratic this year especially as each of us has different amounts of "stitching" time available.  And some of us work "small" and some of us work "big".

I have included some "Taster" samples of Lorraine's contribution to our Group Challenge this month together with some "Taster" samples of my work for my board.

Hope to see you at St Vincent's - Exhibition Dates are 26th October 2019 to 5th December 2019.

Christene B

Christene - More Stitching Needed

Christene - Work in Progress

Lorraine - Group Challenge

Lorraine - Group Challenge

Lorraine - Group Challenge

Friday, June 14, 2019

May and June 2019 - Still Stitching

We have altered our meeting patterns and now have a Business meeting every second month and on the alternate months we select an exhibition to attend.

We have visited the Art Gallery of NSW and more recently the Powerhouse Museum to see the Akira Isogawa Exhibition - Fantastic and enjoyed by all.

Our Group Challenge is moving along with the final chapter almost ready. I have included a “Taster” in the photos. This really has been a challenging challenge!

But that’s what we do at Filament ……

Christene B


Christene B

Christene B



Sunday, January 20, 2019

Welcome to 2019

Filament have had their first meeting for 2019 and we are seven ………

Gina has set us our Group Challenge for 2019 - it will be worth visiting our exhibition to see the results.

Gina has completed the first step and now Teresa has taken up the work to complete part 2; I will say no more just yet.  Watch this space.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

September 2018

September 2018 – Nearly There

Our work will be displayed earlier this year – we will be at St Vincent’s to hang our work on Friday 28th September and we don’t have a “Take Down” date yet so it might be there for a little longer than in the past ……

It’s amazing the panic an earlier deadline can cause; some of us are still stitching and at least one of our members will continue stitching her piece after the exhibition – come along and see if you can guess whose work will have more stitching added.

There are some very interesting pieces – its extraordinary what an open theme can inspire and of course we have a new member this year helping to challenge our creativity with the special design skills Gina brings to our stitching table.

Christene B

Discussion and Stitching

Gina showing us her work

Come and see - its worth it!

Christene's turtle

Deadline getting closer - stitching

Lorraine shares her work

Leaves for Robin

Birds for Maureen

Our Challenge is coming together Annette's bird is in the middle

Come and see Teresa's work

Monday, July 2, 2018

Make our Own Choice

June 2018 – Make our Own Choice

We again decided on flexibility in 2018.

Each member will explore a favoured theme and technique which will produce a varied and interesting exhibition.

We continue to encourage and support each other at our regular meetings and this seems to be more important and more necessary this year.

Our busy lives can sometimes overtake our love of our textile art and this is when the special friendships we have developed over the years becomes most important.

As a Group we listen to each other and share our stories and then we find we are not alone in sometimes struggling with our work ….. and so we “pick up the threads and fabric” and continue …..

Remember our Exhibition will be early this year

Friday 28th September 2018 to Friday 2nd November 2018

Working together

Sharing Ideas

Challenge 2018

Teresa sets our Challenge for 2018

February 2018 – Teresa sets our Challenge

Teresa has set our challenge and Maureen is especially pleased as it involves birds!

We each have a panel to stitch and have selected a technique to start us moving. Some very brave people have volunteered to take two panels – I wasn’t one of them!

Each panel will flow into the next – here are some completed panels – just a “taster”.

As you can see the panels are interconnected via the “tree” and the results are as varied and diverse as our Group of textile artists.

Robin's interpretation

Sharing and Listening

A few more panels needed

Filament 2018

 2018 – Welcome Gina

Our Exhibition at St Vincent’s Art Corridor will be early this year.

We will install the exhibition on Friday 28th September 2018 and the “take down” date is Friday 2nd November 2018.

And just as important …….

Filament has welcomed Gina as a new member.

Gina is a very skilled and talented artist who is already making a valuable contribution to our Group.

And so we are Seven:

Annette, Gina, Lorraine, Robin, Maureen, Teresa and myself - Christene B.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Christene B






Annette is showing us one of her pieces in progress
Teresa with some of her experimental samples

Robin is sharing some of her ideas

November 2017 – Our Own Choice

Filament has been working throughout 2017 to present another exhibition at St Vincent’s Art Corridor, even if the Blogger volunteer has been unable to keep you informed of our progress – a situation which I will remedy in 2018.

In fact our Exhibition is hanging at St Vincent’s as I update this Blogg and will remain until our “Take Down” date of 15th December 2017.

I urge you to visit the Exhibition – we have tried something new this year – we each work independently – a theme and technique of our choosing.

Annette, Lorraine, Robin, Maureen, Teresa and myself continued to meet throughout the year to share, discuss and support each other in preparing our work and the consensus was that working on our own themes and subject matter and in a technique we enjoyed was very successful and we will continue with this in 2018.

I have included a small taster of the work on Exhibition – don’t want to spoil the surprises.

And so you are invited to come and visit St Vincent’s Art Corridor and experience the Exhibition yourself.
Christene B

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

February 2016 – With a Little Help from our Friends 30 x 30 Exhibition

Filament is one of three Groups involved in the Embroiderers’ Guild NSW Inc February Room Display.

There was no restriction on the theme but there is one unifying element the 30 x 30 size.

The Exhibition will be an eclectic mix of themes, designs and techniques both contemporary and traditional. The viewer will be transported from Antarctica through to bush walking in Australia. We will visit the Inner City of Sydney and we might even see some native Australian animals.

Please visit the Embroiderers' Guild NSW Inc during February to see the Room Display 
at 76 Queen Street Concord West 
Phone 9743 2501

or better still attend the Opening and Floor Talk at the Embroiderers' Guild NSW Inc
Sunday 7th February 2016 between 1.30pm and 3.30pm

Entry Fee of $20 will go towards the Building Fund

Afternoon tea will be provided and some Group members will be available to discuss their work and demonstrate techniques.

January 2016 – Pattern Play - Research

How lucky are we; Robin found an exhibition for us relating to our theme.

Patternation at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre Sutherland.

Annette, our train timetable specialist arranged for us to meet on a specific train in our usual carriage.

And so we enjoyed our visit to Hazelhurst Regional Gallery where the exhibition continued outside into the garden.

This proved to be valuable research into patterns as a number of artists using a variety of media were involved in the exhibition.

Teresa - our curator for 2016

January 2016 – Pattern Play

Teresa’s submission “Pattern Play” was voted in as our theme for 2016  St Vincents’ Exhibition.

Teresa has provided a definition:

“Pattern is an underlying structure that organizes surfaces or structures in a consistent, regular manner. Pattern can be described as a repeating unit of shape or form, but it can also be thought of as the "skeleton" that organizes the parts of a composition”


AND our first challenge is set: Pattern in Fashion


Design and create a piece of Textile Art based on the work of a Fashion Designer of the past or present who uses pattern in their designs. ‘Pattern’ may refer to regular geometric patterning or patterns based on nature …


Any textile/mixed media technique


Any materials – including paper/plastics combined with stitch/fabric, beading, fabric, plastics, felting etc. be aware of 8mm width limit due to glass at St Vincents’


Dressmaker’s mannequin template was provided

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Robin Kaltenbach

Robin Kaltenbach

Robin Kaltenbach

Robin Kaltenbach

Teresa Valenti

Teresa Valenti

Teresa Valenti