Member work

Member work

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Art in the Park success!

What a fantastic week-end this turned out to be!  Not only was the weather hot and sunny, but more people than ever came along to enjoy themselves.

We were kept extremely busy both days with enquiries from stitchers and people just interested in what we had on display.  The handling samples were definitely a good idea - people were really keen to have a closer look and feel.

There were lots of takers for our leaf stitching activity (just visible in the background below), which was an opportunity for little ones to have a go and parents to rest for a few minutes.

The organisers should be congratulated on a well-organised event that provided a lot of fun and interest for everyone involved.  See you there again next year!

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

We are at Art in the Park - this week-end!

This Saturday & Sunday (4th-5th August) from 10 am to 6 pm 

You will find us by the riverside - please pop by and see us!

in Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Eco printing and wet felting

Back by popular demand after last year's mini workshop on 'Whipping and Lacing', Caroline Lindsay this time guided us through firstly, eco printing and then wet felting with an emphasis on colour and texture.  Quite a feat to get through it all in a one-day workshop, and what a full day it was!

Eco printing

is a means of extracting the natural dyes in leaves and flowers by wrapping them in cloth around a copper pipe or wooden pole and then steaming or simmering them in water for a couple of hours.

The reveal after steaming and then unwrapping ...

Ideally, the bundles would be left overnight before unwrapping, to ensure that the maximum amount of dye has been drawn out.  Although the results can be a little unpredictable, some lovely colours and prints can be achieved.

These two examples are Caroline's own work.

Wet felting

While the bundles were happily steaming away, we got on with felt making.

We started by making pre-felts, i.e. pieces that were felted just enough to hold together, and then applied them to new pieces, creating textural effects in the process.  

This was a lot of fun, making tucks, cups, ridges, and adding silk threads and fabric strips, before felting the whole piece really well.  Thanks to Caroline's expertise and excellent tuition we packed in some great techniques and produced some exciting pieces ...

The pieces are all stunning as they are or can be further embellished with stitching, beads, silk threads, etc. .....

Thursday, 28 June 2018

A talk with Bailey Curtis, "My Colourful Textile Work"

Members and visitors are welcome to come along to our next talk on Friday 6th July, which will be given by Bailey Curtis.

Bailey is a member of the International Feltmakers Association, South West Textile Group and other smaller exhibiting groups.  She has been making felt for 20 years, having been a weaver before that. Her inspiration comes from shapes, surfaces and textures found in the landscape around the country.

In 2004, Bailey exhibited a large felt hanging at the Eden Project in Cornwall along with other members of South West Textile Group.  Recent work has been based on the ‘Poet’s Path’, walks taken by the ‘Dymock Poets’, a group of writers who came to live around the nearby village of Dymock in the months just before WW1 in 1914. The countryside in the area is still very rural, beautiful and unspoilt. The handmade felt from local wool is dyed and pieced, then stitched together to make hangings on this theme.

Bailey's new work is based on Cornwall, where she has been visiting standing stones and other interesting Celtic sites. She has also produced work based on the lovely allotments in Leonard Stanley where Bailey grows her vegetables and fruits. The site is a wildlife paradise and makes for wonderful inspiration for textile work.

Admission for Members: £4, Non-Members: £5

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

JETS Competittion Success

Five of our JETS sent work off to the De Denne competition: “Underfoot”.
The girls started last September marbling fabric to use as a backing, which they took home to stitch into to form the background grass/mud.  Then in November they used Image Maker to add a photocopied picture of a trainer to fabric, and added holes and eyelets to add laces to their trainers.  Adding more stitching at home using French knots, straight stitches and even arrow stitch, they transformed the trainers.



They worked really hard in their own time as well as in sessions planned by us to make their pieces.  We are so proud of them all, but especially on finding out that Jess had won Third Prize for hers:

Beth used her own time to make the most magnificent pigeon sitting on a leaf, which won Second Prize:
The leaf was from another JETS session, and the pigeon was made from offcuts of material and lace sewn together to form a lovely bird.
We are really proud of her, as the pigeon was her own design and she made it as well as a trainer. 

Monday, 4 June 2018

Folded Books

Thanks to Christine Plummer's intensive mini workshop, we finished Friday evening with a really useful little fold-out book and the know-how to make lots more.  The beauty is that they can be made any size or colour, portrait or landscape, with or without pockets, .....

Starting with a large sheet of strong paper, we followed strict guidance on folding and tearing it in order to achieve a continuous 'concertina' shape.  (Inevitably, some of us didn't follow the guidance strictly enough and ended up with two separate concertinas - but that just means we will make two books, instead of one, though!)

Then we covered end boards either with some rather nice waxed paper provided by Christine or with our own special papers, and our little books were already starting to take shape.  

They just need finishing off at home with embellishments - and contents, of course.  

One idea to take away was to record a visit or holiday, by sticking in photos, maps and memorabilia, but the possibilities are endless ....

Friday, 25 May 2018

Don't miss these Member Exhibitions!

Branch members and other friends have been getting very creative - here are a few of their textile exhibitions coming up very soon:

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Free-machining half-day course - CANCELLED

Unfortunately this workshop has had to be cancelled.  We hope to reschedule it for later in the year.

Organza Layers
  Saturday 2nd June: 1.15pm to 4pm
St Mary’s Church hall - Upstairs
Members £10.  Non-members £15
Run by Guild member, Lucy Wilson
This will be an afternoon of stitch, using different textiles to build layers in organza to enhance colours and create texture, and finishing with a 3D picture.
             There will be a short demonstration on wire boning, which is used to stabilise organza.
This session involves working with organza and soluble fabrics on your own sewing machine, using a free-machine foot.
Requirements list will be sent upon booking.
Non-refundable £5 deposit needed to confirm place  (15 spaces available)
Use your own equipment or Session Kit available at a small cost.
To book, please contact Lucy direct on

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This half-day session follows on from a recent one working with organza and water-soluble fabric to create flowers.  This proved very popular with stitchers wanting to improve their free-machining skills.  Here are some examples of what they produced in the afternoon:

Monday, 21 May 2018

'Folded Book' mini workshop in June, and Weaving workshop

We welcome back Christine Plummer, for our next meeting on Friday 1st June, which will be a mini workshop rather than a talk.  Christine belongs to Jeudis, an exhibiting group who are often to be seen at the NEC and other venues.

Christine is a mixed media artist primarily working with papers, fabric and thread.  She dyes, paints and prints the majority of these to give a cohesive colour palette. They are assembled to form patterns and abstract designs which form the basis of pieces of work, based on or around a theme. 

Our mini workshop is based on Christine's special interest in books and collecting items to go in them. The covers are embellished with buttons, beads, overprinting and stitching to create unique personal journals and notebooks.

There is no need to book, but it would be helpful if you can let us know if you plan to attend (please just send a quick email to the Booking Secretary - see below).

Admission for non-members: £5
Kit for the mini workshop: £3

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Christine will also lead a full day workshop 
on Saturday 2 June

'Weaving with a Difference'

After making a loom out of cardboard, we will be weaving with all different kinds of materials, such as wool tops, cotton, wool, fabric, silk, velvet, to make a special background piece that in itself becomes an artwork.  Alternatively, it can be embellished and stitched into to create a completely unique and beautifully woven hanging.  Driftwood or other found objects can then be used to hang your unique piece.

There is still a place available on this workshop.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact our Booking Secretary: