Thursday, 31 October 2013

Saturday 9th November - A talk by Julie James-Turner - ‘From Boiler Suits to Hobble Skirts’-

Julie is fascinated by and takes inspiration from the 1940s and 1950s period, and the effect of the Second World War on women’s lives.
Each art piece is very detailed and uses a variety of traditional techniques such as knitting, embroidery and felting.
In addition s
he uses contemporary tools and technologies, such as laser cutting and digital embroidery, to extend the textile medium and enrich the works’ aesthetic, by deconstructing garments typical of the period before reinterpreting them. 





Friday, 18 October 2013

TALK BY KATE BUFTON Saturday 12th September– ’Book Transformations’

Kate – a lively young and enthusiastic artist displayed a selection of her work for us all to see and her description of how she creates these works of art, although sounding simple, were quite mind-boggling in the dexterity of manipulation that she has achieved.

I have shown below – with her permission – some of the work she had on show.


A lively discussion ensued with members’ interest at a height I haven’t seen in a long time – we were all quite bowled over by her enthusiasm and willingness to share SO we just had to have a go! 

Kate had provided a selection of prepared paperbacks with their covers removed and ready for manipulation and I for one can’t wait to have a go!! When I get some time!

I hope to get some pictures of members attempts to show on the blog at a later date.
Keep a look out!

ALSO you can go to Kate’s website for more pictures of her latest works which look like Victorian Domed Sculptures at

Sunday, 13 October 2013


If any of you are interested in going to see a very good Textile exhibition – until the 3rd of November at Saltaire Mill, Bradford – the Cloth and Memory exhibition of work by 28 professional Textile artists will be on show.

In addition is work by David Hockney on ‘Trees’ – 3 x 27ft long works plus the work he has done on an I-Pad – this has been extended until January 2014.  Not to be missed – if you saw the work on TV you will know the one I mean.

Look up the Saltaire Mill website for details of opening times, exact closing dates etc.

Devore Workshop with Dionne Swift held in September.

The following is a report from Carole Sams – our Joint Chairman.

The devore workshop was a delightful day, Dionne Swift is a gifted textile artist and a proficient instructor.   Much of the successes we all had was down to Dionne being very well organized and good at keeping the group focused and working all the time. 

We had a choice between making a scarf or doing some samples, I chose the samples (it all helps for my City and Guilds).

The day started with everyone completing a sample utilizing a simple design and using the devore paste on a screen print frame, the velvet was dried, heated under a press then put into water to rub the treated pile away, later in the day the fabric was dyed.

We then went onto our final piece and I was delighted with my samples; however some of the scarves produced were absolutely stunning with lots of ‘oohs and aahs’ as they came out of the buckets of dye.  Dionne told us we were her last Saturday group as she intends to spend future weekends with her family so we posed in the rain for a photo to go onto her website.  We had a lovely day playing and ended up with some fabulous scarves and samples as you can see.


Tuesday, 8 October 2013


The newly refurbished 
Rossendale’s Museum and Art Gallery, now known as
THE WHITAKER, Whitaker Park, Rawtenstall, Lancs. BB4 6RE
will be the venue for our latest exhibition
from 8th November to 8th December.
Open 10am – 4pm, Tuesday – Sunday

will include 2 different collections of work carried out over the past 2 years to include -


There will also be some new sample studies of ‘PORTRAIT’ pieces on show.

The Preview will take place on Saturday 9th November at 1p.m when you can ‘Meet the Makers’ – talking about their work.  
PLUS – 2 workshops
Saturday 16th November - 'Stitching from a Portrait'
Sunday 1st December - 'Exploring Hand Stitch'

Please contact the Gallery to book courses on 01706 218858
and our website for more information –


Chairman’s Challenge winning entry

WEST BAY, DORSET by Anne Stark -West Bay, Dorset