Wednesday, 26 February 2014


Our next SIT AND STITCH session will be at 12.00 on Saturday 8th March – please note slightly earlier start time, so you might have to help set out the chairs!!!!

Bring the work you started in February or come and join us for the first time.
There will be some fabrics and threads available if you need them.
Contact Carole, Kay or Sandra for more information.

Friday, 21 February 2014

MARCH MEETING–Saturday 8th

Talk and Demonstration by Mary Taylor on
’Machine Embroidered Panels'

Mary Taylor is a textile artist living and working on the edge of the Lake District from her studio in Farfield Mill near Sedbergh.
She studied for City and Guilds  Embroidery at colleges in Kendal and Lancaster and since then has been building up her business, designing and creating a range of machine embroidered wall pieces alongside a range of textile jewellery.




Wednesday, 12 February 2014


Saturday 8th February – our first Sit and Stitch session and what a great success – about 18 members turned up for about 2 hours before our main meeting and got down to some serious stitching – either doing their own thing – like finishing work for the Regional exhibition, or coming to learn some new stitch techniques and share ideas with other members. 
There was a lot of chat and laughter but a good deal of stitching was done as well.
We are now looking forward to the March meeting on the 8th – same time same place and probably the same work but hopefully with some additional stitching.

Monday, 10 February 2014

'Exploring New Techniques' with Sue Chisnall.

 An opportunity to create your own exciting textiles through the medium of mixed media with Sue Chisnall-Sumner, 
Saturday 22nd February 10am to 4pm
at the
Avant Garden Centre, Wigan Road, Leyland, PR25 5XW
Telephone - 01772 433777 t
o book a place

£30.00 includes a light lunch, refreshments & basic materials.
(a small charge will apply for additional materials used).

Saturday 8th February–talk with Alice Colson

Another interesting speaker this month – Alice Colson, a student of Manchester Metropolitan University, was chosen as a Guild Scholar in 2012 and showed us some samples of her work and a slide show relating to the development of those pieces.

She had based her work on a set of ‘Kay’s Practical Embroidery’ metal templates which were originally used in the 1930s to create raised fluffy textured designs, where you stitched over the template in 3,4 or more layers and then cut away to show the colours underneath.
(I vaguely remember using one of these with my mother who always liked to try new ideas – I seem to remember we made a ‘fluffy cushion’!)

Alice had taken this idea and developed it into a very modern technique – one of which uses a 12 needle embroidery machine – very different and rather mind boggling.

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