Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Chris Yates Working with circular tea bags, workshop 27th October 2018

£25 for members and £30 for non-members

Celebrating the Circle  - There is always something appealing about working to a small scale, so, using circular teabags as our starting point we will create miniature painted and stitched landscapes. They can either stand alone as an individual piece or place a few together in a frame as a mini  collection. Or if you prefer they can be collated into a charming little book for you to treasure.

Requirements List – Celebrating the Circle (4 in a frmae)
At least 4 used and thoroughly dried round or square teabags. You can do as many as you like on the day
A piece of felt – A4 should be plenty for 4 teabags ( bring more if you think you may want to do more on the day)
Water colour or acrylic paints – whichever you have
A small selection of paint brushes
Water pot and paint palette
Plastic sheet to cover your table
Baby wipes
Gloves if you don’t like getting messy
Hand sewing kit – needles, scissors etc
A selection of stranded hand embroidery threads – we will be creating miniature landscapes so bear this in mind with your colour choices
An iron and ironing pad
Baking parchment
A container to hold the tea from your teabags if you do not empty them prior to the workshop.

I always use round teabags for this course. Square ones will also work but will obviously give a different look to your pieces (pyramid teabags do not work for this course). Open out your teabags by making a cut on one face of the teabag to empty out the dried tea leaves (spread the tea on your garden). Try not to cut away the seams or edges of your teabags. I will demo this on the day so if you are unsure, don’t open your teabags before the workshop.

If you have any questions please email me at


Sunday, 5 August 2018

Belton House embroidery - past and present June, July, August, September and October

Exhibition of work by Grantham Embroiderer's Guild inspired by the embroidery of Lady Marian Alford, mother of Belton's 2nd and 3rd Earls. This is held in the Cretonne Room on the first floor of the house. 

There are examples of Lady Marian Alford's work scattered through the house and leaflets in the house to show you where they are.
 (House open 12.30 to 5pm, Not Open Mon or Tues)
this was my favourite piece of Marian Alford's work

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Jacqui's stitch club in June 2019 will teach us something similar

BBC4 - Homemade in Mexico: Huipil
A huipil is a loose-fitting tunic, generally made from two or three rectangular pieces of fabric which are then joined together with stitching, ribbons or fabric strips, with an opening for the head and, if the sides are sewn, openings for the arms. Tehuana dresses are crafted by Zapotec women who live in a matriarchal culture. They elaborately embroider very elegant dresses made of velvet or silk, which they wear at religious ceremonies and fiestas. These dresses were famously worn by Frida Kahlo. The huipiles originate from crafts developed to meet very utilitarian needs, but became more decorative as time went on and now they are regarded as objects of status.

These Mexican women are both wearing a huipil. There are skirts that are made to match, all with amazing flower embroidery.

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Marianne Young's Collection of Work, 27th July 2018

Marianne talked us through her large collection of textile art, some of which she had created herself (see the underwater scene above) but most of which she had discovered from various locations and purchased to add to her collection. It was great to see her appreciation of such a range of delicate work and her enthusiasm rubbed off onto us too; she encouraged us to handle some of the pieces and pointed out the sort of embroidery involved. It was a delightful evening spent in congenial company.

Friday, 20 July 2018

Saturday 1st September 2018 'walk in workshop' open to everyone to be held at Fabric Corner

Christine Plummer is running  a WALK IN WORKSHOP at “FABRIC CORNER’ Broadgate Lincoln. The theme is a ‘stitched book’.

We are keen to recruit new members for next year, so it would be good to put on a small exhibition of members’ work. If you feel you could contribute to this, could you please bring your items on the day. Please attach a label, so your work can be returned to you. If anyone would be prepared to help out at one of the sessions, contact Christine

Regional Kickstart Project - Geology and Fossils, starting September/October 2018

In late September at our AGM the project will be introduced and in October Christine will run a one day workshop, linked to the Regional Kickstart project. Members would have to pay £35 to attend.

With the topic Geology and Fossils Christine would help students to explore and develop techniques to achieve work of exhibition quality.  She will encourage students to experiment with different mediums and help students to develop their own techniques. 

We would hope to have at least eight members involved in this project. Students would be encouraged to do their own individual projects – but after the one day workshop Christine would still offer advice and help to enable them to complete the project with the aim to put work into an exhibition.

N.E.C. Festival of Quilts Exhibition

A minibus has been hired for Friday 10th August 2018, charge of £13 for members, £18 non members. People wishing to join the group please contact Christine at