Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Join us with weaving on a picture frame run by Kathy Paton: Stitch Club 17th March 2018

This Stitch club will demonstrate the basic principles of tabby weaving.

Charity shop picture frame with equal amount of panel pins equally spaced, knocked in along short ends. Either 5mm apart or 1cm apart. I am rubbish knocking nails in and so mine are 1cm apart. Panel pins available upstairs in Wilkos. I used 20mm pins, 15mm pins available for smaller spacing. It may be helpful to put masking tape over the frame first then mark spaces off on this. Also helps the pins not to slip.

In choosing frame size, remember that weaving starts a minimum of 6cm (2 inches) from the pins - with the same space available after the weaving. This is to enable tying off and weaving in the threads. 

Alternatively- Flying Tyger on the Cornhill sometimes have simple weaving frames at a great price. 

Warp yarn - 
smooth, strong cotton yarn. Crochet cotton is good. Neutral colour usually used but it's your choice. 
I will have warping yarn available.

Weaving yarns: 
Wools, fancy yarns and threads, fabric strips, wool roving - anything that can be woven in and out!
Thicker yarns grow faster!

I will provide weaving needles but feel free to bring your own if you have them.

Bring a cutlery fork or Afro comb.

Please contact me if you have further questions. 

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Stitch club with Kate Steane - Collage hangings 17th February 2018

We all enjoyed the day rummaging through fabric fragments, placing them and then using bondaweb to glue them onto backing fabric. As you can see everyone went for landscapes but each had a different view. We all took our pieces home for final additions.

Friday, 16 February 2018

17th Feb 2018 Replacement stitch club - Collage hangings with Kate Steane

same stuff as badgemaking
also needle and thread and bondaweb (but all available from Kate together with a huge range of fabric fragments)

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Cancelled this Feb - Vanda Taylor Nottingham with her badge making and decorating stitch club next year

Vanda and badge making
What interests me about making button badges is pushing the boundaries between the related decorative areas of costume jewellery, fabric art and embroidery. To me the mundane button badge a throw away item that has been used for decades to advertise products and companies still has its full potential to be realized. All that is needed is the imagination to re-evaluate this humble item and with an open mind to explore ideas in a wide variety of materials and techniques.

The badges you make in the Stitch Club Workshop can be decorative and worn in groups and clusters to added a theme/colours to a plain tee shirt or jumper. They could also be for a special occasion i.e. birthday, anniversary, new baby etc. and be to attach to greeting cards. They could also be miniature works of art that play with the idea of combining different surfaces and techniques and like the exquisite miniatures of Nicolas Hilliard  (1547-1619)  are objects in their own right. 

For a little girl I know, whose name is Penny, I made a badge based on the old pre-decimalisation Britannia coin and added it to her Xmas card. This same little girl has her birthday near Halloween. I made her some luminous badges and added these to her birthday card- I should perhaps add Penny was very pleased with them.


work in process

what you will need

Paper and fabric scissors – medium and small
Fabrics – thin cotton print or plain, voile, sheer, silk and other fine fabrics
Decal/sticker images – no larger than 2 inches and could be much smaller
Pictures from magazines/newspapers no larger than 2 inches across
Wrapping paper, tissue paper, sweetie papers
Selection of cotton embroidery threads (six strand)
Tiny beads, sequins, lace, ribbons
Gold and silver felt tipped pens/ fabric crayons
while Vanda can provide many of these materials but you might have something you would enjoy putting into a badge

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Barinder Gahir speaking about her life in fabric design 26th Jan 2018

Barinder uses photoshop to create her designs, in many cases taken from flowers photographs she has taken herself and sometimes added drawing to. She is very aware of the importance of using colours that are fashionable and she gives pantone colour references to her printer. She works with her clients, listening what they would like and fulfilling their dreams. Here is an example where horses and bright colours were important to the client. Her scarves are available in the Craft and Design Centre in Sleaford.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Newark Quilt Show 19th to 21st Jan 2018

Newark Quilt Show Newark. The Lady Eastwood Centre, Newark Showground Lincoln Road Newark Nottinghamshire NG24 2NY. Free parking

19 January to 21 January 2018. 10:00am - 4:00pm 

price £8; seniors £7

Hilary Jackson

Gillian Travis

Gill Hutton

Kate Steane visited Friday morning - if you want any more details email 

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Come along to hear about Barinder Gahir Friday 26th Janurary 7-9

Barinder Gahir will be talking about her fabric printing to the Bailgate branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild - all welcome

Barinder Gahir left her first career to pursue her dream and passion of creating beautiful fabrics. Since graduating from Loughborough University in 2009 with a degree in Textile Design she has been working as a freelance designer specialising in print. Now an accomplished printed textile designer her designs have sold around the world to brands such as Calvin Klein, DKNY, Coast, The White Company, Victoria's Secret and Lipsy amoungst many others.

She has always drawn inspiration from nature especially from her love of flowers and uses her own photography, drawings and mark making to produce unique and original bespoke luxury scarves, cushions and wall art. All her printing is done in the East Midlands and her entire collection is hand made from her Nottingham based Studio.