Thursday, 27 December 2007
Thursday, 29 November 2007
Lincolnshire Open Studios 'Art on the Map' is on again this weekend 1st and 2nd December. Have a look at the website http://www.artonthemap.org.uk/ for details of all the studios across Lincolnshire that will be open. I will be opening my 'studio' at home in Sudbrooke - would be lovely to see you if you can make it. Email Janet Taylor for directions. I'll have the embellisher out, so come along and have a go.
Lincoln's Alternative Christmas Market is on Saturday 1st December at Croft St Community Centre, Baggeholme Rd, Lincoln
Arts and Crafts for Christmas is at Washingborough Village Hall, Manor Road, Washingborough on Sunday 9th December
Let me have details of any other events you know and I'll give them a mention
Saturday, 24 November 2007
Thursday, 22 November 2007
The programme up to the end of 2008 can be found there, with photos of the exhibition, the Luttrell Psalter project and information about Young Embroiderers'. We are hoping to provide monthly updates of Branch meetings too ... so keep an eye on developments
Click here to go to the Lincoln Bailgate web page
Here's some photos of their work -
Monday, 19 November 2007
This is a body of work that has just returned from a successful exhibition in Ireland. Well worth a look if you're in Newark. It is displayed in a vacant shop unit at the Buttermarket in the market square at Newark. Open 10 - 4.30pm until sat 24th Nov.
NOLITEX = Notts & Lincs Textile Designers
Friday, 16 November 2007
The University are planning the closure of the TCC in the near future due to funding issues.
This facility is extremely important to the heritage of this country and has an outstanding international reputation in the field of textile conservation. If the TCC closes it will be another loss in the worls of embroidery
Mandy-Jane has set up a petition at http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/TCCClosure/, which has been registered at No. 10 Downing Street, in an effort to raise awareness of this matter and hopefully to secure the future of the TCC.
If you would like to help save the Textile Conservation Centre, please sign the petition as it could make a difference. There are 1159 names on the petition at the moment.
I am going to put a message on the EG Members Forum to help spread the word.
Thanks to Jacqui A for letting us know about this
Wednesday, 14 November 2007
Trapunto is a quilting technique and is also called stuffed quilting.
Bring calico, wadding, hand sewing kit and threads - I will have supplies with me
Tuesday, 13 November 2007
It will include pieces by Hilary Tinley who is the tutor of the Minster Needlecraft Guild.
Thanks to Mary B for the info
Sunday, 11 November 2007
16-18 November 2007 at Doncaster Racecourse
This show covers all aspects of quality stitchcraft including cross stitch, sewing, card making, embroidery, knitting, patchwork, quilting, scrapbooking, ribboncraft, papercraft, stamping, beading, painting, dressmaking, tapestry, decoupage, crochet and many more popular stitch and creative crafts.
Visitor information available from:
This is a method of fundraising we haven't tried before and I've been asked to provide some more information.
First of all we need some things to auction! These can be 'things' or 'pledges'.
Examples of 'things' - you could donate something you've made - eg a Christmas cake, homemade wine, a covered book, a box, or picture. Or a set of handmade cards. Or it could be a box of threads, beads, fabrics. Or it could be a book on embroidery.
Examples of 'pledges' - a pledge is something you could do for someone else. Things like showing someone how to make felt, do machine embroidery, make cards, how to use the computer (from basic email/Internet skills to using design programmes), how to use an embellisher, how to digitise designs for embroidery, how to use a computerised sewing machine, how to ..... the list is endless. Pledges can also be 'things' that you haven't made yet, but will be ready later.
So far we have
- Machine Embroidery Lesson (Heather)
- Paintshop Pro or Photoshop Lesson (Janet)
- Stained Glass Lesson (Shirley)
- Beaded Needle Case (Mary P)
- Bottle of Sloe Gin (Shirley)
- Carrot Cake (Mary P)
- Jar of Chutney (Anne)
How the silent auction will work
Some tables will be set out with the items being auctioned. If it is a 'thing', hopefully it will be there so you can see it. If it is a 'pledge' there will be a description on a card so you know what you are bidding for.
If you want to bid for something you will need to register your name and you will be given a number to use.
In a traditional auction, the items come out one-by-one and people bid by raising their hand.
In a silent auction, all the items are out at the same time and people record their number and how much they bid on a sheet of paper next to the item. If someone else would like to bid for the item and is prepared to pay more, they put their number and bid on the sheet .... and so it goes on through the evening.
If you know what happens on E-Bay, it is a similar process. You can watch the bids going up.
At a certain points in the evening we will announce how long is left to bid. When the bidding closes, the person with the highest bid will win the item and will pay Anne. They can take the item home with them. If it is a pledge they will need to arrange a suitable date with the donor.
At the end of the evening we'll announce how much we've raised.
I hope that has made it a bit clearer - now ..... let's have your offers!!!!
The next meeting is on 30th November and it is a practical evening. Chris P & Chris W will be showing us how to make backgrounds for embroidery.
Requirements - dyed jute scrim (or similar) and dyed loose-woven cotton/muslin - apx 12" (30cm) square. Plus co-ordinating or contrasting threads and fabric for weaving. You'll also need general sewing equipment, including a large eye needle with a sharp point.
They will be providing kits for £4 if you don't have the materials.
I'll also be bringing back the work from the exhibition, unless you want to collect it from me beforehand.
Saturday, 10 November 2007
Twenty of the cards are on a 'cat' theme. Joan has designed the cards around words or sayings that incorporate 'cats' in some way - eg cat on a hot tin roof, octopuss, cat's got the cream etc. She's used lots of different techniques and backed them with pelmet vilene.
As with the ATCs, the only 'rule' about fabric postcards is that they should measure 6"x4".
If you want to know more about fabric postcards have a look at http://www.squidoo.com/fabricpostcards/#module1500105 there's loads of information.
The nice thing about making postcards or ATCs is that you can work on a small scale and they can be quite quick to make.
Both formats are becoming very popular all over the world and the concept is based on the picture cards that used to come in cigarette packs or PG Tips tea. And the idea is to make them and swap them (like we used to do with our spares!) - 'trading' has nothing to do with selling them.
Here's some more of Joan's postcards -
(Thanks Joan - you've created a lot of interest!)
Friday, 9 November 2007
The original atc's link is here http://www.artist-trading-cards.ch/
Loads of information here http://www.cedarseed.com/air/atc.html
see some photos of atc's here http://www.flickr.com/groups/95067770@N00/
and some textile based ones here http://www.quiltart.com/apc.html
They can be made from anything with embellishments galore, the only other rule apart from the size is that they should be traded and not sold/bought. There are quite a few groups on the internet who trade these cards.
p.s. I have a few, if you want me to bring them to a meeting, please let me know
Her's a good tutorial to introduce the idea - have fun experimenting
Tuesday, 6 November 2007
We put the exhibition up yesterday. Lots of lovely work has been submitted and it looks great. A wide range of techniques and ideas. What a diverse group we are!
We didn't have many sock sculptures, but they are rather fun -
And bags were very popular this year! Lots of felt ones from Vivienne's workshop, but lots of others too -
If you get a chance, please pop in to see us. We will be at Lincoln Central Library on Free School Lane from Tuesday 6 Nov to Sat 10 November. Opening times 10am to 4pm, but on Thursday we're open until 7pm and on Saturday we close at 3pm.
Sunday, 21 October 2007
I'm looking forward to the coach trip on 25th November.
If you're going, don't forget that you can book on the mini-workshops in advance - there's still some spaces left
For more information have a look at http://www.twistedthread.com/knittingandstitchingshow/features.asp
It's suitable for everyone, especially people wanting to experiment with traditional stitches.
Thanks Mary P for sharing this with us
The first full issue coming 8th December. Similar format to WOW, it will have workshops, product ideas, book reviews and news.
Definitely worth a look
After the silk painting workshop with Leonard Thompson, I have been checking the internet for good value in medium habotai silk.
People at the course were interested in possibly sharing a bulk purchase.
Whaleys of Bradford reduce costs for over 10 m but they also sell short pieces at the equivalent of 1.70 m plus postage of about 3.50. There is no reduction for bulk purchase.
This is the web page http://www.whaleys-bradford.ltd.uk/product.htm?productID=829
Monday, 8 October 2007
Saturday, 8 September 2007
Mal Reynolds GCF Adv Bespoke Picture Framer Harlequin Frames, Ryland Cottage, Welton. Lincs. LN2 3ND Tel 01673 860 249
Friday, 7 September 2007
For those of you who haven't heard of him before - he stitches on slate and other found objects. I like some and dislike some. What do you think? He's one of the EG Scholars this year
Add an electric drill to the kit!
Thursday, 6 September 2007
Debby, of My Sewing Basket, has published a list of Saturday fabric craft workshops in Sept, Oct and Nov. 15, 10am - 4 pm
She also has Wednesday workshops on embroidery techniques, running until December.
Contact her for details.
My Sewing Basket
31 High Street,
Ruddocks of Lincoln
287 High Street,
or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruddocks have published a workshop list to December, with beading and embroidery added to their paper craft workshops
Wednesday, 5 September 2007
Tuesday, 4 September 2007
Tel 01522 519826
The owner is running basic jewellery making workshops.
In September, they are on Tuesdays, 7-9pm, with a rolling programme using several jewellery making techniques to make earrings, bracelets, necklaces etc, .
Maximum class of 7.
All tools provided and worksheets to take home
£8 for two hours, with up to 5 materials included
Thanks for the info Mary
Sunday, 2 September 2007
Once we've got the business out of the way, Ruth Keillar will be showing us her lovely bags and talking about what it's like being in business as a textile artist. Has a website at http://www.artico.co.uk/
Please bring along your Luttrell Psalter work in progress and your Sock Sculptures
We kick off with Lincs on Saturday 8 September with a 'Show & Tell' of members work in the morning (it's always interesting to find out what inspires people) and Leonard Thompson in the afternoon.
Leonard is a silk painter. He came to Bailgate a little while ago and I can thoroughly recommend him. As well as painting beautiful flowers, he does lovely abstract work which would make great backgrounds for embroidery. Has a website at http://www.silkartist.co.uk/
Anyway, the show was the best so far (imho) and would be the show I would choose if I had to pick only one. Excellent range of traders and exhibitors and well over a 1000 quilts to look at and admire. One day really is not enough, especially if you want to fit in any talks or workshops.
I took loads of photos - here's some of my favourites
Loved this one - reminded me of the Medieval tiles I've been working on recently. Also liked the way it combined small and large scales
The quilts were not just on the walls - clothing too. The crimson is a very soft velvet - the top layer has been cut back to reveal - beautiful
Liked the colours and the bare tree shape
I like the 'fractured' look of this one
A lot more paper was included in the quilts this year
and 'rusting' techniques were popular too
This was amazing, each piece heavily textured and cut back
This was all machine stitched - so realistic. Being so large, you felt you could walk through the doorway
Not sure if you can make out the texture in this one. I love the trees.
Another heavily machined quilt
The photos don't really do them justice. You'll have to go next year to see for yourself.
Tuesday, 21 August 2007
Fill in a form and a card will be posted to you, 20 points are already on the card when you apply.
This all sounds good in theory but we were better off with immediate discount on purchases, but it's better than nothing.
Wednesday, 15 August 2007
Monday, 13 August 2007
I googled 'picture mouldings' and came up with
Mitrecraft on Crofton drive - a possibility, but is wholesale
Can anyone help?
It's at the NEC near Birmingham (only 2 hours drive from Lincoln, and easy to find) and starts on Thursday this week (runs until Sunday).
There's over a 1000 quilts to see, many of them art quilts which wouldn't look out of place in an embroidery exhibition. The traders will be there too - many of whom you'll already know. But you won't find cross stitch or card-making stands.
More info from http://www.twistedthread.com/festivalofquilts/index.asp
We'll be making bags using strips of fabric woven into incorporate lace, ribbons which will be hand or machine stitched before making up into a bag.
If you haven't got your name down already or need a requirements list please get in touch with me or Heather
Heather prepared a project for us to do. We were each given a letter and a piece of felt to stitch. The letters will be painted and assembled later to produce a banner for Lincoln Bailgate. Look out for it in a later blog.
The bring & buy raised lots of cash for the Luttrell Psalter project - we'll be having a sales table at branch meetings from now on.
Now we're looking for another garden for next year ..... any volunteers?
Friday, 10 August 2007
Bring a chair and a sewing kit.
Wednesday, 8 August 2007
In the July 25 issue of thisisthebusiness, a colleague wrote about a new patchwork/sewing shop in Ruskington. It is run by Zambian-born Debby Scarff.
I haven't been to see her, but she has quilts on display and sells quilting and embroidery stuff, as well as batik goods direct from Bali.
Perhaps members would like to know of her existence. They can find her shop at 31 High Street, Ruskington....her telephone number is 01526 830210, in case anyone wants to check what she stocks.
Thanks for the info Glynis
Monday, 6 August 2007
Thursday, 2 August 2007
They sell a wide range of threads, fabrics and accessories for hand embroidery, plus cross stitch kits. They have offers on Kreinik and Rainbow Gallery brands.
Another supplier with similar lines that I've used is www.willowfabrics.com
Wednesday, 1 August 2007
It's a new on-line magazine that is being launched at the end of August. Will be covering mixed media techniques including paper, fabric and stitch.
There's some interesting free projects to get you started!
John Governale has scanned all 255 pages of an 1886 J. F. Ingalls catalog of embroidery stamping patterns and placed the scans in the public domain. You can download them for free. Worth a look. They're large images and there's no thumbnails, so they make take a while to download if you don't have broadband.
Those of you making bonnets may find something suitable for the brim.
Sunday, 29 July 2007
On Saturday she guided us through the process of making a seamless bag using a plastic resist - 'scuse the pun - it was irristable (sorry, couldn't resist it ... oops, did it again!)
Hopefully I'll be able to pictures up soon so you can see what we got up to.
Everyone managed to produce a lovely bag - beautiful colours. I loved the 'all-in-one' handle technique, which makes the bags very strong.
Will make a great display at the exhibition in November.
Monday, 23 July 2007
And these are from the Jane Davies workshop
Monday, 16 July 2007
Sunday, 15 July 2007
July 13th to August 19th - Celebrating Embroidery - Rutland & Stamford EG at the Rutland County Museum, Oakham
July 18th to August 15th - Design into Stitch - C&G final exhibition - Willoughby Memorial Trust Gallery at Corby Glen (south of Grantham, off the A1)
July 19th to 20th - Celebrating 90 Years of the WI - St Mary Magdalene Church, Newark
July 19th to 22nd - Art in Action, Waterperry Gardens, Oxfordshire
July 21st to September 9th - Riches of Stitches (national EG Exhibition) - Bankfield Museum, Halifax
July 27th to August 11th - Edging On by the Bolt group of textile artists mentored by Jean Littlejohn - at Jane Powell Art Studio, Kennilworth
August 16th to 19th - Festival of Quilts, NEC - not just for quilters!
.... please add another post if you know of anything else, and tell us all about it if you go to have a look.
July 26th - Plastic Fantastic with Heather in Girton - work with heat, crayons, threads and plastic to make crusty surfaces. Cost £13.50
August 4th - Tissue Textures with Janet in Bassingham - using tissue and felt to create tactile panels. Cost £13.50
August 9th - Mountmellick with Heather in Girton - discover floral hand embroidery in white. Cost £13.50
August 17th - Create a Book with Heather in Girton - use your samples to make books. Cost £13.50
August 24th - Crazy Patchwork with Janet in Dunhome - using scraps of fabric and decorative hand stitches. Cost £13.50
Contact Janet or Heather for more info
The Garden Party is at Dee's house in Ingham this year on Sunday 12th August (2pm to 5pm) - bring a chair and a basic sewing kit. Cost £2.
The next Stitch Club is on Saturday 18th August (10am to 3pm). This is run by members for members. Christine Plummer will be showing us how to make bags using a patching and stitching technique. Suitable for beginners and everyone welcome. Cost £5.
In September we have our AGM and Ruth Keillar will be talking about her work and her Artico label (28th September)
In October, Norma is organising a coach trip to the Fashion & Embroidery Show at Harrogate (Sunday, 7th October)
In November, Joan is organising a tour of the embroideries in Lincoln Cathedral (Saturday, 17th November)
In November, Carole is organising a coach trip to the Knitting & Stitching Show in Harrogate (Sunday 25th November)
Can't find her on the web, so sorry no pictures.
Please email me for more info.
Friday, 13 July 2007
Did you know that if you get a long list of blogs that you enjoy reading you can subscribe to http://www.bloglines.com/sub and they will let you know each time one of the blogs on your list has a new post. It saves loads of time. It is free to sign up.
Tuesday, 10 July 2007
My Wife, The Quilter
She learned to quilt on Monday
Her stitches were very fine.
She forgot to thaw out dinner,
So we went out to dine.
She quilted miniatures Tuesday.
She says they are a must.
They really were quite lovely,
But she forgot to dust.
On Wednesday, it was a sampler.
She says the stipplin's fun.
What highlights! Oh what shadows!
But the laundry wasn't done.
Her charm quilt was on Thursday,
Green patches blue and red.
I guess she really was engrossed;
She never made the bed.
It was wallhangings on Friday,
In colors she adores,
But she never seemed to notice
The crumbs on all the floors.
I found a maid on Saturday!
My week is now complete.
My wife can quilt the hours away;
The house will still be neat.
Well, it's already Sunday.
I think I'm about to wilt.
I cursed, I raved, I ranted~~
The MAID has learned to QUILT!!
Sunday, 8 July 2007
Friday, 6 July 2007
I have been having a browse and found a wonderful blog about shibori - http://shiborigirl.wordpress.com/ well worth an explore!
Nice to see you all again Louth ladies - hope you join the blog and let us know what's happening in your part of Lincolnshire
Thursday, 5 July 2007
I bought a little hammer with all the gizmos from Lakeland ages ago and have never worked out how to use it properly! I just get rather squished eyelets.
Must be doing something wrong - any tips?
Wednesday, 4 July 2007
I have recently discovered Flickr which is a massive collective photograph album. You can search the photos and they also have groups. I've lost many a happy hour browsing.
Have a look at these for starters
Contemporary Textile Art Pool
Textile Arts Pool
Tuesday, 3 July 2007
It should be an interesting evening. The meeting starts at 7pm in the Conoco Room above the library in Louth.
The LP is a medieval manuscript which was produced for Sir Geoffrey Luttrell who lived in Irnham (near Grantham) and this is one of the reasons it is so relevant to our group. There's going to be a big exhibition at The Collection in Lincoln next year, which will run from May to September. We are producing embroidered panels based on the imagery in the Psalter.
The LP lives at the British Museum in London and you can find out more information about it by clicking here. The story about the Psalter and medieval life is fascinating.
The British Library has an online collection of photos, which includes over 200 from the LP - click here. The images in the margins are truly amazing - scenes of rural life, religious scenes and amazing grotesques, leafy twirls and line-end patterns. No wonder so many of us have been inspired to take part
We run monthly workshops to support members in this project, helping with the design and techniques to use. The next workshop is July 26th at Bailgate Methodist Church, Lincoln. Please let me know if you would like to take part in the project.
Monday, 2 July 2007
If you're a member of the Embroiderers' Guild you can follow the discussion on the Members Forum on their website - makes interesting reading. You will need a password to get in - look on the back of your membership card, or email me
Click here and scroll down to 'Members Forum'
If you haven't already expressed your views please let me know and I'll pass them on the Hampton Court