Sunday, 29 July 2007

Fabulous Felt Bags

Well, what a treat we had at Bailgate. Vivienne Morpeth from Barton-on-Humber talked about how attending a feltmaking workshop 18 years ago got her hooked and she's been felting ever since. She's even been to Australia to learn different techniques.
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

Felt at Bailgate 27th & 28th July

Don't forget, Vivienne Morpeth is talking about her work at Lincoln Bailgate on Friday 27th July.

The workshop "Fabulous Felt Bags" on Saturday 28th July is now fully booked.

Summer School

I returned from Summer School yesterday- tired but happy. Had a lovely time making 'Rich Textured Surfaces' with Sandra Kedzlie. Great to have an opportunity to revisit forgotten techniques and learn some new ones. I feel motivated to do some more now (shame I had to go back to work today!)

Sandra was very generous in sharing her ideas and it was great to see everyone's interpretations.
The other workshops produced some lovely work too - if it had been a lucky dip I wouldn't have minded which one I ended up in!
These are some of the caskets from the Janet Edmonds workshop

And these are from the Jane Davies workshop

Luttrell Psalter Workshop 26th July

Don't forget it's the next Luttrell Psalter workshop on Thursday. At Bailgate, from 7pm to 9.30 pm. Bring your work in progress, or just your image if you've not started and we'll help with ideas.

I've been working on the rotated patterns we did with Heather in the first workshop.

Monday, 16 July 2007

on line magazine

Thought you might enjoy this mag

:) Wendy

Doddington Hall Farmshop & Cafe

The Farm Shop and Cafe at Doddington Hall opens on Tuesday 17th July.
Open Tues-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm
Sounds good - fruit & veg, butchers, deli, bakery as well chutneys, wines, etc
Plus the Cafe - pastries, lunches and teas
Looks worth a visit
Thanks Norma for passing on the info

Website - Doddington Hall

Sunday, 15 July 2007

Events coming up

until September 9th 'Humbug' exhibition by Dodeka Designers inspired by sweets at Pickford's House Museum in Derby
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.

Fibreworks - coming up

July 20th - Button & Bead a Bag with Heather in Girton - create a bag and embellish with buttons and beads. Cost £13.50
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

Bailgate - coming up

The next Luttrell Psalter Workshop is on Thursday 26th July (7pm to 9.30pm) at Bailgate - please bring any work in progress and your images. Janet & Heather will be available to get you started and help with ideas for techniques to use. Cost £5.

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)

Fabulous Felt - 27th July

Vivienne Morpeth is a feltmaker and she is talking about her work at Lincoln Bailgate on Friday 27th July from 7pm to 9pm. This is followed with a workshop "Fabulous Felt Bags" on Saturday 28th July, also at Bailgate.

Can't find her on the web, so sorry no pictures.

Please email me for more info.

Friday, 13 July 2007

Maggie Grey's Blog

Maggie Grey has a blog the address is

Did you know that if you get a long list of blogs that you enjoy reading you can subscribe to 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

Quilt Poem

I've been browsing again and came across this poem - it's about a quilter, but relevant to all of us I think! (From Marlys in Indiana)

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

Bonnet Project

Members from both Lincoln EG Branches are making bonnets for the 'Roses From The Heart' Project being organised by Christina Henri in Tasmania - and Louth EG has also joined us.

You can find out more information about the project from the Female Factory website
and download a bonnet pattern here. The brims of the bonnets to be decorated with hearts and roses

The project is a tribute to the 25,000 convict women who were shipped to ‘parts unknown’ from the UK to Australia in the 19th century.

They will be on display at Lincoln Central Library in November before being shipped to Christina for the exhibition in 2008. In 2009, Christina will be bringing the bonnets for a tour of the UK.

Please get in touch if you would like to take part

Elizabethan Pincushion - 14th July

Lincolnshire Branch are having an all day workshop with Josey Storey on July 14th making an Elizabethan pincushion. Starts at 10.30 at Bishop Grossteste College in Lincoln.

Friday, 6 July 2007

Shibori in Louth - contd

A group of us from Lincoln Bailgate decscended on Louth this evening for the Jane Callender talk - very knowledgeable, lots of pictures and some beautiful cloth to handle. You can see some of her work on her website (see prev blog).

I have been having a browse and found a wonderful blog about shibori - 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


Does anyone know how to put those little metal eyelets into fabric (or card)?

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

Other places on the web

Has anyone found any interesting websites they could share with us?

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

Shibori at Louth

Louth Branch have Jane Callender as a speaker on Friday 6 July. Jane is well known in the textile world for her beautiful hand dyed pieces, specialising in indigo dyeing.

It should be an interesting evening. The meeting starts at 7pm in the Conoco Room above the library in Louth.

Luttrell Psalter Project

For those of you who don't already know, the Lincoln Bailgate branch of the Embroiderers Guild is undertaking a project based on the Luttrell Psalter - LP for short!

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.

There's also a sister project in Lincoln about the LP, which concentrates on reproducing the historical elements for a short film that is being produced for The Collection. Click here for more information.

Monday, 2 July 2007

EG Finances

I know there was much discussion about the state of the Guild's finances at the meeting on Friday

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

Lost Time

Speaking to Janet lunch time today had to go to clean the freezer and hopefully dye some threads its now 5.30 and all I have done is sit at the computer reading other peoples blogs, Janets fault, there is a link on her blog to a dyers blog it was so interesting I had to read it all, and then onto another link you know how it goes. Going to embellish a chiffon scarf onto some velvet I dyed will post a picture when I get it done, perhaps later on!!! This is the first time I have posted a blog so hope I know what im doing.


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