Monday, 31 December 2012

The Art of Dress: 18th Century Frocks & Finery

The Collection is hosting an exhibition of18th Century clothes and other finery from 26th January to 24th March 2013.  The centre piece of the exhibition is a rare black mantua gown and petticoat, that has managed to survive almost 300 years.  Experts are perplexed on how it's managed to survive in such excellent condition, as dying silk black in those days was exceedingly destructive and the gown should have rotted to nothing years ago!  Please go visit the exhibition, entry is free.

Also, Sheila Landi of the Landi Company Ltd who did the preservation work on the gown and restored it to its original 1735 design will be giving a talk on the work carried out on 7th February starting at 2:30 pm.  Tickets are £6.00 and available from The Collection.  Tel: 01522 782040 for more information.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Merry Christmas 

Lincoln Stitchers

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Pauline Bloomfield's talk 30th November 2012

Pauline’s free-machine stitched textiles are very painterly with good compositions yet  loose and flowing. Her slides of her other work was a complement to the hands-on, tactileness of the exquisite textile pictures she passed around. Pauline also shared a selection of her sketchbooks, from each evolving 'phase'. Her family connection to the lush and colourful Jamaica gave her a background to understanding of the African mythology/folktales from her reading (and reading to us); these were often featured in her painted-with-thread pictures.  She explained that to sew afro-hair needed an acceptance of breaking sewing machine needles. Pauline currently delights in sharing her expertise as art practitioner in the mental health sphere.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Jubilant Stitch Exhibition

The Jubilant Stitch Exhibition is put on by the Lincoln Bailgate Embroiderers' Guild

It will be held at Lincoln Central Library
from Monday 26th to Friday the 30th November
most days 10-4; Mon 1-4 and Fri 10-1

Leaf and butterfly Stitch club with Kate Steane 17 Nov 2012

There were five of us on Saturday free machining our way towards a leaf and butterfly ensemble. It was a relaxed day and so absorbing that three o'clock surprised us. 

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Young Embroiderers and Carole Biggin

We had a lovely day with Carole Biggin on Saturday 17th November. In Carole's workshop the children were bonding, layering, stitching and beading, creating a fabric which was then cut and rearranged to create wonderful 3D decorations and seasonal cards. Both hand and machine embroidery was used in their work.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

30th Nov Pauline Bloomfield: Talk - Origins & Beyond

Pauline will be talking with reference to her work - both large and small, framed and unframed wallpieces illustrating contemporary and ancient poems and myths by black writers. She uses hand and machine embroidery using silks, fleecy cottons, muslins, organzas, semi-precious stones, shells and coins.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Bejewelled Bags with Angie Hughes 27th Oct 2012

Angie set us up with black velvet, foils and sheer ready for a day of machining towards a bejewelled bag. To begin with we learnt how to use foils on velvet with bondaweb and each of us patterned our black velvet with fabric and foils. Over this went the sheer and the machining started in ernest. We learnt how to finish off our bags at home. 
To find out more about Angie and her work see  

Brenda Scarman and Elizabethan embroidery 26th Oct 2012

She put together a kit for us to make her Elizabethan scissors case, part of a chaterlaine. The central aspect of this work was to learn detatched button hole stitch. Certainly this stitch puts all the expensive thread on show on the front of piece with very little on the back.
See Brenda's website at

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Mary Paulger's Dorset Buttons on the day

The day's work
Dorset button with materials, tools and instructions

Dorset button in the making


Thursday, 4 October 2012

Craft Fair 29th September

Michelle and Christine on their stall

Monday, 1 October 2012

Show and tell 28th Sept 2012: textile art - the past is another country

Julia's handpainted shawl

Sandra's bodkin
Julia showed her hand painted scarf, a tiny measuring tape and some beautiful shoes. Mary P’s black mourning cape was heavily beaded; she also had thread winder, bone parasol needle case and bone needlework tools. Lyn displayed a Victorian embroidery hoop. Sandra had an old bodkin together with African cloth. Kate talked about her Victorian patchwork. Mary B’s spread out two beautifully worked table cloths and Jacqui had one too. Pat produced examples of work from India. 
Kate's Victorian patchwork
Mary B's table cloth

Jacqui's tablecloth - detail

Pat's shibori scarf from India

Friday, 28 September 2012

Angie Hughes Workshop Requirements

Bejewelled Bags with Angie Hughes

You will need some inspiration, I have used Klimt as a starting point because his work is easy to find pattern in. I have a few books and photocopies but if you have any books yourselves this would be helpful.

You will need your sewing machine, 
....with free machine embroidery foot or darning foot.
Basic sewing kit
Small pieces of bright coloured silk fabric
Metallic and coloured embroidery threads
Transparent coloured organza
Iron and pad
Baking parchment
Eyelet kit (prym or hemline with a tool included) I will have some
Lining fabric
Black cord 2mtrs long for closure and handle.

I will supply a materials pack for a small cost of £5
It includes
A selection of transfoils
Black cotton velvet
Full instructions

Monday, 24 September 2012

Craft Fair

Just a reminder that we, Lincoln Bailgate (Embroiderers Guild), are having our annual Craft Fair at the Bailgate Methodist Church Hall, Bailgate, Lincoln
10am - 4 pm free admission Saturday 29 September.
Tea, coffee, scones and home made cake.
Make time also to see 1000 years of craft in Lincoln Cathedral, Bail and the Castle.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Friday, 21 September 2012

Revival workshops

Revival programme for Sept/Oct


A note for your diaries: 

Doughty's Next Roadshow:

Lincoln: 29th September - 10.30am - 2.30pm

Stanhope Hall, 

Boston Road, 
Lincoln,LN9 6JW

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Young Embroiderers Fabric Wallets

The Y E group met on Saturday 15th September, with a lovely day making Fabric Wallets.

The children had to cut out their fabrics, using paper patterns, which were then hand embellished with ribbons, lace and embroidery stitches. 
In the final step, the wallets were assembled and sewn together using the sewing machines.

Some children added a fabric purse to the wallet.

So a busy day was had by all.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Community Initiatives IMPart

Lincoln Bailgate member, Kate Steane has asked us to let everyone know about a new textile group:

Knitting, Crochet, Spinning, Embroidery or any other Hand Craft

Come and Join us at  IMPart 
St Botolph’s Church Hall 39b High Street,
Lincoln LN5 8AS (Behind Musson Tailors)

          Knit,  Natter
          & Craft

Wednesday afternoons 1-3
(Starting Wednesday 5th September)

We can Help You Learn or Just Come Along and
Enjoy the Chat and Company

Tea and Coffee Provided

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Safety Pin Necklaces

 Lincoln Bailgate member,Kathy Paton  took inspiration from the safety pin  bracelet stitch club in July.
Take a look at her results:

Superspun Sensations Workshop with Marion Barnett

Transfer Paints and paints on paper before ironing

transfer painted and ironed on transparent over opaque fabrics

lino printed transfer paints ironed on fabric

Several layers of transfer paints ironed on spunbonded fabric

transfer paints ironed on spunbonded fabric

lino prints, leaf impressions and toothbrush marks

On Saturday 29.7.12, Marion let a workshop with members of Lincoln Bailgate. She showed us a range of techniques to colour the supersun fabrics, Lutradur, Evalon and Zeelon

Marion Barnett

Marion Barnett spoke to Lincoln Bailgate in July 12. 
She succeeded in demystifying Lutrador, Evalon and Zeelon( we love Zeelon) and showed us results of her very creative colour and layering techniques.