Sunday, 23 April 2017

Wednesday day of stitch with Lyn Rochester 5th April 2017

The day was open to all members to create heart cushions and items to sell in the Lincolnshire show.

We made stuff heart shaped cushions – to be donated to the hospital to give to women who have had a mastectomy; the idea is that they tuck it under their arm to stop their arm rasping the surgical cut. I only made one heart cushion, but it was very soft and nice. Others had made many more and a couple finished them off that day.

During the day I managed to make five pea pod brooches with fleece and felt to sell at the Lincolnshire show. Judith our secretary had produced huge numbers of pieces for sale.


We were given lunch to keep us going – a lovely vegetable soup (made by Lyn’s husband John) and a range of amazing cheeses.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Lyn Rochester - Fowers, Leaves and Insects - Stitch Club 15/4/2017




Lyn brought several examples of her own work, including her Green Man (decorated with many insects) just returned from the Capability Brown exhibition.


Most of us focused on the leaves, despite her delicious depictions of dandelions and sweetpeas. Lyn has a wide selection of cardboard template leaves she had made from her collection of dried real leaves. We had a good selection of fabrics Lyn had dyed herself to choose from. She suggested that we embroider our leaves before cutting the fabric - that being less fiddly. Thanks to Anne and Monika an iron was available to use on bondaweb. The stitch club Bailgate members were joined by three IMPart members, which was delightful. 


Sunday, 9 April 2017

Anne Goodall's outings April 2017

I’ve treated myself to two outings in the last two weeks, both very worthwhile.  Last week, after seeing the page on Facebook I drove down to Digby Fen to have a look at Spindle Cottage Workshop. (NB to anyone who might try to find it: just use the postcode, LN4 4DT, and be aware that this code is shared by all the - very scattered – residences on Allens Lane. None of them have numbers, so its a matter of driving slowly past each, looking out for their sign; its on the north side of the road.  Opening hours 10-4 Tues-Fri, 10-1 Sat.)  The Workshop is an L-shaped building – put up for Georgina, the owner, by her obviously very useful husband – with the workshop area occupying the foot of the L, where there are tables, big windows and of course the important fridge, sink and kettle.  The long upright is the treasure trove of everything for patchwork and quilting mainly, though it caters for everything else you might need cotton fabric for.  I couldn’t resist buying of course, but choosing is the difficulty; talk about spoilt for choice...  She also has a programme of approx. weekly workshops, from absolute beginners to the more experienced who want to try something different.  I recognised some of the names of the people who run these, and I just might be tempted!


Then yesterday, closer to home, I went to see the ImpART Spring Fair, at the Methodist Church on St Rumpoles Street – free parking too.  (Partly lured there by Kate’s promise of cakes, and cakes there were, including a very interesting gluten-free fruit cake/teabread, which was delicious, and very fruity.)  Sadly the Fair wasn’t very well attended, and it deserved to be, since its clear a lot of hard work had gone into every stall.  I acquired a lovely crocheted shawl cum throw, which is just as warm as advertised, and is going to be worn a lot on cooler evenings this summer. 

Friday, 7 April 2017

Textile Conservation - a talk by Leah Warriner-Wood Friday evening 31st march 2017





Leah was involved with Doddington hall tapestries; they were stitched onto a support layer and Velcro was used to hang them. This is so that it is easy to pull the tapestries down and throw them out of the window if there is a fire.

Her conservation remit is to ask what is it? What is it made of? How is it made? How was it used?

In the distant past clothes were cleaned with bread and lace with milk. Nowadays in conservation there is minimal intervention, just so it can survive and be displayed. Laying in distilled water with a mild liquid soap, waiting for the dirt to shift is the most that takes place regarding cleaning; about three repeats removes the dirt.

She uses most of the time curved John James needle 10 and Gutterman polyester threads.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Kathy Paton's stitch club: Lutrador, Ink and Melting 18th March 2017




Kathy had supplies of lutrador and inks which we could use at a nominal cost. Bailgate members were supplemented by people from Reflections, Heighington glass club and IMPart, a social art group in Lincoln. The day was spent using acrylic ink on lutrador which was then shrivelled and reduced to holes in specific places with a craft heat gun. As you can see above some stunning images were created.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Erin Fleming Theatre Costume Design Friday February 24th 2017



We were given a glimpse of the life of a costume designer for the theatre. Each were expected to design a costume for Eliza as a flower seller from My Fair Lady. There were a choice of fabrics to use as swatches for the costume; we each had to draw Eliza – some created their design by cutting up pieces from magazines and gluing a collage. It made a fresh way of looking at things.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Dry Felting stitch club by Robyn Smith 18th February 2017




We were each issued with a barbed needle in a holder and a large chunk of synthetic sponge; Robyn invited us to choose the fleece we wanted to use and decide on which smallish item we would create (needle felting is very time consuming). She encouraged us to start by rolling the fleece to create body shapes which we would place on our sponge and needle all over. Ears, feet and limbs were worked separately and added. As you can see hare/rabbit creations were the most popular with toadstools coming second. 

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Pentagonal Patchwork Bowls: a practical evening with Linda Phillips 27th January 2017



Linda Phillips showed us some of her patchwork quilts and examples of her bowls. She had prepared vylene templates which also served as stiffners and gave us a choice of fabrics; patterned for inside the bowl and plain for the outside (to allow us to add some embroidery). Most of us hand sewed the inside layer during the evening, leaving the outside as homework. 

Monday, 23 January 2017

Stitch clubs change location in March

In March we are moving stitch clubs to a room at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Skellingthorpe Rd, opposite the petrol station on the Birchwood Avenue junction.

Islamic Tiles – Ceramic into Textile with Kate Steane: stitch club 21st January 2017



The members all chose arabesque designs with interwining lines, leaves and flowers. The tiles were created using acrylic paint on tissue paper, backed with white felt; three different types of glue were used.