Monday, 9 October 2017

AGM together with Kay and Georgina from the Fabric Corner Friday 29th Sept 2017

Chair - Christine Plummer
Treasurer - Anne Goodall
Joint secretaries - Judith Snaith and Michelle Maloney
Programme secretary - Sheila Walker

Kay and Georgina came from Fabric Corner, Melville Street, Lincoln with a selection of textile materials and gave us a demonstation of how to make origami fabric stars

Monday, 4 September 2017

2017 to 2018 Bailgate Programme

Friday evenings at Lincoln Bailgate Methodist Church Hall

29 Sept 2017 AGM and Fabric Corner shop
27 Oct 2017 Members practical
24 Nov 2017 Paper Talks, by Jonathon Korejko
26 Jan 2018 Lincoln students studying textiles
23 Feb 2018 Weaving - Maggie Ayling
30 Mar 2018 Stitching stations by Committee
27 Apr  2018 Portraits by Sue Stone
25 May 2018 Paper making book by Christine Plummer
29 June 2018 Jewellery by Lesley Porter
27 July 2018 Marianne Young’s Collection of Interesting Textiles

Workshop and Stitch Clubs 
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint

see right hand side pages for more details

Monday, 31 July 2017

The Quaker Tapestry, talk by Anne Woods July 28th 2017

Anne Woods spoke at our monthly meeting about the designing and making of the Quaker Tapestry (77 panels total) which resides in Friends Meeting House, Kendal, Cumbria.  Appleton wool was used for the needlework onto specially woven natural wool cloth (not dyed).  

Flowers detail from panel D8: Botanists

Fish detail from panel F21: Friends in Canada

 Detail of the Quaker Tapestry Logo

Detail of the ship, The Woodhouse, which took the first Quakers to America.

The panels tell the story of the Quaker movement and its influence on modern world developments. Only a third of the panels are on display (in Kendal) at any one time. for more information.

photos and words by Judy O'Neill

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Practical Japanese evening with Lyn Rochester and Origami Kimonos 30th June 2017

We all sat together passing along little pieces of coloured paper, following Lyn's clear spoken directions as we folded and tied. There was little chatting as we focused on the work in hand and each of us created four little bright figures, just the right size for a book mark. While we worked we nibbled Japanese snacks and a few of us had brought along Japanese related items to add to the ambience.  

Friday, 23 June 2017

Christine Plummer's requirements for stitch club 15th July 2017

40 to 50 sheets of A4 paper ( I use different colours and weights for each page).
 Decovil Light (I will bring some for sale).
 2 hand made or brown paper for cover.
 A selection of co-ordinating papers (to decorate the outside of your book).
Buttons and lace (if desired or anything you wish to add).
Threads, thick and thin and buttonhole thread or similar to stitch the pages in.

I will bring packs of papers and Decovil for you to buy if you wish.

Pritt, PVA
Pencil and ruler
Kitchen knife (to cut the pages)
Sewing machine (optional)

Monday, 19 June 2017

Silk Shading and Goldwork a stitchclub by Jaqui Amatage 17th June 2017

As usual Jaqui was very organised with instruction sheet and pattern together with spare threads and beads. I am always rather awed by goldwork and reel with the names of the materials - gold check purl, gold smooth purl and jap were among the ingredients today. Then I take against the effect of the check purl - too much glistening for me. I realise that I have a long way to go with effective silk shading (and I have admit to being hopeless at reading instructions, but appreciate them particularly after the class). Here is work by Jacqui and some skilled followers.

Vanda Tayor Nottingham inspired by Emily Notman June 2017

To all Bailgate members - send Kate a photo of your latest work and I will put it on the blog. Or bring it to a meeting for her to photograph.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

30th June Japanese practical evening

We will be having a Japanese evening on Friday the 30th June. A practical Japanese project will be led by Lyn Rochester – no equipment needed.

Please bring as many Japanese things as you can, to give a good atmosphere to the evening and allow us to focus.
In Feb 2007 we made Japanese Omyage gift bags. In May 2008 we had fun with Japanese Indigo Shibori over a warm weekend. In April 2012 we had Katie Chaplin for a talk and a workshop and we made Japanese double sided patchwork as well as decorative balls (inserted cloth, Japanese style). In February 2016 we learned about Japanese book binding from Amy Hewes as a stitch club.

You might remember other events and you might have even visited Japan. Bring and share experiences.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Emily Notman Mixed Media Wall Hangings Workshop Saturday 27th May 2017

Emily had brought inks, paint swatch pots and mark makers and gave each of us a brown paper bag with pieces of white fabric, lace, net and lace for colouring. Our water bowls soon coloured as we wet our fabric and made the inks fainter. Many used the emulsion too. We all ended up with wet strips of coloured fabric which dried while we had lunch.

After lunch we made a sandwich with bondaweb as the bread and our layered landscape design as the filling. Emily encouraged us to never cut straight as landscapes undulated. She said she put her lightest pieces on top and the darkest on the bottom. Then iron thoroughly both sides.  Stitching with loops and fake French knots were her favourite.

What a marvellous day and a delightful tutor.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Emily Notman Mixed Media Installations Friday evening talk 26th May 2017

Emily uses fabrics and paper; anything that can be used to stitch into. She leaves wire and pins in work. She left work in the rain. The bridal dress feel comes from a favourite aunt who died. Emily used shells, and made shells (mussels) and barnacles. She developed landscape panels which you can see here; Emily handed  these round.  She frays fabric and cuts into it with a soldering iron. She makes loops and fake French knots with wool or embroidery threads. A Beijing craft magazine portrayed her work and she exports to China.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Interbranch Study Day East Midlands Region

Sunday 17th September 2017 10.00am – 3.30pm

Thringstone Community Centre 
The Green, 
Nr Coalville, 
Leicestershire LE67 8NR 

Workshop fee £35.00 (includes refreshments)

Secret Gardens in Boxes With Book Artist Paul Johnson or
Kantha Stitching with Gill Greany or
Wool Painting with Raya Brown

more details available

25th May - 16th September 2017

Thursday - Saturday 10am - 4pm

Grantham Museum
St Peter's Hill, Grantham, NG31 6PY

East Midlands Region of the Embroiderers Guild
Fashion, Past, Present and Future…

An Interpretation in Stitch

Mary Paulger and the wind blown waiting girl; RSN Durham 2017

Mary Paulger has been working on the Royal School of Needlework Certificate Course in Durham with Tutor Tracy A Franklin. This piece of canvas work by Mary particularly appealed to me; she has caught so much in one piece – the sense of anticipation waiting by the coast, the wind, the sea and the clouds. She has used a range of canvas stitches to achieve the effect.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Sheila Walker working at home April to May 2017

Here Sheila was inspired by one of Christine Plummer's hanks of various yarns within a colour range. She has worked on the fabric with hand stitch to create an incredible textural effect.

This is the result of Sheila arranging fabric scraps and bonding them onto the underlying material with an embellishing machine; she stitched on top. Again she had created marvelous textures

Monday, 8 May 2017

Looking forward to and planning the Lincolnshire Show 2017

Here our chair, Lyn Rochester has hung work that will be displayed behind our sale table. Our branch and the other branches in the county all practised putting up the work which will be a decorative, but not for sale background at the show. Lincolnshire organiser Hilary Farley provided the barn which allowed everyone to see how their work would fit onto the fencing which unites the Embroiderers' Gild branches.

Spring into Summer 2017 - Heart Cushions for Breast Cancer Patients

There are over 50 cushions made by the Bailgate branch members. They are designed to tuck under the arm to lift it away from any surgery. Our chair Lyn Rochester encouraged us in finishing off our work by having a stitch day in April at her home for all of us.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Practical evening led by Lyn Rochester Friday 28th April 2017

Lyn showed us her beautiful stitch book, with stitch examples, how they could be used in various shapes and then how a variety of stitches were used together to create an image. She had brought cotton fabric for the book leaves, thread and needles, so there was no excuse not to stitch. It was a delightful light hearted evening, enjoyed by all present.

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.