Sunday, 3 December 2017

Paper Talks, by Jonathon Korejko 24 Nov 2017

Jonathon gave us a lively talk about the development and changes in paper making through history as well as the home made process we can all try. His talk was made up of photos, taped songs and his own words and then we were all invited to feel (and buy if we liked) sheets of his various types of paper. Paper and textiles have links going back to it's origin.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Kathy Paton's stich club - tags for presents 18th November 2017

A marvellous day was had by all. Kathy Paton had brought along many pieces of equipment and a huge selection of materials. Together with all the stuff we had brought ourselves we happily made tags of the most lavish kind. We enjoyed the relatively quick creation of small pieces so much that we might do something similar on a practical evening. Many thanks to Kathy for the idea in the first place.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Kathy Paton and interesting Christmas gift tags - stitch club November 18th 2017

To be held in Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Skellingthorpe Rd, opposite the petrol station on the Birchwood Avenue junction.

Come along and Make gift tags for Christmas/birthdays/other occasions. Using fabric scraps, lutradur, iron on interfacing, stamping and fabric paints, embroidery and bead embellishments.

Members £5 and non-members £7.50

Requirements list
scraps of material
machine sewing thread
sewing essentials
embroidery threads (optional)
beads, buttons, ribbon, embellishments (optional)
sewing machine (optional)

Kathy will have her sewing machine available
Pre-stamped scraps and stamps/ink pads to stamp your own fabric, ribbon etc available for a donation
Backing brown tags 10p each or coloured tags 30p each
Bondaweb available for sale

contact Kathy Paton for further information

Embroidering trees Friday evening 27th October 2017

Eight of us met up on Friday evening to sew trees. There was a mix of chatting and comfortable silence. Mary Paulger had spotted this project for us.

Stitch a Tree to show support for refugees.
This project aims to connect communities and individuals across the UK to show support for displaced people around the world. Participants are invited to stitch a tree which will later be arranged into a large embroidery called Forest by artist Alice Kettle. Forest will be displayed at the Whitworth, Manchester, in September 2018 and in progress at City Space Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre, from 15th October to 26th November 2017.

for more information

Mary Paulger and canvas work embroidery 21st October 2017

With canvases stapled to an A5 frame we chose our image, colour and stitches inspired by Mary's lovely piece. By the following Friday meeting two of us had completed a piece and brought it along for the rest of the group to see.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Mary Paulger's stitch club - Canvas Work 21st Oct Skellingthorpe Rd

Location - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
LDS Meetinghouse, Skellingthorpe Rd, Lincoln LN6 0PB

£5 for members and £7.50 for non members

Stitch Club requirements;

You will need a simple design about A5 in size, with at least three distinct areas.
Children's colouring books are a good source
Suggestions are a landscape, hot air balloon passing a bridge, small boat on water etc.

Please bring 
Black permanent marker
Embroidery scissors
Tapestry needles, size 22 or 24
Variety of threads including: 
Stranded cottons - we will be blending 7 or more strands of these to create shading.  examples:blues for sky, grey greens for water.
Tapestry wools  = personal choice
Appleton's crewel wool - these can also be blended in the needle.
A small  (A5) wooden frame ( charity shops are a good source)

I will have canvas, stapler and a couple of spare frames.
Canvas work source books for stitches and inspirations
Variety of yarns etc

Just bring an assortment of what you have and we will share.
See you there - Mary

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.