Sunday, 9 December 2018

Robyn Smith working with embellisher and drum carder Stitch Club 19th January 2019

This is a selection of pieces from the eight of us who joined Robyn at this stitch club. The heating was going strong this year and we all enjoyed exploring this way of working with wool, fleece, felt and other fabrics in the warm.

Monday, 26 November 2018

Jan 25th Workshop with Karen Lane (Bailgate Embroiderers' Guild, held at Mansions of the Future, opposite Lincoln Railway Station

The workshop will take place on the last Friday in January 6.45 to 9.00.

Karen Lane will provide kits for the workshop (£4.50 each) and comprise of the following.....
A4 tracing paper x2
A4 55gsm Tyvek x2
A4 30gsm Lutradur x2
A4 interfacing x1
She will provide two designs for fossils which can be traced and applied to the Tyvek so, although it’s unlikely you will have time to make two pieces on the night, you can have the option of which you use once the Tyvek has been distressed (unpredictable results, so two gives a choice).

Participants will need to bring.....
Inktense, acrylic or watercolour paints with a brush or sponge for applying
Basic sewing kit with pins and embroidery threads
Craft knife and cutting mat (or small sharpe scissors)
Pencil for tracing designs
Cotton fabric for their backing in whatever colour they intend to work with. 

See more of Karen's own work at

Sunday, 18 November 2018

17 November Stitch Club – Michelle Maloney with Christmas decorations

Sweetie wrappers were used to create bright Christmas decorations

Monday, 12 November 2018

Kick Start with Christine Plummer 24th Nov 2018

Kickstart Workshop Saturday 24th November 2018
10am - 4pm £35.00
with Christine Plummer
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Skellingthorpe Rd. Lincoln.
We will be experimenting with layering techniques. In the morning we will be making three samples
using paper, paint, fabric and stitch.
Experimenting with Bondaweb, Vilene and burning, then in the afternoon, looking at how you can
develop your design from your starting point.
I will supply all the materials for the morning.
Any ideas/inspiration, photos, images, books etc. you wish to base your work on.
Brushes, rollers, water pot.
Newspaper, magazines.
Sewing machine if you wish. (I will bring mine).
Small selection of theme coloured fabric and thread.
Heat gun, soldering iron if you have one. ( I will bring mine).
Usual sewing kit.
There will be two further sessions in January and February to discuss your work and help you
develop your theme.The dates for the workshops will be decided on the 24th of November and are
included in the price of the original workshop.
To reserve a place on this workshop contact Mary Paulger.
Many thanks,
Christine PlummerMembers would have to pay £35 to attend. With the topic Geology and Fossils Christine would help students to explore and develop techniques to achieve work of exhibition quality.  She will encourage students to experiment with different mediums and help students to develop their own techniques. We hope to have at least eight members involved in this project. Students would be encouraged to do their own individual projects – but after the one day workshop Christine would still offer advice and help to enable them to complete the project with the aim to put work into an exhibition.

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Lincoln Bailgate books - made by winners of competition 26/10/2018

Winning book made by Sheila with the theme of leaves

Two of Sheila's pages

Second book made by Louise

Third book made by Brenda

Friday, 26 October 2018

17 Nov – Michelle Maloney – Christmas decorations

Base fabric of cotton or calico about 12inches square
Felt squares - colour of choice
light weight vilene
sheer fabrics such as organza or chiffons
sweet papers such as Roses/Quality Street, foils and coloured pieces 
threads - machine, variated cottons and metallics
beads and sequins
embroidery hoop
sewing machine
sewing kit - scissors and needles

Use sweet wrappers, foils and sheer fabrics with machine embroidery to create a rich jewel like surface to use in making Christmas decorations.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Earth Inspired Art Exhibition by Jaq MacCaughern Oct 15-26

A variation of 2D and 3D works which are inspired by the earth and how it was formed, all showcased in the Chapter House.

Inspiration for Kick Start this year

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

28th September Lincoln Bailgate AGM plus show and tell - A look behind the scenes of what other members do

Stitch Club 20th Oct - Mary Paulger - Peyote beaded bags with fringe

Beads, thread and needles will be available or bring your own

15g beads size 9, 10 or 11 (not huge, not tiny)
nymo thread
beading needle

If you bring a complete stranded cotton in similar colours, you could use Mary's cording machine to make to a cord to attach to the bag.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Chris Yates Lincoln Bailgate EG: Working with circular tea bags, workshop 27th October 2018

£25 for members and £30 for non-members

Celebrating the Circle  - There is always something appealing about working to a small scale, so, using circular teabags as our starting point we will create miniature painted and stitched landscapes. They can either stand alone as an individual piece or place a few together in a frame as a mini  collection. Or if you prefer they can be collated into a charming little book for you to treasure.

Requirements List – Celebrating the Circle (4 in a frmae)
At least 4 used and thoroughly dried round or square teabags. You can do as many as you like on the day
A piece of felt – A4 should be plenty for 4 teabags ( bring more if you think you may want to do more on the day)
Water colour or acrylic paints – whichever you have
A small selection of paint brushes
Water pot and paint palette
Plastic sheet to cover your table
Baby wipes
Gloves if you don’t like getting messy
Hand sewing kit – needles, scissors etc
A selection of stranded hand embroidery threads – we will be creating miniature landscapes so bear this in mind with your colour choices
An iron and ironing pad
Baking parchment
A container to hold the tea from your teabags if you do not empty them prior to the workshop.

I always use round teabags for this course. Square ones will also work but will obviously give a different look to your pieces (pyramid teabags do not work for this course). Open out your teabags by making a cut on one face of the teabag to empty out the dried tea leaves (spread the tea on your garden). Try not to cut away the seams or edges of your teabags. I will demo this on the day so if you are unsure, don’t open your teabags before the workshop.

If you have any questions please email me at


Sunday, 5 August 2018

Belton House embroidery - past and present June, July, August, September and October

Exhibition of work by Grantham Embroiderer's Guild inspired by the embroidery of Lady Marian Alford, mother of Belton's 2nd and 3rd Earls. This is held in the Cretonne Room on the first floor of the house. 

There are examples of Lady Marian Alford's work scattered through the house and leaflets in the house to show you where they are.
 (House open 12.30 to 5pm, Not Open Mon or Tues)
this was my favourite piece of Marian Alford's work

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Jacqui's stitch club in June 2019 will teach us something similar

BBC4 - Homemade in Mexico: Huipil
A huipil is a loose-fitting tunic, generally made from two or three rectangular pieces of fabric which are then joined together with stitching, ribbons or fabric strips, with an opening for the head and, if the sides are sewn, openings for the arms. Tehuana dresses are crafted by Zapotec women who live in a matriarchal culture. They elaborately embroider very elegant dresses made of velvet or silk, which they wear at religious ceremonies and fiestas. These dresses were famously worn by Frida Kahlo. The huipiles originate from crafts developed to meet very utilitarian needs, but became more decorative as time went on and now they are regarded as objects of status.

These Mexican women are both wearing a huipil. There are skirts that are made to match, all with amazing flower embroidery.

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Marianne Young's Collection of Work, 27th July 2018

Marianne talked us through her large collection of textile art, some of which she had created herself (see the underwater scene above) but most of which she had discovered from various locations and purchased to add to her collection. It was great to see her appreciation of such a range of delicate work and her enthusiasm rubbed off onto us too; she encouraged us to handle some of the pieces and pointed out the sort of embroidery involved. It was a delightful evening spent in congenial company.

Friday, 20 July 2018

Saturday 1st September 2018 'walk in workshop' open to everyone to be held at Fabric Corner

Christine Plummer is running  a WALK IN WORKSHOP at “FABRIC CORNER’ Broadgate Lincoln. The theme is a ‘stitched book’.

We are keen to recruit new members for next year, so it would be good to put on a small exhibition of members’ work. If you feel you could contribute to this, could you please bring your items on the day. Please attach a label, so your work can be returned to you. If anyone would be prepared to help out at one of the sessions, contact Christine

Regional Kickstart Project - Geology and Fossils, starting September/October 2018

In late September at our AGM the project will be introduced and in October Christine will run a one day workshop, linked to the Regional Kickstart project. Members would have to pay £35 to attend.

With the topic Geology and Fossils Christine would help students to explore and develop techniques to achieve work of exhibition quality.  She will encourage students to experiment with different mediums and help students to develop their own techniques. 

We would hope to have at least eight members involved in this project. Students would be encouraged to do their own individual projects – but after the one day workshop Christine would still offer advice and help to enable them to complete the project with the aim to put work into an exhibition.

N.E.C. Festival of Quilts Exhibition

A minibus has been hired for Friday 10th August 2018, charge of £13 for members, £18 non members. People wishing to join the group please contact Christine at

Sale of Anne Petch's work in the autumn

Anne Petch’s  family are organizing 2 days (one in September and another in October) for a sale of her work. Anne sadly died earlier this year, but has been a very skilled and supportive member of the Bailgate branch of the Embroiderers' Guild.

Saturday 22nd September 2018 Recreation Room, Beckingham . Nr Gainsborough DN104NL

Saturday 11th October 2018 Trent Bridge House, Beast Market Hall, Newark NG24 1BN.

All proceeds to go to the W.I. Federation Funds.

Summer Events

Nicholson Group 7th -17th August 2018 Chapter House
  ‘ The Visitor and Other Works’ a free event included within the Cathedral admission charges.

Debbie Drury 2nd -29th August 2018 at Caistor Arts & Heritage Centre
 ‘Beech to Beach’ free entry
A workshop on the 11th August 2018  fee £35 – to book call 014720851605
 or Debbie on 01652 658172

Mr Finch’s  Amazing  Characters are on display at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park until the 23rd September 2018.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Leslie Porter - Jewellery Making 29th June 2018

Here are a few of the items put together by the group.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Jacqui Armitage with goldwork insects - stitch club Saturday 16th June 2018

We had a happy day with hand stitching. Having already created a beautiful beetle before hand, Jacqui finished off an exquisite ladybird, Judith created the framework of her dragonfly and I struggled with wings - hand sewn wings were beyond me, so once home I machined them, and made the body from friendly plastic. (I had done some homework on Friday with the flowers).

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Jewellery making with Leslie Porter 29th June 2018

brooch, bracelet or necklace
choose what to put together
bring your money and any jewellery making tools you might have