Tuesday, 16 October 2018

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

Independent 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 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  cy8s@outlook.com


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 textiles@christineplummer.co.uk

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 textiles@christineplummer.co.uk

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

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Rosemary Firth – Sketch Books for Textile Artists 30th June 2018

Workshop 10-4 with Lincoln Bailgate branch of the Embroiderers' Guild

£25 for branch members (£30 for non members) to be paid at time of booking. Workshop will be held in a room at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Skellingthorpe Rd, opposite the petrol station on the Birchwood Avenue junction. 

We will use a range of printmaking techniques and collage to develop inspiration for textile art ideas. Your journey will be recorded in a sketch book.

An A3 or A4 sketch book
At least 3 photos or sketches as inspiration; these should reflect your own interests
Apron and rubber gloves
Bits and pieces you might already have including scraps of old card/paper/fabric bits/magazine images/unwanted maps/envelopes/discarded drawings/paintings/seeds/grasses etc

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Friday evening 25th May 2018 Making a book with Christine Plummer

We had a lovely evening making A5 books from folded A4 sheets woven together with barbeque sticks. Christine proved again to be a marvelous tutor.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Goldwork Insect stitch club with Jacqui Armitage Saturday 16th June 2018

Requirements list - Beetle

Felt for padding
Black seed beads + 2 larger beads for eyes
Fine purl pearl
Jap T71 or 3-ply twist (can be coloured)
Check purl - can be coloured
Smooth/rough purl -  can be coloured
Metallic thread
4" hoop
large chenille needle & 8" of coton a broder 5
sewing kit, scissors, taking cotton etc
6" silk + backing material for support
seed beads to match your colour scheme
buckrum &brooch clip

Requirements list - Dragonfly

Felt for padding
fine florists wire (30g)
2 colours of organza (to fit 8" hoop)
Check purl - can be coloured
Smooth purl -  can be coloured
Either gold/coloured 3ply twist or gold jap
Embroidery needle
8" hoop
large chenille needle & 8" of coton a broder 5
sewing kit, scissors, taking cotton etc
Fabric + backing material for support
Metallic thread for legs/veins, seed beads
Sewing thread to compliment organza
small bugle beads + 2 larger seed beads for eyes

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Sheila Walker's stitch club Stitched drawing 19th May 2018

Dear Sheila
I really enjoyed your stitch club last Saturday and thought you may like to see what I did with my experiments when I got home.
The tiny blue flowers in example one are real. I followed the method I’d been shown in April’s Stich Club. I don’t know what their name is but way back when I was a kid used to call them Dolly-blue-eyes.
In example 2 the two trees on far right and left were covered with organdie one piece had an orange flower pattern printed on it.
Many years ago when I lived in Essex there was a shop in Maldon that sold bankrupt and fire damaged stock. For very little money I bought rolls of the material that silk flowers are made from. The yellow material I used for the leaves were roughly scribbled on with felt tipped pens and then cut out. The tiny coloured buttons were a lucky find in the charity shop on Burton Road.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Piano Hinge Book with tutor Christine Plummer, Friday evening 25th May 2018

40-50 A4 sheets of paper (pages)
A4 x 2 or slightly larger sheets (for the covers)
BBQ stitcks if you have any, but don't buy specially

The book you make can be used at the Rosemary Firth Workshop

Rosemary Firth – Sketch Books for Textile Artists
Workshop Saturday 30 June 2018 10-4 with Lincoln Bailgate EG
£25 for branch members (£30 for non members) to be paid at time of booking. 
Workshop will be held in a room at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Skellingthorpe Rd, opposite the petrol station on the Birchwood Avenue junction.

Rosemary Firth                              
We will be developing ideas for projects in sketch books

I taught art in schools for 16 years before leaving to open an art gallery. After my lease ran out I decided to continue my classes, so I now run painting and drawing classes and textile art classes at my home in Doncaster. I produce and exhibit my own art work; for more information go to my website www.doncasterartworkshops.com/my-artwork.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Stitched Drawings with Sheila Walker - stitch club Saturday 19th May 2018

Bailgate stitch club and YE will both be on Skellingthorpe Rd as usual. Any further details from Sheila

A very quick fire, spontaneous and fun workshop, this requires no particular drawing or painting skills, just a “willing to have a go” attitude. In response to your own inspiration, the morning will be spent creating a collage background which will be drawn and painted on to, then the afternoon will be spent relaxing with needle and thread.

  • A selection of papers eg. brown, handmade, cartridge, tissue, old book page, music, patterns, graph paper
  • A selection of neutrals eg. calico, cotton organdie. Scraps of something with a previous life -table linen, handkerchief, scarf. Or scraps left from a previous project.
  •  Inspiration - A selection of your own photos, sketches, and objects which relate to your chosen subject.
  • Small pot white emulsion or gesso. (Other light colours will do)
  • Drawing equipment - a range of pencils and coloured pencils, eraser, ruler, sharpener
  •  PVA glue
  •  Scissors
  • Acrylic paint - a few colours relating to your images. Water pot, small palette, an old credit card or similar
  • Small set of water colours, bottle of ink and brushes
  • Small selection of threads relating to colours from your design source. And basic sewing kit.
  • Plastic to cover table and an apron may be useful.
Please don’t worry about bringing everything as Sheila will bring some supplies.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Michelle Maloney, stitch club tutor where we created giftbags using petals and leaves - Saturday April 21st 2018

What a wonderful use for bondaweb and how amazing the petals survive the iron. We all enjoyed our day with Michelle and some of us had completed bags and others were well on the way.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Sue Stone Friday 27th April 2018

Come to the talk Woman with a Fish
Portraits by Sue Stone
at the Bailgate Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild

Friday 27th April  2018, 7-9
at Bailgate Methodist Church Hall, 
Lincoln, LN1 3AR 
branch members free; others may give a donation

Sue Stone is a UK based textile artist who studied Fashion at St Martins School of Art and then Embroidery at Goldsmiths College in London. She is current chair and exhibiting member of the 62 Group of Textile Artists and a Fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen. www.textileartist.org/sue-stone-interview

Currently Sue Stone has a retrospective exhibition of mixed media textiles Remember Me? at Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre 24 March to 15 July 2018 and the EG Regional Day speaker is Sue Stone “ Every picture tells a Story” Sunday 13th May 2018

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Folding thread holder - Group practical Friday 30th March 2018

 The idea was proposed by Sheila Walker and kits were prepared by Judith Snaith; Judith also provided us all with instruction sheets.

We had a lovely relaxed evening, with hot drinks, a small project to complete and take home and branch business and regional day to discuss. Judith was on hand to help with our thread holders as they developed.

See the thread holder in action on the March blog page.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Flower Gift bags, a stitch club with Michelle Maloney April 21st 2018


Real flowers,
At this time of the year Primroses, primulas, Pansies or Violas.
We will just use the petals. Also any small leaves and grasses.

Plain cotton fabric or calico,
White, cream or coloured to complement your chosen flowers.
Minimum size 56cms x26cms

Sheer fabrics, organza, chiffon or net

Bondaweb 2x pieces the same size as your fabric

Baking parchment

Usual sewing kit
Threads for hand and machine sewing
Beads for decoration
Cord or Ribbon for bag handles

Sewing machine, if desired