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

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.

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

Thursday, 22 March 2018

30th March 2018 Make a folding thread catcher with Sheila Walker

Free kits will be provided so the only thing people need to bring is a basic sewing kit. Of course if someone has a burning desire to use a particular fabric, then feel free to bring it along.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Weaving on a picture frame run by Kathy Paton: Stitch Club 17th March 2018

We all had fun choosing our type of weft - thickness, texture and colour. Most of us just wove, but as Kathy had given us a sheet with various ways of weaving, one person had a go (see above middle). The day was a huge success, despite the wind and snow.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Anne Petch

Sadly Anne Petch died in February, after receiving treatment for cancer for a long while. For many years she was the Bailgate Branch treasurer as well as being a fine embroiderer.

Her funeral will take place at Lincoln Crematorium, Washingborough Rd, Lincoln LN4 1EF on 26th March at 3.50pm, then over to the Gainsborough Blues Club afterwards, North Steet, Gainsborough DN21 2HU.

Monday, 26 February 2018

Maggi Ayling and Tapestry Weaving 23rd February 2018

Maggi Ayling brought a large number of small trial pieces; each had been made in advance of a bigger piece, to try out how the colours worked together. She emphasized how it was often necessary to work sideways, especially with vertical images.She talked about the earliest Coptic tapestries and had a book illustrating these, including this Egyptian piece, 4th century AD. Sadly the last minute change of venue jolted procedure on every level.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Join us with weaving on a picture frame run by Kathy Paton: Stitch Club 17th March 2018

To make your frame take a charity shop picture frame with equal amount of panel pins equally spaced, knocked in along short ends. Either 5mm apart or 1cm apart. Panel pins available upstairs in Wilkos; use 20mm pins or 15mm pins for smaller spacing. It is helpful to put masking tape over the frame first then mark spaces off on this. Also helps the pins not to slip.

In choosing frame size, remember that weaving starts a minimum of 6cm (2 inches) from the pins - with the same space available after the weaving. This is to enable tying off and weaving in the threads. 

Alternatively- Flying Tyger on the Cornhill sometimes have simple weaving frames at a great price. 

Warp yarn - 
smooth, strong cotton yarn. Crochet cotton is good. Neutral colour usually used but it's your choice. 
I will have warping yarn available.

Weaving yarns: 
Wools, fancy yarns and threads, fabric strips, wool roving - anything that can be woven in and out!
Thicker yarns grow faster!

I will provide weaving needles but feel free to bring your own if you have them.

Bring a cutlery fork or Afro comb.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Stitch club with Kate Steane - Collage hangings 17th February 2018

We all enjoyed the day rummaging through fabric fragments, placing them and then using bondaweb to glue them onto backing fabric. As you can see everyone went for landscapes but each had a different view. We all took our pieces home for final additions.

Friday, 16 February 2018

17th Feb 2018 Replacement stitch club - Collage hangings with Kate Steane

same stuff as badgemaking
also needle and thread and bondaweb (but all available from Kate together with a huge range of fabric fragments)

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Cancelled this Feb - Vanda Taylor Nottingham with her badge making and decorating stitch club next year

Vanda and badge making
What interests me about making button badges is pushing the boundaries between the related decorative areas of costume jewellery, fabric art and embroidery. To me the mundane button badge a throw away item that has been used for decades to advertise products and companies still has its full potential to be realized. All that is needed is the imagination to re-evaluate this humble item and with an open mind to explore ideas in a wide variety of materials and techniques.

The badges you make in the Stitch Club Workshop can be decorative and worn in groups and clusters to added a theme/colours to a plain tee shirt or jumper. They could also be for a special occasion i.e. birthday, anniversary, new baby etc. and be to attach to greeting cards. They could also be miniature works of art that play with the idea of combining different surfaces and techniques and like the exquisite miniatures of Nicolas Hilliard  (1547-1619)  are objects in their own right. 

For a little girl I know, whose name is Penny, I made a badge based on the old pre-decimalisation Britannia coin and added it to her Xmas card. This same little girl has her birthday near Halloween. I made her some luminous badges and added these to her birthday card- I should perhaps add Penny was very pleased with them.


work in process

what you will need

Paper and fabric scissors – medium and small
Fabrics – thin cotton print or plain, voile, sheer, silk and other fine fabrics
Decal/sticker images – no larger than 2 inches and could be much smaller
Pictures from magazines/newspapers no larger than 2 inches across
Wrapping paper, tissue paper, sweetie papers
Selection of cotton embroidery threads (six strand)
Tiny beads, sequins, lace, ribbons
Gold and silver felt tipped pens/ fabric crayons
while Vanda can provide many of these materials but you might have something you would enjoy putting into a badge

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Barinder Gahir speaking about her life in fabric design 26th Jan 2018

Barinder uses photoshop to create her designs, in many cases taken from flowers photographs she has taken herself and sometimes added drawing to. She is very aware of the importance of using colours that are fashionable and she gives pantone colour references to her printer. She works with her clients, listening what they would like and fulfilling their dreams. Here is an example where horses and bright colours were important to the client. Her scarves are available in the Craft and Design Centre in Sleaford.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Newark Quilt Show 19th to 21st Jan 2018

Newark Quilt Show Newark. The Lady Eastwood Centre, Newark Showground Lincoln Road Newark Nottinghamshire NG24 2NY. Free parking

19 January to 21 January 2018. 10:00am - 4:00pm 

price £8; seniors £7

Hilary Jackson

Gillian Travis

Gill Hutton

Kate Steane visited Friday morning - if you want any more details email 

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Come along to hear about Barinder Gahir Friday 26th Janurary 7-9

Barinder Gahir will be talking about her fabric printing to the Bailgate branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild - all welcome

Barinder Gahir left her first career to pursue her dream and passion of creating beautiful fabrics. Since graduating from Loughborough University in 2009 with a degree in Textile Design she has been working as a freelance designer specialising in print. Now an accomplished printed textile designer her designs have sold around the world to brands such as Calvin Klein, DKNY, Coast, The White Company, Victoria's Secret and Lipsy amoungst many others.

She has always drawn inspiration from nature especially from her love of flowers and uses her own photography, drawings and mark making to produce unique and original bespoke luxury scarves, cushions and wall art. All her printing is done in the East Midlands and her entire collection is hand made from her Nottingham based Studio.

Friday, 5 January 2018

Robyn Smith's stitch club - Using carder and embellishers: Requirements list for 20th Jan

I’ll bring loads of bits as usual and my embellisher and drum carder which people are able to use and dry felting needles. If anyone has an embellishing machine or drum carder bring it along.

If people bring a selection of:
felt pieces
Silk fabric
Chiffon’s or organza
Muslim, scrim etc
Wool fabrics
Printed fabric
Wool tops
Silk tops
Yarns and threads
Beads sequins to further embellish
Sewing kit and scissors

You don’t have to have all these. I will bring plenty of bits as well.
Depending on the number of embellishers or people we will try and makes a small panel that can be inserted in a bag or book cover.