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