Saturday, 15 June 2019

Christine Plummer – Brusho 27th July 2019 Skellingthorpe Rd

The aim of the day is to make several sheets of decorative paper that can be reused for other projects or they can be made into a book.

- Brusho (you can share mine for a small cost)
- Jars if you are using your own Brusho
- Brushes, sponge brushes
- Small spoon
- Kitchen knife
- Wallpaper, lining paper, (you can buy some from me)
- Luggage labels, lace threads ribbon (these must be cotton) any other interesting papers
- Pastels, Inktense pencils, Wax crayons - (Don't buy any of these specially, just bring what you have).
- Plastic and paper to cover tables
- 4-5 old plastic carrier bags
- Rubber gloves and pinney

Monday, 27 May 2019

15 June 2019 Jacqui Armitage's stitch club - Tambour stitch

Tambour hooks are being provided. Bring a sit on frame if you have one - if not we will manage by wedging the hoop.

We’ll be starting on net to learn the stitch so that everyone can see exactly what to do.  If people then want to practice it a bit more on material they can, and then we’ll move to organza for the bead work. 

You can then make a brooch, a decoration for the hair, or a ‘badge’ to sew on some clothing.

Fabric and threads - detail from Jacqui
Natural fibres are best to work on because they give and then go back into shape.  If you have any net to do the initial practicing of the stitch on, that would be good, although I will be bringing fabrics and net with me.  I’ve even used tight woven cotton/silk mixes that were curtain samples!  In theory you should be able to tambour on practically anything.  You must have the fabric in a hoop though, you just can’t work it without it being under tension.  Threads you can use anything, sewing cotton, metallic etc, but I reckon the easiest thing to start with is DMC coton a broker no 12.  I’ve also used beading thread when putting beads on.

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Brushstrokes with stitch by Sheila Walker - Stitch club Saturday 18th May 2019 at Skellingthorpe Rd (not the 17th)

starting at 10, ending at 3


Image for your inspiration. Choose something with clear brushstrokes. Van Gogh is a good one.
Base fabric. Fairly open weave will allow for thicker threads.
Embroidery hoop- optional.
Rule and pencil
A variety of threads in various thicknesses. Novelty yarns can be interesting.
Needles to suit your threads and usual sewing kit

Heat on Fabric stitch club - some work 27/4/19

Friday, 12 April 2019

Heat on Fabric - stitch club by Kate Steane 27th April 2019, Heighington Thomas Garrett Rooms 10-3

Heat on Fabric – three projects

Use a heat gun to create bubbles; decorate with beads 

 Iron on disperse dyes with paper stencils

With a soldering iron make marks, holes and seal one fabric to another

Please bring
Metal tray if you bring your own heat gun or soldering iron
Scissors for fabric
Small scissors for cutting your own paper stencils

Optional  - I will have some to share
Kunin felt (also known as acrylic or synthetic felt)
Synthetic lining material in colours of your choice
Polyester organza (sheer) in colours of your choice

I will provide
Dry papers spread with disperse dyes (also known as transfer dyes)
A range of paper stencils
Polyester cotton
Iron and old towel
Small metal pastry cutters
Synthetic lining material in limited colours
Some Kunin felt
Tyvek already coloured
Lutradur already coloured
Some polyester organza/sheers
Metal cutters
Oven gloves
Baking parchment
Iron and towel
Soldering iron and holder
Heat gun and stand
Beads – seed beads and larger ones
Beading needles
Nymo thread
Craft knife
Cutting board

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Dry felting with Robyn Smith 26th April 2019; Bailgate Embroiderers' Guild - all welcome

This practical evening will take place on Friday evening 26th April
6.45 to 9.00 at Mansion of the Future, opposite Lincoln Railway Station.

Robyn will supply a kit for £3

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Heat on Fabric Stitch Club 27th April 2019 (changed from 20th) relocated to Thomas Garrett Rooms

Kate Steane - using heat on fabric (Tyvek, Lutradur and woven synthetics). Change of date to 27th Apr and relocated to Thomas Garrett Rooms, Heighington

Use a heat gun to create bubbles; decorate with beads
Iron on disperse dyes over stencils
With a soldering iron make marks, holes and seal one fabric to another

More details at the beginning of April

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

March Stitch Club - Jacobean Crewel Work with Kate Steane 2019

Those new to the crewel tradition worked a variety of stitches in a feather shape, following in the footsteps of Anne Michel Goodall who used the Jacobean feather as a beginning point many years earlier in stitch clubs. The others continued on projects already started.

Lynn Haith at the Bailgate Embroiderers' Guild end of Feb 2019

Judith Snaith took some photos of Lynn's amazing piece of work, titled

The Antithesis of Serendipity

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Crewel work with Kate Steane 16th March 2019

This Jacobean style embroidery can be very decorative with huge leaves, fruit and flowers dwarfing deer and other animals; birds look good among the leaves. I tend to use calico with cotton embroidery threads, but traditionally the images were worked in fine wool thread. I don't like using a hoop, but many do - so bring one if you prefer.

It is great if you have a design you want to follow; or if you would prefer to explore the stitches used in this work you could fill in a Jacobean feather, a different stitch for each segment. I will have the feather design available to transfer onto the calico.

You will need a piece of calico (available from the Fabric Corner) the size of your design or just larger than A5 for the feather; I will have a limited amount for sale. You will need cotton embroidery threads in the colours you want to use (I will have some for use on the day) and crewel work needles (sharp point and broad eye; available from most outlets selling fabric). Sadly Anne Roberts is unable to tutor the class, so Kate Steane is stepping in.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Badge making with Vanda 16th Feb 2019

Three of us were shown the melding of thin slips of shiny plastic onto backgrounds using the slow heat of a laminator; these were then cut and pasted to produce one type of badge. 

Laser printed images on OHP film were fed through the laminator with heat reactive shiny film; the colour adhered to the laser print, so black became silver or whatever. Then some of the images were coloured with permanent markers. Each image was then backed and placed on rim edge papers and fed into the badge making machine. 

These intricate processes have been explored experimentally by our tutor Vanda Taylor Nottingham.  

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Badge Making stitch club with Vanda Taylor Nottingham 16th Feb 2019

This stitch club has been relocated to Thomas Garret Heritage Rooms, at an Artisan Craft Fair, in Heightington 10-3. For anyone travelling from the South part of the B1188 around Branston will be closed from Friday evening to Monday morning.

Vanda is bringing loads of things, but we will need our own little scissors, a couple of pots, a ruler and a cutting knife. 

We will use the opportunity to advertise the stitch clubs and Bailgate Emboiderers' Guild.

Vanda's latest badges  

Thursday, 31 January 2019


Vanessa East has sent this press release to us

‘Threads of Life is a beautifully considered book that reminds us of how much sewing plays a crucial part in expressing the many facets of our lives. Clare Hunter has managed to mix the personal with the political with moving results. Reading it made me pick up my needle with a new perspective.’ Tracy Chevalier

A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle

Publishing on 7 February 2019 by Sceptre, Hodder and Stoughton, it is an eloquent history of the language of sewing over centuries and across continents

‘Sewing is a way to mark our existence on cloth: patterning our place in the world, voicing our identity, sharing something of ourselves with others and leaving the indelible evidence of our presence in stitches held fast by our touch.’

Threads of Life is a chronicle of identity, protest, memory, power and politics told through the stories of the men and women, over centuries and across continents, who have used the language of sewing to make their voices heard, often in the most desperate of circumstances. In Threads of Life Clare Hunter takes us from Mary, Queen of Scots in captivity to the mentally and physically damaged soldiers returning home after World War One, from the grieving mothers of the disappeared in 1970s Argentina to nineteenth century tailors whose pictorial quilts campaigned for reform and feminists in 1980s America, in an evocative and moving book about the need we all have to tell our story.
For millennia, women and marginalised communities either unable or forbidden to write or speak out for themselves, have used sewing to document their thoughts and experiences and even to transmit subversive messages.

The popularity of sewing, embroidery and ‘making things’ is surging. The Royal School of Needlework reports that their classes are oversubscribed; sewing workshops and blogs, online needlework tutorials and social media networks of sewing enthusiasts are all on the rise.
The link between sewing and improving mental health has been well documented. Clare has worked over many years with people who are the most vulnerable in society – the mentally ill, immigrants, prisoners, the elderly – using sewing as a way to help them tell of their lives and connect with the wider world.

The press release goes on to give more details from the book. You will find these at this site

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Badge making and using laminator with textiles, Vanda Taylor Nottingham's Stitch club 16th Feb 2019


This stitch club will be held in the Thomas Garrett Rooms, Heighington as part of a craft fair. The times of both are 10-3.

Vanda will be bringing her badge making machine, to teach us how to use it and take it another step further.

She will be also bringing a laminator (Kate will bring one too) and show us her experimentations with textiles on this machine.

Requirements and visual samples yet to get on the blog.