Wednesday, 21 June 2017

July Speaker

On Wednesday 5th July we Katie Chaplin from Japan Crafts located in Yorkshire.  Her Talk is "Traditional Japanese Textiles".  She will also be bringing some items for sale from her Japan Craft shop.  There will be a workshop on Thursday morning details in the post on the 6th June.

Katie is a textile artist specialising in Japanese arts, crafts and culture. Her paintings on silk are in the style of Japanese woodblock prints, but with a unique, modern twist. She also produces jewellery using vintage and modern kimono fabrics to a traditional Japanese design, and her hand dyed silk scarves are always popular.
Her business, Japan Crafts, is a source of authentic papers, fabrics, glues etc and she has also produced a range of craft kits with easy to follow instructions in English.
She regularly give talks and workshops throughout the UK to groups such as WIs, Embroiderers' Guilds, Luncheon Clubs and art groups; these are a perfect opportunity to learn something new about another culture.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

June Meeting

The speaker at our June meeting struck a chord with the audience with her talk entitled "How I got Here".

Carolyn Forster used many of her quilts to illustrate her "quilting journey".  Like many of us, her love of sewing developed from childhood stitching.  She explained the development of her own methods with the help of humerously described examples on her early quilts. 

Carolyn was approachable, practical and entertaining.

She moved on to her textile training, teaching and writing books and was particularly enthusiastic about Utility/Big Stitch quilting - her books are well worth a look.

It was good to hear that she makes what she enjoys, not producing work for sale or competition.  Surely this rings true with many of us as well!

Kathy Frances

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Rice Bag Workshop 6th July 2017

Make a square-bottomed Rice Bag from gorgeous, pre-cut Japanese charm squares. Rice Bags, or komebukuro, were traditionally used in Japan to hold offerings of uncooked rice at temples and shrines.

This reversible, drawstring bag is hand-sewn, using just a simple running stitch (please bring a thimble if you need one). Perfect for holding your threads, fabric scraps etc.

A kit can be bought from Katie Chaplin on the day so there is no need to hunt round for fabrics.

Monday, 22 May 2017

June Speaker

On the 7th June our speaker will be Carolyn Forster.  Her talk is entitled "How I got here today"

Over the years her work has been featured in various British and International quilting magazines. Her quilts have appeared on the television; both here and in the US, and she has contributed to books published by New Holland and The Patchwork Place. Since self-publishing her first book, Quilting-on-the-Go, she has written books for Landauer Publishing in the US, and Search Press in the UK. She teaches widely both here and abroad. She lives in Tunbridge Wells, Kent with her husband Craig and their son, who is not short of quilts on a chilly winter’s night!

Carolyn will be taking a workshop on the 8th June entitled
Utility and Big Stitch Quilting
Tired of fine hand quilting but not comfortable with machine quilting? Then you are ready to try Big Stitch Quilting and its variations. These are quick ways to quilt your tops by hand using such stitches as Crows foot and Mennonite Tacks along with buttoning and tying.
On a pre-made top (pattern supplied) you will stitch all the different stitches and try your hand at Amish wave or elbow quilting. We will also look at how women in years past quilted quilts quickly with utility type quilting designs. Hand work.

Please contact Pat Screaton if you wish to come on the workshop.  Details on the workshop page.

Friday, 12 May 2017

May Meeting

Wednesday 3rd May brought our annual "practical" evening.  It provided an opportunity for a small hand-stitched project, making name badges/brooches while chatting with friends.

Alongside our regular raffle, "show and tell" and charity sales table it proved to be a very pleasant and relaxing evening.

We look forward to seeing you all at the next meeting.

A selection of the finished brooches

Monday, 10 April 2017

April Meeting

At our April meeting we welcomed back (for the 4th time!) the dynamic Philippa Naylor.  With her usual energy and enthusiasm she presented slides and quilts to illustrate her talk entitled "The Book, the Quilt, the Scarf.

She told us of her life with her family in Yorkshire involving not only design, quilting and teaching but also her love for flower and food gardening, at home and on her allotment.  She loves cooking and is knowledgeable on healthy eating.

All of these pursuits reflected her boundless energy in creating items for all sorts of occasions, eating wholesome food alongside her exquisite piecing and quilting projects.  In addition she has written a book, travels to teach and produces intricate competition items.


Philippa with her quilt and the book

Jean Waterfield's beautiful charity bears

Monday, 20 March 2017

5th April 2017 - Philippa Naylor

Phillippa Naylor talk is entitled "The Book, the Quilt, the Scarf.  Philippa has won many awards for her quilts in the UK and America and has written several books.

Philippa with her family

She will be doing a workshop on the Thursday entitled "Precision Piecing".

A practical workshop to help you achieve prize winning accuracy.  Masses of techniques, information and advice on every stage of the piecing process.  Fabric selection, using the correct rotary cutting methods, sewing accurate seems, matching points and pressing are examined in details with extensive demonstrations.  Make a perfectly sized 'no points lost' block.  Learn about borders and how to produce really neat corners.  Add double borders to your block choosing either mitred or square cut corners for a perfect finish.  Suitable for beginners and experienced quilters.