Saturday, 19 August 2017

Speaker for September

The speaker for September is Lucy Harding with her talk entitled "Milkman's Daughter to Textile Artist"

She is a graduate of a Contemporary Crafts BA Hons course at Manchester Metropolitan University. specialising in Ceramics and Textiles.  

Don't forget there is a workshop with Angie Hughes on the 5th October 2017. Contact Pat Screaton if you are interested.  Details on the workshop page.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Stitchgirls

Heya, Big Thank-You to all who supported us today - we managed it without melting AND knitted quite a few 'sweets' as we walked.  We didn't break any records (or drop any needles!) but think we have raised quite a bit of dosh.... there is still time to make a donation if you wish or, come to The Big Textile Show in Oadby  https://thebigtextileshow.co.uk/ and buy raffle tickets to win our fab prizes - all our proceeds to Cancer Research.  

 AND a HUGE thank-you to all the Stitchgirls of 2017!! xx



July Meeting



At  our July meeting Katie Chaplin from Japan Crafts treated us to a very informative talk on Japanese Textiles. Details of their construction especially weaving and dying  techniques were carefully explained.
Numerous examples of weaves and richly decorated fabrics were handed round as the talk progressed. We were amazed at their detail and fine threads.
Katie is a regular visitor to Japan and was able to relate fabrics to their origins as well as present day use. Beautiful Japanese fabrics and kits were available to tempt us to buy.

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting in September.













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.