Tuesday, 15 May 2018

May meeting

May’s meeting saw the group working on their inspirations for the Milton Keynes Literary Festival to be held in September 2018.

The variety of approaches was really interesting. Hand stitch is featuring widely!

The next meeting will be on the 3rd Monday in June, June 18th.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Our theme for the Literary Festival in September

Through Jill's good offices we have been invited to exhibit at Milton Keynes Literary Festival in September 2018.

The quote is taken from a novel called The Maker of Heavenly Trousers by Daniele Vare. I have never read the book but apparently it is a tragic romance set in the mysterious but turbulent backdrop of Peking in the early 20th century. It explores inter-racial themes and ideas and concepts of other worlds far from our own. The title comes from a derelict door sign that the European hero of the book saves from a scrap heap. 


“The verb 'to darn' is explained in my pocket dictionary as follows: 'To mend by imitating the texture of the stuff, with thread and needle.' But this definition does not correspond to the work accomplished by good Chinese housewives. When they mend a sock, they do not try 'to imitate the texture of the stuff'. Their art makes no attempt at concealment: it even takes a certain pride in revealing itself.” 
― Daniele VarèThe Maker of Heavenly Trousers

Some thoughts I had on this are : perfection and decay , boro and rags, make do and mend, antique pieces of precious heirloom work, lines and grids, hidden secrets, broken things, darning and repairs. ----- lots of ideas I am sure you will come up with to make a wonderful A3 sized piece. I think we can use the passage that is very much about traditional needlework to challenge our viewers ideas about 'quilters' and inform them about contemporary textiles, - they might be shocked at what we come up with !


We will have the quote on display alongside this work. If I can get hold of the book that can go on show as well. 


Remember this is just for the pieces that we will work on together at our next session. The main body of the Literary Festival exhibition will be made up of work that we already have.


So for our session on the 9th April please bring along your ideas and materials to design and make a A3 sized piece based on the above quote. 


We are still here! 
Apologies for the absence, work has been continuing and the group has continued to attract new members.
Regular updates will now be added.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

New work

We are preparing to make work for an exhibition next year. This group project is for completion March '18

Our Theme is: "Post War Architecture"


A  40" drop (102cm) is required for all pieces

There is a 30" width as a maximum

Our inspiration needs to be a building or buildings within 50 miles of the makers residence it has to be new work

We are NOT restricted to one piece,  it  can be can be subdivided as long as the overall length remains at 40" and width at 30". Any techniques can be used.

We are asked to produce a workbook alongside the making and a handling sample will be needed of 8 x 10" portrait.

Each meeting will have a catch up session for us to share progress.

Hope that these will be shown at Utoxeter, in the British Quilt and Stitch village in  March ‘18 and possibly at an ICHF show in Birmingham later.

Here are some photos of the the early design work just getting underway.

Friday, 17 February 2017


We met on Monday with an excellent introduction by Pam to a technique using traditionally printed photographs in combination with papers, fabrics and threads. 
The distressing and mark making of the photos gave very interesting effects.
Here are a few of the experiments that members made on the day.
Many thanks to Pam for an excellent day.

Pam's work she brought for us to see

Here are two completed pieces from the Anne-Marie Cadman day.

Next month Yvonne will show us a folded paper technique for creating interesting backgrounds. We need to bring the following:

📌Cartridge Paper or Khadi paper. Cut to a width of about 15cm and taped together to give a long length 50 - 60cm
📌Colouring media, oil pastels, acrylic paint, gesso, Koh-I-Nor paints
📌 Tissue papers, scrim etc
📌 Fabric scraps, pictures for additional elements.
📌 Notebook or paper for notes, ideas etc.
📌 Plastic for table covering.
📌 Mopping up cloths.

There may be an additional list from Yvonne nearer the time.

Friday, 13 January 2017

January meeting:
The weather was kind to us and a dozen of us made it to spent time looking at what we might "do" with our cloth from last month.
In addition some worked on ongoing projects while they gave a bit more thought to their newly created cloth.
Here are some photos from the day.

We shall look forward to seeing all the pieces completed in the months to come.
Time was also spent planning what the group wants to do this year.

February meeting (13th):
Pam kindly offered to share a technique she’s recently learned using old photos.    Please bring along
old photos (pre-digital)
paper - cartridge or similar
scratching tools such as bodkin, bradawl
oil pastels
emulsion paints (tester pots)
white fabric - just small amount needed

March meeting (13th):
Yvonne kindly offered to share an intriguing folding technique - requirements list to follow nearer the time.

Future activity:
We talked about tutors we’d like to approach to come and spend a day with us    Olive is going to get in touch with Amanda Hislop, Cas Holmes and Alice Fox to see what their availability is and what teaching they could offer.   Preference to focus on design and concepts rather than pure technique.
We discussed exhibitions.   Two options to consider:
ICHF Sewing For Pleasure (probably 2018 or 2019).   Jill will sound out.  Anyone visiting the NEC show in March could take the opportunity to recce the gallery spaces.
The Big Textile Show, Leicester, dates not confirmed at the moment but likely Oct 2017.
Possible theme - Calke Abbey.  This NT property will reopen for visitors in March if anyone fancies making a visit to seek inspiration; alternately Google images would be a good research tool.
Further discussion and decisions to be taken at the April meeting.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017


Our January meeting is on Monday 9th January 10am to 3pm.
This month we plan to begin to work on a textile piece based on the fabric we created with Ann Marie Cadman last month.
We will also need to plan what the group,wants to be doing this year.
Don't forget to bring your lunch!