Saturday, 16 March 2019

1066 but NOT the Battle of Hastings!

Everyone associates 1066 with the Battle of Hastings but few know about another important battle up in Yorkshire which may have affected the outcome of the Battle of Hastings!
The Battle of Stamford Bridge, 25th September 1066, when the Saxons defeated the Vikings, killing 20,000 Vikings and lost 15,000 of their own men. This meant that a month later when the Normans invaded, King Harold and his exhausted men were still in Yorkshire and this may well have had an impact on the outcome of the Battle of Hastings.
The story of this important battle is being made into a tapestry – The Stamford Bridge Tapestry. Like the famous Bayeux Tapestry, the Stamford Bridge version is also an embroidery using the same bayeux stitch throughout and also using similar colours.
It was wonderful to see the panels and samples up close.

To find out more about this project visit

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Beneath the Waves

Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend the workshop yesterday but from the photos I've been sent it looks as though everyone had a very productive day. Thank you to Rachael Singleton who was the tutor for the day.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Collaborating with Nature

This month we had a very interesting talk by Jane Hare. Jane produces beautiful pieces of art from nature with a little science thrown in. No artificial inks or dyes are used. The colours come purely from leaves using a process called Eco printing.

To learn more about Jane you can visit her Facebook page – Pippin Textiles
She is also a member of Diverse Treads – York based textile and mixed media group

Monday, 10 December 2018

All Things Christmas

We have been having some Christmas fun over the last few weeks.

Earlier this month we spent a day at our local library making Christmas decorations with children which was great fun.

We had a lovely Christmas lunch last Saturday and there were lots of competition entries. The challenge was to create a piece of work incorporating a shell. What a amazing array of creative pieces.

The winning entry by Stephanie Mawdsley    
After lunch Anne Russell treated us to a demonstration of how to make a Christmas posy. The posy was then raffled and one lucky member got to take it home.
Anne and the lucky winner

A beautiful Christmas Posy

Saturday, 4 August 2018

National Stitch Day

We had a lovely sunny day at Harlow Carr Gardens to sit and stitch. We had an exhibition of members' work - Hearts and Flowers. As well as our work we ran a make and take heart themed card. This proved to be very popular, especially with children. There was lots of positive feedback from the public. We may even get some new members!

Monday, 11 June 2018

Regional Day

Several branch members attended the Regional day at Riccall. We had 2 excellent speakers.
Serena Partridge's work has to be seen to appreciate the intricacy of the tiny scale of her work.

In the afternoon, Nicola Jarvis talked to us about her work inspired by May Morris (the lesser known daughter of William Morris) Trained at the Royal School of Needlework, Nicola is well known for her kits inspired by William and May Morris. She has also worked in the fashion industry (she helped to create the lace for the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress)

As well as the speakers, there were trade stalls and lots of competition entries to see:-

                                         Votes for Women - Challenge Cup

William Morris Inspired

                                                                     Children's Entries

                                                       Flower beginning with H


Saturday, 14 April 2018

A Stitch in Line

How do you like your lines? Straight or curved? Horizontal or vertical?
Our speaker today -Rachael Singleton- took us on a journey through the time-line of her ever developing work. Art has played an important role in her life from an early age. With two creative parents she has explored lots of creative arts such as ceramics, art journaling as well as embroidery.
She now works in mixed media textiles mixing papers and fabrics with stitch. Rather than getting bogged down in creating the perfect piece of embroidery, she is more interested in creative thinking, working with ideas.
We even learnt a new word - commingle - to mix or blend. She likes to commingle her colours.
Half way though her talk she gave us all a task. Using a triangular piece of paper we had to create a 3d form ( no creasing allowed)

Our structures made from a triangle of paper
Rachael creates both 2d and 3d pieces. A very talented and inspirational lady.

Beautiful pods created from paper with added stitch and fibres

Sketchbook pages and felt piece based on stones

To learn more about her and see more of her work follow the link below.