Sunday, 18 March 2018

Under African Skies

Our speaker this month was Magie Relph, famous for her beautiful African fabrics. Magie travels to Africa to purchase hand dyed, batik and hand printed fabrics which she then brings back to England to sell in her shop. She talked to us about the different techniques used and introduced us to the talented makers and their families. As well as a slide show she brought lots of samples for us to see. It was a fascinating and colourful talk.

 To find out more about Magie and her lovely fabric visit her website

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Folk art Inspiration

Sarah Jackson, a talented textile artist, talked to us about how she uses folk art as an inspiration for her work.  She brought lots of examples of her work and interesting artefacts for us to see.  Her stimulus comes from the folk art from many countries but she has a particular passion for Russian folk art (having studied Russian at university and also lived in Russia for a while) She often uses vintage table linen and recycled materials in her work, painting and dyeing the fabric to alter its appearance.

Her grandmother (Winifred Taylor) taught her to stitch and as a lasting memory to her Sarah named her business after her. So if you want to find out more about Sarah’s work follow the link below.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Paper Magic

Our speaker this month was Margaret Beech, a very talented Book artist and calligrapher. With an obvious love for words, her books often contain quotes or her own words written in the most stunning calligraphy. She also described herself as a calligrapher who folds books and has made numerous different styles of books over the last 40 years.

She also offers workshops. 
To see more of her stunning work visit her blog here :

Friday, 11 August 2017

National Stitch Day

Several members took part in National Stitch Day at Harrogate library. The theme was butterflies and people were invited to have a go at stitching a butterfly.