Monday, 29 July 2019

Melita Butterel

We had a great talk from Melita Butterel earlier this month. She brought lots of her work to pass around for closer inspection and talked to us about her personal textile journey. Amazing work.

Melita is a member of Fusion Textile Artists and if you want to find out more please click on the link-

Friday, 21 June 2019

Sculptural Stitch

Bella May Leonard gave us a fascinating talk.She uses traditional embroidery stitches with a twist! Instead of fabric and embroidery threads she uses perspex and plastics with various industrial ropes, cords and shoe laces to create large sculptural pieces. She showed us pictures of her installations and brought along some of her smaller pieces for us to look at. A very talented and enthusiastic young lady.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

From Ties to Treasure

We had a wonderful talk from Justine Warner last Saturday. Who knew that you could turn old ties into amazing works of art to treasure forever?
Starting from a cushion made from ties for the local village show (for which she won the cup) and local market stalls, she now exhibits her work in many galleries. Not only was her work amazing but she also generously shared the different processes and materials she used to create a painterly effect.
To find out more about her visit her website

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