Sunday, 12 March 2017


Yesterday was a Members' day and Paula kindly lead a workshop on paper shoe making!
It looks as if it was a busy day with superb results.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Felted Landscapes

Earlier this month we were lucky enough to have renowned fibre artist Valerie Wartelle come and talk to us about her work.
Brought up in France, she came to the UK to study Textile Design, specialising in knitwear. After graduating she worked in the fashion industry for many years. When a friend introduced her to wet felting she loved the technique and started experimenting with the process. She discovered that slowing the felting process down enabled her to have more control over the finished product. She incorporates pieces of silk fabric, fibres, threads and screen-printing into her work. The landscape wall pieces that she creates are beautiful.
She also runs workshops on felt making which I hope to attend sometime in the future.
For more information visit her website -

Monday, 16 January 2017

Flower beginning with “G”

We had a fun Members’ afternoon at our January meeting. It was decided that we should all “Rise to the Challenge” and get more members involved in the Regional challenges. One competition is entitled “A flower beginning with “G”
Some members demonstrated the techniques of stencilling and geli printing onto fabric. There were also lots of books and images for reference. Some chose just to experiment with techniques whilst others started planning their finished pieces.
So hopefully there will be lots of entries from the Harrogate branch at the regional day later this year!

Monday, 2 January 2017

Happy New Year

Apologies for the delay in updating the blog. We had a lovely Christmas get together last month. Lovely food, great company and some fantastic competition entries. The challenge was to create a decorated glove and there were some amazing entries.  
The winning entry by Lilian Patterson

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Captain Rummage

Yesterday our planned speaker had to cancel but “Captain Rummage” stepped in at short notice and entertained us. Chris Powell, also known as Captain Rummage, gave a highly entertaining and informative talk about Harrogate’s community scrap store – The Cone Exchange. Over 20 years ago, when Chris was working at Bettys and Taylors tea factory, a young boy on a factory tour asked if he could take home a waste cotton cone to make an angel for Christmas. Word spread and within a few weeks 500 angels had been made and sold with the proceeds going to charity.

Chris then started to look for other items of waste that could be re-used for crafts for children. The company then continued to grow and now numerous schools collect items for recycling such as mobile phones and then exchange them for craft materials.

Some of the scrap is also used to make items for sale at shows and fairs.

If you have never been to the store it is well worth a visit. I guarantee you will not leave empty handed. And of course if you have any fabrics or other materials you would like to recycle then Chris would be glad of any donations as all money raised goes to charities.

To find out more visit The Cone Exchange website

Monday, 29 February 2016

Stitched Papar Collage

We had a great workshop with Anne Brooke last Saturday. Lots of paper was torn and cut  and then stitched to create a large variety of collage pieces. Anne demonstrated each stage of the process , throughout the day ending up with her own collaged picture.

Anne's collaged picture created during the workshop

 Collaged pictures at various stages of completion. Looking forward to seeing them fully stitched .
To see more of Anne's work visit her website

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Needles and more

How many of you have a favourite needle that you like to use? Did you know that needles wear out and that we should always start a project with a new needle and probably change it several times during the making of a piece of work?
Karen Perry gave us a very informative talk on needles and of course we all had to buy new ones for our projects. Karen works for John James Needles, a company synonymous with the very best of needle manufacture, quality and reliability. 

Jacqui also brought in her pieces for the fire screen for the Fountains Exhibition. Hope they will inspire you to create your own 2” x 3” pieces for the screen.