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.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Fran Brammer - My Life with Colin, Bernard and Nigel – Free machine embroidery

We had a very interesting talk from Fran Brammer today. Fran brought along her friend Nigel (one of her sewing machines) she left Bernard and Colin at home!
A former teacher of Art and Design, then Textiles, Fran now concentrates on her own work which involves free machine embroidery combined with fabrics and dyeing. She enjoys walking and cycling, taking inspiration from the landscape around her.
Her method of work does not involve meticulous planning; instead she likes to work with her art, interacting with it and allowing it to evolve. Fabric may be laid down and stitched into only to be unpicked or parts torn away until the piece is resolved. She loves the idea of putting things together without knowing the exact outcome.
Her drawing skills are evident in her textile pieces. She creates wonderful atmospheric landscapes.

To see more of her work or try one of her workshop, visit her website for more information and examples of her work.

Pages from sketchbooks

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Dip Your Mind in Gold

This month’s speaker was Kate Wells, a textile artist, who shared with us her artist’s journey both outer and inner.
She brought many beautiful examples of her work and talked through the development of “Dip Your Mind in Gold” – a stunning circular, gold free machine embroidered piece. Lace made on dissolvable fabric and silk using a Singer “Irish” Industrial machine.
To see more of her work visit her website -

Dip Your Mind in Gold

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 -