Tuesday, 28 July 2009

West Park Coffee and Stitch - July 2009

What an excellent 2 hours at West Park United Reformed Church. There were a good number of members there enjoying coffee and cakes. It was interesting to see the stitching that was being undertaken, several pieces from Pannal, a couple of pincushions from Josie Storey's workshop, an embroidered bird for the Christmas Tree in December. The general feeling was that it was a huge success and everyone is looking forward to the 25 August meeting.

We also had a new story sack - Duck in the Truck (complete with duck).

WEEK 1 - Pannal Textile Group

Someone should tell Lesley that grapes do not make good beads and Eileen looks like she should have her tongue out to aid concentration!

The discovery of a vicar who was interested in textiles really threw everyone on the first of the three Monday sessions of the Pannal Textile Group. Pannal Church and surrounding area is bursting with ideas for the budding textile artist and, apart from a short burst of rain in the morning, the day was a huge success.

There was an interesting mix of ladies from various backgrounds and they all learned something about layering, Bondaweb, Tyvek, Xpandaprint, discharge printing and Lutradur. Several people had started the process of putting together their handmade sketchbooks and others were given packs to enable construction of the books at home during the forthcoming week.

Much tea and coffee, together with Flapjack and Carrot Cake sustained delegates. All are eagerly awaiting Monday No 2!

Monday, 13 July 2009

July Talk - Kerry Mosley

Kerry Mosley is a textile artist who has only recently started to give talks on the work she does and the route that took her there. A lifelong love of drawing and the opportunity to return to part-time study when her children were small, led her into the world of textile art. She uses scientific wire and beads to knit a background upon which she then machine stitches using dissolvable fabric to add more detail to the organic forms and portraits she creates. She has come a long way since her first initial drawings of fruit such as lemons and pomegranates and currently has an exhibition at The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Stitch and Coffee Tuesday 28 July 2009

At our exhibition in July we found the new facilities at West Park United Reformed Church to be light and airy. After negotiation with the organisers we have decided to try one or two stitch sessions at the Church in the coffee lounge between 10.00 and 12.00 on the following dates:-

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

If these prove popular we may be able to continue them on the last Tuesday of each month. The Tuesday mornings are Church coffee mornings in any event and we feel sure there will always be coffee and biscuits available too. Just turn up and bring something to stitch, otherwise you may be given a project to do!

Friday, 3 July 2009


A cheeky postcard created by Eileen Sweeney!!

Exhibition West Park 30 Jun - 4 Jul

The sun came out, we had lots of visitors and the little Pink Pig books you all made covers for at the Members Day sold like hot cakes. Hope you all managed to visit the exhibition?

We welcomed people from several other branches too including: Yorkshire Branch @ Leeds, Grassington, Nidderdale and Darlington. Best of all, we had people from Harrogate who did not even know we existed plus there were some people interested in the City & Guilds Course at Harrogate College.

Did any of you look at the Photographic Society work? Couldn't you just stitch some of those glorious textures - perhaps a thought for future exhibitions?

Green Rainbow Squares

Well here they are! All 40 of them.

We are trying to get the number up to 52 now so that it represents the exact number of members we have got this year.

Are any of you still busy working on them, or perhaps not even started yet? There are some spare bits of green fabric if anyone wants some.