Thursday, 26 November 2015

Meetings with metals

Last meeting we were lucky to have renowned textile artist Alysn Midgelow-Marsden as our speaker, especially as she now lives in New Zealand (thank goodness we didn’t agree to pay travel costs!)
Her talk was called - Beyond babies, beetroots and Bunsen burners!
The Beetroot part refers to the Gallery she set up called the Beetroot Gallery. As for the Bunsen burners, Alysn trained in science before going into textiles and still uses heat guns in her work.
She is well known for her exciting and innovative techniques using metal fabrics. She talked about the different techniques she uses and what influences her work. She brought wonderful samples of her work to see.

Alysn has exhibited as a solo artist at the Knit and Stich Show in the past but this year she has brought a group of New Zealand Contemporary Textile Artists’ work for everyone to see.

To see more of Alysn's work visit her blog -

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Best Foot Forward

Yesterday, a lovely young lady, Sarah Ruaux, came to talk to us about her passion for shoes.
When she first expressed an interest in shoe design her granddad, a clog maker, taught her how to make her own shoes. He believed that if you are going to design something you should understand how it is made. So at the young age of 9ish, Sarah, with help from granddad, made her first pair of shoes.
She has since made several more and also brought other stitched work she had done, including a piece of stitched slate!

Stitched slate

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Alysn Midgelow-Marsden Talk and Workshop

Please note that the dates for the Alysn Midgelow-Marsden Talk and Workshop have changed. The talk with Alysn is now on Saturday 21st November and the workshop is on Sunday 22nd November.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Thread and Thrift

Having long been a fan of Mandy Pattullo’s work it was fantastic to see and handle so much of her work.
Life has a habit of throwing us curve balls which sets us off on a whole new creative path. With Mandy this was an old, brown quilt given to her. It was made up of several layers which she took apart and made several “quilted skirts” from it. This then developed into a series of skirts.
She describes her way of working as “thread and thrift” – basically not buying new fabric and re-purposing old textiles and using up her existing stash (something we should all get to grips with!)
Her work is based on collage techniques – mainly patchwork and piecing fabrics but she also includes paper and other objects plus printing.

Beautiful child's jacket

Appliqué panel

Fabric books

Books made from old wallets  

To find out ore about Mandy and see more of her wonderful work visit her website

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Members' Afternoon

A fun afternoon was had by all who attended our Members’ afternoon. The “African” folio from the Guild was available to members for inspiration. The Regional AGM challenge was also introduced which some members choose to work on. Others brought their own work.
It was a lovely relaxed atmosphere and I think there was more chatting and tea drinking than stitching but it was nice to have a more social meeting.

 Norma also brought along her completed picture of Fountains Abbey from the Gina Smith workshop on Architecture and hand embroidery.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Pat Hodson

We were treated to a very interesting talk by Pat Hodson today. Pat makes the most wonderful books and boxes using a mixture of digital art, hand drawing, handmade paper, collage and batik. She manages to create subtle, translucent layers and texture within her work that photos cannot really show. 

 Visit her website to find out more