Sunday, 2 August 2020

2021 Exhibition

A message from our Chair

I'm very pleased to confirm that our  exhibition in 2021 will once again be held in the stunning Tithe Barn at Upper Poppleton on 25th, 26th and 27th June.  It's a perfect  spot with a pretty garden and good parking. Many of you have produced work reflecting the exhibition's theme, Hedgerows, which has given lots of scope for individual artistic interpretation, not least with four seasons to consider. We're hoping, nay expecting, lots of entries along with other pieces, some of which may well  have been produced during lockdown. And of course there will be a number of meetings before entry time when no doubt our speakers will inspire work which could be exhibited.

You'll recall that the banner for the exhibition will  be the word hedgerows spelt out in appliqu├ęd  and/ or embroidered letters. Maria provided templates for these and some have already been completed. When we meet again these can be viewed and  members can choose one of the remaining letters to complete.

Pictures from our last exhibition there in 2018 can be seen on the Exhibition page, or click here

We have no new information from the Folk Hall as to when our meetings might resume, but we'll keep you posted. In the meantime very best wishes to everyone.

Saturday, 18 July 2020

Another Update

The Committee have been working towards meetings re-starting. It has become apparent though that it will not be possible to have a September 2020 meeting as our chair comments:

Dear Members,

It was very much hoped that we would be able to resume our meetings in September, however after considering the information received  from the Folk Hall with regard to their working towards a gradual re-opening from September, this meeting will not now take place. I consulted the other committee members and we all agreed that because of the likely restrictions we could not offer members the pleasant, sociable, and relaxed experience which characterises our regular meetings. This would include Stitch Club and the following day's workshop. We want everyone to come back and have a really enjoyable day and so we are aiming to meet in  October, giving considerably more time for the situation to improve.

We have unfortunately missed some excellent speakers this year however Gina has managed to book a number of them for next year. The October speaker will be Helen Barnes  and we will also have our AGM which we will try to keep as brief as we can and give Helen plenty of time to give her talk, 'Textiles From My Travels'.  We also aim to have Stitch Club, and if possible the sales table and the library. In the meantime details about the Folk Hall banner and the 'Hedgerows' project for our exhibition in 2021 will be sent to you, and we can all keep stitching.

Very best wishes to everyone,


Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Covid 19 update

Sadly, in the light of the current pandemic, the June and July meetings have been cancelled. We don't have an August meeting, so the soonest we might meet again as a branch is in September, as Chris our Chairperson outlines in the following words.

It's been a very difficult ten weeks but things are now easing and our old life is in sight, if not exactly soon. We have been giving some consideration as to when we might be able to resume our meetings and it seems reasonable to aim for September which is a full three months away. We have missed some really good speakers but luckily Gina has been able to book a number of them for next year.

In September the speaker will be Anne Brooke, there'll be the morning's stitching to look forward to as well, and of course quite simply meeting each other again which will be lovely. Celia has suggested that we have an exhibition of work you have produced during lockdown and what a coincidence, the competition is for the best original design.  No doubt along with de-cluttered cupboards, immaculate gardens and longer hair (and shorter tempers?) there'll be lots of interesting and impressive pieces. I'll be keeping in touch with the Folk Hall where planning for re-opening is taking place. We'll keep everyone informed, and in the meantime I send love and best wishes.  I'm looking forward very much to our being together again.

June and July Meetings cancelled

Sadly the meetings for June and July have had to be cancelled. The situation will be reviewed before the September meeting. Further details will be posted here.

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

April Meeting - cancelled

UPDATE: The May meeting has also been cancelled.

Perhaps not unexpectedly, we have made the decision to cancel our April meeting and social. We will be in touch about the May meeting at a later date.

Friday, 13 March 2020

March meeting - Tori Riley

Our speaker this month was Tori Riley, her talk was on traditional and Indonesian batik.

Batik fabric

Tori grew up in Jakarta, and later studied at the Batik institute, so she was able to speak very knowledgeably about the different styles and techniques of batik.

Batik fabric and stamp
She also brought a delightful collection of different fabrics to show the variations in style and type of fabric used. These included pattern books made from copper stamps, and the corresponding fabric.

Embellished fabric
This sample has a raised gold design added after the dyeing has been completed.

Her collection even included wooden masks which had been decorated using the same wax resist techniques, to produce highly intricate pieces.

This was a very interesting talk, and having the opportunity to handle all the samples of different types of batik and ask questions, made for a very informative and sociable afternoon.

In other things . . .

The travelling book has gone missing. It was last seen in a hessian bag. If anyone knows of its whereabouts, please let one of the committee members know.

Regional day is on the 6th June. Further details in the Regional Handbook.

The library now gets Embroidery magazine - available to borrow. We also have a book missing. Embroidered Landscapes by Judy Wilford. Please return it if you have it.

The trip to the Castle Museum with a behind the scenes session with the curator will be on Monday 6th July at 2:00pm. Please sign up if you would like to go.

Please Note the April meeting has now been cancelled. At the April meeting, the competition theme is 'Best Commercial design' which means any piece worked to a commercial design. (And it doesn't have to have been completed in the past year!)

Sue would like help with designing the banner which is being made to hang in the Folk Hall.

Sign up for Elizabeth Almond's Kogin darning workshop in June, will open at the April meeting.

Stitch club in April will continue with stumpwork with Shirley (requirements as for last month) and Josie will be working with paper moulds.
To take part with Josie, you need:
Toilet paper
Spray Starch
Shapes to press the paper in to - Rubber stamps, Print blocks, heavy lace etc
Fabric - canvas etc to fix to
Paints - rub on and spray paint
And importantly, something to take the things home on!

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Stitch club requirements

Update . . . The stumpwork session will not be taking place tomorrow (Saturday March 7th).

Carol's Initial design will be going ahead as planned, and the sit and sew group will also go ahead as normal.

If you're coming to the morning session this Saturday 7th March, and want to take part in Stitch Club with Carol where the theme is Initial Designs, this is what you need to bring . . .

Carol Coleman - Initial Designs
Several square pieces of paper 8” – 12”
Paper scissors
Craft knife and cutting mat (if you have them)
Freezer paper (if you have it)
Back-up supplies of requirements will be available

If you wish to try out your design on fabric to make a small quilted sample, bring some fabric and backing and batting (wadding) together with sewing/embroidery supplies.

Paints will be available if you wish to use them to apply your design as a painted stencil transfer onto fabric.

If you're doing stumpwork with Shirley, the session is not going ahead on March 7th.

Usual sewing kit with 9/10 size needles
6" embroidery ring
Fine water soluble pen or pencil
Small piece of brown / tan/ beige felt

Stranded cotton in selection of greens and Browns, ALSO berry colours or reds and purples

Paper covered cake wires if you have them- I will have some if not.

Stitch Club starts at 10:00.

And if you're staying for the afternoon talk, the speaker is Victoria Riley, talking about traditional and Indonesian batik. See the programme page for more details.

And don't forget, we put information out on our facebook page throughout the month.