Saturday 7 December 2013

AGM September 2014

Please note there has been a change to the date of the AGM in September 2014. The AGM (and branch meeting) will now take place on Saturday 13th September 2014.

December Meeting

The December meeting was a very sociable occasion, with members making Christmas themed gift bags based on a design by Kumiko Sudo from her book 'Omiyage'.

Everyone was very engrossed in the task and keen to complete at least one bag. As the serious stitching business was nearing completion there was time for cake.

Two lovely cakes with prancing reindeers along the sides were made and decorated by Liz and rapidly demolished by the members - stitching and talking is energy sapping work after all...
Just some of the completed gift bags - filled with chocolates
After the exertions of the afternoon, the competition winners were announced. The theme this year was Christmas Pudding.

Second prize probably encapsulated a sentiment many members could agree with...
... and First prize was won by someone who has an uncanny resemblance to one of our long-standing members and who was photographed modelling her prize winning festive fascinator!

Saturday 2 November 2013

November meeting

This month's speaker was Wyn Ingham who gave us a very interesting and highly entertaining talk on the life and times of Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Eleanor and Henry II - Effigies in Fontevraud abbey

Wyn confessed to a long standing interest in medieval architecture often to the bemusement of her family. Visits to places such as the Church of Notre Dame in Poitiers with a connection to the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine have inspired a series of pieces of textile art which Wyn brought to illustrate her talk.

Textures and colours in her work are based on wall paintings and ancient plasterwork.

Felting, fabric manipulation and embroidery feature in Wyn's work.

In several examples of work, Wyn used cocoon strippings to create silk paper which was then painted and stitched in to. It has been proposed that we invite Wyn back to give us a dayschool on some of her techniques. Watch this space...


The Christmas meeting starts at 1.30. There will be a Stitch session in the morning and lunch will be available from 12.00.
The meeting is a members' day and we will be making small Japanese bags. Please bring the usual sewing kit - needles, threads, scissors, and pins. It was also suggested that a ruler would be useful.
Small, stitch related, wrapped presents for the bran tub are welcomed. There will also be a raffle and the judging of the Christmas Competition. There will be cake!

At the January meeting Artists Trading Cards (ATCs) will be re-launched. There will be a demonstration on how to make these cards in the morning stitch club.

Josie will be continuing with teaching raised work in the morning Stitch Club and her next session will be in February when she will be showing how to make raised work faces.

Friday 1 November 2013

Young Embroiderers

Young Embroiderers met for two mornings this half term holiday. Cords were made and leaves were embellished to create a striking collection of trees. As this was Halloween there had to be a pumpkin...

Just three of the many trees that were created by enthusiastic young stitchers.

Saturday 5 October 2013

October Meeting

Our speaker this month was Alison Bramley whose talk 'Frazzled and Bedazzled' was illustrated with many of the quilts and hangings she has made since completing an Art and Design course at Loughborough in 1990.

Coco the Escaping Elephant

She brought handling samples so that we could examine at close quarters the cut back applique techniques that she uses.

Her impressive sense of colour and design skills were evident in the quilts she had brought with her including 'York 800' created for the exhibition of quilts displayed in many locations in York as part of the celebration of 800 years since the City of York was granted its Royal Charter.

York 800

Knitting and Stitching tickets can be bought at the November meeting for £9 each.

Yorkshire and the Humber EG Regional AGM is to be held at Scarcroft Village Hall on 11th October 10.00 onwards.Take a packed lunch!

Ryedale Branch meeting on Sat 30th November 2.00pm at Wrelton Village Hall will be a talk by the North Eastern Region on 'Mining a Golden Seam' the exhibition that was shown at last year's Knitting and Stitching Show.

An exhibition of Textile Art by Decora will be held at Otley Courthouse from 4th November to 30th November. 10.00 - 4.00 Monday to Saturday. There will be an accompanying workshop on 24th November (details from the Courthouse) and a Demonstration on 16th November 2.00-4.00pm.

Gina Smith's exhibition 'Journeys with a Needle' continues at the Dales Countryside museum in Hawes until 9th October.

The 'C' word was mentioned - the Christmas meeting is a members' day and we will be making small gift bags based on the Japanese custom of Omiyage. The theme for the Christmas competition is Christmas Pudding.

Josie Storey is running the morning Stitch Club at the moment and is teaching stumpwork techniques. Bring a basic sewing kit to join in. If possible also bring an embroidery hoop and some fabric to work with, though Josie says she will have some available.

Sunday 22 September 2013

Common Threads Exhibition

‘ C o m m o n
T h r e a d s ’
E x h i b i t i o n
Friday 4th October – Friday 15th November Free entry
A textile themed exhibition celebrating the versatility of this wonderful medium
and featuring a diverse selection of regional artists’ work.

Te x t i l e Ma k e r s Ma r k e t
Friday 4th October 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Saturday 5th October 10.00am - 4.30pm
Come and meet the makers and be spoilt for choice
with a wonderful array of unique handmade gifts, all
created by textile artists in our region.

Our gallery, will also be open so come and see
what Rural Arts has to offer!
For more details t: 01845 526536 e:
or visit
Rural Arts, The Courthouse, 4 Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS

Tuesday 27 August 2013

Future Event

Dialogue of Dreams: Talk by Lauren Shanley
Mon 28th October 2013, 7pm-8pm in Room 37, Skell Building, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk.
Lauren is a textile artist, designer and maker of high fashion clothes, bags and quilted wallhangings.. Her talk outlines how she has succeeded in establishing herself in a highly competitive business, and her methods of working, illustrated with examples from her collection. Best of all, you will be able to try on some of her couture pieces. A rare opportunity!
 The talk is organised by the British Quilt Study Group in conjunction with the exhibition It’s All in the Making: patchwork and quilting unpicked at the Quilt Museum and Gallery, York, from 6 September to 30 November 2013. Two examples of Lauren’s work will feature in the exhibition.
Quilters’ Guild members and students £7, non-members £9.
For more information and to book a ticket, contact Maxine March on or 020 8764 8312 or  complete the booking form and send with cheque payable to QGBI-BQSG to Maxine March, 13 Northanger Road, London SW16 5RX

Sunday 25 August 2013

September Meeting 2013

Don't forget our next meeting which begins with the AGM starts at 1.30 on Saturday September 7th. Please let a member of the Committee know if you have a nomination for the post of Chairman or are willing to be a committee member.
We're looking forward to an interesting talk by Richard Ashworth 'Colour on Cloth' and the raffle colour is silver.

Tuesday 25 June 2013

Gawthorpe Hall

Outing To Gawthorpe Hall
Saturday August 10th

We will aim to leave the Folk Hall at 9.15am and pick up the rest of the group at Knaresborough Retail Park as near to 9.45 as we can.
The cafe at Gawthorpe Hall will be open at 11am and the Hall opens at 12 noon.
Each person is responsible for paying their own entrance fee. National Trust members are free.
We will stop at Empress Mills on the return journey for about an hour and leave there at 4 pm.

Friday 3 May 2013

Message from our April speaker.
Your support for the women and children at Sreepur was very generous and Ruby has sent the following message
“Thank you for the lovely afternoon with your members you all made Ken and I so welcome we raised £638.00 amazing !!! for the women and children at Sreepur.
 May I also thank you for the threads given to me how kind”
The items that Ruby brought were beautiful and carefully produced.

Easter competition
Congratulations to Dorothy Rabjohn, the winner of the Easter competition. Her work based on a design by Angie Lewin of a lino cut titled ‘Agapanthus’ was judged as the best commercial design. 
A Tribute to Angie Lewin “Agapanthus tribute”

Serena Partridge Miniature Gloves Workshop – Saturday May 18th
Unfortunately this workshop has been cancelled due to lack of participants.

Speaker Saturday May 4th
Caroline Dunn’s website can be found at


Sunday 7 April 2013

April Meeting

Ruby Porter MBE told us about her work at Sreepur Village, Bangladesh.
The village houses over 500 babies and children and 140 destitute women. They are provided with a loving environment, food, clothing, education and vocational training.
Ruby brought with her a wonderful selection of hand woven and embroidered items to raise money for the village. In the photograph she is holding a scarf hand woven in the village from natural fibres and dyed with natural dyes.
We can help in a small way by donating threads and needles. Please bring what you have to our meeting in May.
There are lovely pictures of Sreepur Village on their website   There is also the opportunity to help by donating money.

Sunday 31 March 2013


  • Sally Stone spoke at the March meeting about Yarnbombing in Rowntrees Park on 13th July 2013. We  hope lots of you will take part. Here is the link for more information.
  • Yarnbombing

Saturday 16 March 2013

York Open Studios

Carol Coleman

One of our members Carol Coleman will be displaying her work again at the York Open Studios. To find out more details follow this link.

If you like her work and would like to vote for her in the Craft and Design Selected Awards, please use the link below.

Some forthcoming events

 Gawthorpe Hall

I have been in touch with Gawthorpe Hall about our visit there on Saturday August 10th. They have asked me to let you know about their "Meet the artist" events which are happening throughout the summmer. To visit their website and see the programme click on this link Gawthorpe Hall.

Monday 11 March 2013

March Speaker and Workshop

Our speaker for March was Diana Barrett a member of York Embroiderers' Guild and the bursary winner for 2011. She is pictured outside the Folk Hall with her beautiful jacket created as part of her degree work at Hull.
Her talk traced the cjhanging attitudes to women and embroidery through time, and featured embroidery as far apart as Bess of Hardwick and an embroidered telephone screen from the 1930's. It was all very interesting.

Work in progress photographed at the Quilt Workshop with Jean Graves.


Sunday 3 March 2013

March ditties

Dianna Barret's talk- "For what it's worth" was very thought provoking and informative. It was a different perspective from one of our bursary students.

The Saturday stitch group is Beavering away.  Member are unsurfacing many hidden talents through their skilful mentor.
I cannot wait to see the all the works on the Blow your own trumpet table. 

The small quilt challenge by Jean Greaves has begun - even more to Blow our trumpets about.
The workshop with Serene Partridge is open - Saturday May 18th
"Miniature gloves" (follow up to Serena's small shoes -requested by members )
Don't be put off by the size. Serena will be at hand to offer various patterns to meet all needs.

Next month - April
Our speaker will be Rubina Porter-   Click here for a link to the project.
The workshop with Linda Tyson -3D in felt  in June will open.

See you all next month.

Wednesday 6 February 2013

February Talk

February 6th 2013
Cathy Corbishley Michel with one of her Cyanotype printed quilts, ‘Endurance 2’.
Cathy’s talk for our February Meeting was entertaining and packed full of fascinating information on cyanotype printing, Shackleton’s ill-fated Antarctic Expedition of 1914-16, and Frank Hurley’s amazing photographs of the ships and the men.

Wednesday 2 January 2013

Happy New Year 2013
The next meeting will be on Saturday January 5

The full list of winning numbers for the Baltimore Quilt and the prizes.

1st         1456   Quilt winner                                         C Rochester
2nd           1400    Work by Serena Partridge             M& H Blackstone
3rd        0746    Rug Bag                                              F Stoner
4th        0116    Tracey Franklin Gold work                S Middleton
5th        0761    Sheila Ridgeon Beadwork                C Ankers
6th        0335    Selection of Threads                          A Barnet
7th        1182    Book                                                    B Jones
8th        083      Book                                                    A Bateman
9th        5067    Pauline Twyman Stump work           P Hopkins
10th      0842    Book                                                    S Newton
11th      0082   Cluny Picture                                       C Cox

The weather can be problematic during the winter months and for safety reasons meetings can be postponed. The cancellation of the meeting will be announced by 9am on the Blog.
The 2012-2013  trickle  tree has been set up by the committee to make sure the message is available as quickly as possible.

See you all on Saturday