How Textiles can Change Lives

Textiles and sewing have changed the life of Ami James. Ami suffered an onset of type 1 bi-polar disorder that threw her happy life into chaos. Read about how textiles aided her recovery and the success she has made of a new business built around sewing here. Groups like ours offer fun, friendship and opportunities to learn something new; it doesn't matter what level of skill you have or what type of stitching you prefer, it's just lovely to spend time with like minded people, socialise and have a good chat! Skipton Embroiderers' Guild is a really friendly supportive group of people and our monthly meetings are varied and interesting; it's great to know that something as simple as stitching can have such positive effects.

Here's the link to Ami's website: Ami James

Textile and Embroidery e-books

Textile and embroidery books can be quite expensive, especially if they turn out not to be quite your "thing"; they're not always available in bookshops we can get to, so often online purchases are required without a good flick through.  Who doesn't love browsing through them picking up ideas and inspiration! There are some great e-books for those who don't mind a non-paper version that are somewhat cheaper.

There are some to have a look at here.

Experimental Work

Came across a Blog today that looks really interesting, worth a browse through their posts - it's the Textile Experimental Group from East Ayton, Scarborough. They also have an exhibition coming up if you're over that way at some point. You can access their Blog here, or there's a permanent link in the left hand drop down menu.

Win some lovely stuff!

Goodies to be won from Be Creative with Workbox

Here's the link.

Creating Pattern and Texture

Another really interesting article from on creating pattern and texture. Some gorgeous examples from six textile artists and another freebie download too! You can read it here.

It's amazing what you can do by keeping things simple - limited stitches and colours. This has been a great series of articles on developing your textile art whether you are a hand stitcher or dice with danger and machine embroider!

EG Members' Challenge 2017

If you are thinking of participating in the Embroiderer's Guild members' challenge, the Guild has a Pinterest board of inspiration pictures. You can have a look here. Some lovely images even if you aren't entering this time!

If you watch Sky Arts Landscape and Portrait Artist of the Year you will have seen Moy Mackay and her felted landscape. We will ignore the reference to craft that crept in -it doesn't seem to apply to any other form of art! Anyway they are actively encouraging embroiderers to be involved. If you fancy having a go and possibly being on the telly, you can find information here.