Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Canvas Work Workshop

What a busy day we had yesterday!  Following last month's talk we had a canvas work workshop. Thanks go to branch member Chris who lead the workshop and who brought lots of examples of her work using this technique. Susie brought some kits for making a canvas work needle case in plastic canvas and there were also materials for making a scissor keeper. For those wanting something a bit bigger there was canvas of different sizes and plenty of threads to dig into to create our own patterns.
Travelling books were swapped - much excitement again!
We had a short talk from Lizzie the Community Development Officer from Craven Museum - more on that later!
It was lovely to welcome some new members to the branch too.

Monday, 20 February 2017


The meeting started today with much excitement for those of us involved in the Travelling Books project - it was our first swap. We were all keen to have a look at what each other had done and chat about how we had found things while giving encouragement to those feeling a bit lost. The books are looking fabulous!

Many thanks to our speaker this week -  Diane Grant, whose talk was canvasworkplus.
Diane brought lots of examples of her work and also sketchbooks; we had very detailed slide show explaining her methods and showing how to produce some of the stitches and construct large pieces. Diane started her stitch journey on 1993 at an embroidery for leisure class progressing to City and Guilds, teaching and writing her own books. She explained her common denominator method working over 4, 6 and 9 threads. She incorporates paper, hand coloured canvas, hand dyed threads, beads buttons and even sea urchins in her pieces. The canvas work is given an extra dimension with the use of varying thickness and textures of thread. Diane showed us how she manipulates photos in Photoshop to help develop her designs, particularly the colour schemes she uses. A very interesting talk which brought a new perspective on canvas work.

Monday, 16 January 2017

January mini workshops

It was lovely to see everyone again and catch up after the Christmas break.
We had a very enjoyable morning with some mini workshops lead by branch members - Rolling landscapes, shaving foam marbling, woollen pictures and needle-felted flowers; thanks to everyone for their efforts.
We had another delicious Jacobs Join lunch - always fabulous!
In the afternoon launched the travelling books project, thanks to Sue for co-ordinating it and Claire for sorting the groups and getting the sketchbooks etc together. We are looking forward to seeing the first round next month. There was also a session on how to develop sketchbooks for those who haven't really worked with them or wanted some new ideas. A very busy but productive day.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

December 2016

We had a lovely Jacob's Join lunch at out Christmas meeting on Monday. Gorgeous food and such a variety enjoyed by all - thanks everyone!
Congratulations to Susie for winning the competition with a gorgeous silver piece. Members also brought some lovely work into show and tell.

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 🎄

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Travelling Books

Many thanks to Joan Welch and Sue Sissling for talking to us about Travelling Books at Monday's meeting. Also, a huge thanks to the talented ladies of Pendle branch for loaning their books for us to look at - they were amazing and very inspirational! The photos are just a very small sample from their lovely books which had a variety of great themes and were all so different.

Travelling books were started by the Oxford branch and then taken nationwide by the Embroiderers' Guild as a way of sharing inspiration. Each person in the group chooses a theme, makes a cover for their book and then starts it off with a source and piece of embroidery; the book then passes to the next person in their group who makes a contribution to the theme and so on until you eventually get your original back full of beautiful pieces of work. The hardest part, so far,  for those of us who decided to take up the challenge seems to be picking a theme we would like! Joan very kindly provided us with some suggestions and detailed information on how to organise the project. I'm sure many of us are busy thinking about our themes and gathering source material in preparation for the launch after the New Year!

Water theme

Flight theme

Hedgerow theme

Friday, 18 November 2016


Exhibition at Durham Cathedral Nov 5th - 11th Feb

Durham Cathedral's latest display in the Open Treasure Collections Gallery is Textiles - Painting with the Needle. This is a unique opportunity to see exquisite textiles from the Cathedral's collections, representing some of the finest church needlework from the last 1,100 years. Marvel at historic textiles, including the Charles I Cope commissioned for the visit of King Charles I in 1633 and the Bishop of Durham's Coronation Cope, worn at the coronation of the last four British monarchs, and last worn by Bishop Michael Ramsay at Queen Elizabeth II's coronation in 1953. Contemporary pieces add to this exciting exhibition from the Cathedral Broderers and a tapestry by Grayson Perry 'Death of a Working Hero' created for his recent Channel 4 documentary series Grayson Perry: All Man.
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Sunday, 13 November 2016

November All Age Workshop

We were pleased to be able to join Christ Church Primary School Skipton for our workshop again this year. It was lovely to see so many people, parents and children participating. We had almost 40 visitors come and try one or more of our activities.

We had something for everyone: pretty linen brooches embellished with beads and stitch; little felted blanket purses with sari silk patches and kantha stitching proved popular. We had sweet little felt Santa and angel decorations and Christmas wreaths embellished with buttons. For those wanting something quick with only a little stitch we offered pom noms and tassels with beading for the adventurous! A busy day but great to take part in a community event again. We're already thinking up ideas for the Spring Workshop and hope to see everyone again.