Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Appleby Banner

Our March meeting was a talk by Stan Rooke on the history of Appleby Moot Hall, which goes back to the16th Century.  We sat in the Council Chambers, on the walls were portraits and photographs of all the previous mayors.

In 2008-9 members of Appleby Embroiderers' Guild used their talents to make a banner for the town. Many members of the Guild are now part of Appleby Textile Group.

the talented embroiderers are:- 

And here are a few in closer detail.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 4th April, 7pm in the Guide Hut.  Our speaker is Marna Lunt, a very creative textile landscape artist.  Visitors are welcome, entry fee £5, which includes refreshments and entry into the raffle.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

AGM 2017 with Spinning and Weaving

An exciting new programme of meetings, workshops, trips and events was presented at our AGM held last week.  For details please see the page links on left hand side of this post.

After the official proceedings we welcomed Ros Milner who gave an amusing talk on her life in spinning and weaving.  She told us how she was gripped by the spinning bug and brought in samples of her wool, knitted items and tools used in the process of turning fleece into yarn and fabric.





Next meeting 7th March (MEMBERS ONLY) where we will be having a guided tour of The Moot Hall, learning about the history of Appleby and taking a look at the banner which was made by Appleby Embroiders' Guild many years ago.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Buttons, buttons, buttons

Our January meeting is always held during the day, this year we brought our button boxes.

Most households have a box or a tin into which we put our buttons, beads and bits of broken jewellery. And that's where they usually stay. Brought out for grandchildren who love sorting through them, or opened now and again to look for the odd button, but the rest of the time they live quietly in a cupboard.

Some of us use boxes

Or collect vintage buttons

Or even store in jars

With a bit of imagination and some thread or wire we made:-

Snowmen and Christmas Trees

Button People

Various insects

Including this rather cute, yet scary, big bug.

And, I don't think we made much of a dent in the number of buttons we have collected.

Next meeting is the AGM and is held on Tuesday 7th February.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Wednesday Sew-Ins

Just thought we would share what we get up to at our monthly Sew-Ins.

On the third Wednesday of the month we meet to chat, share ideas, and if we can stop chatting long enough we work on our own projects.

I took some photos at the last meeting to show how diverse our skills and knowledge are:-

 Patchwork Christmas Table Runner

 Bobbin Lace


 Canvas Work, which will be a small box

 Lady Anne's Costume Project - working on the sleeves and bonnet


 Textile Landscape using machine and hand embroidery

Such a lot of talent in one room.

Friday, 7 October 2016

A Wealth of Talent

It's interesting how a potential problem can turn out so well.

The Issue: the speaker/workshop is cancelled at short notice.

The fixAsk members to bring in what they are currently working on and what they have just finished.


Oh my, what a talented lot we are. The items brought were displayed then we went round the room with members showing off what they had made, how they came about making it and what they are now making.

Abstract Appliqué 
This was inspired by a recent visit to an exhibition at Farfield Mill of work by Carole Dawber.

When finished this will have over 130 different Blackwork patterns.

Christmas Candle Centrepiece
Christmas is coming and apparently this is a simple technique with a real impact. The reel of thread making an appearance as a substitute candle.

Christmas Cross stitch
Started over 10 years ago and almost finished.

Dressed Teddy
A real dapper guy.


Using unusual threads and ribbon, with new stitches learnt, a hanging basket inspired by Capability Brown.

Foundation Piecing Patchwork
Many squares made, they just need sewing together now.

Machine Embroidery
Practice pieces inspired by Australian Aboriginal Art.

Mixed Media
A Bluebell Wood, paper, paints and machine embroidery.

Needlework case
Interesting needlework case in Tweed. Needles kept behind the front door.

Painting with threads
Like adult colouring books, you can now buy fabric printed with patterns.

Paper Piecing Patchwork
Made when this member was a teenager, which makes this ?? years old.

Ruskin Lace
A traditional Lake District style of embroidery. When complete this will be a bag.

Silvered Needlecase
A present from when this member was a teenager in France, recently silvered. It's age is unknown.  Has a design of Mistletoe.

A landscape scene, an experiment using yarn and wool tops.


Then a member asked "I wonder how many years of sewing experience do we have in the room right now. I think it would be interesting to find out.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Fabric and Thread

Printed fabric
Fabric paints
Needle and Thread

Look what we made. Thank you Helen Walsh for a brilliant workshop.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Exhibition 2016

Today we have taken over the exhibition space in Appleby Tourist Information Centre until 30th June. This shows work from our members over the last two years. Well worth a look if you are able.