Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Stash Sale

We have decided to hold a stash sale on Sunday 17th September in The Waiting Room at Appleby Railway Station. A good opportunity to grab yourself a bargain, or to reduce your stash at home. Tables cost £15 to hire. Please contact us if you wish to hire a table or for further information.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Ply Split Braiding and other news

   Our July meeting we welcomed Julie Hedges who gave a talk with loads of samples, slides and demonstrations on the ancient art of ply split braiding.  Traditionally made from spun goat hair, wool or sometimes cotton in North West India, men would fashion elaborate camel girths and other animal regalia.


Ply split braiding is a technique where one twisted cord passes through another twisted cord or cords splitting the plies of the latter cords.  This is unlike weaving or many forms of braiding where cloth is formed by threads interlacing in an over-under sequence.  Patterns are formed by cord colour and splitting order.

Julie has developed this into an art form to make belts, bracelets, necklaces and sculptural pieces.

The following day Julie led a full day workshop.  As the making of the twisted cords can take some time to produce she had worked hard to provide the twisted cords for the workshop participants.

Making the twisted cord


Splitting the cord

Other  Group News

There is no meeting this month as we are having our summer break.  Our next meeting is on Tuesday 5th September, 7pm The Guide Hut, Appleby, where we welcome back Katie from Japan Crafts who is giving a talk on the 'Kimono - The Costume of Japan'.  Katie is very knowledgeable on this subject having visited Japan numerous times and she will be bringing with her plenty of samples of kimono and also vintage Japanese silks.

Non members are welcome, the cost is £6 which includes refreshments and a raffle entry.

The following day she will be running a workshop on Boromono (patch and stitch a piece of wall art from vintage kimono silks).  If you would like to attend this workshop (£35 plus £10 materials) please contact us.  Places are allocated to members first.  This is the last time that Katie will be making the trip up to Appleby as she is concentrating on expanding her workshops at her business premises in Northallerton.  For more information see www.japancrafts.co.uk 

Thursday, 15 June 2017

June Workshop and exhibition update

Leather Workshop Masterclass with Mark Rowney

What an amazing workshop, and such a lovely day.

Mark is such a great artist and brought these pieces of his work to inspire us. Its amazing to see what you can do with leather.

The tools we needed were a hard surface, a wooden mallet and the metal tools.  Mark had been collecting these for years and we had a wide selection to choose from.  Later on we needed rubber gloves and cotton rags.

The leather was dampened with water and then we hammered shapes into the leather.  Different results could be realised from a single tool by adjusting the strength of the hammer blow. We then started to work on projects of our own.

Finally we stained our work and buffed up to give a nice sheen.

By the end of a very productive day we had produced enough for a small market stall.

Leather tiles, a strap, key rings, butterflies and pouches



Other photographs from the day.

Exhibition Update
Our monthly meeting for June was an informal get together where we shared our ideas and projects for our big exhibition next year.  All I can say is wow, such a lot of hard work has been done already and some exciting ideas too.  But all hush, hush, so no photos yet.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Silk Papermaking and Needle Felting

Wendy Ann Stanger was the guest speaker at the May evening meeting. 

Our first workshop of the year, Needle Felting with Gillian Ferguson. Keeping hearing 'Sing a song of sixpence' ...

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.