Sunday, 10 May 2015

Colourful May

For our May meeting we welcomed Janet Phillips from The Threashing Barn, Sedbergh.

She talked about her creative journey from gaining a degree in Fine Arts and training to be a teacher to converting a spinning and dyeing mill in Sedbergh where she runs a successful craft business. There was a detour via marriage with a move to Hong Kong and another via an organic farm in Staffordshire. She also has packed in several successful business and three children. Wow.....

As well as her work, which as you can see is diverse and very colourful

3D silk vessels
Felt pots
Wall art
Jewellery - embroidered felt beads
Painted silk organza embellished with felt
Mini rag rug
Handmade paper with attached embroidery
Embroidered felted art
Wrapped Washing line baskets
Needle felting
Spun yarns incorporating sequins, felted flowers, rags, cotton threads
Various yarns dyed using natural ingredients and environmentally friendly methods

She has also a collection of antique oriental textiles and artefacts of which she brought a selection for us to see, like these carved walnuts.

A very entertaining evening. Thank you Janet.

Details for our June meeting are still being organised and will be sent round once finalised.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Ffaerie Slippers

April's meeting, held on Tuesday was well attended, with a couple of new members.

The speaker was Lucinda Allwood, an embroidery and watercolour tutor from Bolton College. She gave an interesting talk on the history of gold work; did you know that 50% of the worlds gold is currently in jewellery. Most ecclesiastical gold work over the centuries has been melted down and the chances are that any gold jewellery you own may once have been used in embroidery.

There are two types of gold that are worked in embroidery. 

Japan, which is a very narrow strip of extremely thin gold which is wrapped round thread. This is couched onto the surface using. Gold coloured thread.

Purl, this a tight coil of gold which is cut into lengths and attached using a thread passed through.

Lucinda also introduced the beaded Ffaerie slippers which were the subject of the workshop the next day.

The workshop was held the next day at The Riverside building and was attended by 10 members. 

The materials required are:-

Cream satin back dupion
Peacock Angelina Fibres
Japan gold
Gold coloured thread
Viscose braid
Gold, green and purple purl
Variety of beads and sequins 

The day went very fast and we all went home with one nearly made slipper and the materials to make another. Looking forward to the next meeting to see the finished articles.

Lucinda is a good tutor who brought clear instructions, patterns and all the materials we needed. Asked for quotes she said "beautiful scenery", "well looked after", "impressed with your skills". If you want to contact Lucinda to run a workshop for yourself, her contact email is 

Thursday, 5 February 2015

February 2015

The History of Crochet

Sandra gave a presentation on the history of crochet, afterwards we had the opportunity to try various crochet techniques.

Reading crochet charts

Broomstick crochet

Granny Squares

Next month: Janet Phillips from The Threshing Barn

Friday, 9 January 2015

January 2015

First meeting of the Appleby Textile Group - Tuesday 6th January 2015

Workshop - Rowan's mini pin cushions

Work in progress

Jummy, look good enough to eat.

Swishing table