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.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

May meetings

A bit of a change this month. It's crochet Granny Squares which we are making into knee rugs for those with limited mobility.

Again, the Guide Hut was still out of action due to the floods so we met at Murton. 

Here are some photos from the evening and one showing what will be the finished rug.

The next meeting is Tuesday 14th June (not the first Tuesday as we want to avoid the horse fair), we are hopeful this will be in The Guide Hut, but venue to be confirmed. We will be running a mini workshop on making a Rice Bag with Katie Chaplin, from JapanCrafts. If you would like to attend this workshop and you are not a member please comment below and I will contact you with details. We are also hoping to run a trip to Woolfest, details to come.

Happy crafting

Friday, 8 April 2016

April Meal Out

For our April meeting we met up for supper at Cafe 66. 

The challenge was to bring a sewing kit, with everything a 'professional needle woman' would need. These were passed round while we sat at the table, it was fun poking around inside to see what they contained. 

Also, some brought samples of their work so far on Creative Lines.

Our next meeting is a workshop by Janet of The Threshing Barn, and will be held in Murton Institute. We will be making bowls like these from washing line and cotton fabric. 

There are a couple of spaces available on the workshop on Wednesday the 13th April if you know anyone who may be interested in attending please can you let Clare know asap as Janet will be bringing supplies.

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Sew-In, continuing lines

Our group met on Tuesday morning for a sew-in. These mornings are lovely and relaxed with gentle chatter and giggles. Following on from our March meeting, some continued with the embroidered lines idea. Anne brought with her the amazing collection of samples, which her students had done in the past and never collected, and I managed to get some photos. 

Various stitches used to great effect. These samples are made with just one stitch and its variations.

Even just straight lines in a variety of threads can be very effective.

A yummy selection of threads and fabrics

Our next meeting is a meal out. If you haven't already, can you contact Clare to say you are coming.

Monday, 7 March 2016

March Lines

It might have been a cold, dark, wet night but there was a great turn out to our latest evening meeting which was held in Murton Village Institute where we looked at Lines in Embroidery; using stitches and threads creatively. Anne and Catherine showed an impressive collection of worked pieces, it was fascinating to see what could be created using a colour scheme and one type of stitch.

There was a real buzz to the room as we all started to embroider lines using a familiar stitch and then learning a new stitch. There was plenty of inspiration available via books, the pieces brought in and Anne and Catherine were very encouraging.

It was decided that we would make samples/pieces for an exhibition. The maximum size to be 10" square, to be continued at our 'Sew In' mornings or individually at home. 

Our next meeting is a 'Sew In', 9.30am to 12.30pm Tuesday 15th March.

Other news.
1. We were joined by a new member, Pat.

2.  The Fellsiders Art & Craft Exhibition, Murton Institute, 10.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday/Sunday, 2nd/3rd April. Minimal charge. If you live within Murton Parish you can exhibit, contact Is Tina Wragg, contact as above for details.

3. Trip to Edinburgh, Knitting & Stitching show, Saturday 30th April. Some seats still available, cost approximately £28 which includes ticket to show. Pick up in Brough, Appleby and Penrith, timings to be confirmed. Contact as above, if you would like to go. Group members get priority.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

February Sew-In

Tuesday 16th February

A wide variety of projects on the go

With it being half term we had two young ladies who were making clothes for the dolls they made the day before.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

February Meeting and AGM

It was a good turn out for our second AGM, we have been running as a group for over a year now. As the Guide Hut is still out of use following the flooding we met at The Midland Hotel, Appleby. 

After the business of the official meeting we enjoyed sandwiches and Rowan showed us a quilt which she is hand quilting and one she had finished. Hand quilting can be sewn using a frame or on a table. There are many steps for preparing the layers so that they are even, the design is drawn on with pencil. There is no set rule for where to start, but if you start in the middle and work outwards it makes sense. Cotton thread is used and it is started with a knot which is pulled through between the layers. In the past women would meet and all work on the quilt together.

We also had a photo shoot of the iron carriers which were made at our daytime sew-in on 5th January.

Our next meeting is a sew-in at 9.30 am on Tuesday 16th February in the Pennine Room, Riverside, bring any crafty project you are working on, or just come in for a chat. Non-members £3 including refreshments.

Our next evening meeting is at 7pm on Tuesday, 1st March where we will be looking at 'Lines in Embroidery', using stitches and threads creatively. Please bring your usual sewing tools, a variety of threads, fabric to work on, a stitch book and a small embroidery hoop/frame. Non-members £6 which includes free entry into the raffle and refreshments.

Please contact us if you would like to attend as the venue is yet to be decided.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Annual General Meeting

Due to the flooding over the last few months the Guide Hut is still out of action so we have a temporary venue for our AGM, the Midland Hotel, Appleby. Tuesday 2nd February. It starts at 7pm and will be followed by a hand quilting session run by Rowan. You will just need to bring a basic sewing kit with you.

Membership subscriptions are due.

If you wish to join our group please contact using the details above so we have an idea of numbers.

Sorry this is such a brief blog with no photos, look out for the next post, after our AGM.