Friday, 14 August 2015

Open Evening - 8th September 2015

We have had a successful year and have learned a lot from the tutors and speakers who have come along to our workshops and evening talks.

Our next event is our annual Open Evening at Malmesbury Town Hall where we showcase our members' work and invite prospective new members and anyone with an interest in textiles to consider joining the Guild and being part of our friendly and welcoming group.

This year, we have invited Dr Lynn Hulse to speak on 'William Morris and the Rise of Art Embroidery'.

Dr Hulse is a former archivist at the Royal School of Needlework and editor of The Textile Society Journal.  She is an expert in embroidery associated with William Morris and is one half of the Ornamental Embroidery which designs ornamental and historically inspired embroidery alongside running workshops and classes across the country.

The Open Evening will take place on Tuesday, 8th September, 7 - 9pm at Malmesbury Town Hall, Cross Hayes, SN16 9BZ.

The event is free.  If you need any more information, please email

We look forward to seeing you.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Our next workshop - Saturday 25th April

Dorothy Whittle - spinning, dyeing and weaving

We were joined by Dorothy Whittle at our last evening talk who spoke about her career in textiles - currently teaching a weaving course in Corsham, she has been involved in many areas of creativity alongside her husband, a potter.

Dorothy showed us some of her collection of books, examples of fleeces, samples and processes used in the production of woven fabrics and explained some of the basic processes around dyeing with natural materials including daffodils.  The evening was rounded off with a demonstration of spinning both from a drop spindle and the spinning wheel.  

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Stitch and Burn workshop

We all enjoyed our first spring 'Stitch and Burn' workshop with our fab tutor Julie, who ran this for us today.

We were using sheer fabrics, scraps, and Angelina with a variety of threads.

We were having fun learning how to layer, stitch, and heat materials in various ways to learn how a new fabric can be further embellished.

Beginning the day...


the finished creations

and some more...

some of the makers...

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Historical costume

Our Guild recently held its AGM meeting at Malmesbury Town Hall.  Our meeting was over quickly and we were treated to a fascinating talk about their love and involvement with historical costume by Franchesca Caton and her husband Jon.

They took us on a whirlwind tour of beautiful historic houses where they visit, alongside hundreds of other enthusiasts, historians and designers to enjoy and display the beautiful costumes they have made.

Franchesca and Jon showed us how the ladies' dresses would have been worn, with each layer being tied on - no buttons or zips in the eighteenth century.  Franchesca is the seamstress, while Jon constructs the hardware - the stays (not corsets - an entirely different garment).

Jon and Franchesca - dressed beautifully for the occasion.

Examples of Franchesca's incredible sewing and embroidery skills.

Learning more about historical costume.

The back of Franchesca's incredible ensemble.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

National Celebration Day of Stitch

On Saturday 2nd August a few of us were at the Jackdaw cafe in Malmesbury Town Hall to promote the annual National Day of stitch.  The day is designed to introduce people to stitching for the first time or to enhance existing skills further.

Janet Casselden our Branch Chairman took along her lovely handmade textile doll that was inspired by the poem 'Warning' by Jenny Joseph.  Some of our other members Carol and Mary were completing their needle felted birds that were started at one of our workshops. Joan was continuing with her latest needlework project.

We were situated at the front of the cafe in a good position to display our group banner.  This was completed as a team by all our members last year for all future events.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Summer Garden Party

Nicola Goodwill kindly hosted our annual summer garden party again, which was a lovely evening for those of you who could come along.  It was a glorious summers evening and really enjoyable.

We all contributed to a shared evening of supper, chat and experiencing the wonderful silks/ribbons/threads which were kindly bought along by Mulberry Silks (Patricia).  It was also a reason to celebrate as its been 10 years since our our group was originally founded.

There were some of us who managed to enter the annual competition - well done if you did - the theme was 'a container' of some kind.  We all voted and Carols' entry won.  She was very pleased to be chosen and given a voucher to join one of our workshops for FREE as a prize.

And finally - i  (Rachel) won the raffle :) i was quite pleased x