Monday, 21 July 2014

Poetry in Stitch Exhibition

Our members enjoyed creating and displaying a number of pieces using various
embroidery techniques and artistic methods. These  were appreciated by many visitors at our
recent Malmesbury Town Hall exhibition.  Here are a few examples of them.

Here is a small selection of the artists/makers pieces to show a variety of methods. 
From left to right they are as follows :-
Maris Cole , Mary Hills, Steph Whateley, Janet Casselden, Susan Sutton, Gilly Pain, Ursula Ackling, Joan Wigmore, Rachel Hatchard, Carol Bates, Mary Clarke, Heather Martin


Monday, 2 June 2014

Poetry in Stitch

Please come and see the wonderful and creative work stitched, quilted and embroidered by our members.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

"Sketch to Design" Workshop with Sian Martin

We were asked to bring along a flower with beautiful petals and colour to learn how to find shapes in our flowers to create decorative floral patterns in our sketchbooks.

These are the sort of petal forms we were aiming for throughout the workshop.  We all had a fun workshop with Sian our tutor creating forms with flowers.

Starting off
Sian started us off by drawing petals without taking the pen off the paper followed by recreating the petal shapes in wire. Threads were then used to create smaller shapes and areas across the wire.

Here is one of our group concentrating hard to create a shape with wire, based on her drawing.  Her plant is a wonderful snakeshead frilliary - really nice choice.

The next process
Once our petals have been structured it is time for the next stage. This is when we dipped our petals in paper pulp and then dyed them.  Once they were dry we could then add stitching and beads to embelish.

Our creations - lifted from a sketchbook
Our aim was to create petal forms realistic or abstract - these could be used for decoration or in grander pieces of work.

Monday, 27 January 2014

"Tear, Layer, Stitch" Workshop with Alison Holt

We had a wonderful day on Saturday with Alison Holt. Her work is truly inspirational and she generously let us in on several of her techniques and tips. Those of us that were there thoroughly enjoyed the day. More examples of her work can be viewed at

A seascape by Alison for inspiration 
Starting off with a demo
We are started our day with a demonstration given by Alison on the basics of free machine embroidery.  She gave us a good overview of how to begin and progress.  Beginning with looking at inspiration and deciding on layers and colours.

Alison brought a wide selection of threads to help us choose just the right colour.

Here are some of our creations at various stages.

Monday, 20 January 2014

New Year, New Stitches

As we approach the end of the first month of the year, thoughts turn to our Summer Exhibition at Malmesbury Town Hall (20 June - 11 July).

Entitled Poetry in Stitch, the exhibition space has been booked for almost two years.  Malmesbury's Town Hall is a popular gallery space in the area and receives many visitors from the town, villages and beyond.

Members have been asked to create one or several pieces of textile art based on a poem or lines from a poem.  A meeting is being held next month to start to pull together ideas and support each other in preparing work including its presentation in a gallery space. 

If you would like more information about the exhibition, please return here as we'll post updates as the opening day approaches.

Happy New Year

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Golden Motifs Workshop

On Saturday, we enjoyed a lovely workshop, Golden Motifs, with Louise Watson.  She has been to our Guild several times before and it is always really enjoyable.  She enjoys coming to us as it isn't to far for her to travel and she knows what a good lunch we have.

These below show some of Louise's work.  The first is the block she made, then the print, then the finished piece.

Louise brought along several pieces of her own to inspire us and demonstrated all of the techniques.

Print and press on
We started the day by using printing blocks that Louise brought along, printing on paper and different fabrics.We then made our own prints using press and print, again playing around with different colours and on a variety of surfaces.

Embellish with stitch and beads
In the afternoon Louise suggested that we choose our favourite piece of printing and embellish it with stitching and beads.
Our creations
Here are all of us at the start - all happy to have a go.
Here of some examples of what we accomplished during our workshop - fun.