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