Saturday, 10 March 2018


Due to the recent snow Newark Park suffered a burst pipe and water ingress and have had to close the house while the damaged is assessed.

At this moment in time we are unsure as to whether our exhibition will take place.We are keeping our fingers crossed .Please keep checking back here where we will keep you updated .


Since last month Deryll has tried out the chenille work from the book she was gifted at Christmas.She concluded that she didn't like the effect and it took too long,so she has gone back to her tried and tested ways of working.

The view will be worked in three pieces with a small gap between each section.

They are almost ready to be assembled,just finishing touches to be added like textures and surface stitch.

Right at the end of the meeting Sally presented these seat pads
wondering what she might do with them?She had worked them over twenty years ago for her sister's dining room.The stitching is exquisite and the colours unfaded but they are no longer wanted as the seat have been newly recovered .
Any ideas anyone?.......seems a shame to confine them to a drawer.

Monday, 5 March 2018

Ta....da !

Jane presented this fabulous finished piece.

She had decided it would be free standing and had found a firm online supplying
perspex cut and drilled to her specification.It looks good from all angles.

She had also been experimenting with her electronic cutter and 
'click and cut' software to create theses Celtic shapes.

She had some old transfer paper that only partially worked . By mixing it with some new she achieved  a two tone effect which is very pleasing.

She had also been using some slides belonging to her father,using Photoshop to pixelate them.She thought to use these to create quilts I think.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018


Books seemed to be the theme to Carol's 'show and tell 'this month.

Some interesting finds at local charity shops.

However ,this one, below ,is one of a kind.

Lovingly stitched by Carol 

with page after page 

of delights for small fingers .She gives such attention to detail.
However ,she admits these have been distractions from getting down to the business of producing work for Newark.Time is rapidly diminishing ,so we look forward to what she brings in March.

Clocks and carpets.

Ira had been considering her clock piece and was dissatisfied that it was not coming together as she wanted.She had auditioned some pieces to go either side of the clock face ,cutting some in two.

She had three other pieces she is considering mounting in box frames.

We thought she was worrying unnecessarily, we'd like the problem of lots of pieces to choose from!

Viv had worked on her carpet piece and had decided on a dark blue background with a fringed edge.

The use of matte and shiny threads give a good contrast of textures 

and the colours are particularly rich especially against the blue....good choice.

Friday, 23 February 2018


Debby has been preoccupied with Blue.She has been endeavouring to get to grips with producing her pieces, however,having done her research and thinking she knew what she was doing ......

Spike intervened and muscled his way into her thoughts!

She has created  a Blue book,

and has been doing a drawing a day

but still he persisted.

So she has abandoned all other plans and is going to create her own version of Spike.She will use various techniques such as Trapunto to create Japanese type clouds and will make him as 3d as she can.

She brought along some free machine samples she had done to teach her students how to use dissolvable fabric.

Apotropaic -to turn away.

First the hoops that Sally is creating from her garden book drawings.

Her drawings are really delightful and a lovely record of her garden through the seasons.Turning them into individual embroideries is such a good idea.She aims to present them to hang in the hoops.

Her kitchen piece is all but complete, she thinks she will finish the edge with machine made ribbons

She has incorporated the witches marks found at Newark,believed to be made between 1550-1700.They are known as APOTROPAIC,from the Greek "to turn away"

Could you turn these little fellas away?

Kirsten has worked her felt magic again and produced these adorable family of mice.

It is not only the little details in each one but her very clever staging, and

use of props that brings them to life.

We don't think they'll be around very long.