Monday, 26 June 2017


Carol had been beavering away at several projects,the one above a delightful activity book for a small child.Sorry no more pics but it was gone too quickly.
As a member of Quilters Guild there are usually challenges ,this tulip block below , is as part of a swop with a group in Turkey.Tulps being very apt as they are from Turkey and there  is one called Tulipa Turkestan.

She had also been working on her piece for Nature in Art.incidentally having chosen the same piece as Ira.Carol is using wool as a backing then machining various fabrics to it before boiling. This shrinks the wool and causes lovely textures,the fabrics used also take up the dye differently.

She had made some tiny,collaged embroideries,intending them for cards.We thought they would make sweet little framed pieces displayed together in a block.

Finally,she showed her Amanda Clayton workshop pieces,at least I think they are Carol's,Debby also brought hers ?

Several of us attended and had  a lovely day trying her techniques.

Patching and piecing,laying fabrics on both sides ,collaging lace,cutting through 

and using the easiest of stitches........running .

Saturday, 24 June 2017

June already!

We met at Deryll's this month and there is a lot to look at.Ira kicked off proceedings with a piece she began with a jumble of threads,too difficult to sort out but too good to discard.She is slowly adding stitch and beads and revealing the beauty.

Next she brought out her interpretation of her chosen piece from CROWD at Nature in Art.She has used her trademark painting of the fabric then has added 
stitched lines ,couching and sequins.

For her next piece she is creating a triptych based on trees.The base is fairly tough  paper which has been coloured.We thought it would be hard on the fingers but Ira says she pierces the holes first.

She has included the drawing of the trees and then goes on to interpret the textures and patterns observed in them.

She has used a variety of threads and stitches.

When sorting through some fabrics she came across a large piece of lace that had been detached from a net curtain.As ever Ira wanted to see what would happen if she painted it.The various colours had varying degrees of opacity,the broze being the least coverage.While they were wet she also took some prints with a high degree of success!

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Severn Vale Art Trail

Ira Wood 
Ira is exhibiting as part of a group this year at ;

The Elms,Earthcott,Alveston BS35 3TD
Directions: Travelling north on A38, turn right at Rudgeway onto B4427 to Yate. After 1.5 miles turn right to Hambrook. The Elms is 0.3 miles on the right. 
There will be;
Textiles, pastel and graphite drawings,paint,print.
Open 28th April- 7th May
Daily 10am-1.30pm and 1.30pm-5pm

Rust and walnut.

Liz had been in Cornwall 

 and as usual had made good use of her time beach-combing for rusted pieces ,as well as making use of the sea to soak her fabrics.

Above is a close up of the seeding stitch  she has been adding to the piece.

She talked about tin mining and the scars left on the Cornish landscape by it.She is wondering whether to add words to this piece,interestingly "cousin jack' is the local parlance for tin miner.

We loved the colours within the piece,Liz explained that when eco dyeing the blacks and greys are caused by the Tannin in tea.She also said her fabrics 'take' much quicker in Cornwall as it has  softer water than Bristol.

Rusted strip cloth pieces beginning to be stitched.

If you want to see more save these dates and visit .

Jenn had just spent the weekend with Stitch Textile Artists at Ammerdown with Sian Martin.The group were challenged to make brushes out of anything and then to use them to make marks and then write with them.Walnut ink,emulsion paint and Quink ink were used.

They worked on paper ,then fabric choosing a word that related to their current theme.

Jenn chose GROW,for her seedpods.

Eventually pieces were chosen,arranged and stitch added.

If you want to see more go to

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Birds and interiors.

Kirsten brought along more of her birds

she had applied them to some acid dyed wool.

We liked the way the colour was not one solid added to their charm.

She had also recently taken a two day workshop with Gladys Paulus,creating seedpods.The one above was made flat and used alpaca.They are amazing !There is still some work to do on them according to Kirsten so we may see them in future posts.

Sally has also been working on birds,namely the ones from the NiA dish.She has done a great deal of research and may well produce something to display with her piece.Here are some she has stitched below.

She was thinking of creating a book from them,we favoured mounting them in small frames to hang together as they are individual little gems.We thought they deserved to be looked at as individual pieces,there is such a lot in each.

She has also been pursuing a Drawing Interiors course with Hannah Murgatroyd at the RWA over three weeks.This has involved visiting the Holborne Museum and Victoria Gallery in Bath ,Bristol Cathedral and King's Weston in Bristol

Exercises included using focal point,looking through,use of negative space 

using tone to rather than line to show an object 

and use of pattern.She has really enjoyed this and will continue into May at the Suspension bridge,Red Lodge and Bristol Museum.We look forward to her sharing what she produces as she hopes it will sparks ideas into textiles.

Monday, 1 May 2017


Viv brought along her 'Skies' as it is at the stage when it needs to be finished she  had decided on a soft hanging rather than a frame. We liked the way she had extended the stitching into the backing fabric.  

She was unsure about the wadding she was thinking of using.It seemed too 'bouncy' so the quilt makers among us thought she should reduce the bulk by separating into a single layer and then perhaps stitching through to incorporate the piece with the wadding  .It is going to look stunning and really captures the colours of her inspiration.

She then brought out this little box of hexagons.They are TINY !

She is piecing them by hand from little scraps of Liberty lawn.The finished patchwork will be a quilt for an antique doll's bed .A future heirloom.Any tiny scraps of Liberty lawn would be welcomed by Viv.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Shrivel up and dye !

First, Carol showed her 'Subsoil' piece she had entered for the recent Bristol Embroiderers' Guild exhibition.

It had been a challenge to incorporate a hessian sack as part of the piece.Carol had used the sack as the base adding in all manner of embroidered and appliqu├ęd items you would normally see below soil.It was an inspired piece of divergent thinking ,beautifully executed.It will probably put in an appearance at Nature in Art in November.

Next she brought along the results of a recent Quilters Guild workshop with Mary Mackintosh

The fabric above was used to back the stitched piece below,Arctic wool fleece from Whaleys I think.

Lots of different fabrics were stitched to the backing ,using cotton threads ,before dyeing with procion dyes.The fabrics take up the dye differently.

Below you can see the intensive stitching before the whole piece is washed 

which causes it to shrink and distort .

Here another piece already dyed but not yet washed.

We welcomed back Deryll this month who is recovering from a hip replacement operation.She is doing very well but understandably has not been using her creative muscles .However ,her contribution was instructions she had unearthed about Exchange dyeing.

We were interested to know how it worked.The idea is to have two dye baths in Primary colours ,yellow.The first  fabrics are dyed the original colour, yellow,then you'd add say a yoghurt pot of blue to the yellow dye pot and dye more fabric.You keep doing this until the dye is used .You should get fabrics in tones of the Secondary colour as you see above in Deryll's sample sheet .Looks like an interesting exercise.