Branch Programme for 2021

February

16th

Stitch Chat zoom

Stitch & Chat

Zoom

March

1st

Jessica Grady 

Journey into the Unconventional

A look at Jessica’s textiles journey and career including her work within commercial embroidery and print design – Jessica also discusses her contemporary methods and use of sustainable and waste materials within my artistic practice.

Jessica is a member of Prism Textiles and Art Textiles Made in Britain, 2018-2019 Under 30’s Guild Scholar Award and RAW Talent Award 2017. Jessica works form her home studio in Leeds, West Yorkshire. She teaches her workshop programme to schools, colleges and private organisations across the UK and sell and exhibits her work internationally.

Floral Bloom Hoop

Floral Bloom Hoop (detail)

Daisy polyps

Daisy Polyps

Mandala detail

Mandala (detail)

Sample swatch collection

Sample Swatch Collection

Images reproduced  by kind permission of Jessica Grady

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Zoom or Branch Meeting

March

2nd

Jessica Grady 

Abstract Embroidery & Embellishment

A 3 hour Zoom Workshop exploring contemporary techniques to create colourful and tactile embellishment swatches. Techniques will include; making sequins, layered techniques, vertical beading and combining materials. Materials will include recycled plastics, cable sleeve, painted and wrapped washers and industrial waste alongside more traditional textiles and threads.

Zoom Workshop

March

16th

Stitch Chat zoom

Stitch & Chat

Zoom

April

12th

Emily Tull

An overview of my career as a stitch artist whilst talking about what inspires me and my process.

Emily graduated in 2000 with a BA (Hons) Fine Art, specialising in painting. In 2008 she started her first series of hand stitched portraits. In 2014 Emily was a contestant on Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year series and her artwork was selected for the Royal Academy Summer Show. In 2017 she won the Kent Creative Award for Visual Art (non digital).

IMAGE Lord Melvyn Bragg hand stitched
IMAGE Otter

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Speaker

May

10th

Polly Woolstone

My Journey with a Camera, Sketchbook and Needle

Polly’s work has been inspired by both her physical and emotional journeys. Working in mixed-media textiles she has tried to capture what the places have meant to her- colours, patterns, detail and decay, a sense of chaos or calm. Sometimes words and poems have helped her on my way and these have been incorporated into herwork.

Now based in Oxford, my work reflects my travels – from country lanes in the UK and Ireland to my many visits to India and Indochina. Working in mixed media my work combines my love of colour, texture and mark-making.  I am still exploring and my talk reflects my the creative journey I has been on

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Speaker

May

17th

Clare Clensy

Miniature Crewel Work

Work a tradition crewel work motif, but in miniature using stranded cotton. The design also includes some beads and a mixture of hand embroidery stitches. You can use our own colours to make your project unique

Clare trained on a three year apprenticeship at the Royal School of Needlework and has been teaching hand embroidery for more than fifteen years gaining much experience and a wealth of stitching knowledge.  She is the author of “A Beginners Guide to Silk Shading” and has written many magazine articles. She has also designed her own range of embroidery kits which cover most hand embroidery techniques.

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Workshop

June

7th

Suzy Wright

Organic Forms in Stitch

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Speaker

June

10th – 13th

Summer Exhibition

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June

14th

Jenny Adin-Christie

Whitework Buttons

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Tutor Led Workshop

July

5th

Summer Lunch

September

6th

Peg Katrinsky

The Needlework Collaboration of Mary, Queen of Scots and 

Bess of Hardwick

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Speaker

September

7th

Louise Nichols

Lino Cut Workshop

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Tutor Led Workshop

October

4th

Annual General Meeting

Member Speaker – To Be Advised

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Speaker

November

1st

Bobby Britnell

My Creative Journey

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Speaker

November

2nd

Bobby Britnell

Drawing a Line

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Tutor Led Workshop

December

6th

Christmas Lunch and Surprise Speaker

Speaker

An archive of our programme can be seen here