Jazz Age

Jazz Age

Friday 13th October 2017

Stitch technique

Bead a beautiful miniature amulet bag with an Art Deco design

Textile technique

Create printing blocks based on Art Deco

motifs to use on discharge velvet or silk.

Friday 17th November 2017

Stitch Technique

Make some beautiful Art Deco themed Christmas decorations

using golden threads and beads

Textile Technique

Try the exciting technique of Devore on

sumptuous silk velvet.

Friday 19th January 2018

Stitch Technique

Create miniature beaded shoes in 20’s style

Textile Technique

Art Deco foiling and stencilling to create gilded surfaces.

Friday 9th February 2018

Stitch Technique

Create and Art Deco panel depicting a flapper

wearing a beaded headdress.

Textile Technique

Silk paper 3D flowers

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Merry Christmas

A little churchyard friend has hopped along to wish you a Happy Christmas.

Hope to see lots of you at Pannal in January in the meanwhile "keep stitching ......"

Thursday, 2 December 2010

I've been working!

This is what I have done from what we learnt last month.  I very much enjoyed working with the tin foil background.  I have put it underneath the chiffon's on the dark background embroideries and it gives a nice sheen.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Expand & Stitch

The snow may keep us in our homes but it does not stop us stitching! I hope you all managed to get to the Knit and Stitch show at the weekend and no one got stuck in Sunday's snow.  It took me 3 1/2 hours to do a 20 minute journey!!

Below is an experimental sample using xpandaprint (puff paint).
Image inspired by a stone carving on a north facing wall

Sunday, 28 November 2010


Sorry to disappoint you .... but we cannot control the weather

Monday 29 November has been cancelled due to the lovely snowy weather
We will be in touch to let you know what is happening in the New Year.

Although it is a little early we wish you a

Happy Christmas and a Creative New Year

Thursday, 18 November 2010

This picture has been created using puff paint
and then machine stitched

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Manuscript - 2

I was quite peased with the results of this manuscript.  I attached some tin foil to a piece of printer paper using 505 spray textile glue.  I printed the image onto the tin foiled paper then left it to dry overnight.  It doesn't dry to the foil, it will rub off if you touch it so I sprayed it again with the glue and attaced a piece of painted garden fleece (apologies to my Cordyline who hasn't got as thick a winter jacket as it thought it would).  You can see that it looks nice and old against the printed page I did.

Thursday, 28 October 2010


Managed to get one sample almost completed before the next session on Monday, 1 November.

I traced the tile design onto a piece of thin iron-on vilene, then ironed that onto the back of a piece of woollen blanket.  The reverse of the blanket had painted Bondaweb ironed onto it.

A square of kunin felt was tacked onto the front of the blanket over the top of the Bondaweb.

Using various machine embroidery threads (non melting variety: ie cotton, rayon, viscose or metallic) I then machine stitched around the outline on the reverse side of the blanket sandwich.

Turned the piece over again to the front and carefully cut away the excess kunin felt.  This was then painted with acrylic paint in a random manner before being zapped with a heat gun (remembering to leave areas with not too much paint so that it melted).   More acrylic paint was then applied to the raised area to integrate it.

Need to get on and make an A3 piece now and might include some synthetic sheer as the top layer prior to melting?

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Illuminated Manuscripts

I especially like this picture of the women weaving and carding
c British library - 39937

The British Library has kindly allowed us to post this picture of a page from the Luttrell Psalter on our blog for you all to have a look at

Psalm 103: Lincolnshire c1320-40

C The British Library MS 42130,f.171

Have fun researching the medieval manuscripts!

This piece was inspired by the talk given by Janet Taylor at Harrogate EG.

Sunday, 17 October 2010


This piece of embroidery was created by treating the fabric with 'No Flow' prior to writing on it.

Come along to the next session at Pannal and learn how to 'create a manuscript' in a variety of ways.

Luttrel Psalter

Following the medieval theme we will be looking at the Luttrell Psalter.
The original book can be found in the British Library it was commissioned by Sir Geoffrey Luttrell in 1325


This is a lovely web site where you can turn the pages and have a look at the whole book.
Have Fun!

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Medieval Tiles

More messing about instead of doing real work ....  this is a sketch book page created from drawings based on medieval tiles.  Outlines loosely coloured using cheap Crayola wax crayons.  A wash of Koh-i-noor inks was then applied giving a lovely distressed effect where the wax resisted.

The doodles on the side of the page are from the Bayeux Tapestry.  Next step is to find my Kunin Felt and some Bondaweb to paint

Tuesday, 5 October 2010


The October meeting featured early pieces inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry.  Everyone was eager to go home and try out the techniques used by one of the tutors depicting medieaval tiles using layers of iron-on-vilene, blanket, calico, painted bondaweb, kunin felt and emulsion paint.  It will be interesting to see the finished pages in November.




Seems like everyone is enjoying the current theme

Monday, 27 September 2010

Saturday, 18 September 2010


One of the new members to the Pannal Textile Group recently emailed the above picture and these comments:-
I am sticking my neck out a bit as the newest member but I so enjoyed my day, I thought you might like to see how much.  Last year I tried to start a project on the theme of the Lindisfarne gospels and the Book of Kells but I got all the books out, sketch book and pencils, paints, etc and just looked at it for a couple of hours and decided that I couldn't do it.
I have now made an 'ideas' page which I am really pleased with although I am still struggling with the drawing.  I am now onto my page 'proper' and that is coming along quite well.   I now need to go and do some housework as I have abandoned everything to get this far.
 Love the stitched samples on the page - hope you are all taking note?

Thursday, 16 September 2010

More Playing

My piece of work now has some monetary value!!  The green circular motif on the left is a paper cast made over a purchased print block using up scraps of dissolvable paper.  Painted with various types of acrylic paint.  Hand stitched to the surface with a Madeira metallic machine thread.

The metallic coin is a piece of copper shim which I have embossed, heated, painted with alcohol inks, then blue and black acrylic paint rubbed off. A piece of felt was placed behind it prior to it being stitched onto the surface of the page.

Look at this - you will love it


Wednesday, 15 September 2010

History of Embroidery Link

As we are looking at embroidery through the ages a new link has been added to the Blog to assist you.

If you look under Links to Interesting Blogs on the left hand side of your screen you will see there is a tag for 'History of Embroidery'.  This blog was created by Helen Cowans and has been recently updated.

When you launch the blog there is a bar along the top with various dates along it.  You click on the period you are interested in and up pops the history.  Just scroll down.

Bayeux Tapestry is on there ....  with lots of links to other sites from it.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Celtic Playtime

Dragon Clasp
As usual playtime at home following the workshop produced some interesting results.  Crayola wax crayons were used to colour a traced pencil outline on Abaca Tissue that had been adhered to a felt background using Bondaweb.  This was then coloured with a wash of Walnut Ink.  Free machine stitch was applied to the dragon outline in various colours.  The background has also had some Markal oil sticks applied to it and a dark wash of Quink ink.

The celtic motifs at the top of the piece were drawn onto a piece of iron-on pelmet vilene with a Sharpie felt tip.  These were then coloured in using the Crayola wax crayons.  The outlines were cut out and ironed onto the background.  Further work is needed to integrate them into the background and make them part of the overall effect instead of just sitting on the top.

Friday, 3 September 2010


Tutor Annie has provided a partially worked sample to give you all the general idea of what will be demonstrated at the September 2010 workshop.

Monday, 23 August 2010


After a successful year of creating work based on St Roberts Church and its surroundings, the Pannal Textile Group changes its theme in September 2010.

Each month an A3 page of designs, stitches and samples will be created on a background formed from fabric (this could include durable materials such as silk paper, Lutradur, pelmet vilene, Abaca tissue paper, etc).  The pages will eventually be collated into a book with a decorative cover.  Inspiration during September will be taken from Viking and Celtic design.  Each month members of the Group will progress through different periods of history eventually leading up to the present day.

As always Diane and Annie, two experienced tutors, will give demonstrations of techniques, whilst also being on hand to offer advice and assistance with page design and suitable methods of working.  There is a mix of traditional and contemporary style within the Group as well as a range of skills from beginner to the more experienced.

New Theme for Autumn

A montage of some of the samples created by Diane
A Viking Clasp

A typical Celtic design

Monday, 16 August 2010


The above fabric swatches are the pieces of calico which were dyed during the demonstration of Procion dyeing at Pannal Textile Group during August.  Hope the rest of you have been inspired and will have a go at producing the whole range of colours suggested in the handout.  The blotchy yellow and orange pieces were coloured using the 'Space Dyeing' method.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

To Dye For

The front and reverse of a piece of curtain fabric which contained synthetic threads
which have not taken the Procien dye.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Pea Green Dyeing

A beautiful pea green ....
One happy punter .....  scrim and threads dyed using Procion dye, and already earmarked for a project!!  Well done.

Friday, 6 August 2010

Book cover

WIP - until the inks arrive this is as far as I can go with this project. Following some rather rude remarks from my husband I removed the stuffing from the cones and flattened them!
The back cover is based on a simple motif from one of the headstones in the churchyard.
I think I could get carried away this technique.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Pattern and Design

Some simple design ideas sourced from the churchyard at Pannal.  Look forward to seeing the results achieved by the 10 August session.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

OPEN DAY 21 June 2010

Our first Open Day and what a day .... excellent weather, lots of visitors and an abundance of lovely work and books for everyone to see.  Tea, coffee and cakes were also available for visitors to enjoy

To enhance the embroidery exhibition Rev Nigel Sinclair put several beautiful stoles, alter cloths and a chausible inspired by Matisse on display in the church.  He also revealed further little gems of information about the church.

Our next meeting is on Monday, 19 July 10.00 am - 4.00 pm.  Details will be sent to all those who are interested in participating.  Unfortunately one of our tutors - Diane Freeman - will not be available that day but a full programme of tuition will be provided.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010


Vikki had completed a sample using Italian Corded Quilting and this photograph does not really do it justice.