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, 20 December 2011


Monday, 19 December 2011

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Dying papers with indian spices

Try dyeing your sketchbook papers with Indian Spices.

Mix the spices witha little water and rub onto your papers, leave to dry and tip off excess spices

NOTE : - Wear gloves when dying the papers especially when you use chillis as they can stay on your fingers even after washing your hands. Make sure that you do not touch your eyes.

Your work space will smell lovely !

Indian Kantha

Our own interpretation of Indian Kantha work.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

London 2012 cultural Olympiad

Knitting and Crochet Guild

Do you fancy making a cushion out of British wool for the athletes at the Olympics?

WOOLSACK is all about British wool, the importance of wool in England's history while recognising what wool has to offer the UK today. They will be sharing this with the athletes by making personal gifts for them that are beautiful, functional and are a little bit of Britain to take home with them.

Find out how you can get involved:


Thursday, 8 September 2011

Augst work finished!

 This is my silk paper lavender bags.  Thanks to Lesley for her lavender I managed to make three and also to put a bag inside my cushion that I made earlier in the year, so that is now finished too!
 This is my silk paper 'hoard' book.  It hasn't photographed very clearly but I have embedded in some metal coins, beads, etc. in a piece of scrim.  I painted them over with the iron paint and activator.  I didn't want to completely cover the book in paint as I had included some coloured fibres in the paper which I wanted to show.  I have distressed the pages (nearly set the kitchen on fire) and I shall use it to write in notes about the pieces of work I have done.
This is the smocking and Dorset buttons.  I have done a piece of traditional smocking and another more modern piece with randomly placed gathers.  I have grown quite attached to feather stitch, it comes out really well.  I have included the canvas work from July to show how I have finished it off.
Thanks very much to Annie and Diane for a wonderful year of stitching, I have learnt such a lot.  It is a shame it is so far to come from Scarborough but looking at what you are doing next year, I might still pop over for a day sometime.  Regards to everyone and I hope to see you around.

July's work finished

Well almost.  I didn't get the sample with the discharge velvet done because I didn't have any (velvet, that is) so I may do that one at a later date.  The sample on the left is fabrics and hand embroidery the sample on the right is papers which have been stamped or machine embroidered.  There are a couple of strips of braid added to cover gaps.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Crazy Patchwork 3

Silk, velvet and cotton fabrics, nappy liners and markal paintstiks, ribbons and stranded cotton.
This is a bit flat, it needs more embellishing but I'm not sure what.

Crazy Patchwork 2

This was fun, decorative papers bonded to calico, embellished with stitch, sequins and beads and stitched onto card

Crazy Patchwork 1

Finally finished the projects from the July workshop!
This is worked on rug canvas with organza, velvet and satin ribbon, fancy braid and stranded cottons using traditional canvas work stitches.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Silk paper, Tissue paper

Printed manuscript image on tissue paper, crumpled up and torn into bits. The silk paper was sprayed with gold metallic ink before the tissue paper was added.

Rusted silk paper

An `ancient' book, it just needs a distressed cord or something to finish it off. The outer cover has a lovely leathery feel to it but as the paint and activator diddn't soak through the paper, the inside is still soft and silky. I used some gold and copper metallic rub-on too which looks good, although it doesn't show up well in the photo

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Rust, silk paper and stitch

This month we were experimenting with silk paper and Dorset buttons, creating a piece that looked like metal.
I do believe we achieved this effect with very quick results.

Many of us also had fun making traditional Dorset buttons and we looked at Dorset farmers smocks and had a go at smocking

This month proved a really good mix of both experimental and traditional embroidery.

Monday, 22 August 2011

How to sun print !

A summer project that you may like to try over the holidays

1 Take a piece of silk dupion fabric and lay it on some plastic to protect the work surface .
2 Paint the fabric using pebeo setasilk.
3 Now take your fabric and lay it in bright sunshine, place some keys or other objects that have a clear outline, immediately on top of the fabric.
4Wait for the fabric to dry in the sun.
5 Remove the keys and you will have found that the silk paint has 'moved' to produce an image of the keys

.Now you are ready to embellish the back ground fabric with stitch etc etc

Friday, 29 July 2011

We were very pleased to welcome the deputy Mayor of Harrogate

The end of year exhibition was a huge success

What's on for Textiles in Yorkshire

* Focus on Fountains by the Small Group,Textile Artwork inspired by Fountains Abbey
18th - 31st July. Fountains Abbey NT, North Yorkshire, Tel; 01765 608 888

* Going For Gold, Textile Art Group
17th September - 30th October, Bankfield Museum, Akroyd Park, Boothtown Road, Halifax
HX3 6HG Tel 01422354823

Castle Textile Group
Enrolling now for September for City and Guilds Embroidery.
in Spofforth nr Harrogate
For further details please e-mail Annie/Diane

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Exhibition photos by David Galsworthy


David galsworthy has very kindly taken these photos at our end of year show
I thought I would like to share them with you. Please click on the link above

More photos will be posted on the blog at a later date

A big Thank You to all the student's that worked so hard to make the show a great success,

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Second Stomacher finished!

Here is my embroidered stomacher.  I am quite pleased with it although I gave up on the Elizabethan Braid stitch and used purchased braid.  I found a video on Youtube for the braid stitch which was quite good to follow but as soon as I moved away from the computer I forgot how to get started again.

Monday, 30 May 2011


I have got the lutradur stomacher completed and am quite pleased with it.  I am working on the embroidered one but am having difficulties with getting the direction of the stitching right on the leaves.  The flower has worked out fine.


Thanks to Annie and Diane for some brilliant workshops. I am really enjoying them. I did a picture of Elizabeth I (among other things) which I am so pleased with - you will see it in our exhibition.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Stitched Elizabethan Portraits

these portraits are so lovely and the students had worked so hard on them I just had to post them on the blog

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Sunday, 8 May 2011



Saturday, 7 May 2011

Talk by Mary Bentham

Mary ( in the red jumper ) has just retired from Bradford museums and we were very lucky to be able to share the benefit of her knowledge on Tudor costume and textiles.