Programme & Workshops 2016/2017

We meet on the first Thursday of the month (except August) from 7 – 9 pm upstairs in the Saints Parish Rooms, St Mary's Gate, Chesterfield.

We have an Show Table most months but these are arranged nearer the time.

There is a pdf version of our programme at the bottom of the page that you can print out.

Theme of our Programme 2016-2017

There is a thread running through this year’s programme which we hope will lead to an exhibition in the Summer of 2018.

Over and Over and Over Again

We live close to a World Heritage Site which contains some of the earliest cotton spinning and weaving factories in the world. Thread is produced from fibres by twisting. For millennia this was a task undertaken by women in the home. Arkwright and his contemporaries speeded up this process a thousand times and put the women and their children into a factory setting.

In September 2017 we have arranged a group tour of the museum in Masson Mill, Matlock. Some of the evening meetings will be linked with this. There are two practical evening sessions to explore ideas; and introduce new materials and processes.

Members will receive a "goodies" to help them during the year with this project.

Thursday 6 October 2016                                      Annual General Meeting

Thursday 3 November 2016                                        Ann Dilkes: Ann’s Glorious Miniature Houses

Ann became interested about 15 years ago and has been an avid dolls house miniaturist up to the present time. She will bring along room boxes and samples of items she has made, using everyday objects, which will help us to look at familiar things in a different light. Nostalgia and smiles are always part of the evening.   

Show table: Christmas parcels made for the Festival of Christmas Trees

19 - 27 November 2016                                            Festival of Christmas Trees in Chesterfield Parish Church “The Crooked Spire”

For the last two years we have had a decorated Christmas tree in the Parish Church for the Festival of Christmas Trees.

This year we are making white parcels to be decorated in red and gold.

Open Times:

All days except Sundays 10.00am - 6.00pm

Sundays 12.00pm - 6.00pm

Admission Free

Thursday 1 December 2016                                   Nicola Jarvis: Fashionable Stitches 1997 to 2006

Embroidery and beading in the fashion industry across a decade.

We welcome back Nicola who will share her ten year’s experience of working with beads, in the fashion industry. This will link with her beading workshop on Saturday.

Saturday 3 December 2016                                       ONE DAY WORKSHOP                                             Nicola Jarvis: Bejewelled Bird Brooches

We will spend the day learning techniques to use in applying beads and end with a lot of knowledge and a small brooch. Cost for the workshop is £35 and £15 for the kit. The kit will contain leather kid; felt; string padding; colour wire check; pearl purl; bright check purl; sequins and beads; and a brooch pin. For this workshop you only have to bring the odd needle, scissors and a packed lunch.

This workshop will be part of Kickstart (the East Midlands Region educational programme ).You don't have to take part in Kickstart to attend the workshop.

Thursday 5 January 2017                                              A member led practical workshop session: Over and Over and Over Again

Tonight’s session will be based on images from the collection held at Masson Mills, exploring the idea of pattern making using multiple repeats.

Members will start to design their own 45cm square pattern. These paper designs can be returned in March. They will be professionally digitally printed onto cotton fabric. The idea is for them to be made up into cushions, either as they are or further embroidered or quilted etc.

Thursday 2 February 2017                                               A member led practical workshop: The Many, the Miniature, and the Mysterious

Remember the lovely miniature worlds created by Ann Dilkes and the repeat patterns made by the cotton spinning machines? This is an introduction to creating a tiny manufacturing world in a small box. We start with a new box, between 6” and 10” cube, adding a collection of small metal fitments and other mysterious bits and pieces.

Thursday 2 March 2017                                                 The Five Graces: A different way of working

The 5 Graces started in 2006 when a suggestion was made at a Guild meeting for people who might be interested in joining a small group to stitch pieces on a “Round Robin” basis. Interested people were to meet at Grace Leary's to discuss; and so it began!

Photograph: One of the pieces of work created by the 5 Graces

Thursday 6 April 2017                                               Hilary Tinley: Embroidery for the 21st Century Church

From her own experience as a Church embroiderer, Hilary Tinley explores opportunities to design and make embroidered vestments and furnishings. She argues that Churches can provide a valuable outlet for both decorated textile items and embroiderers’ artworks.

Thursday 4 May 2017                                                                   Hilary Hollingworth: A Darned Obsession

This illustrated lecture tells of how a casual remark by a teacher at infant school developed into a way of working with stitch that has become an addiction. The talk reflects on how family background, personal and community memories become themes and subjects for stitched work. How themes develop into ideas and ideas are worked through into finished work. The lecture shows examples of personal work covering many years as a stitcher.

Thursday 1 June 2017                                               Helen Smith: Introduction to Japanese Kimono and Kimono Fabrics

Helen has loved and studied Japanese fabrics for many years and has built up a large personal collection.

Thursday 6 July 2017                                                Alysn Midgelow Marsden: Beyond Babies, Beetroots and Bunsen Burners

Alysn will talk about her latest works, exhibitions and interesting exploits since leaving the UK, throwing in a few scenic New Zealand images for good measure.

Saturday 5 August 2017                                                   National Celebration of Stitch

Sit and stitch in foyer of Chesterfield Library. Some of our cushions will be on display.

Thursday 7 September 2017                                   Branch Visit to Sir Richards Arkwright’s Masson Mills

How is the thread we use formed? What is our local historical connection?

We are hoping to use this fascinating collection of textile machinery dating from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries as the starting point for work to form part of our next exhibition.

The guided tour starts at 2.45pm and takes about one hour.

Thursday 5 October 2017                                       Annual General Meeting.

Time to reflect on the past year and share ideas for the future.