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.There is a pdf version of our programme at the bottom of the page that you can print out.
We have an Show Table most months but these are arranged nearer the time.
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
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.
All days except Sundays 10.00am - 6.00pm
Sundays 12.00pm - 6.00pm
Thursday 1 December 2016 Nicola Jarvis: Fashionable Stitches 1997 to 2006
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
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
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
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
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 Day of Stitch
We don't know yet what we will be doing or where we'll be. But we'll be doing something.
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?
The guided tour starts at 2.45pm and takes about one hour.
Details of transport by coach nearer the time.
Thursday 5 October 2017 Annual General Meeting.
Time to reflect on the past year and share ideas for the future.