Programme 2015

Afternoon meetings
(2.15pm for 2.30pm start)
10th January
Japan and Yuzen Dyeing - Sylvia Winn
Sylvia is an enthusiastic stitcher and braider with a particular interest of all things Japanese.  Her passion is hand embroidery and encouraging other embroiderers to keep the knowledge and practice of stitchers alive.  Sylvia is a member of the Leicestershire Branch.
14th February
An Introduction to Silk Painting - Paula Chapman

Paula Chapman was a primary school teacher until a road accident brought a change of direction. She took up textile arts at Melton College with Sheila Baker and realised a feel for silk painting, which has been further developed by working with professional silk painters such as Chris Illsley of Stamford and John Farmelo of Woking.She exhibits in galleries and shows around the Midlands, and gives talks and demonstrations to local groups.  Paula is a member of the Guild of Silk Painters.

14th March
Beryl Dean Memorial Lecture - Diana Phillips
Beryl Dean, MBE, ARCA, FSDC, 1911-2001, was a 20th century pioneer in Hand Embrodery.  Her major achievement was to bring modern art to bear on ecclesiastical embroidery but in a multi-faceted career she taught, designed for the ballet, wrote textbooks and directed exhibitions.  Diana is not an expert embroiderer but has spent 2 years archiving Beryl’s work.  For more information about the artist see her webpage: Beryl Dean
11th April
Show and Tell 
9th May
History of Embroidery - Moira Ackers
Moira is local creative textiles tutor with an interest in the history of embroidery and has had her work published in "Cloth, Paper, Scissors".
13th June
A Delight in the Traditional - Brenda Scarman
Brenda is one of Lincolnshire's most widely regarded traditional embroidery tutors and speakers.  She has exhibited at the National Needlework Championships in the New Stitches Christmas tree project and had items on exhibition at Buckingham Palce, Selfridges and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Please see her webpage for further details.
11th July
Tags Mini Workshop - Christine Plummer
Christine is a member of Jeudis, a textile artists group.  "My .... work is based in mixed media techniques using papers, fabrics, sheers, in fact anything to hand.   Please see the Jeud webpage for further details. Jeudis
Christine Plummer is also the East Midlands Young Embroiderers coordinator long with Michele Maloney.
8th August
Cream Tea and Committee Surprise
There's always lots of home-made scones, jam and cream provided by the Committee.
12th September
Helen Phillips - Door to the Himalayas
Door to the Himalyas was established in 2007 to promote the creative talents of Himalayan craftsmen and women to people who love handloom products and appreciate the skills involved in hand spinning, weaving and embroidery.  Please see her website: Door to the Himalayas
Editor's note:  In 2014, myself and two committee members were invited to Helen's house to see some of the textiles Helen had brought back to the UK, we even found ourselves buying some of them!  It should be a really interesting talk.
10th October
AGM and Stitch Workshop
Starting at 11.30am we will have our AGM followed by a shared lunch and Stitch Workshop.  Alison Coates, our Chairman, will be stepping down from her post after three years and we are looking for a new Chair.
14th November
Talk on the Rennie Mackintosh House in Northampton. 
78 Derngate is the only house in England designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. It is now a multi award-winning visitor attraction offering an unforgettable day out in Northampton. Please see the webpage: 78 Derngate 
12th December
Christmas Party including shared tea, competitions and quizzes
A chance to bring all your textiles for our competions, including our annual Memorial Cup, so start getting your designs ready for "Inspired by My Favourite Artist".
Workshops\Dayschools (10am - 4pm)
Open to both Members and Non-Members
28th March
Inspired by Georgia O'Keefe's silk painted flowers - Sandra Jenkins, one of our members.
Sandra Jenkins is a retired Art, Design and Technology teacherwho is a local artist, speaker and tutor.  Please see her profile via the link: Sandra Jenkins
She is also a regular tutor on The Big Textile Show which is a local show in its third year on the 26th and 27th September 2015.  The Big Textile ShowBack Home
27th June
Quilted Landscapes - Isabel Evans, one of our members
Isabel is a self-taught stitcher who is a committee member and Newsletter Editor (please bring any exhibition items to monthly meetings or send them to
Isabel completed her own quilted landscape from a Stitch magazine and members were so impressed that we asked her to show us how to do it.
28th November
Mountmellick Whitework - Susan Sheldon
Susan is a member of the Living Threads textile artists group.  Living Threads Textile Artists  She is Royal School of Needlework trained and is a regular tutor at Risley Village Hall workshops.  Please see images 5 and 10 on the website: