Programme and Workshops 2016-2017

We meet once a month alternating Thursday evenings at 7pm and Saturday afternoons at 2pm
 at St Paul's Church Hall, Boundary Road, West Bridgford NG2 7DB

Saturday 10 September 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Lynda Kinnard - Not for walking on
Rebellious Rags is the business name for creative textile artist Lynda Kinnard. Like many, Lynda adores creating textures, and for 20 years she taught Art and Textiles in Secondary Schools, and was an accomplished dress-maker prior to this. For the last 10 years Lynda has been working freelance as a Textile Designer, Tutor and Artist. With a focus on Free-Machine Embroidery and upcycling fabrics, and using traditional Rug Making techniques in an offbeat and unique way, Lynda creates bespoke commissions, wearable art and embellished homeware.

Thursday 13 October 7.00pm - 9.00pm
AGM and
Yvonne Brown - Threads of Life
With my background in art and my strong interest in art history, particularly the medieval, together with a passion for fabrics and threads, I am constantly exploring ways to use textiles as an artistic medium in an exciting and experimental way to obtain images that have a tactile and, at times, a three dimensional surface, with a richness and depth not often possible by more conventional means. My inspiration is found in the natural world and from art historical sources.

Saturday 12 November 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Yvonne Bell - Silk for Sundays
Yvonne designs church vestments with painted silk panels.
She paints banners,chasubles, stoles, copes, mitres, lectern and pulpit falls and altar cloths. Yvonne also paints
conference backcloths and gives talks about her work.

Thursday 8 December 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Christmas Social and
Carole Soul - Old Needlework Tools

Saturday 14 January 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Sally Wilson - Designing and constructing her work
The majority of my art pieces are initiated through sketches and quick studies and I acquire photographic evidence to back up my findings and aid in the visual development of pieces. I always keep a sketchpad or notepad close at hand, as ideas and concepts often emerge as I work on other pieces and so it is essential to capture thoughts as they occur. Firsthand findings are the most fruitful and I visit a multitude of locations to gather information. After initial research, I begin to work in textiles using free machine embroidery, returning to drawing in order to explore design and composition and to re-evaluate ideas. Pieces are often reworked or modified as the focus changes and develops.

Thursday 9 February 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Loughborough Students
Work in Progress
Students from Loughborough University talk about their course work, what inspires them and what they see as current trends in textiles.

Saturday 10th March 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Mary Sleigh - Embroidered African Textiles
My passion for materials and making by hand started as a child. I can still remember the excitement of going with my grandmother, an enthusiastic embroiderer, to choose threads and fabric in a needlework shop in Glasgow. It was an Aladdin’s cave of colour, textures and drawers full of crisp fabrics smelling of new linen. That was the start of my lifelong love of fabric and stitch; an absorbing journey that continues with many unexpected destinations.

Thursday 6 April 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Mary and Liz - A Life of Knitting
Many people knit for pleasure and creativity. These two ladies have researched knitting and are involved in test knitting for designers as well as producing copious finished articles of all descriptions.

Saturday 13 May 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Marion Plumb - Colours to Dye for
An illustrated and tactile look at 'colour on cloth' with examples of traditional textiles including indigo dyed cloth and kimono silk; examples of my own dyed and stitched textiles

Thursday 8 June 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Laura Edgar - Textiles - the fabric of my life
I am based in Whitley Bay on the North East coastline. I work in the mediums of textiles and mixed media, exploring an eclectic mix of vintage, recycled fabrics, ephemera and haberdashery ; incorporating embroidery and painting techniques to create original art, prints, accessories and cards.
I am fascinated by texture and the ephemeral changes to light, texture and colour by the elements on our sea and landscapes. I find inspiration in nature, all things vintage, nostalgia and the emotive power of nature intrigues me. I record initial inspiration with photography & sketches and allow the manipulation of my chosen medium and a spontaneous, experimental approach to develop the finished piece.

Thursday 13 July 7.00pm - 9.00pm
And Sew to Supper

Workshops are held at Bradmore Methodist Church Hall, Farmer Street, Bradmore NG11 6FE
Advance booking is essential / 01509 852974
There is an additional charge for workshops

Friday 14 October 10.00am - 4.00pm
Yvonne Brown - Off the wall
Wherever we are we can find interesting walls made of stone and brick, weathered and worn and decorated with lichen, moss and ivy. These wonderful textured surroundings provide a remarkable source for textile work.

This experimental workshop day for art quilters and embroiderers will lead you through a number of techniques which will enable you to produce your own textile wall.

The techniques covered will require some knowledge of free-machine work, we will also be busy 'melting and burning (soldering irons and heat gun will be provided for use in the class) and there will be a bit of painting and printing!

Friday 18 November 10.00am - 4.00pm
Lorraine Ellison - Free machine embroidery
Drawing with your sewing machine to create background and texture

Friday 10 March 10.00am - 4.00pm
Mary Sleigh - Piecing and Patching - African Style
Using fabric and stitch to create work with African inspiration

Saturday 29 April 10.00am - 4.00pm
Anne Brooke - Print, Collage and Stitch
I create bespoke mixed media textile pieces of work that are combined with my love for drawing​. instead of drawing with pencil I use a needle. I build up layers of paper and fabric, re-working my pieces with paint, ink, dyes and stamp before drawing on the surface with a sewing machine and needle.My inspiration comes from the walks and journeys I go on. I collect, draw and photograph natures treasures, that can sometimes go un-noticed and these become the inspiration for my work. We will explore a variety of printing techniques that we will then 'rip up', collage and stitched together to create a unique wall hanging.

Friday 9 June 10.00am - 4.00pm
Laura Edgar - Textile Floral collage - poppies