Programme and Workshops 2013-2014

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 14th September 2013
Linda Rudkin
Colours from nature

Linda explains how to use a wide range of natural dyes for creative work with textiles. The talk is supported by more than 60 stitched sample boards and pieces of textile art.

Thursday 10th October
                                                                                                    Gilli Theokritoff
My Quilt journey

An entertaining talk about Gilli's quilts and her journey from novice to pro, with lots of quilts to handle and inspect.

Saturday 9th November
Christine Standen
Practise what I preach

As Christine comes to a new beginning, She looks back at her own work and the events which have influenced it. 

Thursday 12th December
Christmas Social

Seasonal workshops run by our members followed by tea and a mince pie.

Saturday 11th January 2014
Louise West
Cotton to concrete and beyond

Louise's talk charts the journey of lacemaking from historic beginnings, through to contemporary applications. It includes her involvement with the design of Nottingham Contemporary, through her MA contemporary lace and into her current practice of using lace as inspiration for jewellery.  There is something in there for everyone, even if not interested in the traditional white delicate textile.

Thursday 14th February
Tempo Talks
Rummaging through Grannie's drawers

A lively and informative talk, with demonstrations, bringing together collecting, care and creative makes from vintage linen.Join our speakers as they take you on a colourful adventure through Grannie's Drawers, Junk Shops and Antique Markets, in their quest for unloved, unused and long-forgotten vintage linen. They'll show you how they collect, care for and create, with their textile treasures from long ago.

Saturday 8th March
Loughborough Students
Work in progress

Two design students will talk about their course work and explain how it has developed.

Thursday 10th April
Dionne Swift
New Grounds

A 4 year long, Arts Council supported project culminating in a solo touring show. This talk illustrates why and most importantly how Dionne re-developed her work, charting inspiration, the progression of ideas and the development of the exhibition. 

Saturday 10th May
Lesley Alexander
Pushing Boundaries

Lesley will describe how she developed her work practice using stitch with emphasis on machine techniques, sharing inspirations and encouraging work to be seen in a fine art context  as her work crosses the boundaries of embroidery, quilt art and fine art. She has a wealth of stitch samples which  will be of interest to embroidery enthusiasts because it shows how she has pushed traditional techniques further on than is usually seen possible and into a fine art context. Her skill is creating textures using fabric manipulation and machine embroidery techniques.

Thursday 12th June
Gail Lawther
Glimpses of Britain

Gail will show her 24 small quilts, each one inspired by different aspects of life in the British Isles. From Boadicea to the Beatles, from Morris Dancing to motorways, From Stonehenge to the Giant’s Causeway – it’s all here in stitch and fabric! 

Saturday 12th July
And sew to afternoon tea

End the year with a sociable afternoon of sewing, chatting and eating