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Summer School - 2019

posted 30 Jan 2019, 08:06 by Pamela Keeling   [ updated 30 Jan 2019, 08:09 by Ann Pocklington ]

A reminder that places for Summer School, 2019 at our new venue:  The Olde Barn Hotel, Grantham, are booking up quickly, though places are still available.

Date - Friday 19th July to Sunday 21st July 2019

Contact - Marianne Young, Summer School organiser, East Midlands Region   01476 861534

West Bridgford Branch Workshop

posted 22 Jan 2019, 11:47 by Erica Thomson   [ updated 22 Jan 2019, 11:47 by Ann Pocklington ]

Maria Thomas workshop - Friday 15 February 10 - 4

~ This workshop will cover – how to use a pattern to create a half scale garment, layout and cutting pattern pieces from recycled and vintage fabrics, simple garment construction methods and explore surface decoration using appliqué and quilting techniques. 
~ The workshop will be held at Bradmore Methodist Church Hall.
~ Cost - £35
~ Contact Kath Owen

Leics. branch talk: The Embroidered Jupon of the Black Prince

posted 21 Jan 2019, 02:18 by Erica Thomson   [ updated 21 Jan 2019, 02:18 by Ann Pocklington ]

Ninya Mikhaila will be coming to the Leicestershire Branch on the 9th February 2019 to speak on the Embroidered Jupon of the Black Prince.  She is known as the Tudor Tailor from her series A Stitch in Time which was shown on BBC4 in January/February 2018.  I’m sure many of you enjoyed the series.  She has also written a book.  

Ninya also has a website:

Leicestershire meet at Braunstone West Social Centre, St Mary’s Avenue, off Braunstone Lane, Leicester, LE3 3FT
Visitor’s donation is £5.00.  For any queries, please ring 0116 2890206.

New Book: 'Threads of Life' by Clare Hunter

posted 12 Jan 2019, 09:56 by Deborah Phillpott   [ updated 12 Jan 2019, 09:56 by Ann Pocklington ]

Threads of Life – a book about why people sew

Clare Hunters book  'Threads of Life' is to be published by Sceptre of Hodder & Stoughton on 7th February and has been chosen as Radio 4’s Book of the Week that same month 4th - 8th February.

She says ‘Sewing is a way to mark our existence on cloth: patterning our place in the world, voicing our identity, sharing something of ourselves with others and leaving the indelible evidence of our presence in stitches held fast by our touch.’
and goes on to inform us that 'Threads of Life' takes us from the anonymous needlewomen of the Bayeux Tapestry to Mary, Queen of Scots’ politically messaged embroidery, from the therapeutic stitching of World War One’s shell-shocked soldiers to nineteenth century tailors whose pictorial patchwork campaigned for reform, from the grieving mothers in 1970s Argentina who sewed the names of their disappeared children onto headscarves to the subversive stitchery of feminists in 1980s America. The book tells us why people have sewed through time and across cultures to tell their stories and make their voices heard.

‘Threads of Life is a beautifully considered book that reminds us of how much sewing plays a crucial part in expressing the many facets of our lives. Clare Hunter has managed to mix the personal with the political with moving results.’ Tracey Chevalier

‘It seemed to me that we had lost sight of the potency of needlework, the tactile residue of its makers’ touch; the meaning of its symbolic patterns and motifs, its ability to conserve community traditions. I wanted to restore that knowledge, to remind readers of needlework’s emotional, social and textural qualities and, by doing so, revive an appreciation of its value.’ Clare Hunter

‘Threads of Life is a compelling and beautifully written account of how marginalised peoples throughout history have
used the language of sewing, embroidery and textiles to tell their neglected stories.’ The Bookseller, Nov. 2018

Daventry celebrates 21 years.

posted 23 Nov 2018, 03:08 by Pamela Keeling   [ updated 23 Nov 2018, 03:48 by Ann Pocklington ]

on 20th March, 2019 at Daventry Methodist Church - 7.00 - 9.00pm
Admission Free including refreshments.
We extend a special welcome to friends and previous members. 
Bring along your embroidery memories or enjoy the mini taster stitching workshops.
RSVP to Anne Cook - 07979 296031 or

VISUALise - Inspiration for Stitch and Expression

posted 18 Oct 2018, 03:04 by Pamela Keeling   [ updated 18 Oct 2018, 03:04 by Ann Pocklington ]

Exhibition of textiles and mixed media work created by ISE textile group of 15 artists who enjoy creating artwork with stitch as the common thread.

Welford Village Hall, West Street, Welford, Northampton NN6 6HU

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December, 2018

10am - 5pm - daily

Admission free

Thank You!

posted 1 Oct 2018, 14:13 by Erica Thomson   [ updated 1 Oct 2018, 14:13 by Ann Pocklington ]

Liz Welch Masks
A huge thank you to those members who attended the Regional AGM and bought some of the treasures I brought from Liz Welch's stash. Nearly £200 was raised to add to the £1000+ from Regional Day. The total from craft supplies etc is now £2800, so far. 
All monies have been donated to Breast Cancer Now.

"Threads Through Revelation" Exhibition at Southwell Minster

posted 4 Sep 2018, 02:20 by Erica Thomson   [ updated 5 Sep 2018, 05:55 by Ann Pocklington ]

Threads Through Revelation-Jacqui Parkinson

Tuesday 16 October to Friday 30 November 2018, in the Quire Aisles

"Threads Through Revelation" is a spectacular display of textile art, inspired by the book of Revelation. It has been created by Jacqui Parkinson, a textile artist based in Devon. Her work will be visiting cathedrals across the country until the end of 2018, and we are lucky enough to be one of it's hosts.
“Threads Through Revelation” uses vivid silks and literally millions of stitches to explore the Book of Revelation, one of the most vivid books in the bible. The book of Revelation describes the extraordinary visions of John on the island of Patmos in the first century and has inspired and challenged many artists over the centuries.

Jacqui became particularly drawn to the book in 2013 and for three years and three months worked on a sequence of panels and a book, which was completed in 2016. Thought to be the largest single-artist textile exhibition in the world, it’s on show from 16th October to 30th November and really is one not to be missed.

David Wilkinson, The Principal, St Johns College, Durham University writes:

"Jacqui Parkinson has approached Revelation with all the seriousness of a professional theologian but also as someone who wants to engage the text with her passion and training in art. In working with her own art form she brings insights to the text which sometimes reinforce, sometimes question and sometimes push further the academic commentaries. This is a fine piece of work and gives a distinct contribution to the scholarship on Revelation. But more than that it engages the artist and the lay person in an imaginative exploration of God's Word."

For more information on the exhibition, visit

100 Hearts Exhibitions:

posted 26 Jul 2018, 02:23 by IT Admin   [ updated 26 Jul 2018, 23:28 by Ann Pocklington ]

A list of the currently organised venues for this Exhibition is now available.   Click here:  

Regional Day - the future

posted 5 Jul 2018, 12:18 by Erica Thomson   [ updated 5 Jul 2018, 12:19 by Ann Pocklington ]


Currently it is 85p per member, many Regions charge as much as £2.50 per member
1. Competition and Speaker for 2019 on the Day and to arrange a Speaker for 2020.
2. IT - as Erica and Nigel have decided not to continue with their help before, on and after the Day - it is vital we try to find someone - or two others to do the same.
3. We need suggestions as to other Groups to display work. Someone to approach and organise these would be good.
4. Book Stall - on the day
5. Someone to organise the  ̃Models” needed for Magie Relph’s talk.
If you are willing to help, please contact

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