Monday, 11 January 2021

Meditative Doodling and Stitching, January Meeting 2021, Lynn Wright

Meditative Stitching 

Sandra has just finished her meditative stitching. She decided she wanted to stitch into a more complex shape than a square or circle so did a search to see if some shapes looked better thn others. She liked the idea of a cat, feather, or bird but finally settled on a fish.

She drew the outline onto some green material, reminded herself of line stitches, and then just hand stitched in bright colours as she wanted it to be cheerful!

Completed fish

Fish eye

Fish tail

Ventral fin

Dorsal fin

Fish close up

 She said the hand stitching was therapeutic and fun but has given her a sore finger!!!

Thanks Sandra 


 Meditative Doodling in Squares 

Lynn suggests that we work with paper and pen before we attempt to make a design for stitching. She has made you a try-out piece with squares of various sizes for you to work into.

Thanks Lynn for a totally different idea for stitching.


Janet has made some very pleasing patterns with her doodling and it is very interesting the way the patterns appear to move when you look at them.

 Thank you Janet and we will all be watching to see how the patterns translate into stitch.


These doodles were sent by Sandra. Some are worked black pen on white paper and some white pen on black paper.

Sandra says she is now ready to think about a stitched piece. Thanks Sandra

Sunday, 27 December 2020

Textile News 25

Christmas Baubles
Anita has been using the lockdown to catch up on completing
her unfinished pieces. As she was feeling Christmassy she made these beautiful baubles from kits bought over the years at the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show.

They look beautiful and very Christmassy. Thank you Anita for sharing them with us.
Farfield Mill 
Before lockdown Denise went to view an exhibition at Farfield Mill and she sent me photographs of some of the pieces.
These are my favourite pieces from the exhibition.

I love the almost book-like simplicity of the pieces. Thank you to Denise for sharing them with us.

Winter Wonderland 
Mary has sent us this beautiful photograph of the snow and ice "from that well-known alpine resort of Chorley," to wish us all a Happy New Year!

 Sandra has sent a photograph of an Amaryllis she has grown from a bulb.


There is plenty of beauty to find if you look for it but please be careful on the ice.
Thank you to Mary and Sandra

Book of Fantasy Flowers 
Anita has finished making a stitched book of fantasy flowers which she started making with Sandie Maher. She has used a variety of techniques to produce some very pretty floral pages which she has made over time dipping in and out of as time permitted.

Thank you Anita. I love the pinky-purply colours and the range of techniques. I will post some more pages tomorrow.
The next batch of pages are below.

Well done Anita! That was a mammoth task to complete your lovely book.
Temari Ball

I am sorry I have been slow to post these photos from Sandra but I had to buy a new computer and then try and work out how to gain access to the blog to post again!!

Sandra has made another Temari ball with the chrysanthemum pattern. She says she finds making them quite addictive.

Thank you Sandra the colours are very cheerful.


Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Fabric Origami Christmas Tree Decoration, December Meeting 2020

Happy Christmas to you all !

A sparkle of tree decorations

 Janet has just finished making six very festive looking origami tree decorations. They look fabulous and will look extra sparkly when twisting and turning, hanging from a tree or branch.

 A seasonal uplifter, thanks Janet.


An Origami Hanging

Anne has made three origami decorations, joined them together to make a very pretty Christmas Hanging. The red beads pick out the colour in the fabric and add a festive touch of red berries.

Thanks Anne, It looks wonderful and will make your room look festive.

 Origami Tree Decorations


 Requirements List

Monday, 30 November 2020

Linen Project, Heron Corn Mill, Beetham

 Last year Heron Corn Mill, Beetham provided  seeds for people to grow flax  as part of a heritage project exploring the flax industry  in Cumbria from the Middle Ages.

When grown the flax was  harvested and the fibres woven into a narrow linen material which you can see on the embroidery frame below. 

You can also see some of the threads coloured with the plant based dyes.


 The mill asked for volunteers to embroider some of the dye plants that had been used to colour the threads.

Sandra volunteered and chose madder  as her dye plant.

She designed her Madder plant set within a loose frame, with a Medieval dyer at work.

Part of the frame was a range of sample colours obtained from madder varying from pale colours to pinky reds. 

The root is the important part of madder used for dyeing and so that was given prominence.

The Medieval dyer is using madder to dye threads and cloth.
The bottom edge was decorated with Medieval beasts using a range of plant dyed linen threads.

The title madder was embroidered

The finished panel is below.