Design to Stitch – March 2014

This month the Design to Stitch group were experimenting with various machine quilting techniques. This involved holding down cords and ribbons which were then cut and tied. Machining wadded fabric in place with satin stitch blocks and simple  outlines. The results were as always amazingly individual, every one producing colourful samplers, which will be a useful reference for future finished pieces.  How ever fast we work we always run out of time, a day isn’t long enough!

As the tutor I am always thrilled with the end results.

Report by Chris C
Photos by Ann K

Thank you both. Ros

Wendy Dolan workshop – Architectural Textures

Fifteen of us gathered at the hall for Wendy’s “Architectural Textures” workshop and despite the unexpected March sunshine we were all happy to be inside drawing and stitching.

Wendy is an enthusiastic and encouraging tutor and she was more than happy to help those of us with little experience of free machine embroidery.  She was well prepared with lots of samples and pieces showing the different stages of her techniques.  Her instructions and demonstrations were clear and informative with many of those “handy little tips” which make things so much easier when you are back at home trying to finish the piece on your own and read your scribbled notes. 


At the start of the workshop, Wendy announced that if anyone wanted to do something a bit different and go off at a tangent, she was quite happy with that. Clare took her at her word and as she had brought her paints, proceeded to “do her own thing” with the image of a terraced house.  The images used by members as their inspirations were varied and ranged from church windows, doors, arches, gates, medieval buildings and two very recognizable images:  Devizes Market Place fountain and the Chrysler Building!!

Seeing all the individual pieces at the end of the day was interesting and as always fascinating to see how everyone’s interpretation of the technique is so different.


It was good to welcome new member Joy Ash to her first workshop and also Lynda Harrison, the Chairman of Salisbury Branch, who came to see how Marlborough do things.

All in all a very enjoyable day, where we all became so engrossed in our stitching that we forgot to keep an eye on the clock and this resulted in a frenetic packing up session. 

Photos & report by Vernice Church – thank you Vernice!

Wendy Dolan – March 2014


Wendy Dolan was the guest speaker for our March meeting on Monday.  She is a well known textile artist who has been designing beautiful pieces of artwork for over 30 years.

Wendy was extremely generous telling us about the materials and the techniques she uses.  She loves textures and combines natural fabrics by layering them, then painting with a thick pigment screen printing paint and then free machining and hand stitching. 
Wendy loves landscapes, flowers and trees but also uses architectural designs which she has seen on her travels or in the local area. 
She has had several major commissions, two of which were single piece drop down curtains for a theatre on cruise liners. 
Jointly with textile artist Jae Maries, Wendy designed and created a large wall hanging for Ashridge, a management development centre near Berkhampstead.  The hanging was called “Aspiring arches” and the inspiration for the work came from the building itself and various snippets of information they found in their research.  They were asked to involve members of staff so they had to arrange workshops to help people create individual motifs for a border.  They limited themselves to seven colours which were taken from a stain glass window and a carpet in the entrance hall.
Thank you Wendy for a most enjoyable and informative afternoon.

The next meeting of the Guild will be on Monday 7 April when a Ploughman’s lunch, starting at 12.30 for 13.00, will be followed by demonstrations of techniques and machines.  Members work will be on display.  All are welcome but if you require a lunch or further details please contact 01249 750865 or visit our website:

Reported by Ros – 4 March 2014