Juliette Orton’s Workshop – November 2016

Juliette Orton’s day school on Monday was a resounding success: we all benefitted from her inspirational packs and flexible approach to complete a number of pieces (refreshingly unusual to be able to complete pieces in the course of the day). 

The stitch and tear process was relatively simple but can achieve strikingly diverse effects : many people had a chance to practise their machine-embroidery skills while others worked on complex pieces incorporating a variety of techniques.  Everyone, whatever their skills-set, was pleased with their progress.

Report and photos by Clare R
​Thank you Clare!  Ros

Chrisse Seager – West of England Quilt Show – November 2016

I visited the three day West of England Quilt Show yesterday in the exhibition hall at the University of West of England in north Bristol.  I wanted to share with everyone the work of Chrisse Seager who kindly looks after our website.  She had a number of quilts on display, some cushions and a beautiful quilted jacket.  Our congratulations for coming “runner up” for the Best in Show by a Professional – see centre image below.

By Ros

Helen Colling – November 2016


Helen Colling was introduced to needlework at an early age and was encouraged by her City & Guilds tutor to apply for a 3 year Stitched Textile Diploma with Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn.  During the drawing module she explored transparency – looking through glass doors, reflections, shadows and layers.  The topic for her final piece was the atmosphere after something has gone. 

Helen has developed her work since her qualification using poetry and the transparency layering technique.  She explained how she uses Reynolds freezer paper to print photos onto cloth and hand stitches outlines.  We were interested to see her final work sandwiched between two layers of Perspex which emphasises the transparency theme.

Helen takes part in Open Studios and exhibits with Oxford Textile Artists and is a member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen (www.societyofdesignercraftsmen.org.uk/).

Report by Ros

Nuno Felting workshop - Mandy Nash – October 2016


Mandy Nash started her workshop by explaining the fibres and fabrics that can be used with nuno felting and how different types of wools give different effects.

Mandy then went on to demonstrate the first technique of nuno felting.  She laid out wisps of wool all over a square of muslin in one direction and changed the direction for the second layer.  Small pieces of fabric were added for decoration and then the sandwich was put between bubble wrap and a noodle was used for rolling.  After rolling and turning numerous times, olive oil soap was added at the end before throwing on the table to form the felt.
The second technique also used muslin but this time the wisps of wools did not cover all the muslin, they were laid down to form a chosen pattern.  The rest of the process was similar to the first.
Mandy was very generous with her tips and suggestions and we left the workshop with a lovely variety of individual samples.
Above are examples of Mandy’s work.

Thank you for a fun day, Mandy.

Report by Ros