A Fun Christmas Workshop with Lindsay, Nikki & Tase

A Fun Christmas Workshop with Lindsay, Nikki and Tase

In mid November for the last couple of years we have organised an “in house” Christmas workshop.  These events have been so successful and a group of members enjoyed another creative day on Monday.

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Lindsay, Nikki and Tase (and Ann) kindly organised three different activities and members spent about an hour and a half on each.

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Lindsay had prepared felt stockings and members were given a variety of glitzy fabrics and ribbons to decorate them with hand stitching.  

The second workshop was organised by Nikki.  We were given a piece of felt, a choice of sequin waste and then had to assemble and hand stitch decoration on the label.  Once mastering the technique it could be used at any time of the year for a gift.

The final workshop was led by Tase but organised and prepared by Ann.  Members were given painted papers, templates and cardboard to make Christmas cards. There was also a great choice of stamps to add decoration.

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Thank you Lindsay, Nikki, Tase and Ann for organising such a fun day.

Report by Ros

Photos taken by Ros and Lindsay (thanks Lindsay!)

AGM & Eco printing workshop

AGM & Eco printing workshop

Unfortunately the speaker for our November had to cancel her talk and the workshop so on Monday we decided to go ahead with our AGM and members were invited to a general stitch and chat day.

At the AGM Ann Smith, our Chair, talked about the various activities during the year.  She mentioned the speakers, workshops and our successful day out to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.  Our Treasurer, Maria gave a detailed explanation of our finances which was followed by the whole Committee being re-elected for another year.

The following day Ann and Tase organised an eco printing workshop which was well received by members.  

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Sarah B kindly offered to take some photos and made the following comments in her email to me:

It was a great day. It was exciting not knowing quite what we would find when we unwrapped our creations and finding some beautiful and very varied effects from the different leaves.

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My grateful thanks go to Sarah B for her photos and I am pleased to hear everyone had a fun day.


Christmas Mug Rugs with Tase!

Christmas Mug Rugs with Tase!

Tase’s passion for all things Christmas is certainly contagious and I think we’ll all be making more mug rugs for our own Christmas or as gifts!

Tase at her Xmas workshop

She had a great selection of seasonal  printed cottons that we could use, as well as festive related templates for our applique.

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She explained clearly what we needed to do and helped us individually with placement, stitch choice, and pattern choice.   And even a couple of machine cleaning demos. So much fluff!
She demonstrated mitred corners although I personally feel that a lot of practice will be required.
Tase’s enthusiasm for teaching applique and quilting is obvious. 
Her final words to me were:
They came, they saw, and they conquered!!
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Photographs and report thanks to Lindsay S.


Lizzie Godden workshop – An Introduction to Natural Dyeing & Eco printing

Lizzie Godden workshop – An Introduction to Natural Dyeing & Eco printing

Having seen Lizzie’s work the day before, I was very exited to be in the workshop with her! The room layout was a little different to our normal workshops and we were told to work in pairs (sorry, Clare!). The centre table was a mass of lots of types of leaves; oak, sumac, blackberry to name a few, all ready for the day.


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First Lizzie decanted iron water into washing up bowls and warned us to make sure we wore gloves unless we wanted black fingers for a few weeks! We picked off the leaves we wanted to use and placed them in the iron water as this is what helps the leaves to give a good print. Once covered, the leaves were placed on the strips of silk in a pattern we wanted, rolled around a dowel and boiled in a huge pan.

Whilst that was cooking, we printed leaves on watercolour and khadi paper using the same principle. Pressure is important to get a good print, so the layers of leaves and paper were pressed together between tiles and again boiled. This is a much quicker process, and we were able to see our results relatively quickly which just made us more curious about the bundles that were still boiling away!

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Lunch in the sunshine was a lovely treat! After lunch Lizzie gave us all a piece of buddleia dyed fabric which surprisingly was a beautiful soft butter yellow. After seeing some of Lizzie’s samples, we had a go at shibori, the art of stitching and pulling fabric tight to create a resist before dyeing fabric in another dye bath. Lizzie used onion skins to overdye the stitched pieces, resulting in a rich amber colour.

We were handed our dowels but told not to open them for 24 hours! Torture! (I didn’t manage 24 hours; I think I got to 20…just 😊) And I think we all abided by the gloves rule; not a black finger in sight!

Report  thanks to Tase

Photos thanks to Judy J

Lizzie’s website:  https://www.lizziegoddentextiles.co.uk/


Fun summer workshop – stitched denim pockets

Several months ago it was suggested that we collect old denim pockets with the intention of decorating them with stitch for use at our exhibition in June next year.

A group of members gathered together on Monday with their old denim pockets, needles, threads and assortments of accessories to embellish them.

When we have an invited tutor visit us to teach a workshop,  there is always a lot to learn and very little time for chat.  This day was completely different as everyone did their own thing and there was a whole day to stitch and catch up with good friends.

Below are the pockets in progress

The choice of stitch, thread and accessory was completely our own so it was great to see such a variety.  Two members had brought their sewing machines but the majority chose hand stitching.

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While we were all busy stitching and chatting, Annie was kindly sorting out our wonderful library.  We have a great selection and thanks to Annie it will be so much easier to see what is available to borrow.

Oh yes, and thank you Annie for making the delicious cake!!

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Great day.  Now we have got to decide what to to with these denim pockets.  Bunting, competition, display?  I wonder what we will decide.

Do remember to ink in the dates of Friday 7, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June 2024 for our exhibition.

Photos and write up by Ros

Wendy Hermelin – Fabulous Fish workshop

Wendy Hermelin – Fabulous Fish workshop

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Jenny Clay's fantastic mackerel
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The day after her talk, Wendy led a workshop entitled, Fabulous Fish.  This is a lovely selection of members’ work.  Free machining on water soluble paper.   

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What a great workshop and thank you to everyone who brought their work in for us to see.

Photos by Ros


Wendy’s website:  https://www.wendyhermelin.co.uk/

Michala Gyetvai’s exciting workshop – “Enchanting Landscapes”

Michala Gyetvai’s exciting workshop – “Enchanting Landscapes”

The day after her talk, Michala organised an  exciting  and  enjoyable workshop entitled “Enchanting Landscapes”.  

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What a talented members we have and I hope Michala is pleased with the results of her workshop!

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Jenny C decided to do her own thing and just look what she created.  I think it is fabulous!!  

Thanks to Vernice C for all the photos.


Michala’s website:  http://www.michalagyetvai.co.uk/

Warwickshire Open Studios: https://www.warwickshireopenstudios.org/summer/2022/michala-gyetvai

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/MichalaGyetvaiartist/

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/michalagyetvai/?hl=en

Sketch & Stitch Workshop

Sketch & Stitch Workshop

On Tuesday a group of 14 members met in the hall for a day of sketching, stitch, fun and gossip.

Since forming our Textiles & Stitch Around Marborough group we have tried to include a more varied programme to interest as many members as possible.  

This was an “in house” workshop with everybody doing their own thing.  An interesting selection of still life objects were displayed on tables to encourage people to either sketch, sketch and then stitch or just stitch.

We had a wonderful variety. Vases, teapots, flowers, vegetables, a fan, a conch shell and even an old onion shaped wine bottle with interesting colours which I dug up from our garden many years ago.

It was such a successful day we have decided to repeat it next year so that is something to look forward to.

Thanks to Vernice C for sharing her photos.

Remainder of photos and report – Ros

Magical Christmas Workshop

Magical Christmas Workshop

Magical Christmas Workshop

What a fun day we had on Monday at our “in house” magical Christmas workshop.

Everybody arrived in good time to help set up the tables ready for three different workshops.  Ann, Nikki and Lindsay had kindly offered to lead the different projects and had already shared examples of their work so we knew what was in store.

Unfortunately Ann had tested positive that morning so thanks to great planning and guidance from Tase and Amanda we were able to continue making Christmas cards in her absence.

The idea was for all of us to spend equal time on each topic and I started with Lindsay, making crackers.  She had kindly sourced and prepared a wonderful selection of colourful nets, sheers and, of course collected loads of loo rolls.  Lindsay started by showing us how to assemble the cracker and use different stitches, ribbons, baubles and wooden figures  to decorate them.  She had even researched various size bottles which would fit in the crackers so we left knowing which brand of gin to buy!

Mid morning we all had a break and Vernice kindly organised cake, biscuits, tea and coffee using contributions from members.  At £2 for a drink and cake, this was a great fund raiser and by the end of the day she had made a good sum ready to pass to our Treasurer, Maria.

Christmas cards were my second activity.  Last year we painted our own papers but without Ann to guide us, she had sensibly sent a selection of papers to cut up together with blank cards, envelopes and luggage labels. There were  templates for us to draw round and a selection of finished cards to give us ideas.  I had bought some wood blocks at Ally Pally several weeks ago so I was keen to try them out.  Although I really missed the painting I was pleased with my final cards and labels.

After lunch my final workshop was with Nikki who again had done a lot of preparation ready for the day.  We were given one red and two brown felt hearts and Nikki demonstrated various different ways we could decorate them with hand stitch, beads and sequins ready for assembling and hanging on the tree.  We all have our favourite stitch techniques with some members being far more at home with the machine but “hats off to them”, we all had to hand sew.  At the end of the session no two hearts were alike and we had all produced some lovely hearts ready to give as gifts or to hang on our own trees. 

You never know what gems you are going to pick up next when you go to Lockeridge but on this occasion, in addition to making gingerbread style hearts Nikki gave us some household tips.  She is a keen follower of Mrs Hinch on Instagram and my favourite tip of the day was to clean your oven door with a moistened dishwasher tablet.  Come on, how many members went home and tried it.  Fiona emailed to say she had and I am now the proud owner of two beautifully clean oven doors.  Thank you Nikki!!!

Before packing up we displayed all our work on the stage and what an amazing day’s work it was. I really enjoy these “in house” workshops.  Whilst we are occupied all day there is still the opportunity to chat to other members and the day is very low key.  As a group we are so very fortunate to have members who have the knowledge, the skill and are willing to share their techniques with others.

A very big thank you to Ann, Nikki and Lindsay for leading the groups, to Vernice with her catering hat on and to Tase and Amanda for stepping in to help.  I know I speak for everyone who attended, it was a very enjoyable and successful day.

We now have several new members so I do hope they will share some of their interests.  I wonder what we can come up with in the future. 

Report by Ros

Photos Ros and Vernice (thanks Vernice)

Exciting, colourful Jungle Bag workshop with Sheila Davies

Exciting, colourful Jungle Bag workshop with Sheila Davies

Exciting, colourful Jungle Bags
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Sheila Davies kindly returned the following day after her talk to lead a workshop based on her exciting colourful Jungle Bags.

Sheila started by showing us a wonderful selection of bags that she had made and explained that she has loaned them to friends for weddings and special occasions but she never sells them.  When you think of the hours of work needed to make something like this you could never put a price on it.

We were asked to bring a piece of calico which we stretched over a wooden frame.  Then it was time for painting in colours of our own choice.  Shelia had brought a wonderful selection so there was plenty  for everyone.  We then had to dry  the paint thoroughly with hairdryers.

Once the calico was dry it was then time to learn all the exciting stitches to add to our work.  Sheila called us up very regularly to teach us another stitch or technique.   

I was interested to watch Sheila demonstrate stitches I have seen in books but never used and excited to see so many new 3D possibilities.  There were also some very simple but effective ideas for covering large areas.  

By the end of the day we had hardly started but everyone left full of ideas and the knowledge to make their own Jungle Bag.

Thank you Sheila for a very enjoyable workshop and I do hope everyone completes their work but it may take time!

Report and photos by Ros (and Vernice!)


Sheila’s website:  https://www.celyntextiles.co.uk/