We are a group of women (but men are welcome!) who have an interest in textile art and embroidery. We are of mixed abilities and there is no need for you to be able to sew to come and join us - there are no tests!
New members are always welcome - why not call in and join us as a guest for a few months?
Meeting fee for visitors is only £5.
Our meetings vary - we have talks and workshops, show and tell - we also have lots of weekend workshops and playdays. For details of what's coming up (and what's been and gone!) check out our programme below...

Thursday, 18 January 2018

November Workshop - Jessica Aldred - An Introduction to Goldwork

We are lucky enough at Halifax to have among our talented members Jessica Aldred, who is an RSN scholar who has resettled in the area.
In November she ran a workshop for members on an introduction to Goldwork, featuring Neil the Snail. 

Members were able to buy everything they needed from Jessica to start work on their very own "Neils", and by the end of the day they were well underway. 

Lesley soon finished hers

Followed soon after by Davina

And by the December meeting we had a positive escargatoire of snails 
adorning frames, boxes and bags.

If you would like to contact Jessica to find out about her classes and availability, you can do so via her website, http://www.bespokeneedlework.com

November Meeting - Harriet Lawton

Our November meeting was a return engagement for Harriet Lawton. It is a few  years since Harriet first came to speak to us, we were her first "proper" engagement and it was great to see how much further she has travelled in her textile journey since then. 
In 2014 when she last came to see us, Harriet had just taken on the tenancy of a studio at The Artworks in Halifax, and started teaching there straight away. She had also successfully gained a placement in Madrid in the "Art Across Borders" scheme where she was working within the education system but also had time to pursue her own interests. Carrying out collage and stitch with a textile art group and schools groups in Madrid gave her a collection of work designed by Spanish students. On Harriet's return to the UK, she gained a commission for an Art Installation at Wakefield 1, which was based on items from Wakefield Museum. Harriet picked things from the museum that were damaged (you may remember her interest in Kintsugi, the Japanese art of restoring broken items and making them more beautiful by the inclusion of gold in their repair)

Harriet designed a collection of printed fabrics based on those objects, to hang behind them.


She also used water jets to cut sections from plates and other 3D objects. 

As well as running her own workshops in drawing, painting, screen printing, sculpture and textile work, Harriet also runs workshops at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Hepworth Gallery, and for Manchester City Art Galleries. 
She has been the artist in residence at the Great Northern Craft Fair, where she designed a series of screen prints based on drawings made by visitors of the objects on display, and has subsequently produced scarves, household linens, and commission pieces such as plates for weddings. 

In 2016 Harriet was commissioned by Gawthorpe Hall to do a piece of work and run workshops involving both the Hall and the nearby town of Padiham. For this, she took inspiration from the labels written at the hall by Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth, the founder of the collection, using them as the starting point for different kinds of labels and prints. 

Harriet continued with her work in laser-cutting plates which she found in local charity shops.

She has now been commissioned to continue her work in Padiham town centre on a larger scale - this is still ongoing. 
We can't wait for Harriet's next visit to find out where her artistic journey is taking her - when she was at school, she was a student of our Programme Secretary, Margaret, so we are claiming her as our own! 

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Workshop - Rachael Singleton - A Natural Selection

This month's workshop with Rachael Singleton was print and stitch based. The workshop started off with members foraging for leaves, grasses and feathers to make prints using Gelli plates and acetate sheets. This was a first for many of those taking part in the workshop. 
The morning session was taken up with making as many prints as possible; printing from the Gelli plate, then from the items which had been inked, then using the "ghost" prints that were left on the plate when the items had been removed. 

We printed on different papers - lining paper, teabag paper, tissue paper, newspaper and vintage books and maps - and on fabrics such as linen, calico, net and gauze. 

After a well-earned lunch break, Rachael showed members how to use their prints to create effective collages or smaller pieces such as bookmarks and cards. Nothing was wasted! 
These are their pieces en-route to completion. 

Rona's colourful maple leaf prints

Wyn's diptych of coastal themed prints and textures

Maureen's bold feather print collage

Abigail's prints, some of them already outlined in stitch

Janice's collage with detail stitched from the reverse 
- and is that a cannabis leaf?!

Mandy's collage of feathers, stitching and French dictionary excerpts

The start of Kathryn's collage, and a great leaf print

Margaret W's feather-based triptych including print and actual feathers...

Sue's striking green and purple prints of ferns and grasses

Margaret C's amazing leaf prints

Eleanor's huge paper collage using newsprint

Eleanor's first attempt at free-machining - pretty impressive!

Davina's stitched collage on a textured background

Rachael's website is titled "Folio and Fibre" and you can view it by following the link at the right-hand side of this page.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

In Betweeners - Elizabethan Borage Flower

One of the courses on this year's Regional Summer School timetable was this stunning gold work "Elizabethan Borage Flower", which has been beautifully stitched by Sue T.

Here is the flower in question, in "real life" (well, in Sue's garden): 

Monday, 31 July 2017

July Worksop - Colourcraft

If you have anything to do with textile art I'm sure that you will have heard of the Sheffield company Colourcraft, who manufacture and sell all things colourful, including Brusho. 
For our July workshop, we were joined by a local representative from Colourcraft, who took members through different ways of using some innovative Colourcraft products to their best advantage.

The day started with members using transfer paints on polysilk, lutrador and evalon, they then played with oil sticks doing rubbings and using stencils. 
The day concluded with experiments using print blocks and Angelina fibres.

Here are the results of their experimentations!
Jane C's work includes woven dyed paper, and stencilled Gingko leaves

Anne M's work includes some steampunk elements!

Harriet demonstrates her fantastic drawing skills

Robina's samples include some Brusho spraying, and some delicate stencils

Some great transfer work by Anne B

Janice's work has a leafy theme

Wendy had some great results using transfer paints and stencils

Rona's work, including some beautiful Angelina leaves

A busy day and some vibrant results for Natalie!

I'm not sure whose work this is, but I love the effect of the transfer paints ironed through the stencils

Jane B's work - stencilling, rubbing and mosaics

Margaret's work, which shows how Rona made the Angelina leaves, using both sheets and shredded Angelina

Deborah's work uses primary colours to great effect

Cath's samples - a bit of everything!

Sue M's work shows what results you get from painting paper, cutting it into strips, weaving it and then transferring it onto fabric

Jen's samples - lots of lovely stencilling

Our new member Eleanor gets straight into the swing of things! 

Rebecca demonstrates some great layering techniques

Check out all of Colourcraft's products on their website - https://www.colourcraftltd.com

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

June Workshop - Wyn Ingham - Silk Paper Book Covers

Wyn, who is also our Chairman, presented an inspirational workshop on silk paper making at our June workshop. So that we didn't have to wait impatiently for our own samples to dye, she also provided us all with a pre-coloured "book cover" so that we could start embellishing on the day. 

Here are our (incomplete) efforts : 

These are by Jen.
The stitched pattern is a vintage tablecloth transfer. 

These are by Liz

The Dandelions are by Lesley

This is by Maureen

These pieces are by Davina

This piece is Margaret's

This piece is by Wendy

This piece is by Kath

This piece is by Sue K. 
The dragonfly is made by ironing damp cocoon stripping into a wooden stamp. 

This book cover and pocket are two of Wyn's samples.

This is by Mandy. 
The stitched pattern is a vintage tablecloth transfer.

This piece is Maureen's too. 
The fleurs de lys on the left have been stamped and then stitched round. 

This is by Abi. 

This is by Cath

These are by Abi too (she's very busy) 

This is by Janice

Wyn can be contacted regarding bookings for workshops at winniewoo@btinternet.com