ALL MEETINGS TAKE PLACE AT FOULDEN VILLAGE HALL, WHICH IS OPEN FROM 1PM UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED. TALKS START AT 2PM PROMPT.
Meetings take place on the second Saturday of the month unless otherwise specified.
We are able to keep subscription costs low partly thanks to the great support the sales table receives. Textile-related contributions are always welcome.
Spreading the workload is vital to the smooth running of the group so please sign up to help when you can. Volunteers are always needed for teas, tables and chairs, and to assist our speaker. If everyone takes a turn you should only have to do it once a year.
Many thanks to programme secretary Alyson Farmer for putting together such an interesting line-up.
Subs are £25 for the year. You can enrol at any time during the year with an appropriate reduction.
With the exception of the January meeting, workshops are extra (members have priority and places may be limited).
There is a Data Protection notice on the enrolment form which will require you to opt in to receiving updates and information from the group if you wish to do so.
As well as paying by cash or cheque there is now the opportunity to pay by BACS. Bank details are available with the enrolment form and if you do use this method of payment please email email@example.com to let us know that you have done so.
SATURDAY MARCH 9, 2PM
Magie Relph of the African Fabric Shop
African Blues: A talk about indigo dying.
Magie spent several years travelling and working all over Africa as a cook on an expedition truck and made her first patchwork quilt to kill time at border posts.
Bob Irwin got hooked on Africa as a 10 year-old in his native Canada when his Angola-born teacher gave him a porcupine quill. It took 20 years of dreaming, but he eventually got there, joining Magie in the overland business.
After getting married in Nairobi, they gravitated back to the UK. Magie continued to develop creatively as a textile artist and quilter. Bob became a technical author in an exciting new sector called ‘the internet’.
Meanwhile, Magie started doing talks and workshops, always taking along goodies for sale from her growing stash of African fabrics, and Bob eventually built the first African Fabric Shop website. They continue to travel all over Africa, searching out fabulous textiles, beads and baskets.
SATURDAY APRIL 13, 2PM
Janis Embleton, Teaching Weaving to Communities of Yunnan Province
Sponsored by the British Council, Janis Embleton from Swinton spent two weeks during May and June 2018 teaching new weaving techniques to the women of the Lisu and Yi communities in Yunnan province, China.
The women have a long tradition of weaving and specialise in the use of a fibre called Firegrass, from which their traditional costumes are made. Unfortunately, the production of this fabric is extremely labour-intensive which is discouraging younger members of the community from following their weaving traditions. Janis was employed to teach the women new, contemporary designs to appeal to a wide market and provide an income for the women and, hopefully, encourage the younger members to become involved. More details on Janis’s website Flight Weaving.
SATURDAY APRIL 27, 10AM-4PM
Workshop with Joanna O’Neill, Inktensity (exploration of Inktense pencils and blocks)
The sign-up list for this workshop was available at the February meeting and soon filled up! There is a wait list so do get in touch if you would like to be on it – email firstname.lastname@example.org
SATURDAY MAY 11, 2PM
Nigel Cheney, Unravelling the Archive
SUNDAY MAY 12, 10AM-4PM
Workshop with Nigel Cheney, Differential Shrinking
SATURDAY JUNE 8, 2PM
Terri Jones and Norma Hopkins who together are called Connect 2, Two Artists, Two Journeys
SUNDAY JUNE 9, 10AM-4PM
Workshop with Terri Jones and Norma Hopkins, Box of Delights
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 8, 10AM-4PM
Workshop with Gail Lawther, Noah’s Ark
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2PM
Lizzie Wall, Just Sew Stories
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 10AM-4PM
Workshop with Lizzie Wall, Silver Darlings
SATURDAY OCTOBER 12, 2PM
Susie Finlayson, The Great Tapestry of Scotland
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 7-SATURDAY NOVEMBER 9
SATURDAY DECEMBER 14, 1PM
Christmas Lunch and Unveiling of Challenge