our talks and workshops: 2020 programme

Please note that with the exception of the January meeting, workshops are extra. Members have priority and places may be limited. To secure a place you must pay a deposit of £10 and the balance is due one month before the workshop takes place.


Meetings take place on the second Saturday of the month unless otherwise specified.

FEBRUARY Saturday 8th, 2pm

Anna Turnbull, Willow and Wool. How Anna progressed her creative work starting with felt making, then working with willow, then incorporating the two. Talk with slides and display of work. Find out more about Anna and her work: www.biteabout.co.uk Facebook Biteabout Arts Instagram biteabout_arts

MARCH Saturday 14th, 2pm

Kate Slaughter, A Creative Journey with Colour and Texture. Kate’s journey discovering, creating and experimenting with a wide range of techniques. Talk with slides, many samples of work and demonstrations. Find out more about Kate and her work: www.kateskloths.co.uk Facebook kateskloths.co.uk Instagram kates_kloths

MARCH WORKSHOP Sunday 15th, 10am-4pm *

Kate Slaughter, Creative Weaving with Texture: workshop using yarns to produce a panel without a commercial loom.

APRIL Saturday 4th, 2pm
NB brought forward because of Easter the following weekend.

Helen Poremba, My Work – Who? What? When? How? Helen will be focusing on processes and techniques in her distinctive free machining and applique work. Talk with slides and demonstrations plus samples. Find out more about Helen and her work: www.helenporemba.uk Facebook Helen Poremba Artist Instagram helen_poremba

MAY Saturday 9th, 2pm

Clare Hunter, The Threads of Life. Why people sew: illustrated with stories across cultures, geographies and generations. Clare will share the story of her best-selling book Threads of Life. Talk with slides. Clare Hunter has sewn since she was a child and has been a banner-maker, community textile artist and textile curator. She established the community enterprise NeedleWorks in Glasgow. Find out more about Clare and her work: www.sewingmatters.co.uk Twitter @sewingmatters

JUNE Saturday 13th, 10am-4pm

Workday towards our 2020 exhibition taking place in November. Details to be confirmed.


SEPTEMBER Saturday 12th, 2pm

Nikki Parmenter, Experimental Textiles: the development of Nikki’s work from paper to wood to mixed media textiles. Talk with examples of work. Find out more about Nikki and her work: www.nikkiparmenterartworks.com Facebook Nikki Parmenter Artworks

SEPTEMBER WORKSHOP Sunday 13th, 10am-4pm *

Nikki Parmenter, Marine Magic workshop making bonded fabric to create sea creatures. Lots of experimentation with mixed media, including pipe cleaners, funky foam and free machine embroidery.

OCTOBER Saturday 10th, 2pm

Jackie Cardy, An Accidental Felter. Jackie’s felting and embroidery career and the progression of her work, especially since she retired from being a primary school teacher. Talk with lots of samples. Find out more about Jackie and her work: www.jackiecardytextiles.com Facebook Jackie Cardy Textiles

OCTOBER WORKSHOP Sunday 11th, 10am-4pm *

Jackie Cardy, Felting for Stitch workshop. Basic feltmaking then mark making with machine embroidery onto the felt plus using pre-felts to create more precise backgrounds if time permits.

NOVEMBER EXHIBITION Our 2020 exhibition will be held at Fenham Farm. With many thanks to member Gill Curry for offering her wonderful premises overlooking Holy Island. Setting up on Friday 13th, open to the public on Saturday and Sunday 14th and 15th. http://www.fenhamfarm.co.uk/

DECEMBER Saturday 12th 1pm Christmas lunch, AGM and Challenge.


Our year runs from January to December so this is the meeting for enrolment. Subs remain at £25 and can be paid by cash, cheque or BACS. The General Data Protection Act requires all members to complete the enrolment form every year. It is important to opt in to receiving BTG emails if you want to keep up to date with events and to receive email reminders and newsletters. There are BACS details on the form but please email the group at bordertextilegroup@gmail.com to let us know that you have done so. You can print and complete a form HERE.

This year you will receive a folder containing the programme, a booklet of handy practical info and a copy of the constitution.

The annual fee is due at the January meeting and should be paid within three months. You can join in September for half the annual fee.

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.

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