Saturday, 25 October 2014

OCTOBER 2014 Lorna Knight

What a delight this re scheduled talk turned out to be. Dorothy our programme secretary pulled out all the stops with only a week to find a new speaker after the speaker for October had to pull out at the last minute. 
Lorna enthralled us with her life journey within the textile world from a degree followed by teaching in a middle school to working for Terry Fox and finally taking the big step to opening her Sewing Academy. 

She shared some of the secrets of the haute couture world and with a full range of examples gave us tips galore on how to improve our sewing results so that home made doesn't look home made.

Lorna also teaches a full range of workshops at Bambers Eccles

This is the tweed jacket that Lorna was whisked over to the States to make a video for Craftsy, the online workshop website.  It was extremely light as it only had two layers. The tweed right side and the silk lining, these were then quilted together. 

Lorna brought along some of the books that she has had published and she explained the process involved in getting a book published from the initial concept to the final layout. 

Saturday, 18 October 2014


This year's Rose Bowl winner was a contemporary take on white work. Margaret Steeden used vintage table linen as the base of a mini cushion covered in a range of embroidery stitches in varying cotton threads. These four pictures are close ups of the surface of the cushion.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014



What an interesting talk we had when Rachel grant came to talk to us in May about her journey back into art after having her children. It was all sparked while she was walking her youngsters around her neighbourhood in the 'Potteries' North Staffordshire. She was intrigued by the internal walls of half demolished houses

This inspiration led to these beautiful canvases that reflects everyday life.

Rachel's website is well worth a visit to see what she is up to now.

Friday, 3 January 2014


Just a quick reminder to members that on the 16th January 2014 as well as Carole's talk about her most recent trip down the Danube it is the name badge competition. So make sure you get stitching and produce a stunning badge. Members who produced one for the last competition can still submit that one if they don't want to create a new one.

The latest programme is now included in the blog for easy reference if you can't put your hands on your paper copy.