Sunday, 25 June 2017

Dip Your Mind in Gold

This month’s speaker was Kate Wells, a textile artist, who shared with us her artist’s journey both outer and inner.
She brought many beautiful examples of her work and talked through the development of “Dip Your Mind in Gold” – a stunning circular, gold free machine embroidered piece. Lace made on dissolvable fabric and silk using a Singer “Irish” Industrial machine.
To see more of her work visit her website -

Dip Your Mind in Gold

Sunday, 12 March 2017


Yesterday was a Members' day and Paula kindly lead a workshop on paper shoe making!
It looks as if it was a busy day with superb results.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Felted Landscapes

Earlier this month we were lucky enough to have renowned fibre artist Valerie Wartelle come and talk to us about her work.
Brought up in France, she came to the UK to study Textile Design, specialising in knitwear. After graduating she worked in the fashion industry for many years. When a friend introduced her to wet felting she loved the technique and started experimenting with the process. She discovered that slowing the felting process down enabled her to have more control over the finished product. She incorporates pieces of silk fabric, fibres, threads and screen-printing into her work. The landscape wall pieces that she creates are beautiful.
She also runs workshops on felt making which I hope to attend sometime in the future.
For more information visit her website -

Monday, 16 January 2017

Flower beginning with “G”

We had a fun Members’ afternoon at our January meeting. It was decided that we should all “Rise to the Challenge” and get more members involved in the Regional challenges. One competition is entitled “A flower beginning with “G”
Some members demonstrated the techniques of stencilling and geli printing onto fabric. There were also lots of books and images for reference. Some chose just to experiment with techniques whilst others started planning their finished pieces.
So hopefully there will be lots of entries from the Harrogate branch at the regional day later this year!

Monday, 2 January 2017

Happy New Year

Apologies for the delay in updating the blog. We had a lovely Christmas get together last month. Lovely food, great company and some fantastic competition entries. The challenge was to create a decorated glove and there were some amazing entries.  
The winning entry by Lilian Patterson

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Captain Rummage

Yesterday our planned speaker had to cancel but “Captain Rummage” stepped in at short notice and entertained us. Chris Powell, also known as Captain Rummage, gave a highly entertaining and informative talk about Harrogate’s community scrap store – The Cone Exchange. Over 20 years ago, when Chris was working at Bettys and Taylors tea factory, a young boy on a factory tour asked if he could take home a waste cotton cone to make an angel for Christmas. Word spread and within a few weeks 500 angels had been made and sold with the proceeds going to charity.

Chris then started to look for other items of waste that could be re-used for crafts for children. The company then continued to grow and now numerous schools collect items for recycling such as mobile phones and then exchange them for craft materials.

Some of the scrap is also used to make items for sale at shows and fairs.

If you have never been to the store it is well worth a visit. I guarantee you will not leave empty handed. And of course if you have any fabrics or other materials you would like to recycle then Chris would be glad of any donations as all money raised goes to charities.

To find out more visit The Cone Exchange website