Programme 20-21

All our meetings are held at St Paul's Church Hall, Boundary Road, West Bridgford NG2 7DB.  Thursday meetings start at 7.00pm

10 September Cancelled

Emily Notman - My journey to mixed media landscapes

I create bespoke textiles mixing media and building up tactile delicate surfaces. I work and rework my pieces with paint, dyes, bleach and ink, burning and layering until finishing it with hand stitch. I find beauty in flaky walls, overgrown buildings and encrusted surfaces; this is something I recreate in my work.

10 October Cancelled

Mig Holder - And sew to recycle

My work spans a very wide spectrum - from exhibited textile art to fashion and home accessories. What links it all is that everything is made from recycled or remnant materials. Sewing thread, and paint for backgrounds and frames, are the only things I allow myself to buy (and people donate me so much fabric that I don't even need to buy it from charity shops!).

12 November Cancelled

Francesca Holmes - Stitch, burn, heat and dissolve

An experienced textile artist with a level 3 machine embroidery diploma and level 3 diploma in creative techniques in textiles (distinction.)

Work created has been exhibited at the NEC, Excel, West Country Quilt Show and The Big Textile Show over the past 10 years as well as other galleries around the UK including the Lake District and Oxford University.

Belonging to the Textile Art Groups Meniscus, Drawn to Stitch and Inspire has helped to further develop machine embroidery skills.

Thursday 10 December on Zoom

Christmas Social - nearly Christmas so it's time for chat, food and creativity

Thursday 14 January on Zoom

Nikki Parmenter - Development of my work

I am a Cheshire based artist who specialises in mixed media, textile based  pieces. I take my inspiration from a variety of sources and I am particularly  interested in the way in which ancient societies created a series of visual  symbols to represent the things which were important to them. I investigate  myth and legend and draw parallels between societies, showing that although  many people have different beliefs we are all united by visual iconography.

Thursday 11 February  7.00pm on Zoom - Anne Brooke

'My Journey from A-Z an obsession and an accident' (Available via zoom)
This talk will reveal the story of my journey and how I arrived where I am today. My inspiration, working progress through to the realisation of my stitched collage and other work.

Thursday 11 March 7.00pm on Zoom – Joanna O’Neill

Working small (and much less scary) - art quilts and embroidery on a friendly scale.

Thursday 8 April 7.00pm on Zoom - Ruth Singer

Textiles in lockdown.
I grew up with a love of history and a passion for textiles. I bring these two together in my practice as an artist exploring narratives, heritage and material culture. I create exhibitions, installations and commissions often using old cloth and hand stitch with subtle and intriguing hidden stories. My work explores human experience expressed through thoughtful and emotionally-engaged textile making. My subtle and delicate work references loss, memory, fragility and damage in both the cloth itself and in our personal lives, and the places in which we gather memories. My background as a textile historian and museum curator is woven throughout my work; I create pieces with a sense of history and a look of antiques but with a powerful contemporary story.

Thursday 13 May 7.00pm on Zoom – Mary Broddle

The mindful occupation of embroidery
Thursday 10 June 7.00pm on Zoom – Zara Day

It is never too late to be who you might have been
My talk is about the work I create as part of my bespoke embroidery business, Rosemary Rose – how it developed, my journey of getting to where I am now and the type of work we now produce, showing images.

Thursday 8 July 7.00pm

Information to follow

Workshops - All Cancelled until further notice

Workshops take place at Bradmore Methodist Church Hall, Farmer Street, Bradmore, Nottinghamshire NG11 6PE.
They are from 10.00am - 4.00pm and cost £35 (for WBEG members).
Advance booking is essential

Friday 11 September

Jan Merryweather - Christmas Crackers

Make your own reusable crackers, embellished and embroidered as you wish.

Friday 13 November

Francesca Holmes - Serviette Quilting

Transform a serviette into a beautiful piece of textile art or functional item. 
Each piece can be machine or hand stitched and embellished with beads.

Friday 15 January

Judith Rowley - Developing a Creative Journey

Judith indicates the stages that one can go through from an initial inspiration to creating a beautiful textile art piece. She will illustrate such a journey by explaining examples of her own creative work. Students will be taken through this metamorphosis and will develop their own work and with Judith’s help will by the end of the day have an understanding of the principles that underpin textile art projects.

Friday 12 March

Nikki Parmenter - Monoprinting

You will prepare a variety of paper surfaces including inked and collaged pieces. You will then produce a number of prints based on your own source materials or imagery that I provide. You will then work into the pieces with bleach, paint and embellishments.


Friday 14 May

Sara Cook - Bojagi

Bojagi, sometimes called Pojagi, is a traditional Korean textile art. Centuries old, it was originally textiles made for every day living with scraps of left-over fabrics artfully put together. They often resemble works of modern artists such as Mondrian and Klee. Today, the technique now produces beautiful textiles that are fast influencing textile art in the West, particularly amongst quilters.

On this  workshop you will use a sewing machine to  fabric. Sara will show you how to piece with a choice of seams, a Korean Kkeki seam (triple stitched seam), a French seam, and how to make the Jakssi (a type of prairie point) decoration to include within the work.

Cancelled from January 2021
Judith Rowley - My Creative Journey

From Inspiration to Exhibition. Hear Judith’s story of how she has developed and created her textile art practice. See examples of her journey journals and latest exhibition pieces.

Cancelled from April 2021
Janet Gilbert - My Journey

Working with cloth is important to me: the texture and feel of the cloth and the process of making and stitching the same, or similar, marks repeatedly, builds repetition and brings a rhythm and depth to the process and the work. 

Cancelled from May 2021
Sara Cook - Bojagi

Bojagi is the overarching name given to this type of Korean textiles. Roughly translated it means wrapping or covering cloth.  Bojagi have played an important role in traditional Korean culture and have been used to wrap, carry and store objects as well as for religious rituals and marriages. These functional items were made not as a pastime but were an integral part of daily life.

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