Tecstiliau Meirionnydd Textiles

Advancing the Art and Craft of Textile Embellishment

Programme – 2010

As programme secretary, I have tried to include workshops that every member can participate in and enjoy, whether it is learning a new skill or re-visiting an old one. In many of the workshops I have asked you to bring in samples, however small or incomplete. I hope that this will encourage you to join in the activities and be able to contribute. Everyone has ideas and it’s good to be able to pool these. As one visiting tutor remarked,

Aren’t you lovely, you bounce ideas off each other

Let’s continue to do so!

Mary Durrant, programme secretary.


January 16th 2010: The two rooms are booked

Tutor Day: ‘Fabric Origami’ with Jane Price.

Making a needle case, using the techniques learnt.


February 13th 2010: One room booked

‘A Patchwork Day with Morag and Val’

Val Hayes and Moragh Bradshaw will lead this day, looking at two particular techniques.

Val will teach Japanese folded patchwork done by hand. Please note that this is different from January’s workshop with Jane Price.

Moragh will do foundation piecing patchwork, which can be done by hand or machine (it’s rather slow by hand).

For both you will need to bring basic sewing equipment and three pieces of contrasting cotton fabric about a quarter metre of each. They should be the same weight of fabric.

For foundation piecing you also need a pencil, ruler, and if you have it, lightweight Vilene or tracing paper, and machine, if you want to work more quickly. If you have it, a small iron and pad.

Morag and Val will be happy to demonstrate basic methods of layering, quilting and edging quilts, including mitred corners. They will bring a selection of fabrics and Vilene, so that you can take part and make something, even if you don’t have the materials.

N.B (This is one week earlier than normal, as the following weekend is the craft weekend at Plas Tan Y Bwlch, and it was felt that members may want to attend both activities.)


March 20th 2010: Two rooms booked

Tutor day: ‘Indian Inspiration for Appliqué and Machine Embroidery,’ with Barbara Howell.

Some of the members were inspired by Barbara’s exhibition at Harlech and requested that I contacted her.

If you would like to see more of her work then she will be having another show at the theatre in Harlech at the beginning of November, until the end of January. Her website is: http://www.barbarahowell.co.uk

In a days workshop you can either make a small A4 piece or a sample for something larger.


April 17th 2010: Two rooms booked

Tutor Day: Pat Gibson, making a brooch using ‘Casalguidi.’

Pat will be using a traditional method of needlecraft and taking a modern approach. Some members may have attended a previous workshop on ‘Casalguidi’ and wish to pursue it further.

We will be working a small piece that may be suitable as a brooch or mounted on a book cover.

May 15th 2010: One room booked

A whole group day looking at ‘Smocking, pleating and folding.’

Anyone who has previously done smocking or pleating is invited to bring in samples of work, however small, so that everyone is involved.

Joan maybe on hand with help and ideas, but it is hoped that we can all contribute.

Any books which demonstrate ideas will also be very useful.

The materials will be the usual, needles, variety of threads, small samples of fabric and a sewing machine if required, although it may not be necessary.

I hope that this can be a fun day for everyone to contribute.


June 19th 2010: Two rooms booked

Tutor Day with Angie HughesStitch, Cloth, Paper and Paint.’

All those members who attended Angie’s previous workshop were inspired by her work, and some bought her book with the above title. This workshop will help to reinforce these ideas, unravel any mysteries and generally have an exciting day with Angie.


July 17th 2010: Two rooms booked

Tutor Day with Hilary Davies, ‘Gold work’

Some members requested Hilary for a revisit on the beautiful and traditional ‘Gold work,’ embroidery.

Any members who have not taken part previously will be welcome to come and learn the techniques.


August 21st 2010: One room booked

A whole group day based on, ‘Making Cards.’

As every member has at some time, ‘had a go’ at making cards, I would like to see everyone bringing in a sample card. Hopefully we can ‘bring ideas,’ and in doing so produce at least two greetings cards (or similar) by the end of what should be an interesting day.

The materials needed will be anything which you feel you may need to make a card, including a variety of fabrics, threads, buttons and decorative artefacts as well as card and paper.


September 18th 2010:

Plas Tan Y Bwlch weekend


October 16th 2010: One room booked

‘Dissolving and Machine Embroidery.’

Several members requested this workshop and Pat Gibson will be on hand to give guidance. She has plenty of dissolvable material available for those who need it and do not have any.

The requirements will be fabrics suitable for machine embroidery, threads, hoop, sewing machine and dissolvable materials if you have them.

If this is a new technique to you then come along and have an enjoyable day learning something which is enjoyable and fun.

If you have samples of previous work, please bring them along to display. The more members are involved, the more the group benefits.


November 20th 2010: One room booked

A.G.M

A talk in the morning given by Julie Abel on ‘The History of Underwear.’ With examples of drawers, pantaloons, divided shirts, petticoats, bras, corsets, chemise and stockings.

With an insight into how our predecessors used their needle skills, this promises to be an informative talk.

Julie comes recommended by Pat and Jackie.

This will be followed by the AGM and the very necessary business which the group has to follow. I am asking every member to come to this meeting as not only is it important it is also a good time to see and meet old and new members as a collective group.


December 11th 2010:

A ‘shared Christmas lunch.’

Please bring your share of goodies to eat.

It would be lovely to see the work that members have done during the year, even if it is not completed, so can we all bring a sample to show, if not to ‘tell.’ Some of the work done at ‘Plas Tan Y Bwlch’ would be welcome.

Also, an ‘anonymous Christmas card,’ to be pooled as a ‘Secret Santa.’

This means that anyone who brings a card can go home with someone else’s. I hope that you can all join in and enjoy this activity.