Barking Mad!

The title of of Carol Coleman's talk to us at our November meeting. Carol is a former Chair of Skipton Branch, so it was great to welcome her back to speak to us and have a catch up with familiar faces.
Carol took us through her journey from inspiration to stitch with a wonderful slideshow. She uses her digital camera, computer and digital projector to help create her work. Photos are manipulated on the computer and then machine embroidered, ofter utilising dissolvable materials such as Lutradur. She is inspired by natural forms - rocks, fossils and tree bark (hence Barking Mad) particularly and turns her photos into stunning pieces.
We were encouraged to find a starting point - colour, image or material for example and then just 'go with the flow' matching techniques and other materials as appropriate; not being constrained by a specific plan and embracing spontaneity. Carol is also a collector of eclectic bits and pieces - broken jewellery, ring pulls etc which she incorporates into her work.
Lots for us to think about and take inspiration in our own work.

A Bit Of Christmas Stitching

Another All Age Workshop and some lovely stitching. It was great to see some new faces and have a chat. SO here's a little look at what we got up to with some Christmas cards and decorations.

All Age Workshop Nov 11th

It's All Age Workshop time again. We have Christmas decorations and stitched cards on the menu for people to have a go at. Everyone is welcome regardless of age or ability.

Hanny Newton, goldwork and the Scythians!

The British Museum has had an exhibition on the Scythians, warriors of ancient Serbia. You might have spotted a 'like' on our Facebook page regarding Hanny Newton who was leading an interactive public art piece; visitors were invited to adorn a life size horse with gold work creations inspired by the exhibition. 

Hanny is a graduate of the RSN and Falmouth University; she champions hand stitch in contemporary art, making traditional skills like goldwork and whitework fresh and interesting. Check out her website from the link above or her Facebook page. Here's a little taster of her fabulous work.


Yarndale 2017

Yarndale time again!
We had a lovely time chatting to people from all over the world during the weekend. We were very busy with our butterfly workshop which was a continuation of the National day of Stitch theme. There was some fabulous work on display on the other stalls - lots of inspiration and ideas for people to invite to run workshops for us.

Here's a flavour of our day - mostly before we got our visitors as we were really busy!!

Stop Motion Animation with Virpi Kettu

Here's our stop motion animations a small group of us made with Virpi as part of Skipton Puppet Festival. We had great fun making them. Enjoy!
(turn on your sound)

Marjorie and Serena - Something Fishy

Sally and Emily - Chasing Leaves

Claire, Hannah and Frances - Chicken Run

Jill - Lost and Found


Telling tales - Lost and Found

Monday 11th September - Animation Workshop with Virpi Kettu
Virpi Kettu is a master animator who has worked for Aardman Animation on the Wallace and Gromit films and music videos.  As part of a series of workshops for Skipton Puppet Festival, she showed us how to make our very own stop-motion film using small discarded objects.  We dredged the bottom of our sewing baskets to find hidden treasures to create short stories which will be shown on YouTube.  Watch this space...

Hannah and Frances Ketteman discuss editorial differences

Virpi Kettu shows Jill Maloney how to create her story

Emily and Sally McGonigle get creative with stitched leaves

Jill used vintage bobbins and a devore scarf

Serena Watson and Marjorie Lloyd found that their objects perfectly complimented each other

We're still here!

It's been a little quiet on our Blog in recent weeks because, apart from the National Day of Stitch, we've been on our summer break. However, we've a busy year ahead of us - a couple of things in the pipeline before the AGM - watch this space! We officially meet on Monday 18th at our usual venue for the AGM and will be sharing our Travelling Books in the flesh so to speak. The new programme will be revealed and will be posted on here too after the meeting. Our membership is growing and it's nice to see new people - embroidery seems to be experiencing a bit of a renaissance.

We're going to be at Yarndale again on 23rd/24th of this month, drop by and pay us a visit.
Please keep visiting our Blog and Facebook page to see what we're up to.

National Day of Stitch

Lovely day stitching butterflies at The Hub in Skipton Town Hall on Saturday.

Travelling Books Part 2

Here's the next batch of photos form the Travelling Books project; just a few more to go after these when people return from holidays and send in photos. It's been really lovely looking at what people have done. Enjoy!






Barking Mad!

The title of of Carol Coleman 's talk to us at our November meeting. Carol is a former Chair of Skipton Branch, so it was great to welco...