Wednesday, 2 September 2020


What a delight to welcome Claire Ketteman as a speaker to our Grassington Embroiderers’ Guild September zoom meeting. She is a prolific and inspirational needle worker. Claire has a science background but took the opportunity to explore her creative side by studying for an HNC in Textile Design with Bradford College in 2009. Her work has been exhibited in local galleries across Lancashire and Yorkshire. Claire is now the Chairman of the Skipton Embroiderers’ Guild, and her recent work, “The Strawberry Thief”, won her first prize in the Aurafil competition, and a first prize for the Jo Quinn award for creativity.

The “Strawberry Thief” was her 3D version of William Morris’s naughty song thrush. Claire stitched onto vintage linen, red woven picots, satin stitch, seed stitch and button stitch, to create her final 3D piece.

Claire talked us through her love of 3D work, and her introduction to stump work using Kelley Aldridge’s book on raised embroidery for technique advice and inspiration. I was not familiar with this book, but having had a peep at it on Amazon, I have put it on my Christmas list!

Claire’s work, from tiny fabric embellished shoes, to dragon flies, to embroidery on crystal organza and fabric cacti terrarium, was stunning. She explained how much she had learnt from tutors such as Nicola Jarvis and her crewel work, Liz Cooksey with her intricate wire and thread work, Hannah Lamb’s technique of seeing stitching from both sides, and Serena Partridge’s intricate stitching.

Claire gave a big Thank You to the Embroiderers’ Guild for helping her to find like minded people to share and learn from. It has been a big influence in her development as a Textile Artist.

Claire is a member of the group Textilia and they will be exhibiting at Farfield Mill, Sedburgh, Nov 4th until January. This will be well worth a visit.

Thank you, Claire, for spending time preparing and sharing this wonderfully illustrated display of your work at our Zoom meeting. We do appreciate all the hard work that you had put into this new approach to giving talks.

The following photos have all been kindly provided by Claire.

Ketteman - Beachcombing 

Ketteman - Nature Table

Ketteman - Strawberry Thief

Ketteman - Woodland fern

Ketteman - Goldfish bowl

We will be having a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, September 16th. The Topic for discussion will be "Threads". This will be the chance to share your knowledge of your experiences , likes and dislikes, retail outlets, prices of all things threads.

October 7th     - Guest Speaker  Amanda Hislop

November 4th - Guest Speaker   Deborah Mullins

December 2nd - Guest Speaker   Zara Day

Sunday, 16 August 2020

August - Grassington Embroiderers' Guild - The New Format

The committee has now decided on a new format for the Branch Meetings! This term we will meet twice a month on Zoom. The dates and times are as follows:

Next meeting:

Wednesday, Aug 19th  10:00 - 11:00   

This meeting will start with a virtual workshop on using Koh-i-noor dyes for fabrics. Have a pen and pencil ready for taking notes and a cup of coffee! 

For those involved in the travelling books, we will be wanting to know your title.

We hope a few of you will be ready to show a sample from your wooden box that was delivered to all our members.

Future meetings:

Wednesday, Sept 2nd   10:00 - 11:00

        Guest speaker Claire Ketteman

Wednesday, Sept 16th  10:00 - 11:00

Wednesday, Oct 7th  10:00 - 11:00

Wednesday, Oct 21st  10:00 - 11:00

Wednesday,  Nov 4th  10:00 - 11:00

        Guest speaker Deborah Mullins, "Palestinian Embroidery"

Wednesday,  Nov 18th  10:00 - 11:00

Wednesday, Dec 2nd   10:00 - 11:00

Wednesday, Dec 16th   10:00 -11:00 

The programme will slowly evolve, so keep watching this space.

Here are some more photographs of our members' work during this period.

Monday, 27 July 2020

July - Members' Activities During Lockdown

Welcome back  To Grassington Embroiderers' Guild! 

I hope you have all remained safe during this very difficult period and have found plenty of time to put your sewing skills to the test.  The committee are having a meeting today to decide on the new format for activities in the autumn. We will email all members with our future plans and we hope there will be plenty of Stitch to look forward to.

Chris and Marjorie sat outside Chris' house on the National Day of Stitch in June, where usually lots of walkers come past. The weather was not brilliant, but those that passed by were very interested!

This week as I read my Saturday Yorkshire post there was a wonderful article about David Morrish's giant embroidered tapestry documenting Windermere litter louts. David is a Fashion Design teacher and lecturer At Sheffield Hallam University. The embroidery project forms part of his own MA studies at Nottingham Trent University and is a collaboration with the Sheffield branch of the Embroiderers' Guild. Find out more about the project on Instagram@kingflytailoring. 

Over the next few weeks I shall be using the Blog to showcase members' work during this period of Lockdown. It has been a great inspiration to me to see such wonderful work and my waning enthusiasm for stitch has now been revived! 

Chris Mitchell our chairman has sent in the first photographs and details of some of her work these last few months. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I have.

One of my Lockdown projects!

 I was inspired by Jackie Martin’s visit to use an old wooden box that once contained a bottle of wine, to produce little samples of different techniques. Each one is backed on to pelmet weight vilene and I wrote methods and materials used on the back.
The wooden box was decorated with pyrography designs.

Another Lockdown project was inspired by Anne Brooke’s blog, of a long stitched strip wrapped around an old bobbin. Now I didn’t have an old bobbin, but I do have a husband who is a wood turner! I have used recycled denim, and fabric which I have “rusted” in other guild meetings.

Another Lockdown project was my book, “What’s the Story?" . Each page has a fabric picture and you make up the questions. Ask a child ...."where is that car going ......guess what happened to the family at no. 3”, etc. Good for home schooling story starters!

I’ve been taking advantage of the time spent in Lockdown to make a start on Christmas presents! I’ve made lots of little felt brooches, key rings and handbag ornaments, embellished with embroidery and little beads.

Thank you Chris for sharing your wonderful work and ideas with the group. I have certainly been inspired by your work and it has filled me with enthusiasm for this autumn term. All my free time in the summer has been spent in the garden but let the weeds grow, I need to get back to Stitch! I hope you will all enjoy seeing the work of our members which I will post throughout August ready for the new  program in September.

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Coming up in April

There will be a talk by Wynn Ingham, "Eleanor and her influences on Wyn's work". This will start at 1:30.

Please note, this talk has been postponed. 

The embellishing workshop has been postponed. 
There is no stitch morning.

March's Meeting

Jessica Grady, our tutor for this month's Grassington Embroiderers' Guild workshop, "Decorative Embroidery and Embellishment with Recycled Materials", arrived with boxes of recycled embellishments for us to incorporate into our work.
Jessica guided the group through some of the basics for textile art, starting with looking at colour and pattern, and then incorporating stitch and embellishments onto the design. She continued to inspire the group by describing the huge array of materials that could be used to create our own unique creations.  We created sequins and beads from recycled waste materials such as plastic packaging, fabric scraps, painted washers, and plastic tubing. As well as producing a piece of textured embroidery, we have now been inspired to continue to produce from our waste plastic and packaging, a wealth of recycled embellishments for future work.  Thank you for the inspiration Jessica, a wonderful workshop. From this:

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Thursday, 6 February 2020

Coming up in March

Jessica Grady will be giving a workshop on "Decorative Embroidery and Embellishment with Recycled Materials" to the Grassington Embroiderers' Guild.

Requirements List for the above workshop:
Basic sewing kit, assorted needles, scissors, 8-10inch hoop. Everything else will be provided but please feel free to bring any special embellishments you would like to use.

For those not attending the workshop, we will be having a Stitch Day so bring your own work to continue.

There is a Fairisle colour work knitting workshop with Jaki Bogg at the Rendezvous Hotel in Skipton on Sunday 1st March. Contact the hotel for details if you are interested.

Rokeby Park has a rare collection of 18th century needlework pictures on display. Contact Sally Davies the Curator for further details.

Harlow Carr library has a needlework exhibition at the moment and is well worth a visit.