Keswick Embroiderers' Guild

We meet on the third Thursday of the month, September to May, 10am -3pm, at the Friends' Meeting House in Keswick. This is in Elliot Park, just beside Booths' carpark. Arrive at 9.45 for coffee and biscuits! We also meet informally during the Winter to work on our own projects.
We are happy to be be back in our familiar space after floods damaged the building so badly.
A small and friendly group, we meet to celebrate textiles and stitch, and we share between us a wide range of interests and expertise. Visitors and new members are always welcome.

Monday, 24 April 2017

No Scissors Needed......Joanna O'Neill

April Meeting        Faux Applique

These stunning wall-hangings are the work of Joanna O'Neill, who led our April workshop.


They are incredibly detailed and beautiful, and we were intrigued to learn how Joanna achieves these results.

Markal paintstiks are used with stencils, to produce images on fabric, and we spent the morning learning how to do this, with freezer paper. Joanna's way of working enables lovely shading, and there was virtual silence as we practised! We had been provided with a range of motifs to try, and it was fascinating to see the varying effects we could achieve by working on different-coloured fabrics.

Lots of examples of Joanna's work were available for us to see, and be inspired by.......

Journal quilts showing Joanna's faux applique technique.......

After lunch, we were shown how to stitch the stencilled images, after they have been left to 'cure' for a few days, and then iron-fixed. When worked into, either by machine or by hand, this technique does very closely resemble applique.

It was a lovely, rewarding workshop, and already several members want to have another session to practise what we learned. 

Joanna's web contacts

Now for something completely different, as they say..........

Two of our members, sitting next to one another, had their thread collections ready for action......

Which is more like yours?




Both these members produce lovely, creative embroidery!

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Fabulous fragments

Shelley Rhodes

Most of us were catapulted way out of our comfort zone at the beginning of our March meeting. Shelley Rhodes'own work was beautiful, and impressive; the process of learning how to achieve similar results took some time!

We tore, and layered, and distressed, drew with a variety of media and tools, colour-washed, and gradually began to feel more at home.

 Shelley is patient and calm with her pupils, and by the end of the day, we had produced work we were pleased with. The sort of workshop we'd like to do again, because we'd explored new ideas, and can put them into practice in our own ways.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Calico gardens February meeting

Calico Gardens... Angie Burt

For our February meeting, we enjoyed a workshop with Angie Burt, making Calico Gardens.

First, we were inspired by Angie's own work,

 and then we were expertly taken through the various techniques used to produce our pictures.  Angie is generous with her time and advice,  and made the various steps look very easy.......

We had a lovely, relaxed day, and learned lots of new techniques, taking work home to complete................. 

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Painting on Velvet January meeting.

Painting on Velvet

We were delighted to be back in the Friends' Meeting House in Keswick for the first meeting of 2017, after the awful flood damage they suffered last year.

Keswick member Enid McIntosh had prepared a lovely workshop for us, showing us how to paint on velvet. She brought beautiful samples of her own work, and then led us through the stages of producing these vibrant designs for ourselves.

Though straightforward for us, Enid had prepared the procion dyes in advance, so that we only had to choose our colours and our designs ...... and paint! A lot of work, which made the day very exciting and productive for us.

Everyone took home gloriously coloured fabrics, ready for the next step!

An excellent workshop...... thank you Enid. More, please!

Monday, 2 January 2017

November Meeting..... Felting, and finishing off

Felting and Finishing Off

We were still nomadic after the floods of last December, and held our November meeting in Mungrisdale's new and very well-appointed Village Hall.

We were delighted to have  Marilyn back to do some felting with us again, and two members brought their embellishing machines along to give us all the opportunity to see what they  can do!

For some of us this was a good chance to finish off the beaded bookmarks we started last month.

Our new blog is not yet fully formed; I am working on it!

Saturday, 5 November 2016

November 2016

A New Blog for Keswick Embroiderers!

We've not been updated for a while, but this is our new site. Firstly, some of the pictures from our 2016 exhibition.