Our first video is filmed, edited and ready to view on our YouTube channel,
and we would very much appreciate it if you can share it , like it and
subscribe to the channel. You can also find the video on the Home page
website. We will be making more over the course of the next few months, so look out for them.
week, we have news about the relaunch of our Yarn Forward knitting and
crochet club. It will be taking a slightly different format, based on
the feedback you gave in our knitting and crochet survey last year. It's
taken some time to get it organised, but I wanted to wait until our new
yarn was in place. You can read more below.
also giving a reminder for those of you new to knitting; we have a
Learn to Knit class on Friday 20th October with Anna Nikipirowicz. Anna
is also an expert on crochet and has a new book out in the 20 to Make
series which you can read about later in the newsletter.
I gave a taster of the new Brother sewing machines in the last
newsletter. If you would like to see them for yourself, we will be
holding an Open Day on Thursday 19th October, when Rachel from Brother
will be here to put the machines through their paces and answer any
questions you may have. You can book an appointment for a personal demo,
or pop in on the day. If you can't wait that long, you can find out
more on the Brother website, including a video of the new Disney machine here, or ring 01268 523780 to arrange a
personal demonstration with me.
I look forward to seeing you in the studio soon.
Workshops can be booked in the studio, on our website, by phoning 01268 523780 or emailing us. Our 2017 workshop programme is available online, in the studio, or you can email us for a copy.
Machine Embroidery Skill Sharing
Sunday 1st October 2017
10.30am - 1.00pm £10
series of informal monthly sessions to help you get the most from your
embroidery machine. A different machine embroidery technique will be
covered each month. In this session we will be sharing techniques for
Free Standing Lace with a Christmas theme.
will experiment with various makes of dissolvable fabrics to create
textured backgrounds for further work and lace-like constructions to
embellish and delight! Some experience of free machining is preferred
but not essential. You may bring your own sewing machine (you must have
an embroidery/quilting foot for your machine and be able to lower your
feed dogs) or let us know if you would like to borrow one of ours. You
will leave with several stitched samples plus examples of various
soluble fabric to take home with you.
Friday 6th October 2017 or
Saturday 7th October 10.30am - 4.00pm £65 per person
you have not used this unique medium before, you are in for a treat!
This workshop will allow you to create beautiful fabric works of art in a
variety of colours and take your skills forward. You will use fabric,
inclusions, paint and Powertex to make a textured panel. All materials
are included in this workshop, but please feel free to bring your own
embellishments to add to your work. This workshop is suitable for
those of you who have been taking part in our crochet squares workshop,
this will show you ways of joining your work together. If you have not
attended a previous workshop, you can still attend if you have some work
that needs completing.
you are new to designing for your embroidery machine, or you need a
refresher, this training is for you. Lisa will take you through the
basics of using Brother computer software to create your own designs.
This is the second in a series of training classes.
ripple or wave crochet is an way of combining stitches to make an
attractive design which can be used for the back of the cushion made on
previous workshops, or a blanket. Join Sue to learn this exciting
technique. You do need to be able to crochet basic stitches to join this
this lovely book Anna Nikipiriowicz provides 20 contemporary, stylish
designs for crocheted corsages - large, eye-catching floral designs that
can be worn in different ways: as a brooch, buttonhole, on your wrist,
shoes, bag or belt, for example. The flowers are made in a variety of
sizes and styles, with different types of flower, all worked in various
colours, yarns and crochet stitches. Some feature added embellishments
such as buttons and beads.
of the flowers are based on real ones, such as the pansy, lily and
hydrangea, while others, such as
spectrum, roux and rainbow are fantasy flowers designed by Anna. There
is more variety in that some of the flowers are quite flat, while others
are distinctly 3-D, giving them added appeal. The patterns are easy to
follow and there is a beautiful photograph of each one, suggesting ways
of wearing them.
new season of our popular Top This hats by DMC have arrived! Along with
some old favourites, we have new friends including ladybird and zebra,
mouse and frog. Some of the yarns have a metallic threads in them and
others are glow in the dark! They are such fun to both knit (or crochet)
and to wear. I'm still waiting for the butterfly, but all the others
are available whilst stocks last.
is a Christmas focus in this issue. You can make an adorable doll to
keep track of how many sleeps until Santa arrives, use blackwork to
embroider a cushion with a seasonal message (in white on a red ground)
or make a beautiful brooch from velvet, embroidery and crystals. There
are lots more projects from silk shading, soutache, needlefelting, a
free-machined mixed media box and a patchwork table runner. With
articles on the Game of Thrones tapestry, Alison Holt plus lots more,
this is a great issue.
new, improved gallery is now open and available to hire. We do have a
few spaces next year, so if you would like the opportunity to show your
work do get in touch. We are happy to help, and will support you during
the planning and presentation of your exhibition. Contact Denise on 01268 523780 or email us for more information.
Above and Below - The Minerva Textile Group
2nd - 30th September 2017
This year we have been exploring above and below the surface of the earth, using maps and nature as our inspiration.
October 2017: Wendy Mansfield - Flora
November 2017: Denise Gannon - Revisited
January/February 2018: Workshop Exhibition
April 2018: Tantalising Textiles 2018
Our latest Brother
special offers include the PR1050X which is at the very speial price of
£7999, a saving of £1000. You can find all the latest offers on my blog.
also have ex-demonstration machines available at very competitive
prices. You can also find details of all our special prices on the Brother page of our blog.
Don't forget we offer demonstrations and free after
sales training on all our machines over £200. Ring us on 01268 523780 or email us for more information.