Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Quilters Guild Museum and Gallery to close

Really sad to read this today - such a shame we will lose this terrific venue for quilters. Not really the upbeat news I would have liked to impart as my last blog before Christmas. However I hope you all have a peaceful and joyous festive break and a fabulous 2015.
The Quilters’ Guild has today announced that the Quilt Museum and Gallery in York is to close at the end of October, 2015. The Quilt Museum and Gallery has been working very hard to achieve challenging targets for income from visitors and business ventures but, sadly, these targets have not been achievable.
The Quilters’ Guild has provided financial support to The Quilt Museum through its own reserves and fundraising activities but these funds cannot provide the Quilt Museum and Gallery with a sustainable future in the long term.
Guild President, Vivien Finch said “The decision to close the Quilt Museum and Gallery is profoundly disappointing, but we can take comfort in the knowledge that since it opened we have welcomed over 75,000 people to over 50 exhibitions and introduced many visitors to the joy of quilts and quilting. In addition, we have taught sewing skills to over 8,000 children and adults.”
“The number of paying visitors has ranged between 10,000 and 12,500 per year and we now know that this is a considerable achievement for a small “niche” museum, commented Museum Manager, Fiona Diaper.
The Quilt Museum and Gallery will remain open until 31 October, 2015, and visitors will be able to enjoy the exhibitions planned for 2015 including a major exhibition with Kaffe Fassett entitled Ancestral Gifts, showing new quilts created by Kaffe in response to quilts in The Quilters’ Guild Collection.
The Quilters’ Guild will continue to care for its Collection of historic and contemporary quilts and are concentrating their efforts on finding a location where the public can gain access to quilts by pre-organised visits.  They are also exploring a wide range of opportunities for items from the Collection to be exhibited in other locations.

Friday, 12 December 2014

London Textile Fair January 2015

Something to look forward to after all the festivities have finished..... ideal if you are a designer wanting to view the latest fashions.
TLTF offers buyers, distributors, and designers the opportunity to view a large range of textiles from the most prestigious textile mills in Europe – all under one roof! Showing at The Business Design Centre, Islington.


Exhibitors from across Europe

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Liverpool Cathedral Exhibition

Liverpool Cathedral

If you haven't already been, our local Liverpool Cathedral is well worth a visit for lots of reasons.  The wonderful architecture, the stained glass and not least the wonderful collection of metalwork embroidery.
Entrance to the Elizabeth Hoare Embroidery Gallery is included in the price of the Tower Experience. It is located in the Triforium – a large, internal Gallery at the west end of the cathedral, 80+ feet/over 20m above the cathedral floor level and accessed direct from the first stage lift in the tower. Here you can safely enjoy not only fantastic views of the interior of the cathedral itself from a great height, but also the exquisite and unique collection of Victorian and Edwardian ecclesiastical embroidery on display. For those whose passion is embroidery, both modern and traditional, the collection can also be seen as part of a special Embroidery Trail at various venues throughout Liverpool and the Wirral. Information on this can be obtained from local Tourist Information centres in Liverpool & the Wirral.

The Cathedral Shop sells an extensive range of Elizabeth Hoare books, cards and gifts. Purchase on line or visit us. Now available the new embroidery guide. A must, filled with stunning photography and available online.

Opening Hours for the Tower Experience

Monday – Saturday 10am – 4.30pm with extended opening hours during summer
Sunday hours are restricted by services:12 noon – 2.30pm

Monday, 20 October 2014

New Exhibition at the Platform Gallery

Ten Plus Textiles have an exhibition on at the Platform Gallery in Clitheroe from 28th October.
To find out more about visiting the Platform, go to https://www.ribblevalley.gov.uk/platformgallery

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Magna Carta tapestries visit Kendal before going to see the Queen

NEW Magna Carta tapestries, marking the 800th anniversary next year, will visit Kendal before featuring in celebrations involving the Queen.

In November eight tapestries, out of 12 designed and sewn by Royal embroiderer Rhoda Nevins and commemorating the sealing of the Magna Carta, will be on display at the Quaker Tapestry Museum in Kendal, South Cumbria.

The tapestry panels will be seen by thousands of people next year, including the Queen, as part of anniversary celebrations. This is the first time such a collection will visit the North West.

Rhoda Nevins, a member of the Royal School of Needlework who helped to embroider the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress, was commissioned to produce the panels. Rhoda and her team are working around the clock to make sure the panels are ready in time. Work began on the first one in 2012 and the last one is due to be finished next May.

Museum manager Bridget Guest is delighted that people in the North West have a chance to see the panels ahead of a royal viewing in June 2015.

“It is lovely to have eight of the twelve tapestries here as well as Rhoda Nevins to talk about them at the launch event,” says Bridget.

“The ‘tapestries’ as we call them are actually embroidered panels made in a similar style to the museum’s own 77 Quaker Tapestry panels.”

“The panels produced by Rhoda and her team are beautifully done and this exhibition presents a rare opportunity for people in the North of England to see them at a local venue.”

“It’s also a lovely coincidence that Rhoda attended a Quaker school and her grandparents were Quakers too” adds Bridget.

The panels on show in Kendal include four dedicated to each Magna Carta Trust town: Bury St Edmunds, St Albans, Runnymede and Canterbury. A further panel depicts the shields of the 25 barons who were present at the sealing and three other panels show the involvement of the Commonwealth and British Empire countries.
Each panel is 594 x 841mm and embroidered using appliqué techniques with silk fabrics and gold threads. The Magna Carta Tapestry was commissioned by Runnymede council.

Next year’s anniversary recognises the Magna Carta as one of Britain’s most important historical documents and a symbol of national values. It provided the foundations on which British laws and principles are based.

Events to celebrate the sealing of the Magna Carta are being held throughout the world. The 15th June 2015, when the document was sealed by King John 800 years ago, is being singled out as the most significant date. The full collection will be exhibited at celebrations involving the Queen on this date.

For more details of the exhibition at the Quaker Tapestry Museum in Kendal, running from Saturday 1 to Saturday 29 November please visit www.quaker-tapestry.co.uk

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Autumn Newsletter out Now on Issuu


In this issue of our newsletter there are details of current exhibitions, mini 3-D project, incremental price rise details, peek at our new site designs, student articles,  blogs, City & Guilds news and much more.....

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

The Hidden Wardrobe


1730-50s mustard yellow satin uppers and heel covers. Charles Paget Wade costume collection, stored at Berrington Hall
This blog is the wonderful idea of Ellie, who works at Berrington Hall (a national trust property). http://historicalcostume.wordpress.com/about/

She says of the collection; "This fabulous costume collection owes its existence to the extraordinary vision of the avid collector Charles Paget Wade. Wade harboured an obsession with the magic of objects and the power they imbue in us all to ‘inspire a thousand fancies.’

The collection comprises 2,203 objects, largely 18th and 19th century costume, with a particular bias towards menswear. The collection is unusual in that it contains items from both ends of the social strata as its collector, Charles Paget Wade, championed the principles of the Arts and Crafts Movement selecting items based on his dictum ‘Colour, design and craftsmanship.’
At present the collection really is a hidden wardrobe. With no facilities for display on the horizon it remains largely hidden and in storage at Berrington Hall. The curator, Althea Mackenzie, and I hope to address this by providing access in the most modern of venues – the blogosphere!
In short the purpose of this blog is to provide:
  • Detailed colour photographs of an incredible collection
  • Showcase the collection without the damaging effects of long-term display and handling
  • Encourage and generate interest in costume history (If you have questions please ask!)
  • Indulge ourselves in all things costume"

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Ebb and Flow Exhibition - 62 Group

Work by the 62 Group of Textile artists is always worth a visit. They have concurrent exhibitions at Grimsby Minster and the Fishing Heritage Centre, Grimsby from 9/09/14 to 2/11/14
The 62 Group is an artist led organisation whose mission statement is to "aim to incorporate and challenge the boundaries of textile practice through an ambitious and innovative annual programme of exhibitions." Since its establishment in 1962 some of the most highly regarded British textile artists have been members of the 62 Group. The membership is now international and is achieved through a selection process.
More details of work selected for Ebb & Flow can be found on their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ebbandflow.62groupexhibition/timeline. All work will be featured in a full colour catalogue with introduction written by June Hill. The catalogue will be on sale at both venues.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Eye of the Needle at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

The Eye of the Needle will display, for the first time in public, a selection of eye-catching, virtuoso 17th-century embroideries from the internationally renowned Feller Collection, together with outstanding examples from the Ashmolean’s own holdings.BIGSTITCH

These remarkable embroideries include colourful raised and flatwork pictoral panels, beautiful samplers and household items such as boxes and cushions and dress accessories including caps, coifs and gloves.
The exhibition will explore the context in which these dramatic and technically exacting works were made, examining their importance in creating the ideal goodly and godly woman through the discipline of painstaking embroidery, reinforcing both social status and appropriate behaviour.
Exquisite objects in their own right made with colourful silks, pearls, and semi-precious stones, the embroideries also reflect the religious, political and social concerns of the English Civil War period.
The Eye of the Needle is curated by Dr Mary Brooks, University of Durham.

Opening Dates and Times

Exhibition Open 1 August 2014 to 12 October 2014

Opening Times 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday, and Bank Holidays
more info from http://www.ashmolean.org/events/SpecialEvents/?id=148

Friday, 27 June 2014

A Lovely Career Opportunity!

For those of you who just love old textiles wouldn't this have been the ideal career move? Sorry I only spotted it after the 20th June deadline had been and gone, but I guess it is always possible they haven't found anyone suitable to guard the Rachel Kay Shuttleworth textile collection ...........this is what the ad says;
The Trustees of Gawthorpe Textiles Collection are seeking to appoint a part-time Director to be responsible to the Trustees for the Collection, its development, conservation and promotion, based at Gawthorpe Hall, Padiham, near Burnley.
Deadline for applications 20th June 2014 
You can check details at http://www.textilesociety.org.uk/events/textile-news.php

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Sarah Campbell from start to finish @ F&TM London

from start to finish’ explores Sarah Campbell’s recent design journeys. The display is primarily concerned with the process of designing for textiles from commission and first thoughts – through sketches, roughs and artwork – to the finished product.
‘At heart, I love painting patterns, inventing designs’ says Sarah Campbell.
For 50 years Sarah Campbell worked alongside her sister Susan Collier in the innovative design partnership they founded and built together. Susan sadly died in May 2011 and in July that year Sarah began her new solo career.
Starting with her first commission in this new phase – collaborating on the book The Collier Campbell Archive – 50 years of passion in pattern, the work includes bed linens for Marks and Spencer, the Sonnet scarf for the National Theatre, source collections for WestElm and the most recent commission for Roger la Borde. Designs appear in many new and different media – glass, woven baskets, silks, papers, rugs… and, as ever, they start with Sarah’s unique and fine-tuned observations and the liveliness of her hand-painted mark.
Alongside her studio practice, Sarah writes a popular fortnightly blog, teaches, gives talks and runs workshops. www.sarahcampbelldesigns.com
31st Jan to 17th May

© All original works and designs are produced by Sarah Campbell Ltd and are copyright to that company.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Janet Gledhill's Projects in Workbox and Inspired

We're very lucky to have Janet as one of our assessors and I thought you'd like to take a peek at the first pages of the two projects she currently has in print with the March/April 2014 issue of Workbox Magazine and the lovely Bookazine Inspired, now available in WH Smith and Sainsburys.  Both can be purchased direct from http://www.workboxmag.com/ or of course from your local newsagent.

Friday, 11 April 2014

City & Guilds Bursary deadline 25th April @10am

City & Guilds make these bursaries available on a bi-yearly basis.  We have now had 6 students who have been lucky enough to benefit from them and we do all we can to promote them as a wonderful way of being able to study for those who would otherwise not be able to.  http://www.cityandguilds.com/courses-and-qualifications/support/finance-and-funding/bursaries
The bursaries can be used for a wide range of purposes* including:
  • Paying your course and/or exam fees
  • Covering living costs if you are unable to work while you study
  • Covering childcare or travel expenses
  • Covering other costs that are making it difficult for you to enrol on a course. 

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Helen Brennan's Workbox article

It was lovely this week to be sent a copy of Workbox and to see one of our Australian students featured in it.  Helen is just completing a Machine Embroidery Certificate with us and has already decided to go on and undertake the Diploma afterwards.  I've taken a couple of snaps of her article, below, but it does look better in full colour and glossy glory, so why not get yourself a subscription to Workbox Magazine http://www.workboxmag.com/latest-issue/  or find it in your local newsagent?

Monday, 10 March 2014

Phew - back up again!

Thank goodness we're back online with the site and email again this morning - we had visions of it lasting longer than this, but it really is amazing what an email to the domain name company CEO's personal email can accomplish!  It was delegated to the international contact center manager by 8 o'clock, he was in contact by 8.15 and had it back in under an hour.  Many thanks to you Daniel Bromley for pulling all the stops out to get us back online. 
We will do our best to get everything outstanding under control today, but it does look as though any pending emails may have been lost, so do get back in touch with us if you think it may be one of yours that has gone astray.
We'll also put our thinking caps on about how we can thank everyone for being so patient over the weekend....

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Website and email issues over the weekend

Hi everyone - our apologies, but we're presently having issues with our site and email, so do bear with us for a short while.
The problem is that our site domain has been 'jammed' in a transfer between domain registries (I know - by-passed us here too!).  The domain company have been working on the problem over the weekend (at least one nice guy, Callum, who seems to really care about his work at 123reg has done his very best - the rest of them seem disinterested at best) , but they have now decided they need a specialist to sort out the mess they've created and he/she won't be contactable until Monday morning now.  I'm assured that it will be a fast job once they're located, so fingers crossed for being back up and running shortly.  Meanwhile we've put temporary contact details on both FB sites and got a temporary email up - schoolofst@gmail.com if you need to get in touch with us urgently.  We will be in the office as usual during office hours on 01257 463163.
For anyone wishing to get work in to us you can still use the dropbox directly at https://www.hightail.com/u/schoolofstitchedtextiles463163
Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience - no one wants this sorted more than we do and we can assure you we'll be doing all we can (basically pestering the domain company ceaselessly)  until it is.  

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Ten Plus Exhibitions