Category Archives: Workshops

Samples all labelled ready for the Quilters Guild

I cannot believe were the last month went.

I have met a lot of lovely ladies around the UK doing zoom talks and workshops to embroidery and quilters groups. Thank you all for you kindness and asking me along to your meetings. 

I have also tutored my first real class at Dutton’s for Buttons in York. The class was based around canvas work and looked at the Arts and Crafts movement. We also discussed Louisa Pesel , an amazing lady who I will talk about in a blog all of her own . You may have heard of her as she designed and organised the kneelers and cushions in Winchester Cathedral in the 1930’s and was a central character in T. Chevaliers book ‘A single Thread’ . 

In-between  I have been labelling up the quilted samplers from the North Country strippy quilts. I have put them into sets which can be added to in the future. Next month should see my textile hanging finished, I am at present doing the butt edge and getting it ready to hang up.

Three types of bellow designs

Continuous designs including plait, wave, cable and trail

Diamond framework designs

Running feathers

Infill designs

Repeated motifs

Loop and circle frameworks

and finally two of my favourite continuous designs the Weardale chain and the Allendale feather.

North Country Quilting Online Course

I am running a 4 week online course to make up this North Country Quilt design which will include information on our quilting heritage and a look at my collection of quilts. I am working with Lorrayne at  ‘Oh Sew Sweet ‘a patchwork shop near Barnsley.. This design can then be made up into a cushion or mat which we will help you to create.

If you are interested please use this link 

https://mailchi.mp/7362edfde368/heritage-quilting-slow-stitch-a-long

I look forward to meeting you there.

A busy December

A busy December has had me doing a number of workshops around Yorkshire. I have met some lovely ladies and made new friends. Thank you all for being so welcoming and working hard to create beautiful textiles . I hope to see you again in the new year. 
Duttons for Buttons in York 

Oh Sew Sweet @The Hut in Barnsley 

Look in Events to checkout my workshops next year . 
Have a Happy Christmas and Peaceful new year 

Helen 

The Sewing Shed

The hand embroidery class at The Sewing Shed is very successful  , the students are a lovely group of people and it is great to sew and chat on a Tuesday lunchtime . Work ranges from embroidery on quilts to landscape work on photographs while learning new skills each week. 
Using a variety of stitches these small Durham quilt motifs have been done on an embroidery ring.

If you are interested in joining us take a look at The Sewing Shed website 

https://www.thesewingshed.co.uk/classes-tuition/embroidery-with-helen/

New Courses added

During October I have been working on new workshops for Dutton’s for Buttons , York and enhancing our hand embroidery weekly classes at The Sewing Shed  , Ilkley. 
Following the Viking theme in York I have prepared a gold work class showing the basic techniques to be taught in December.

Next year we are looking at felt appliqué using the Viking themes of birds and beasts .

 

https://www.duttonsforbuttons.co.uk/workshops/
Go to Dutton’s for Buttons to look at our full range of courses.

 

 

 

Another busy month

The month started off with the Ilkley Art Trail , after preparing work and printing cards I turned my front room into a gallery . I had lots of lovely visitors and thoroughly enjoyed it .

A trip to the V&A to see the Christian Dior exhibition was a welcome relaxation . My favourite piece was a skirt and top, I think I will have a go at making it in the autumn.

Finally I have been teaching a variety of workshops including a successful day workshop on visual mending at Dutton’s for Buttons , York .

I am now preparing for my holidays to Crete and selecting some Cretan embroidery to work on . I’ll post a picture of the finished piece next month. 

Enjoy the summer and Festival of Quilts . 

Summer Workshops

Summer workshop programme at three venues in Yorkshire

Oh Sew Sweet  (Barnsley) https://www.ohsewsweetshop.co.uk

 Sunday 7th July 10.30am – 4.0pm  £40

Durham Pennies- Handquilting with north country patterns 

Sunday 1st Sept 10.30am- 4.0pm   £40

Kantha Embroidery stitches and motifs

Duttons for Buttons ( York ) https://www.duttonsforbuttons.co.uk/workshops/

Wednesday 10th July 10.am – 4.0 pm  £50 

1960’s Patches and Visible Mending

Wednesday 7th August 10.am- 4.0am

Medieval hand appliqué     £50

The Sewing Shed ( Ilkley ) https://www.thesewingshed.co.uk/classes-tuition/embroidery-with-helen/

Sunday 7th Sept 10.0am – 4.0 pm  £55

Sun Mandalas -A relaxing day learning new embroidery stitches to create a beautiful hanging mandala 

If you would like to know more contact me by email or look at the details of courses on the venues websites.

Thank you for your interest and I hope to meet you soon at a workshop 

Helen

 

 

 

Duttons for Buttons Workshops

Vintage Embroidery – Dutton’s for Buttons 

A great day stitching and relaxing studying the beautiful vintage embroideries of the past . We then had a go at some of the stitches and patterns . These are to be made up into Lavender bags for the home . 

1960,s Visible Mending is our next monthly workshop . To look at further workshops and book please use this link 

https://www.duttonsforbuttons.co.uk/workshops/

New workshops in Ilkley will be advertised soon with The Sewing Shed so please look out for these too. 

 

 

Durham quilting workshop

Had a great day at Oh Sew Sweet in Barnsley teaching about Durham quilting . The ladies were a pleasure to teach and did some beautiful hand quilting . 

“Thank you for a very enjoyable day learning about the history behind the quilts was fascinating. You are a very patient and helpful teacher” Lynda 

The next workshop at Oh Sew Sweet is on Indian kanthan work on April 27th . Please see their website for further details . 

https://www.ohsewsweetshop.co.uk