TEXTILE and ART courses offering unique learning opportunities for all
In beautiful South Shropshire an area of outstanding natural beauty

I hope you all did something wonderful this Easter. I coloured my eggs which we have always done in our family. They look so pretty decorated and displayed with the daffs.

Then yesterday we went on our annual Morris dancing tour.....of course it did rain, nothing new there and although Martin and I weren't dancing ourselves, it was huge fun being with all our dancing colleagues, then tea/supper back at friends followed by an evening session of music and singing.
The Shropshire Bedlams and Martha Rhodens Tuppenny Dish.

Can you spot me hiding in the crowd?
This email will be primarily about the current project from the Textile Study Group, an international group that I have been a member off since 1996, but first news of that ceilidh that was cancelled in March.
Well the good news is that the Ceilidh is back on so if you want a ticket get back to me soon as they are going fast.

Friday 5th May at Bettws-y-crwyn Parish Hall SY7 8PP with Bandamania led by Sue Harris playing some great traditional and original tunes for you to dance to.

There will be a bar and some food available as well

Please join us if you are able.
Email me by clicking [email protected]

Amanda Clayton with Ottoman Stitchness
29/30 April (Sat/Sun)
The aim of this workshop is to be inspired to revisit or ‘learn from new’ some overlooked embroidery techniques. I am especially encouraged to look at different ways to outline and ‘fill in’ spaces. As an obsessive ‘stitcher’ I love to change my ground and experiment with my thread sometimes, but not always moving away from the tradition of the technique that we are exploring.

Silk floss and twisted silks mixed with cotton floss and a hint of metal plate will be part of your explorations.

You will also be introduced to some even weave stitches, some of which can be improvised on other cloth qualities.

Part of the two days will be spent looking/recording and learning about my collection as well as some other related embroidered pieces. But most of all I will encourage you all to respond in your personal way and begin a few sampler pieces to get you on your way and continue at home.
Amanda is a familiar tutor to Moor Hall and also a great friend of mine. I have her returning to deliver courses here because everyone that attends can be guaranteed of a thoughtful and highly considered course.

Please join us on Saturday and Sunday 29th and 30th April on this exciting new course with Amanda.
Click HERE to book a place on this course


To celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2023
The Textile Study Group presents

MAKING:50 is a significant touring exhibition to mark this notable milestone in the group’s history. All 24 members responded to the challenge of creating a new artwork which includes an element of 50 – either obviously or obscurely.

No two works are alike. Each piece offers an intimate insight into the interests, inspiration and practice of the artist. From important issues that affect us all, to quirky and humbling reflections of the last five decades, each artwork has been individually crafted and stitched from a myriad of materials including salvaged plastics, foraged fibres, upcycled slides and found or treasured items.

Tweeddale Gallery  Peebles, Chambers Institution, High Street Peebles, EH45 8AG  1st April to 5th August 2023

The Ropewalk Gallery  Barton upon Humber, North Lincolnshire, DN18 5JT
16th September to 26th November 2023 
(Please check gallery websites for opening hours.)
This piece of work above is by Alice Fox and represents 50 small hand twisted and coiled vessels displayed on perspex shelfing.

Alice will be teaching here at Moor Hall on 4/5/6 August 2023 and will be introducting students to some of these techniques of gathering and processing a range of plant-based fibres that grow wild in the garden. She will show you different ways to extract and process fibre that could then be used for cordage making, soft basketry and weaving. A very informative and new course for Moor Hall.

Click HERE to book on her course
This exquisite piece on the right was designed and made by Dorothy Tucker. Wild Garden is about plants found along footpaths, field boundaries or in open spaces. In a journey constantly open to change the organic rhythms of the plants, the life force contained in their seed pods and the release of seeds is explored through handsewn drawings worked into a shattered and and fragile background. 
Dorothy will also be teaching
at Moor Hall 31July/1 August 2023, when Dorothy will show you how to create and stitch your own kantha based designs from fruit and flowers, leaves and seeds, birds, animals or fish to create your own personal story in kantha stitch.

Click HERE to book on her course.

This was my submission for 'Making:50. It is made from natural bark cloth in two colours and measures 150cm x 150cm. The work represents a mathematical formula of 49 squares. The whole piece makes the 50th square. Each square is divided into further 49 units with an additional small square added to each in turn, creating a pattern due to the placement. Stabstitch holds them secure.

at the Tweeddale Gallery Exhibitions
The exhibition at Tweeddale Gallery. Pebbles will be supported by 'Workshops' and 'Meet the Artist' events

Contact the Gallery for further events from
Mandy Pattullo and Sheila Mortlock

Making Conversations
to support the exhibitions
Making Conversation is a series of six online events to accompany the 'Making:50' exhibition. In each session, two Textile Study Group members reflect on and share their own experience of creating new work for the Making:50 exhibitions.
Initial ideas and inspiration, frustrations and successful parts of the creative process, together with images of the artists’ work, are included in each conversation. Join us for an opportunity to have a peek over their shoulders and ask questions.
Conversation Dates and Speakers

17th April: Sheila Mortlock & Shelley Rhodes
15th May: Dorothy Tucker & Jane McKeating
26th June: Alice Fox & Janet Edmonds
7th August: Mandy Pattullo & Sue Green
2nd October: Mary Sleigh & Julia Triston
13th November: Sarah Burgess & Sian Martin
Sessions will be held via Zoom starting at 7pm (UK time) and will last approximately 1 hour.
Ticket price is £7.50 per talk.
Each ticket purchase is for one person to attend the talk. 
Ticket sales will close 24 hours before each session.
No refunds.
Session invitation links will be emailed out on the morning of each talk. 
Talks will not be recorded.
To book a ticket, please use this link: 
Visit our website for more information on each artist’s practice: 

MAKING:50 Publication

Making:50 is a limited edition bespoke book commissioned by the Textile Study Group to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2023.
With a reflective introduction by Michael Brennand-Wood, this visually stunning publication showcases new work by current members, all of whom embraced the challenge of creating artworks with an element of 50 – either obviously or obscurely.
From important issues that affect us all, to quirky and humbling reflections of the last five decades, all works have been sensitively photographed in detail, and offer an intimate insight into each artist’s inspiration and practice.
Making:50 is a joyful, beautiful and celebratory publication. Each artist’s work is displayed across a double page spread,and statements at the back of the book offer a short explanation of each artwork.

CLICK HERE to order a copy

Textile Study Group Summer School 
Fold, Festoon, Fan: Tutor Lois Blackburn
 17th – 20th July
We have a few places available on this exciting course. Fold, Festoon, Fan takes inspiration from fan making from around the world and throughout history as it’s starting point. You will create your own hand-held artwork, playing with scale, function, stitch, applique, folding, decoration, storytelling and much more.
Lois is a highly experienced workshop leader and the course will be fun, inspirational and supportive. 
Her work is held in various public collections including the Quilters’ Guild and Leighton House Museum, Kensington. Lois has exhibited in many prestigious venues including the Houses of Parliament, The Royal Festival Hall, the Imperial War Museum North and the Peoples History Museum.
Come and join the wider Summer School and make the most of the lively, creative atmosphere, make new friends enjoy the comfortable accommodation at Hillscourt Hotel and Conference Centre. 


That's all for now. Will be back soon
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