November 2020

Hi Folks

Well here we are again – the other side of the lockdown and able to meet once again – though group numbers can be no more than 15. We are therefore having to use a booking system and if we receive more than 15 requests to attend a meeting we will have to pull names out of a virtual hat. Those who are unsuccessful will however, be top of the list for the next month’s meeting. We had a lovely day with 14 people in attendance – lots of chatter, sewing, sharing ideas and admiration of some wonderful pieces of work which can be viewed on the blog

A huge thank you to those of you who have sent in photos of your recent projects, which feature once again in the November Show & Tell blog. From the emails that we  receive it is evident that the blogs have helped keep members in touch and hopefully inspired in the absence of face to face meetings. We can but hope that the New Year might be a little more settled that 2020.

N.B There are two blogs to read this month. One is the monthly virtual show and tell and the other is a report from the November meeting. Links are above.

Thank you to all of those of you who have signed up to the Postal Secret Santa. You should have received details of the member that you need to post your card/postcard or small gift (e.g. Christmas dec) to on 1 December. If not, please let us know. It is up to you whether you send it anonymously or whether you include your name.

CE member Janet has very kindly shared two patterns for Christmas Makes. One is a fabric Christmas Cracker and the other a Christmas star. There is a photo of one of Janet’s stars on this months show and tell blog and a photo of the Christmas cracker that Pat has made with Janet’s pattern

We are also willing to share the Corinne Lapierre patterns of small decorations that feature on the two blog posts. Patterns include a polar bear, partridge, swan, stargazer hare and Christmas angel

If you would like copies of any of the above mentioned patterns email

Makery Ideas

 Lots of lovely ideas below to keep you busy – just in case you are running out of things to do!

Selvedge Magazine has a great variety of interesting free downloadable projects on this link

……And for those of you who enjoy embroidery here is a link to some lovely kits


 There are some lovely images taken from the Fashion & Textile Museum’s exhibition Weavers of the Clouds: Textile Arts of Peru on this link. And taking inspiration from the vibrant colours and textures of the garments you can download worksheets and create your own Peruvian-inspired designs

Also, there are some interesting online events coming up at the Fashion & Textile Museum. Click here for more information

For those of you who enjoy making fabric postcards there is an open call on the 52 Stitched Stories Facebook page to make a Christmas postcard – the theme is Peace.  A photo of your postcard has to be posted on the 52 Stitched Stories Facebook page by 11 December

Cheltenham printmaker Sue Brown is still on the lookout for collagraphs for the Same Sea, Different Boat lockdown quilt that is currently being exhibited in Stroud’s Museum in the Park until 20 December Click this link for more

 This e-book and podcast by Ruth Singer, explores the research project Textiles In Lockdown which she has created for Gawthorpe Textiles Collection. During August 2020 Ruth created surveys to delve into the stories of textile making practice over the months of lockdown. 180 hobby makers and over 120 textile professionals responded to our survey to share their stories. Monica’s lockdown scroll features in the book.


 Anne Kelly has a solo exhibition at the Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales from 16 January – 18 April 2021. The exhibition will focus on work connecting travel and identity and coincides with the publication of her fourth book in October called ‘Textile Travels’

Please email if you have any news or patterns to share with the group

That’s all for now. Fingers and toes crossed that we will be able to meet again in December!

Best wishes

Monica & Liz