Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Christmas Dinner at Tewinbury Farm

Join members for an evening to celebrate Christmas at Tewinbury Farm

£28.00 to include 3 courses and a glass of wine

For more information go to the members website and look under committee organised events

Two more exhibitions in Suffolk

Some of Suffolk group also went to the "Make and Mending"

exhibition in Bury St Edmund's and then the "Out of the Fold" textile exhibition just round the corner and over the road at Cavern 4 in Whiting St.
Both exhibitions end on 31st October.[I asked permission to share pics with other artists in this way, some of the Fold ones are copyrighted - so I was just able to take a general shot, so please don't pass it on, ].
The exhibitions were so different and stimulating I hope to explore reactions in an article in the December issue of the ERTF newsletter, so if you saw the shows and have thoughts to add please do send them to me by the end of November. [preferably sooner or you might forget].

Monday, 26 October 2009

peninsula crafts exhibition in Suffolk

Thanks to the Suffolk members that exhibited, attended, sold and bartered their work. I would include photos of the variety and quality of said work but - I knocked the focus button out of focus.

You will just have to believe me that the empty rooms soon filled with work and people
and bizarre bird tables - which certainly stimulate one to think outside the box.

Friday, 23 October 2009

A Grand Day Out

Today ten ERTF members met at the Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery for the Cambs region outing to visit the Making and Mending exhibition. Although only a small exhibition there were several interesting pieces on display

Armchair Politico by Stephen Dixon and Alison Welsh

After browsing the exhibition we felt in need of some light refreshment...

and then feeling fortified, we then went in search of Wibbling Wools (at the request of our chairperson!) and several purchases were made.

This was then followed by an excellent lunch at the Scandanavia Coffee House.

We all agreed that the best part of the day was just getting together to chat and exchange views with like minded people. All in all a Grand Day Out!

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Exhibition visits

Some of Suffolk Group will be at the Bury St Edmund's exhibition - Making and Mending - on Tuesday, 27th October. If anyone else would like to join us they are most welcome. Exhibition closes on 31st October. Contact glen gerrard.


Peninsula Crafts reminder. Exhibition at Ipswich High School, Woolverstone, Shotley road, Suffolk. 24th -25 October, [10 am- 4pm]. Display of Textile Art.

Suffolk rep stewarding on Saturday afternoon.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

7th November Conference Cut Off Date and Postal Strike

We have to advise catering numbers to the venue on 2nd November so this is the cut off date for receiving bookings. If you have sent booking and not had an email from Martine, our Treasurer by 2nd Nov, please go to web site, Members Section, Committee News or Conference to find out what to do.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009


The ERTF Cambridgeshire Area rep is organising a trip to Bury St Edmunds, all ERTF members are welcome to join them, for more information go to the website- Cambridge- Events and Workshops

Monday, 19 October 2009

Committee Meeting Update Held on 17/10

Lorraine has posted details of the last committee meeting on the members website.There is also an update on the Membership Challenge post. Check it out to see whats going on!

Tuesday, 13 October 2009


This is an advance notice to inform any Norfolk members of ERTF that we will be holding an open networking event in Norwich the last week in November, Wednesday 25th.

We have now got the opportunity for the use of a base within Norwich and an offer for a new Norfolk rep. This will be a great opportunity for the Norfolk region to get to know each other and to plan a local programme. We will be encouraging you to bring ‘a friend or two’ and to be spreading the word.

Keep an eye on the website for further details……………………

Monday, 12 October 2009


Go to last Friday's edition of Woman's Hour on IPlayer as there is a feature on Embroidery as Art, just over 1/2 way along on the slide bar. Louise Gardiner's work that she did on the programme is on the BBC web site. Interesting..................

Knitting and Stitch Show '09

I paid a visit to the K&S show at Alexandra Palace yesterday(Sunday) it was great to see so many ERTF members on their stands. I thought you might like to see a few images. Carole and Janette on the East Stand as you can see it was a very busy stand. Their exhibition was inspiring and I hope to catch it again when it moves to Warners Archive next Autumn, but in the mean time if you missed them and you are going to the K&S in Harrogate you'll be able to see them there!
Below is a photo of Cathy Unwin an ERTF member on the International Felt Makers Association stand with Sue Pearl, their stand was very busy and they said they had lots of new members join the association, myself included!
New member of ERTF Mary Cozens - Walker and Jane Barry had their work in the exhibition Art of the Stitch. There were other members there as well on many other stands and I'm sorry if I've not mentioned them.
Who knows next year you may be able to visit a stand and say Hello to ERTF, I hope so!

Friday, 9 October 2009

Members Sales at Moving Forward

Payment update has been put on web site, members section under Committee News and also Exhibitions

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

News From ERTF updated 7/10

As ERTF Essex members know Janette sends out a regular newsletter to us which is full of valuable and interesting information and I thought it might be nice to share some of it with you! I've been a bit naughty and copied and pasted most of this straight from Janette's newsletter, but she's very nice and she wont mind!!!!!

There is an interesting radio programme on BBC Radio 4 - "A History of Private Life" written and presented by Prof Amanda Vickery. It started last week and is on Mondays to Fridays at 3.45pm, with an omnibus repeat edition on Fridays at 9pm for six weeks. If you've missed it you should be able to "Listen Again" through the BBC website, ( It is all about the lives of ordinary people from Tudor times and there is a textile link to this - this Thursday the programme is all about sewing and needlework.
In case October is still not exciting enough for you, I have information on another new venture that may be of interest - Sky is launching a 10 part series called "Talking Threads" due to start mid-October. It will be on Sky channel 171 but if you don't have Sky you can view on line at or buy the whole series on DVD. Visit for a sneak preview - it goes without saying that the more of us who watch it, the more Sky will know it is worth commissioning more episodes and perhaps other "textile TV".
Also while your at the Knitting and Stitching show this weekend dont forget to look out for some of ERTF members, they will be happy to see you so stop by and say hello! They will be dotted around on various stands, so keep your eyes open for familiar faces from EAST at stand TGH1 - they are exhibiting all new work based on the Essex Warner Textile Archive in Braintree.
Another member Lynda Monk, has her co-authored book for sale "Stitching the Textured Surface" at will be on Maggie Grey's stand at the show.
You will find another of our members Cathy on the International Feltmakers Association stand RCE7 in the Panorama Room. Cathy's friend Lizzie Houghton is at TGA9 with her new book on sale too. Sounds like it's going to be a good show this year!


Herts members have organised this year's ERTF Christmas dinner (remember we were in Essex last year) on 4th December at Tetwin Bury Farm in Herts. We need to confirm numbers by 3rd November (although a few late comers can be accommodated) so please go the web site for details and to book. So come and eat and be merry! I look forward to see you there.

Thursday, 1 October 2009


Join members for an evening to celebrate Christmas at Tewinbury Farm

£28.00 to include 3 courses and a glass of wine

For more information go to the members website and look under committee organised events

Peninsula Crafts Exhibition

Peninsula people are holding their annual exhibition at Woolverstone [village] in Ipswich School for Girls. Wide variety of arts and crafts at excellent prices so very useful for high status Xmas presents!

For more information take a look at the web site, Suffolk - Current Exhibitions