Wednesday, 30 June 2010

E17 Designers' Market Summer Events

Cathy Unwin will be in Leytonstone Library next month. Cathy is a member of ERTF and hopes that we will be able to pop in and say hello. It would be lovely if we can show her our support and maybe pick up some of Cathy's lovely felt goodies while we are there.

For more information take a look at the ERTF website and take a look at the pdf. its in the public section and in the London section of the members pages

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Craft Arena Extends an Invitation!

ERTF member Denise Gannon of Craft Arena is opening a new Textile Art Gallery opposite her current studio which will feature the work of local Textile Artists.

The Gallery will be formally opened on the evening of Friday 2nd July by Cllr Mo Larkin, Chairman of Basildon Council and the inaugural exhibition will be a retrospective by the Nine Textile Art Group.

Denise would like to extend an invitation to ERTF members to attend the celebration. If you would like to go, just give Denise a ring on 01268 523780 for more details or check out all the details and see the invitation on the ERTF web site under Essex News from membership.

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Invitation from Braintree Museum Services

Members of ERTF have been extended an invitation to the private view of the EAST exhibition by the Braintree Museum Services. To down load your invitation go to the website members pages and you'll find all the details under Essex - Current Exhibitions.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Monday, 14 June 2010

East @ The Warner Textile Archive 20th June- 30thSeptember

In case you missed EAST @ The Warner Textile Archive at the Knitting and Stitching Shows at London and Harrogate, or if you just want a second look, the exhibition will be opening at the Warner Textile Archive from 30th June to 30th September 2010. From 10 September 2010, EAST’s new exhibition will also be on display so between then and the 30th September, there will be two EAST exhibitions on at the same time.

For more information go to or

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Tea and Textiles in north Hertfordshire

We had a very interesting and enjoyable time looking at lace and having cake and tea at Marian's home. As you can see we really enjoyed ourselves.

Suzanne brought lace that she is making for us to see. Several of us have lace and Suzanne was able to identify it for us and tell us about its construction.

Members brought brought their work and we had a very good display. This is Marian's.

And this is June's work.

We had Lorna from 'Threads and Things', she bought some lovely things for us to buy. So all together a very enjoyable afternoon.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Show and Tell at Sara's

Although I have no photos to show you - I just wanted to post a short report on today's Essex event when a few ERTF members met at Sara Impey's house. Although the group was small, it meant we really got to talk about the work we had brought. Seeing work on a wall in an exhibition is good, but hearing the story behind something is really so much more exciting.

So busy talking we never went to look at the local Coggeshall lace exhibitions.

Hopefully another meeting in the area can be arranged soon but if not we have Hornchurch in November to look forward to.

Special thanks to Sara for opening her house to us all. And thanks to all who attended for making it a really good day.

Friday, 4 June 2010

Hemingford Grey

Today, eight Cambridgeshire ERTF members and friends had a fabulous day out in the beautiful village of Hemingford Grey.

We visited The Manor, an amazing house dating back to the early 12th century , home to the children's author Lucy Boston and the setting for Lucy's Green Knowe books. The house is now lived in by her daughter-in-law Diana.

We spent time in the gardens, the more diligent among us sketching the beautiful trees and flowers, the rest of us just chatting. There were particularly stunning displays of irises all over the garden.

After a picnic lunch we were given an entertaining tour of the house by Diana where we got to see the amazing collection of patchworks made by Lucy during the winter evenings.

The day felt like a real treat and thanks must go to Jacky Glyde for organising it. The next Cambs region outing is to see an exhibition by Nolitex in Lincoln. Please see the website for details.