Sunday, 29 August 2010

April 2010

I was browsing on the web this morning and came across this review of the Forums April conference. I know it was ages ago but I thought I'd put the link on here so you can read it too, Stacey is a member of The Midlands Textile Forum

Friday, 27 August 2010

Plea for help from Stroud International Textiles

An ERTF member has alerted the group to the fact that the very successful Stroud International Textiles (SIT) annual festival and year round programme has an uncertain future. Even though the festival brought in an estimated £150,000 to the area, through tourism, etc, has become a beacon of international excellence within contemporary textiles, supports emerging talent, enhances education, and supports artist led initiatives further support is in severe jeopardy because of funding cuts.

A target of £25,000 is needed by the group by mid-September.

If you wish to find out more, or find out how you can help visit their website -

Ewa Kuniczak this autumn in Norfolk

From Ewa :- ‘Ever wondered how you could stop your designs from distorting during wet felting? This workshop will give you the opportunity to gain control from preparation to completion, using a method, adapted from contemporary Mongolian felting techniques that I have used successfully over a number of years. Learnt from a Master and 'tweaked' by me, results guarantee success and quality! No need to resort to needle or stitch details lost during the process, because using this method you will have accuracy and success every time!’

A two day course - 2nd and 3rd October 2010 £175

Contact Kit 01692 536778 or

Monday, 23 August 2010


Janette Bright a member of ERTF is taking part in the events at the museum on Sunday 29th August, for more details of the events that are going on at the museum go to the museums website.

Janette told me that the talk is more of a historical talk and together with Gill Clark they will talk about the foundling tokens. Janette says there are some textiles mentioned and some children's clothing, but it will mainly be about the historical research. The story of Margaret Larney will be included, who also features in Janette's EAST work. The Token talk starts at 12.30.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

FEELING FOR FELT This event has been cancelled

We regret that this events has been cancelled

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Stitching design course

New Exciting Embroidery and Textile Art Design course
[uncertificated - tailored to individual interests]
For stitchers wanting to develop their design skills and techniques with experienced tutor Chris Bojan [ERTF member]
Starting 23rd September, Thursdays10 -1pm
at Witham Adult Community Learning Centre. CM8 1EP
Seven places still available until end of August
contact Chris on 01245 256579

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Felt-making course

Assington Mill Art and Craft Courses

Date: 12 September 2010
Tutor: Frances Barker [ERTF member]
Cost: £55 - materials will cost £10, to be paid on the day
Time: 10 - 4.30
Felt making is an ancient textile process. Come and learn, in one day, how to transform washed and combed sheep's fleece into beautiful, tactile, durable felt; using nothing more than soap, water and friction

Talking Textiles - 11 September to 16 October 2010

New exhibition by EAST (East Anglian Stitch Textiles) group at Braintree Museum, plus in addition EAST @ The Warner Textile Archive continues until 30 September (archive open Wednesdays to Fridays).

Full details on members section of the ERTF website, plus invite to the private view.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

hand stitching course

Marion Barnes will be running a six week HAND STITCHING course [Wednesday] starting 22nd September in Ipswich.

Stitches covered will be: stem, chain, back, fly, detached chain, french knots, bullion knots, seeding, pekinese, raised chain band, whipped stem, cross stitch, canvas work, blackwork etcFabrics and threads will be discussed as well as traditional and contemporary design

You will also produce a note/sketchbook containing basic design work, eg line, colour, textures, and work some samples and a final piece based on your own design. Sample packs of fabric will also be available at a reasonable price

for details contact

Fabrication - Exhibition by Bev Folkard

in the foyer gallery leading to the excellent cafe
Mon 16th August - Fri 24th Sept
Rayleigh Mill Arts & Events Centre,
Bellingham Lane, Rayeigh.
Also on Sat 18th Sept is the Rayleigh Arts Festival
with other events in the Centre and around the town.
Bev is a member of ERTF.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

The Essex Art & Design Show

This Saturday and Sunday 7th and 8th August, at the RHS Garden Hyde Hall, near Chelmsford, Essex. Over 50 Artists and Designers from wide range of contemporary crafts (including ERTF member Juliet Bryson) will be exhibiting at these beautiful gardens. Open 10am to 5pm both days (gardens open til 6pm) Admission included with normal garden entry. For more information

Further details on