Thursday, 30 September 2010


Suffolk group

We met together at Nowton Village Hall this week.

Ten members were able to make the meeting, altho one poor mother had to leave again before we had even started thanks to a call from little daughter's school reporting she had been sick.

Fortunately it proved to be just a tummy bug that improved once her mum returned.

We had a good time discussing our on-going work and shared some valuable tips re new techniques.
Crystal in felt by Frances Barker
Shibori cuff by Heidi McEvoy-Swift
Next meeting probably 1st Nov. contact Suffolk rep. for more info.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Suffolk show

The exhibition continues until November 13th. For further details email or ring 01728 861699.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Basildon Stitching Club exhibition - 24 Sept to 10 Oct 2010

A display of work by Basildon Stitching Club will take pride of place in the Gallery at Craft Arena, Barleylands Craft Village in Billericay, Essex. The work is a result of the members first competition and features different stitching techniques. The winning entry is an exquisite stitched daisy by member Diane Roberts.
For more information see the ERTF website (members section) or contact Craft Arena at

Friday, 17 September 2010

Tea and Textiles in Essex

Today, ERTF member Julie opened her beautiful home and garden in the village of Goldhanger, Essex for a day of tea and textiles. As well as ERTF members plenty of friends and family dropped by as well and by the end of the day we had made over £140 for the group funds. The weekend before Goldhanger had had its own celebrations so Julie's front room had been turned into an old bakery (apparently the house had been the local bakery in the past). So for the first time, I expect, Denise of Craft Arena, Barleylands had to share a shop with loaves of bread.

As well as Denise's shop there were lots of textiles items around the house, cakes (real and textile), our own "bits and pieces" shop and a swap area - people could bring something and take something else home. Of course, like always, I was so busy talking I didn't get around to taking many photos, but I hope those that are here give a flavour of the day.

Thanks must go to all the members who came or contributed, and non-members who came/helped out today (especially Julie's friend Jo who seemed to have her hands in the washing up bowl for a lot of time), Julie's husband, who not only makes a really good ginger cake but (dressed as a baker) drew the raffle and generally made himself very useful, Denise for bringing her shop, but especially to Julie.

Here's to the next one!

Monday, 13 September 2010

17th September TEA AND TEXTILES in ESSEX


TEA AND TEXTILES 10am-4pm with ERTF member Julie Chellingsworth in a pretty riverside Essex village. NON MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND TO MEET US AND FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ERTF. A Drop in day with lots of planned activities, including a small shop so you can purchase those bits you need from Craft Arena. If you want to stay for lunch there is a lovely country pub just across the road which does really good food!

Come along and meet other members of ERTF in your region, you never know you may even win one of the raffle prizes!

Full details of this event are on the members page of the website under Essex- Events and Workshops.

Non members that would like to attend please email for further information, you will be made very welcome.


I made my 4th visit to this exhibition today! This is a post I made sometime in August but thought that it would be worth re posting as the exhibition finishes this week so there are only a few days left to see it.........

The weather forecast for today was rain, but despite that as I couldn't get to the private view I decided today was the day for a visit to O2 Exhibition at RHS Hyde Hall .

Eileen Beales- Snowy Day

Chris Bojan - Twitter

Chris Bonnet - Avocet- Norfolk

Zoe Cox - Portrait of a Poppy III

As usual I wasn't disappointed their work is inspiring and as 9 of the 14 members belong to ERTF I thought you might like to share some of their work here. The images do not do the beautiful work justice, so if you can, get along and see for yourself!

Wendy Greene -Tea in the Garden & strawberries Sugar & Cream

Rita Johnson - Poppy Heads

The exhibition is there until 16th September Hyde Hall is a lovely garden with a really good shop and 2 restaurants, if you do not belong to the RHS please don't be put off by the entrance fee, there is lots to see apart from the O2 exhibition, it is easy to spend the day wandering in the gardens.

Tabatha Mitchel-Simons - Wild and Carefree

Elizabeth Nicholls - Too Many Pieces

Dot Reed - Autumn Jacket

This is a very small sample of the work!
(please note that if any other ertf member is having an exhibition we are always happy to promote it on this blog and the website - email me my details are on the ertf website under committee contacts- website)

Friday, 10 September 2010

September - Essex Art Trails

As well as art trails in Chelmsford (11 to 26 September), there are also art trails in Basildon District (16-20 September) and Maldon (18-26 September) happening in Essex this month. or visit ERTF members area for more information

Revealing Evidence - 15 Sept-23 Oct 2010

An exhibition by textile artist Shelly Goldsmith and photographer Sarah Pickering, at PM Gallery and House, Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, Ealing, SW5 5EQ.

For opening times and more information see Members area of the ERTF website.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Herts Open Studios

Herts Open Studios starts on Saturday and continues until 3rd Oct.

There will be many different Arts and Crafts.

ERTF member Catherina Petit Van-Hoey offers MIXED MEDIA 2D TEXTILES

ERTF member Jenny Leslie Offers Naturally Dyed textiles inspired by nature, embroidred and quilted. Community projects. Come and try natural dyeing.
Jenny is sharing her garden with Valerie Boon who sculpts animals in copper and chicken wire. Valerie will also have drawings and paintings for you to see.

For opening times see

Monday, 6 September 2010

Chelmsford Art Trail 2010

From 11 to 26 September 2010, Chelmsford will be holding its annual arts trail.

There will be events, workshops, exhibitions, open studios and textile artists include -
Melinda Berkovitz (ERTF and EAST member) and Jacqui Galise. Brochures are available but more information is available on the members section of the ERTF website ( or by visiting

Deanna Tyson at Wimpole Hall

The manager of the Wimpole Estate is considering closing the Gallery at Wimpole Hall now that Olga Damont,the curator has retired. However, Olga is very keen for it to continue, and given how few good gallery spaces there are in Cambridge this is of interest to us all. Olga has organised this final exhibition in the hope that there will be many visitors. All you have to do is go along and sign the visitors book (both with your left and right hand!) The exhibition is free, it is open from Saturday 11th September from 1 -5 pm and will continue until November. It will be manned at the weekends but please phone before hand to check if you plan to go during the week. Wimpole Hall - 01223 206000.

If you are not familiar with Deanna's work I can thoroughly recommend a visit. Her first show at Wimpole was one of the best exhibitions I've seen and having been to her Open Studio this summer I'm sure this will not disappoint.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Art Exhibition including Textiles in Finchley

The Barnet Collection Summer Exhibition of Ceramics and Art is at Milena Artworks 125 Bow lane, Finchley N12 OJL. September 4th & 5th
Admission free.
For more information ring 02083432003