Monday, 24 December 2012

Holiday Wishes

On behalf of the ERTF
we would like to wish all our Members and Readers
and a

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Until 9th Dec Owen Jones Exhibition

Reminder, our touring exhibition of Owen Jones inspired work is coming to its end.  There is just over a week to go and visit.  Address and opening times to be found here

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Conferences and Exhibition

Saturday's Conference was an enjoyable event, I will shortly be posting photos from the day onto the ERTF website.  The Members Shop, Cornucopia, also provided the chance not only to buy but also to see the range of textile skills and interests our Members have.
Our next Conference is in planning, those of you who are eagle eyed may well have spotted that the title has already been added on the righthand menu, and onto the home page of the website: "Marketing Your Artwork".
Further information and ticket details will be made known as soon as possible, so do keep checking back.  Please mark those new 2013 diaries with the date 20th April 2013, Girton College, Cambridge.  The Conference is open to Members and Non Members, we look forward to you joining us.

The next jury selected Exhibition "Eastern Images" is in planning for 2014, again headline details can be found on this blog in the righthand menu, and on the home page of the website.  I will also shortly be adding up to date information on this event to the website, as announced at the Conference.  The full information for the Exhibition criteria, dates, deadlines, costs etc are due to be announced at the April 2013 Conference.  However, you can start designing and making right now.  Any questions on the Exhibition, please email:
Reminder please, that this is a Members Only Exhibition,  however, we very much welcome you to join us as Members, and to join in the exhibition process.  New Membership is required at or by 20th April 2013 (through to end of March 2014) in order to participate in the selection process.  If you have any questions on Membership please email:

Please keep checking back via the announcements here, right hand margin headlines, website home page headlines and the various sections on the website.  In addition for Members, the Members Section of the website, Newsletter or via Area Reps. Information is made available as soon as possible.
Beverley, ERTF Website Manager

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Berkhampsted until 24/12/12

Our own ERTF Member, Jenny Leslie,  has work in this Exhibition.  Please click on the poster for further information, to see links.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Autumn newsletter

The autumn edition of the ERTF newsletter 2012 is now available to view by members.  In it you will find plenty of reviews of exhibitions, plus information about up and coming events and information from the committee.  For those of you who want more information about the speakers at the November conference I have added links but hopefully by the time you read this you will have already received your ticket as the deadline is only days away (1st November).  I have also included a copy of the updated programme for the World Textiles conference, even though it is also available on the website.

Hopefully by the time of the next newsletter I will be able to give a review of how the conference went plus much more information about what is happening in the group.

Members can send articles and reviews at any time (dates and details in the newsletter) and I am even happy to type them up if you send them (legibly) by hand; as long as they are in good time for the deadline (mid-January).  Even if you have just snippets of information on exhibitions you have seen or are coming up let me know - or bring them along to the conference and I'll see you there.  Janette

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

World Textiles Conference

Reminder - please book your place at our next Conference on World Textiles,
which will take place on
Saturday 17th November 2012
 at the Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, Essex.
Deadline for tickets is next week  - 1st November 2012
Please see website for all information

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Owen Jones Exhibition Dates

The final Exhibition of the tour of ERTF Owen Jones inspired work is about to open

 20th October - 9th December 2012
Peterborough Museum, Priestgate, Peterborough, PE1 1LF
Opening times:
Tues-Sat 10am/5pm
Sun 12noon/4pm

Due to circumstances beyond the control of the ERTF the exhibition will be closing earlier than originally notified.  So please be aware of the new end date of 9th December 2012.  Sadly circumstances mean that we are also unable to offer the Workshops we had planned, again this is due to external circumstances.
However, do please take the opportunity for this last look at the Exhibition, which includes final art pieces alongside sketchbooks showing ideas and working processes.
See the Owen Jones page on the website for more information.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

November Conference - New Schedule

The November Conference Schedule for the day has been slightly amended.  The day's events will now start later than original published.  Hopefully this will allow time for those traveling a distance.
For Non Members please go to the website for all information.
Members please sign in to the website and check out the information on the Members pages.
Please book asap as the deadline is fast approaching - 1st November.
Thank you.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

See our Members at....

~ The Knitting & Stitching Show, London, 11th/14th Oct - ERTF Member, Liz Holliday will be part of the New Embroidery Group Exhibition: Touching the Earth.
~ 20th/21st Oct - Jacky Glyde, Jenny Langley and Alison White will all be exhibiting at Art Unequalled, Ely, Cambs.
~ 20th/21st Oct - Alison White will also have work at Art in the Town House, Barley, Herts.
~ 27th Oct/3rd Nov - Juliet Bryson and Beverley Folkard will be part of Rochford Art Trail Essex.
Do please go along and support our ERTF Members.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Making a Point! - EAST opens at Braintree

The latest EAST exhibition has opened at Braintree Museum, Braintree, Essex, and continues until 1 December.  Some of the EAST members are also ERTF members - hopefully we will see some of you there.  Museum is open Tuesdays to Saturdays and there will be EAST members every Saturday - keep an eye on the EAST blog on the website at or find us on Facebook as EAST textile.

Monday, 1 October 2012

November Conference

There is exactly one month to go before bookings close on our 17th November Conference. The World Textiles Conference is open to everyone, but you need to have booked your place.
For Non Members please go to this page  where you will find a booking form, and location map to download.
Members please sign in to the website - where you will find in addition to booking information,  the exciting opportunity of the Cornucopia Shop, which is open to ALL Members.
Deadline for ticket applications is 1st November 
If you have any queries please contact and they will be passed on to the relevant individual.
Look forward to you joining us on 17th November.

Friday, 28 September 2012

ERTF newsletter

The winter edition of the ERTF newsletter is due out at the beginning of November.  The deadline for articles is 15 October.

It would be particularly nice, in view of our forthcoming November conference, to receive some articles on the subject of textiles from across the globe - any visits abroad or textiles you own perhaps brought as a holiday souvenir?

As always the usual contact details are on the website for the articles - either by email or send by post and I'll type it up.


Thursday, 30 August 2012

Website Questionnaire

Members, you should either have received a Website Questionnaire via your Area Reps, OR seen the request for comment in the latest Newsletter.
Can you please give your response asap, the deadline given is rapidly approaching. We need your thoughts and have to collate them for a scheduled meeting devoted to the website.  Thank you.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

November Conference NOW BOOKING

Please click on poster to enlarge

17th November 2012
World Textiles Conference
Chelmsford, Essex
The ERTF welcomes both Non Members and its own Members  to our next Conference, to be held at the Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford.
Full details of the day are contained within the poster, and booking forms on our website.
Non Members please click here to be taken to the information.
For ERTF Members please log in to the website go the page on Conferences, where you will find additional information regarding our Members' Shop: Cornucopia.
Please note the DEADLINE for tickets is Thursday 1st November 2012Thank you.

Monday, 30 July 2012

Summer 2012

For members of the Eastern Region Textile Forum, the Summer edition of the newsletter is now available on the website.  Log in to the Members area to view and find out about up and coming events, reviews and artist profiles and exhibition and news about what is happening in the ERTF.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

TAGS 2012 exhibition

 Click on this picture to see TAGS exhibition pieces.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

5/8-2/9 Exhibition Herts

We have ERTF Members participating in this Exhibition.  Do go along to support them.  Click on the poster to enlarge.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Another Diary Date

The ERTF/Owen Jones Exhibition will shortly be opening in Essex - 14th July.  After this it will travel to Cambridgeshire, and will be at the Peterborough Museum from 20th October until 16th December 2012.  Please look at the ERTF/Owen Jones blog for updates, and remember the sidebar here lists forthcoming dates/events.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

TAGS 6-18th July

Suffolk group TAGS, which includes ERTF members, will be exhibiting at Snape [ Nr Aldeburgh, Suffolk ] again this year.  Cafe, pub, boat rides on the river all we need is sun.

Friday, 8 June 2012

Reminders and Diary Dates

We have a large group of the Membership who were due to renew as of 1st June - if you have not yet done so, could you please look to doing this.  If you've lost your Renewal Form, there is a copy on the website - if you need help then just ask Beverley
Get those forward diary planners out - have you looked on the righthand side of the blog - because its updated with dates as soon as are known, so you have as much time as possible to think about attending events.
~You've already been advised of the Exhibition in 2014
~ and the next November Conference on 17th November, at the Anglia Ruskin University Chelmsford, Essex.
Further ahead:
~The next AGM and Conference will be held at Girton College, Cambridge, once again, on 20th April 2013.
~ the November Conference will be on 16th November 2013  at the Golf and Conference Centre, Cambridge.
Why two events in Cambridge?  The AGM and Conference is organised by the Committee, with the decision made not to move this around the Region.  However, the November Conferences are organised by each Area, with the next falling to Cambridge, but as you will see, a different venue has been arranged.
Of course there is sitll planning to be done, arrangements, bookings to be made - more information will be passed on as soon as is possible.  But we do all hope that having the dates as soon as possible is a positive for Members.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Newsletter - Spring Edition

I know all of you should have had this via an email, but if you've lost that or didn't receive then the latest Spring Newsletter is now on the website.  You will need to Log In using the link in the lefthand margin, this will take you to the Members' Section.  Scroll down the lefthand menu and choose Newsletter.
There is a time schedule in the Newsletter with deadlines for submissions - our new Newsletter Editor, Janette Bright, would welcome articles.  You can email her at:
Thank you

Monday, 21 May 2012

Prism 29/5-2/6/2012

Several of our own ERTF Members will be participating in Prism's latest Exhibition.   Please click on the poster to enlarge.

Friday, 18 May 2012

17th Nov Conference

17th November 2012
Anglia Ruskin University
Chelmsford    Essex
Please note your diaries with the date of our next Conference as detailed above.  The day is sure to take us on a journey with Speakers  Mary Sleigh 'African Textiles, Identity and Adornment'  -  Katie Chaplin 'Kimonos' and in the Member's Spotlight, Kirsten Yeates.
(Perhaps providing ideas for our Exhibition Theme of 'Eastern Images')
There are other elements to the day which will require Members involvement........
Booking forms will be available nearer the time, open to Members and Non Members.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Exhibition 2014

Important News
I can announce to you the date and location of our next Selected Exhibition.  The title of which has already been known to you all for a while: 'Eastern Images'.  Please make a note in your diaries:

7th Feb - 7th March 2014
Bishop's Stortford Museum and Rhodes Art Complex
Bishop's Stortford
There will be criteria to be met for selection, and, importantly, immovable deadlines which you will need to comply with.  Full information will be with you as soon as practical.  However in the meantime the above gives you time to start planning.
Don't forget to check this blog, website, Newsletter and our new YahooGroup for updates.

Monday, 7 May 2012

20/24th June

ERTF Member Jean Kirk is amongst those graduating, check out the degree show.
Please click on poster to enlarge.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

7 June

A visit has been planned to The Manor, Hemmingford Grey.
The day will consist of a tour of the house in the morning followed by a shared picnic lunch with time in the afternoon for sketching in the garden.

If you would like to join us please contact

Monday, 30 April 2012

3/26 May Maldon, Essex

The textile Group Night & Day, mentored by ERTF Member, Melinda Berkovitz, with other ERTF Members also part of the Group, has an exhibition about to start: 3rd-26th May, Tues-Fri 1pm/4pm Sat 10am/4pm "A Time, A Place". Maeldune Heritage Centre, Maldon, Essex. Please show your support to fellow ERTF Members.

Friday, 20 April 2012

From the April Conference

Here are some photos of the pieces made for the Membership Challenge.
Essex (Black, White and a Hint of Red)  were the winners.   It was an entertaining day and much to gain from our speakers.  Lucy Day     Heidi Lichterman    Deanna Tyson   and our own ERTF Founder and Member  Chris Spencer.    Click on their names for more information.
NEWS  if you had ideas for our next Exhibition on the theme of Eastern Images (announced in Nov 2011)  you can start considering making.  At the moment we've still to dot the iiiis and cross the tttts, but things are moving forward.  As soon as there is more information to pass on, it will be announced.  Over on the righthand side of this blog you will find a summary menu of what and when, so do check back to keep updated.

Monday, 16 April 2012

22.4/24.6 Weather or Not

Here are details of an event in which ERTF Members are participating.

Friday, 6 April 2012

ERTF in the Community

ERTF member Juliet Bryson organised two Childrens Learn to Knit workshops at Chelmsford Musuem, ably assisted by Sally Stapleton, and Juliet's mum as part of a series of  textile workshops.
30 boys and girls learnt the basics of knit stitch, with some progressing to purl, casting on and casting off.  They all went home with their needles and yarn so they could continue with their projects at home.
Chelmsford Museum were extremely helpful, providing a supply of drinks and squash, and a lovely room to work in.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

April Conference BOOK NOW!

Members and Non Members - a reminder its time to get your bookings made for the Conference (The Culture of Exhibiting) on Saturday 14th April.   To be held at Girton College, Cambridge.  The AGM takes place beforehand and is open and free to all Members to attend. (AGM paperwork being distributed by Area Reps)
ERTF Conferences give the kind of information not to be found via other organisations, as such its an opportunity not to be missed.  Plus the chance to meet up with other Members from around the entire Region.  Our own ERTF Member, Denise Gannon from  Craft Arena will be there with supplies, along with Chrome Yellow Books.
Members check out the Members section of the ERTF website  -  Non Members click here to download Conference information and booking form.
Reminder, Easter holidays are next weekend, so don't delay posting your booking form, as the deadline for applications is TUESDAY 10TH APRIL.   Thank you.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Essex Goes To London

Chris Spencer, Essex Rep, organised a visit to Stuff That Matters at Raven's Row Art Gallery in The City. Interesting exhibition but lacked information and content for me - labels often read "Italian? 16 Century? Piece of ?" very informative! However, great day out, Spitafields well worth the visit and good to spend time with ERTF members.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Luton 16th/18th March Open Art Exhibition

ERTF Members are taking part in this event.  Please click on the poster to see full details.

Friday, 9 March 2012

Suffolk Textile Art exhibition March

TAGS [Textile Art Group Suffolk] has put up an exhibition at Woodbridge Library for the month of March.

Work varies from hand stitching, painted canvases, woven tapestry, hand made paper art to more traditional forms of embroidery.

Members have also made Artists Directories, each page,includes a sample, for each artist.

There are 20 in the group, so 4 each makes quite a lot for Sale.

Members made the original stitched book covers, so the books are all individual and show various techniques.

These four below are mine, pop along and see others that are even more accomplished!

It's a lovely light little library, [with parking] and anyone belonging to a Suffolk library can take a book out there and return it to their own library.

Woodbridge is always worth a visit too.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Membership News

Good news - renewal of your membership from 1st March 2012 until 31st April 2013 is COMING DOWN...................the cost will be £20 for a year instead of the current £27.50. We hope this goes a little way to helping in these tough economical times.

We have also REDUCED the price of our conferences - last November it was reduced to £35 from £40 and April's conference is fixed at the same price, £35 for members. If 40 members attend the conference we just about cover our costs at this price.

Learn to Knit in Chelmsford

Another successful day at Chelmsford led by Essex member, Juliet Bryson. Thankfully Juliet's mum, Maureen, also came to help as we had complete novices - so basically it was one-to-one tution to get them casting on - most mastered cast on, knit, purl and cast off in the three hours. It was humbling to remember how difficult it is to learn a completely new skill when you have no idea what you are meant to me doing! They all showed great patience and determination. Thanks ladies and to Juliet and her mum.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Royal Academy summer Show

We need to see more textile art, the Summer Show usually has a small amount -
how about adding to it???

Call for entries to Summer Exhibition 2012
Until 9 March 2012
Don’t miss your last chance to enter this year’s Summer Exhibition.
The Summer Exhibition is selected and hung by an annually rotating committee of Royal Academicians, all of whom are practising artists and architects.
Tess Jaray RA is this year’s Exhibition Co-ordinator: ‘In contrast to some of the very large works that are currently exhibited in museums worldwide, this year we shall be focusing upon, and celebrating, works of a more modest size.’

Saturday, 25 February 2012

AGM & Conference 14th April 2012

NOW BOOKING  Members and Non Members alike are welcome to attend our next Conference on Saturday 14th April 2012 : The Culture of Exhibiting.  To be held at Girton College, Cambridge.  Full details are available on the website.  Non Members click here.
Please note deadline for ticket application is Tuesday 10th April 2012.
We look forward to seeing you there.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Textiles in Focus Cottenham

This is a an annual event run by Pauline and her husband who never gets an honourable mention but puts up with all the grief. So an honourable mention here!

This is one of the main events in our region for textile holics and it is a fab, friendly time - there is plenty to do, workshops, exhibitions, lecture, buying and it is small enough to have time to talk to everyone you know plus it is the cheapest event I knowto buy entry ticket - £5!

It is on all weekend and I cannot recommend highly enough. Have fun and enjoy.

Chelmsford Workshops

Our programme of workshops at Chelmsford Museum started full steam ahead a week ago with Kirsten leading a full adult workshop on printing and stitching. Great feedback from the day and a success all round.
This week saw Kirsten leading two sessions of children's workshops with the help of Janette and I. 24 children in the morning and 19 in the afternoon! A selection of photos from the day and every child that attended gave it 100% - even the 4 year old! and the majority went away with a finished piece - a badge or brooch in the morning and a bag in the afternoon.

Friday, 3 February 2012

Owen Jones Exhibitions 2012

Our travelling exhibition gets unpacked again this year and will be at Saffron Walden Museum from 14th July until 2 September. I will be giving a talk on Owen Jones on 11 June to the Friends of the Museum.
work by Suzanne Jarvis
It then travels on to a revamped Peterborough Museum where Cambridge member, Pat Brusdon will take over the organisation.
So keep your eyes open for ERTF events around these exhibitions.

Danish Day!

Essex Member, Kirsten Yeates, held a day at her house last Friday to look at her collection of Danish textiles - some of museum quality and all brought in charity shops in her homeland. She told as that charity shops in Denmark are like they used to be here, a good rummage unearths wonderful, if not valuable, treasures not a worn Primark teeshirt! She gave us some history and then we were able to rummage through her wonderful collection of textiles, books and information.
She had promised us a lunch and surprised us all with snapps and a three course smorgasboard - it was incredibly generous and an interesting and fun day out.
Thank you so much Kirsten from all of us.

April AGM and Conference

This will be held on 14th April at Girton College, Cambridge and the title of the conference is The Culture of Exhibiting. A mixed and interesting line up has been booked and two traders, our member from Craft Arena and the wonderful Chrome Yellow Books will be there. Catering has also been renegotiated after the complaints last year! So we have a committee meeting on Feb 20th to finalise the day, then full information and the tickets will be released

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

A cornucopia in Cottenham

Remember "Textiles in Focus" at Cottenham [near Cambridge] 3 day celebration of all that is stitched Friday - Sunday, 17th - 21st February 2012
details on
See the work of textile groups "Out of the Fold" and "Running with Scissors", so lots of Forum members work to be seen.
Of course there are also lots of traders, a lecture on Saturday and workshops to be signed up for all 3 days.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

REMINDER Questionnaire

Members, can I please remind you, if you have not done so already to return the Exhibition Questionnaire to Jacky by 28th January  This was sent to each Member by individual email on 8th January, so check your in boxes/spam folders for it.
Whatever your views, they matter, and will be helpful in future planning.
Thank you.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Exhibition Information

From ERTF Founder and Member Chris Spencer, a poster for her group The Material Girls (many of whom are also ERTF Members)

Also from ERTF Member Gina Ferrari - a poster for an exhibition for her Group, Spectrum.

Please do try to visit and support our own Members.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Cambs/Beds Area

Our next meeting is planned for Saturday 3 March 2012 when we will be exploring sheers.

Layering, stitching by machine (preferably) cutting and burning back organza and voile to make designs, pictures, flowers, bags, etc.

Non member welcome for further details contact

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Exhibition Questionnaire

Members - each of you has today been sent, by individual email, a Questionnaire.  This is specificially in relation to our Selected Exhibitions.  You are asked to complete and return by  Saturday 28th January 2012.
Please check your inbox and/or spam folders to check for the document. (ERTF is in the subject line) Area Reps can you please also give reminders as part of your contact.
It is in everyone's best interests for this Questionnaire to be completed.  Thank you.