Monday, 16 December 2013

Art Fair in Chelsea

Jenny Leslie is taking part in this art fair in Chelsea.
If you would like free tickets please email her on

Starts February.

Clare Harris

Friday, 29 November 2013

Reflections Exhibition


Reflections Exhibition

           The Upstairs Gallery at Berkhamsted is holding an exhibition called "Reflections"

"Reflections features a delightful mix of artistic talent, from paintings to jewellery, ceramics and textiles.  
Whether you are looking for a unique Christmas gift or a moment of tranquility and inspiration, be sure to visit us between now and 24th December."
Jenny Leslie currently has work in this exhibition and a selection of naturally dyed accessories for sale.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Newsletter now available

Just to let you all know the latest edition of the newsletter is now available through the ERTF website.  I did not get much in the way of contributions but I am hoping there is still plenty of different and unusual snippets of information and less than the run of the mill exhibitions and events.  I wanted to publish early because there are some exhibitions and events that are finishing soon that are really worth visiting if you can.

I can take any reviews or information about exhibitions now - the next newsletter will be published by 1st February 2014 so if you are involved in something in late winter/early spring let me know.  I shall be at the November conference so even if your typing is not up to much just bring it on paper and I'll type it up for you.  Even a torn out bit of info about some interesting textile news will be great.

Janette Bright
ERTF Newsletter editor

Thursday, 17 October 2013

November Conference NOW BOOKING

Our next Conference is on
Saturday 16th November 2013.  "Textile Treasures" with guest speaker, Jacqueline Hyman.
The Conference is now taking bookings, all are welcome, it is open to Members and Non Members, but places need to be booked in advance.
All the details can be found here.
Note, deadline for bookings is Friday 1st November 2013.
Any questions please ask:

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Autumn Newsletter

The autumn 2013 ERTF newsletter is due out 1st November, but with the Ally Pally Show this weekend I realise some people may need a little longer to get any articles written.  I am extending the deadline (usually 15 October) into the next week.

Hoping to hear from members soon with their articles, reviews, information on exhibitions, etc -


Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Weekend Event

We have several Members participating in this event.  Sue Blackburn, Pat Brunsdon, Janet Cook, Marion Curtis, Jacky Glyde and Alison White.

Monday, 30 September 2013

Two Exhibitions to View

Currently on until 19th October 2013 - ERTF Member Jenny Leslie can be found at:

Two other Members, Liz Holiday and Kirsten Yeates are participating in the Exhibition below, which opened today and also runs until 19th October.

Please go along to these Exhibitions, and to find out more about our talented ERTF Members, please visit our own website, click here.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Diary Date

Please note your diaries with the date of our AGM and Conference
Saturday 5th April 2014
This will be at the Hemingford Golf and Conference Centre, which is easy to get to from the main road.
It may seen early to have notification, but personally I bought my 2014 diary mid July and already have 4 things which clash on one day, 3 textile related.  Plus this week informed of events for 2015.
The AGM/Conference is still in the planning stages, but don't forget:
Booking NOW
for  Saturday 16th November 2013
Open to Members and Non Members

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

New Website - Update

Progress is being made on the new website, and I think you will find it comes together now fairly quickly, once I get time to add (historical) things to it.  Some of it is still in testing phase, so don't be surprised if it doesn't make sense.
But the important need to know right now information, is there for you.
I can tell you that the old website address of should now take you through to the new site.
If you have questions about the new website, please ask
Beverley ERTF Website Manager

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Summer 2013 Newsletter

Members, the latest Newsletter is now on line for you to view.  You can find it on our new website.
I will be sending Members an email with further explanation.

The old website is being wound down, so will not have any further updates added to it.  If you have any queries do please ask, and I will do my best to help.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Nov Conference : NOW BOOKING

Saturday 16th November 2013
'Textile Treasures' Historical Textiles Conference
with guest speaker
Jacqueline Hyman MA(Res)ACR
Hemingford Abbots Golf Complex
Huntingdon  Cambs
Ticket Applications by Friday 1st November 2013
The Conference is open to both Members and Non Members, you can find further information, on the day and a booking form via our website.
All Members have the opportunity to participate in our own shop: Cornucopia.  Details on the website.
Any queries about this event please get in touch with Pat,

Monday, 8 July 2013


Things are progressing with the new website.  I have added each Member to it, and an automated email to this effect should be with you.  Please look for it in your spam box, it will say its from Karen, the new website Administrator.
I will give you all details of what next, but do look out for further information, and keep the above email to hand.
Beverley - ERTF Website Manager

Friday, 7 June 2013

New Website - Progress Report

Members, as you are aware we are in the process of constructing a new website.  Things have been happening in the background, but I thought I'd update you with today's news.
If you don't know already, every Member will have their own Gallery Page, free. A place to add photos of your work and summary information about yourself and your textile art practice.  I want each of you to take up the opportunity, you all have something to say about your work.
Today I've been testing this Gallery to see how to add/delete photos, change my bio information, add my website link.  I can tell you its going well, and I'm pleased with what I've seen so far.

So, we are progressing.  In the meantime start thinking about your own Gallery, your images, and biography, so when the time comes, you can join in with this new development.  And don't worry, as the ERTF Website Manager, its my role to help you with the techy stuff!

Beverley -

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Google Reader is Closing

Members, for those of you who choose to read  blog postings in one place, can I please remind that Google Reader is closing on 1st July.  You will need to find an alternative.
I did offer up such information in the last Newsletter, but if you need info on the service I am using, then email me, Beverley,

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Guidance Article: Galleries/Exhibition Submissions

I came across the following article by Carol Naylor.  Given the ERTF's forthcoming Exhibition the selection process involved, I thought it worth passing on here.  Lots of good common sense, practical information.  Please click HERE for the article courtesy of
Beverley (ERTF Website Manager)

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Cambs/Beds Region

Our next visit will be to The Manor, Hemingford Grey on Thursday 30th May. We will meet in the morning and spend time in the beautiful garden sketching and photographing the wonderful collection of old roses and irises - usually in full bloom in May/June.

We will have a shared picnic by the river and at 2.30 a tour of the amazing and atmospheric house, which is said to be the oldest continuously inhabited house in the U.K. It was the home of Lucy Boston who wrote the Green Knowe children's books and also houses her collection of patchwork quilts.

Everyone (member and non-member) is welcome to join us.
For more details contact me -  Pat Brunsdon

Sunday, 28 April 2013

ERTF Spring newsletter 2013

The ERTF newsletter (spring 2013) is now available for members through the website (  Log into the members area for access to this and all previous issues.

I look forward to receiving your news, reviews and exhibition information for the next newsletter which will be published by 1 August 2013 (deadline for articles 15 July).

Janette Bright
ERTF Newsletter Editor

Tuesday, 23 April 2013


Forthcoming Exhibition - Members details of the forthcoming Exhibition in 2014 have now been added to the ERTF website.  All the paperwork is there, under the Members' Section - Exhibitions.  Do please look at it, full timetable of deadlines included.  You will need to log in to gain access.

November Conference - Our guest speaker for the Conference on 16th November 2013 is Jacqueline Hyman.  The subject of the day is historical textiles and conservation.  There will be a talk: "Buried Textile Treasures - Discoveries from Medieval Egypt" - plus the chance for you to bring/show and receive advice re conservation of your own Textile Treasures.  The venue is Hemingford Golf Club Conference Complex, Cambs.   Full information will appear on the website nearer the time, but please mark your diaries now.  Open to Members and Non Members.

New Website - At the moment we have a new website for the ERTF under construction, it is anticipated that this will be ready soon.  Announcements will be made in due course.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

REMINDER - Conference 13th April 2013

Ticket Applications due by 11th April 2013
Members and Non Members a reminder that our next Conference is fast approaching, 20th April, time to buy your tickets.  We have the formality of the AGM but this is followed by our guest speaker Karen Jinks, who will be talking to us about "Marketing Your Artwork".  We have two guest shops.
Booking forms with more details, are available on our website, along with contact information, if you have any queries.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013


Those with sharp eyes may have spotted this already, either here on the right column of the blog site, or front page of the website and corresponding sub-pages.

Our forthcoming Exhibition "Eastern Images" now has confirmed dates.  The Exhibition will run from 8th February - 7th March 2014.  Private View to be on 7th February.  This is only a slight adjustment to the provisional dates given.
Details of Exhibition submission will be launched at the forthcoming April Conference, but Members can find brief outlines on the website in the Members section, under Exhibitions,  you will need to log in.

Reminder for Members  - please check your email inboxes/spam folders regularly, for contact from the ERTF, there may well be information sent to you direct.

If, like me, you use Google Reader as a one stop place to go for access to all the blogs you follow, you may have seen that as of 1st July this service will no longer operate.  I am looking at an alternative because this is a service I personally use every day.  Makes it so much easier and faster to learn of new postings to blogs.
Beverley - ERTF Website Manager

Saturday, 2 March 2013

April Conference NOW BOOKING

AGM and Conference
Saturday 20th April 2013
9.15AM – 4.30PM
Girton College, Huntingdon Road
Cambridge  CB3 0JG
Marketing Your Artwork
with guest speaker
NOW BOOKING – until Thursday 11th April 2013

Our April Conference is now taking bookings.  We welcome non Members to join us.  We have as our guest speaker, Karen Jinks.  An Artist, Graphic Designer, and one of those behind UK Handmade.
She will be talking about Networking, in the widest sense.  To include, tricks of the trade, how to engage with customers and the importance of good photography with simple steps to achieve excellent results.
We also have our own Member, Jenny Langley in the Spotlight and will have Traders on hand to buy those all important goodies from.
The cost to Non Members is £40 for the day.  This includes all refreshments and a light lunch.  There is a refund of £5 applied if you take up ERTF Membership within three months.
All Members have received booking forms direct.

We will also be launching our next Exhibition  at this meeting.  It is open only to Members to send work for juried selection.  However, you are welcome to join us as a Member in order to submit to the process.  Enquiries to:

For the Booking Form and Timetable for the day, please click HERE
(contact details are on the forms if needed).

Friday, 1 March 2013

Cambridge Area

A visit has been arranged to The Fitzwilliam Museum on Friday 12 April at 11.00am for a study session.
The topic is: A selection of samplers from their collection which is of international repute. Open to non members as well as members. If you would like to attend or for more details contact

Tuesday, 19 February 2013


20th April Conference - there are a couple of things pending on the Conference but please be aware, information on tickets will be published on the website within the next few days. Check diaries, start planning, there is a lot of exciting information to impart on this day. I will post here as soon as I've added it to the website.  Remind your friends to take a look.

ERTF Selected Exhibition - this is coming along in terms of planning, a few elements to finalise.  The Exhibition Committee has been very hard at work on this.  Details of the Exhibition are to be launched at the April Conference.
However, you can be making pieces for selection right now, no need to wait.  The theme is: "Eastern Images"
The exhibition is only open to Members, but we welcome anyone to join us as a Member, please do so by 20th April 2013.  For membership information contact

Remember keep checking back here for ticket announcements, updates will also be flagged up on the bullet point listing on the front page of the website

Beverley - ERTF Web Manager

Thursday, 31 January 2013

ERTF Winter 2013 newsletter

The ERTF Winter 2013 newsletter is now available to members via the ERTF website (  Full of information about ERTF events, reviews, exhibitions and other events coming up, workshops and other textile related snippets.

Members need to log into Members Area of the website to access the newsletter (plus an archive of all ERTF newsletters).  Any problems contact Bev our website manager.

Friday, 4 January 2013

Winter newsletter

Calling all ERTF members - the winter newsletter is due to come out at the beginning of February and I need some articles!  Reviews of exhibitions, perhaps something about a relevant gift you got for Christmas or anything else you think might interest ERTF members.  If you are not confident writing an article, just send me some information (for instance on an exhibition coming up) and I can put it into a format to let other members know.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon - Janette, newsletter editor -