Exhibitors 2018



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Leicestershire Quilters

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Leicestershire Quilters are a friendly group who welcome visitors and new members. We are interested in the whole range of patchwork and quilting. Although we do not sew at our meetings, some of our more experienced members are happy to share their knowledge and love of quilting with less experienced members. Details of our current workshops are on our “Workshops” page and examples of earlier work can be found in our gallery. We have a different speaker each month giving interesting, lively talks on a range of textile related topics.

We also organise two competitions a year for our members and arrange outings to exhibitions, etc..

Each year, we fund raise for a local charity. This year our charity is Leicestershire and Rutland Women’s Aid.

Please do come and visit us. Your first meeting is free.

Please visit our website for more details:  http://www.leicestershirequilters.co.uk/

The photos show the winners of our “Silver Thimble Competition”

Follow The Thread

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‘ Follow the Thread’ is a group of 15 textile artists based in the East Midlands. We meet monthly at Easton on the Hill to stitch, exchange ideas, and have workshops. There is a range of strengths within the group covering felting, free motion machine stitch, hand stitch, patchwork and quilting and 3D work. We are united in our love of textiles and the passion to create.

For further information about the group, please contact: Gill Green, 01572 868857.

Lincs In Stitches

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I am a Feltmaker and Textile Artist based in Horncastle on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds, with a real passion for creating with fibre and fabric.
I run workshops, both locally and nationally, encouraging and motivating others to learn and enjoy these skills.  The inspiration for a lot of my work comes from nature and the beautiful countryside around my home town.

I am a member of the International Feltmakers Association, Lincolnshire Contemporary Craft Network, Jeudis and the Waltham Textile Group.

Website:  www.lincsinstitches.com

Leicestershire Bobbin Lace Guild

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We meet on the 2nd Monday of the month (except July & August)

Commencing at 7.30 p.m.

Speakers and activities

Venue:- Age UK, Paddock Street, Wigston, Leicestershire, LE18 2AN

Please come along and join us, you will be made very welcome.

For more information contact Sheila Hewitt (Secretary) on 01455 554375




Tesserae is a group of artists practising and extending various aspects of textile-related techniques, ranging through embroidery, weaving, lace, paper and braidmaking.


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Alice Hawkins was a factory worker in the shoe trade in Leicester who became a prominent local activist in the suffragette movement.
In this centenary of the Women’s Suffrage Movement the City of Leicester commissioned a number of cultural activities to celebrate Alice’s life and work, including a commemorative statue unveiled in February this year.

As a Leicester based textile group, Drawn2stitch has followed this theme by completing a series of “postcards” reflecting issues relating to Alice and the work of the suffragette movement both locally and nationally.

Postcards and posters were used quite widely both in support of the women’s movement and as propaganda against it, so this format lent itself naturally to this project.
Our postcards aim to reflect a range of themes relating to the Suffragette movement including protest, arrest and imprisonment, letters to M.P’s, force feeding, Alice’s role in the shoe industry and confrontations with police and parliament as well as highlighting the repression and degradation of women in this country today.
Where relevant we have made use of original artifacts, memorabilia and art works.

Email: suellapostles@gmail.com
Website: https://www.facebook.com/Drawn2Stitch

Leicestershire Guild of Weavers, Spinner and Dyers



A group of people interested in spinning, weaving or dyeing or a mixture of all three. Our aim is to keep these skill alive and welcome new members whether experienced or complete beginners. For those new to fibre crafts we have some equipment that can be borrowed to get you started.
We hold a mix of tutor led sessions and informal meetings where you bring your kit and do your own thing.
Some folk might be knitting or crocheting home-spun – well, you have to use it once you have spun it!

We meet the 3rd Saturday of every month from 10.30am – 4pm at
Leicester Forest East Parish Hall

Come and meet us at The Big Textile Show to learn more.

Email: aem.mitchell@btinternet.com
Website: http://leicswsd.weebly.com

Lutterworth Stitchers

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Lutterworth Stitchers is one of several embroidery groups in the region.

Our Members are very versatile and produce a wide variety of new work each year.

More details: Ann Rose, tel. 01455 202324.


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TEXTEND – our name says it all TEXT – textiles EXTEND – extend our textile skills
Our members want to continue extending their textile skills. Monthly workshops, usually held on Saturdays, are held at North Kilworth Memorial Hall in Leicestershire. Workshops are led by either members or external tutors.
Membership is free as we operate a pay as you go system for our chosen workshops.
Our exhibits are wide ranging in content but have in common that they have been made or inspired by a Textend workshop

Email: wallettruth@gmail.com

The Woolly Roadshow

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‘The Woolly Roadshow’ is an educational promotion of British wool, British sheep and the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.

‘The Woolly Roadshow’ displays and sells a range of British yarn, carded fibres and other woollen products together with knitting needles, drop spindles etc. It also includes hand spinning and/or felting demonstrations and provides information about the work of the National Sheep Association, British Wool and Rare Breeds Survival Trust. Innovative wool based products are also on display. A video shows lambing, shearing and wool processing.

Email: david@griffithsfarming.com
Website: http://www.griffithsmill.com

Lutterworth Piecemakers


Lutterworth Piecemakers is a patchwork and quilting group which meets in Walcote Memorial Hall at 7.30pm on the third Wednesday of the month (except December). We are a friendly and lively group and welcome anyone who is interested in patchwork and quilting whether beginner or experienced.
Our meetings are a mixture of member-led mini workshops, projects such as Mystery Quilts and Challenges and talks and workshops by local and national speakers and tutors.
We are active in supporting local and national charities and we hold a Project Linus evening each year.

Email: vickzf28@gmail.com
Website: http://www.lutterworthpiecemakers.blogspot.com

Sue Trevor Textiles

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Often taking inspiration from my own garden and the botanical world in general I create highly embroidered quilted work, sometimes three dimensional objects from the world around me or from my imagination.

Email: Susan.trevor@gewgaws.co.uk


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Eight Innovative textile artists who work to a given theme. We aim to  showcase our individual styles which have been developed over several years.

Email: elainewinterton@msn.com
Website: http://jeudis.co.uk

Groby Lace Class – “have a go”


Lace making can be found in countries all over the world and has evolved into many different forms. In the late 16th century, the Huguenot refugees from France and the Low Countries introduced lace-making to England.
This soon evolved into many different types of lace including Torchon, Bedfordshire, Buck’s and Honiton.
In the olden days, lace was made to supplement the family income but nowadays it is made for pleasure.
As long as you can count up to four, you can make lace – give it a go.

Email: susanmarlow47@btinternet.com

Leicestershire Machine Knitters


Come and see a flat bed knitting machine in action, and take a look at the lovely garments produced by this local machine knitting club.

Email: jane@needlesofsteel.org.uk
Website: http://www.leicestershiremk.org.uk/

Second Turning Textile Group

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Individual interests, techniques and media have inspired the fourteen members of the Second Turning Textile Group, based in the East Midlands. We hope our exhibition will provide interest and enjoyment.

email: jenny.ashmore@btinternet.com

The Beadworkers Guild


The Beadworkers Guild is passionate about all forms of beadwork. We attend many craft shows around the country, run workshops, produce our own magazine & publications and have a free distance learning programme for members. From complete beginners to professionals, we have members all over the world, and would encourage anyone with an interest in beadwork to join our charitable organisation. Visit our stand at The Big Textile Show!

Email: vickery.ruth@gmail.com
Website: http://www.beadworkersguild.org.uk/

Leicester Print Workshop

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Members of the team at Leicester Print Workshop will be at the show to talk to you about what the workshop can do for you and your art practice – it is a wonderful, well equipped studio in the heart of the East Midlands with a dedicated textiles offer and plenty of space for artists to meet and make work.
We will bring along a fun demo for you to take part in and there will be opportunity to take home a hand pulled print. Come and learn about the workshop courses, equipment and staff at LPW and find a friendly home for your Textile practice to grow and develop.

Email: k.dacasto@leicesterprintworkshop.com
Website: http://www.leicesterprintworkshop.com/

Inspiration, Stitch & Expression (ISE)