Exhibitors at the 2017 show
International Feltmakers Association
Sea and Sky is an International Feltmakers Association exhibtion, displaying our membership’s feltmaking skills and creativity on the theme of Sea & Sky. The aim of the show is to celebrate the diverse outcomes of contemporary felt making within a theme.
As Bettina Holland writes “The vastness and vacancy of such mammoth spaces, both wide and deep, are difficult to comprehend and often the wider and further we look the less we see. (…) It is impossible to think of the sea without reference to the sky. They work in partnership and one reflects the moods and colours of the other on a constant basis.”
Artists: Sandra Barrett, Gemma Bee, Cheryl Cracknell, Louise Curnin, Frances Green, Chloe Greenwood, Bettina Holland, Silke Koch, Jill Lauriston, Yvonne Le Mare, Diana Pendragon, Ann Pennington, Rosalyn Purcell, Johanna Roesti-Buehler, Lamorna Thomas, Cathy Unwin, Barbara Weeks, Nikki Wheatley.
“As the day starts or ends there is a point where sea and sky almost become one.” Louise Curnin
Project Linus UK is a national organisation whose volunteers make brand new patchwork quilts for children ‘in need of a hug’. These children can be in hospices, hospitals, be homeless, looked after or just going through a tough time. Here in Leicestershire we deliver over 300 quilts each year, and welcome donations of brightly coloured quilts, tops, blocks and fabric. Here is one of the quilts being delivered to the LRI recently.
Lutterworth Piecemakers is a friendly group which meets at 7.30 on the third Wednesday of the month in Walcott. We welcome anyone who is interested in patchwork and quilting whatever their ability. Our meetings are a mixture of speakers and hands on activities and we have a regular programme of workshops.
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.
Tesserae is a group of 11, each with her individual approach to textile-related art – hand and machine embroidery, lace-, paper- and braid-making, an
d fabric manipulation. We to exhibit that diversity and our on-going enthusiasm for textile.
My work is a collection of curious, colourful textile vessels and pods inspired by the botanical world. The process to create these pieces involves hand dyeing Egyptian cotton, layers of silk and manipulation of the fabric. The 3D forms are each made in an unrepeatable and individual way by hand cutting shapes, layering and machine embroidering together fabric pieces to form a single sculpture.
The Beadworkers Guild
The Beadworkers Guild – Bringing Beadworkers Together! We are a registered charity dedicated to promoting the art of beadweaving, with members from both UK and overseas.
Recently National Beading Week resulted in a number of exciting events, and next year this will become International Beading Week. Winners of our annual Challenge will be on display at the Big Textile Show, together with examples of members’ work, and our books and Journals.
I am a Feltmaker and textile artist based in Horncastle Lincolnshire. I discovered the art of making felt in 2014 and in the same year I joined a local textile group and made my first art quilt. What started out as a hobby quickly became a real passion and I am now totally obsessed with creating, particularly using wool fibres. As a result of exhibiting my work with Grosvenor Shows earlier this year I have been approached by various groups and now run workshops both locally and further afield.
Leicester Longwool Sheep Breeders Association
To preserve any rare breeds it is important that they are valued. They hold a unique store of genetic traits which are now recognised as valuable to the national commercial flock, being very hardy, good mothers, and providing wonderful fleeces and exceedingly good mutton. They can play a positive role in modern agriculture.
Leicester Longwools can trace their heritage back over 200 years to sheep breeder and agricultural pioneer Robert Bakewell (1725 -1795). They were developed at Dishley Grange in Leicestershire to produce a big framed animal to supply large quantities of meat and wool to meet the demands of the workforce at the start of the Agricultural revolution. This made it a very important breed in its day.
Ruddington Framework Knitters’ Museum
‘What is the Framework Knitters Museum? The Museum is a unique complex of listed frameshops, cottages and outbuildings arranged around a garden courtyard with an adjacent former chapel in which many of the knitters worshipped. The site has been restored to show the living and working conditions of the framework knitters who occupied it throughout the nineteenth century. This is a working museum with machinery in use and the opportunity for visitors to ‘have-a-go’. How was the museum founded? The Framework Knitters’ Museum is a small independent working museum, established by the efforts of the local community, which saved it from the bulldozer and put it under the control of a charitable trust. The museum has been open to the public since 1971 and preserves this unique site, the machinery and the skills to operate them.
Stitch Sainte Luce
Stitch Sainte Luce is a women’s embroidery business project in Madagascar, Africa. This charity project is geared towards community development through providing embroidery training for women. Stitch embroiderers create a beautiful range of handmade fashion and interior accessories which they sell in the Sainte Luce Studio boutique, and at specialist events in the UK.
You can follow us on our website and blog at www.stitchsainteluce.org and on social media using @stitchsteluce!
The group consists of a collection of very talented people – several of them being prize winners. The work is a combination of textile, mixed media and embroidery.
The Leicestershire Quilters
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.
Throughout the year we run a programme of workshops, mainly using the expertise within our group to share and extend our knowledge and skills. 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. of interest to members.
Each year, we fund raise for a local charity. This year our charity is Leicestershire and Rutland Women’s Aid.
Please see our website https://leicestershirequilters.weebly.com for more details.
Inspiration for Stitch and Expression
Wigston Framework Knitting Museum (Saturday only)
JEUDIS are a diverse group of eight textile artists who work to a given theme. Each member is encouraged to work in their own style which has evolved over time and practise. It is hoped that there will be something in our exhibitions which will appeal to all.