Exhibitors 2019


Traverse is a group of textile artists, working with varied styles, mediums and techniques; our name comes from the way we like to approach a theme – moving or looking sideways, seeking different perspectives. Within mixed media, we each have our favourites, including working with paper, metal, hand-dyed fabric, felt, 3D and fashion, using heat, print, paint, and stitch. An important part of our ethos is to celebrate our diversity, share our various strengths and to grow together.

‘Revealed’, our 2019 exhibition, explores several approaches to the idea of what is seen or unseen, using unconventional viewpoints, revealing various hidden layers – in the physical world, in our emotional landscapes and also within our work itself.

We will be demonstrating some of the ways we work during the show – in particular, our use of an embellisher.

Email: traversetextileart@gmail.com
Website: http://www.traversetextileart.uk

Leicestershire Bobbin Lace Guild

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


Drawn2Stitch are an East Midlands based group of embroidery, textile and mixed media artists. The exhibition consists of recent work including their latest project entitled Crossing Boundaries which was exhibitied at the Fashion and Textiles show at the NEC this spring. It included varied and unusual piecs such as a 52 mini embroideries in a printing block type of ray, modroc-spheres made around balloons, a multi-layered piece on net, Roman mosaics and other pieces.

email: suellapostles@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Drawn2Stitch


Our group’s name says is made up from TEXT – textiles    EXTEND – extend

Our group members have a wide and varied range of textile skills and knowledge.

We are all keen to continue extending and sharing these through our monthly workshops which are led equally by members or outside tutors.

The workshops are usually held on the third Saturday of the month at North Kilworth Memorial Hall, Leicestershire.

We have no membership fee as chosen workshops are on a pay as you go basis.

                              The TEXTEND group is currently full.

If you would like to have your name added to our reserve list please contact

                               Ruth Wallett at wallettruth@gmail.com  

You will be sent a current programme together with details of how to book if a workshop place becomes available.


TESSERAE is a group with a diversity of skills in the textile-related arts – mixed-media, lace-, paper- and braid- making, hand and machine embroidery.
We encourage personal development, supported by our mentor Helen Hallows, and our display reflects our individual projects, and also some sketchbooks and design work.
If you are interested in joining us in the future, please contact:

Helen Brewin helenbrewin143@gmail.com

or Jane Fawcett jane.fawcett01@outlook.com

Karen Lane

With a passion for Feltmaking and Textile Art I work with a variety of mediums and techniques to create unique, hand crafted items in both 2D and three dimensional forms. My work is often inspired by nature, from the dramatic coast and countryside of the Scottish Highlands to small found objects collected while out walking in the Lincolnshire Wolds.
I am currently running craft workshops, both locally and nationally, teaching the skills I’ve learnt and motivating others to unleash their creativity.
Karen Lane
email: lincsinstitches@gmail.com
Website: www.lincsinstitches.com

Cosby Quilters

Formed in 1988, we’ve been quilting for over 30 years !!

Our members are an extremely talented and enthusiastic group, who share a love of crafts, in particular patchwork and quilting.  We have great speakers at our monthly meetings and run a variety of fun and interesting workshops (open to both members and non-members).  We share ideas tips and techniques, and enjoy seeing each other’s work at our ‘Show and Tell’. The group are always keen to have a go at a new technique or re-visit an old favourite with a twist, for that next project! 

New faces are very welcome to come along to our meetings and classes (both experienced crafters, and beginners). 

The group are very generous with their time and have made numerous quilts for good causes;  we are currently supporting the LRI neonatal unit by producing quilts for newborn’s which they take home with them.

Look out for our stand at the Show

For details of what’s coming up see our blog – cosbyquilters.blogspot.co.uk

On The Surface

Taking our name, On the Surface, from the concept of surface pattern and design, we are a group of textile artists who have worked together for several years. Collaboration and mutual support lie at the heart of what we do but we have each developed our own strengths and specialisms ranging from mixed media to found objects and from free motion embroidery to natural dyeing.

Our recent work has drawn from our experiences and philosophies, from history and literature, the natural world and the reality of modern life. We work to a theme and are always surprised by the diversity of our labours.

We are also interested in pushing the boundaries of our relationship with the visitor to our exhibitions and try to offer texture, colour and the opportunity to look and touch in an informal way. You will never see a Do Not Touch sign alongside our work.

We hope you enjoy looking at our exhibition as much as we have enjoyed putting it together


Follow The Thread

“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 and share ideas in the wonderful world of stitch.

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

Stitching Science

We plan to engage crafters in the local area through a series of knitting workshops. Participants will create a detailed crochet cell containing various organelles and will be able to discuss the different parts of the cell with scientists as they knit.

The aims are to:

  • create an informal environment for scientists to interact with local communities and learn a new craft
  • disseminate information about research projects at the Gurdon Institute to the local community and beyond
  • increase public trust in science and research by meeting with scientists in an informal setting

Eventually, the cells made by each crafter can be stitched together to form a ‘crochet epithelium’ as part of an exhibit.

The crochet instructions will also be made available online for anyone to download, along with scientific information about the cellular structures and related research projects at the Gurdon Institute.

Please contact stitchingscience@gurdon.cam.ac.uk for questions about this project.


Creative carpets from recycled fabrics. RAG RUGS. A traditional craft making a colourful comeback with modern materials.

Leicestershire Quilters

The photos show the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners in our 1919 Silver Thimble Challenge.

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. of interest to members.

Each year, we fund raise for a local charity and this year it is our Local Air Ambulance Service.

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

Details of our meetings and workshops are on our website, leicestershirequilters.co.uk or you can email leicestershirequilters@gmail.com

Lutterworth Stitchers

A vibrant range of brand new textile works from a lively group of multi-talented creative individuals.
Email: waynedocking@hotmail.co.uk


ConVivia are a group of six who love to stitch.   Following completion of our studies for City and Guilds in Embroidery we have continued to meet twice a month so that we can stitch and share ideas.  Each year we choose a subject to inspire us to make new work and this year we have elected ‘Coventry Cathedral’ as a starting point.   Following a site visit, we have worked on individual pieces to this theme and these will be shown alongside other embroideries produced during the year.
Contacts: Ann Rose 01455 641762 and Alyssa Robinson 07794 642648

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 and discover more about this fascinating art!

Email: enquiries@beadworkersguild.org.uk
Website: http://www.beadworkersguild.org.uk/

Textiles in the Yurt

Come and find out about the range of exciting textile workshops that are run in the yurt and also see a display of Free Warp Tapestry inspired by the textile artist Tadek Beutlich including an amazing piece of his original textile sculpture.
Email: gillgreany@gmail.com

Leicester Print Workshop

Leicester Print Workshop will be returning to the Show this year to talk to visitors about how you can develop your work in our purpose built, fully equipped, friendly and supportive Studio in Leicester City Centre. Staff will be on hand to talk to you about our facilities and to show you some of the wonderful techniques and surface decorations that you could explore in your own work. Come and get involved in our demos, look at sumptuous samples and get a first look at our upcoming 2020 Textile courses.

Email: k.dacasto@leicesterprintworkshop.com

Website: http://www.leicesterprintworkshop.com/

Leicestershire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers

The Leicestershire guild are a group who enjoy sharing their enthusiasm for spinning, weaving and dyeing with others. We encourage visitors to have a go at spinning.
email: cgamble63@hotmail.com

Stable House Textiles.com

The Stable House is situated in the village of Great Dalby and workshops are run by Liz Taylor.
Liz has run her own textile screen print business and also gained experience teaching Art, Design, Textiles and Fashion to students of all ages and abilities, including those with learning disabilities and dementia.

To find out more, visit our website where you can also subscribe to a regular mailing list at https://www.stablehousetextiles.com
email: liz@stablehousetextiles.com
Mobile – 07920280924

Leicestershire Machine Knitters

Come see the wonderful garments and knitted items possible on a knitting machine and find out more about the wonderful world of machine knitting!

Email: info@leicestershiremk.org.uk
Website: http://www.leicestershiremk.org.uk


JEUDIS is a Leicestershire based group of textile & mixed media artists. We encourage & inspire each other to create interesting & exciting works of art. Our latest exhibition ‘Abstraction’ has allowed us to explore & develop our own individual approach to the title. We hope that there will be something to interest & appeal to everyone.
Email: elainewinterton@msn.com
Website: jeudis.co.uk

Leicestershire’s Museums Collection

Be inspired by Leicestershire’s Museum Collections

Leicestershire County Council’s Museum Collections record the natural life of the County and reflect the lives, histories and interests of the people who have made Leicestershire their home.
We hold collections relating to archaeology, home and family life, working life, natural history, fine art and costume.
These rich collections are used by researchers, students, artists and designers in a variety of different ways: for academic or personal research; to study manufacture and construction of objects; to sketch and to find inspiration from pieces of the past.
We are delighted to be bringing a selection of objects to the Big Textile Show 2019. Visit our stall to find your connection to our collections and be inspired!
Instagram @leicestershire_collections