Amanda I’Anson is a mixed media textile artist, specialising in a Japanese form of freeform weaving called ‘Saori’. She practises this unique style of weaving, whilst holding regular workshops on her specially designed floor looms, from her studio, BEAUTIFULcloth SAORI Studio in Sheaf St, Daventry.

Amanda’s woven cloth is textural, richly coloured and sculptural, using a variety of unexpected materials, found objects and techniques to create cloth which reflects her experiences, inspirations and explorations. In Japan they say ‘you weave yourself’! She is particularly inspired by the marks, colours and textures of nature: whether it be interesting coastlines, the reflections and ripples in water, or weathered stone or rust. Her curiosity and urge to explore new ideas and materials, means that her work is constantly changing and she maintains her passion and excitement with every new creation.

Amanda is passionate about inspiring others to use their creativity to produce beautiful and individual woven cloth. She regularly runs two hour taster sessions and weaving days, suitable for all ages and abilities. Gift vouchers for these sessions make perfect and popular gifts. Amanda also enjoys working on commissioned work and has recently completed 19 woven panels for the refurbished Ansty Hall Hotel reception area and restaurant.

email: amanda@beautifulcloth.co.uk

website: http://beautifulcloth.co.uk/

Spinning in the Shires (Twyford Woolly Day and Guild of Long Draw Spinners)

Fleece to fabric: We are two groups of textile enthusiasts: spinners, weavers, felters, dyers, knitters and needleworkers. We work from raw materials to finished product. Our exhibit will show examples of hand spun, woven items, natural dyed fabrics and yarns, knitting, felting and needlework. We meet regularly in Twyford Village Hall and Stoke Albany Village Hall to share ideas and skills and will demonstrate during our exhibit. We would encourage visitors to try spinning and small loom weaving, and come and join our groups. We often run workshops on particular textile skills run by experts (most recently, tapestry weaving, felted flowers, free form crochet).

email: maryeharlow1@gmail.com

Lincs In Stitches

My name is Karen Lane and I’m a mixed media textile artist with a particular passion for Wet Felting. I take inspiration from the natural world and my latest body of work is ocean inspired, made to the theme of “Making Waves”. This sees a (temporary?) shift from the very neutral colour palette I normally work with, although there will be a few of those, to a more colourful range of blues, greens and gold.

As well as creating my own work, experimenting with colour, texture and form, I get great satisfaction from teaching others. I run creative workshops for groups of up to 15 participants anywhere in the UK as well as small group and one-one classes in my home studio in Horncastle. All workshops can be tailored to your individual/groups requirements so if you would like more information stop by for a chat at the show or get in touch via my website or email.

website: https://lincsinstitches.com/
email: lincsinstitches@gmail.com

Leicestershire Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers

We aim to promote the art of using fibres to be spun, woven or felted.

email: secretaryleicestershirewsd@gmail.com

Waltham Windmill Textile Group

The Waltham Windmill Textile Group currently comprises of eight members, all with a passion for creating mixed media textile art and Feltmaking. We set ourselves challenges, working to a theme which lasts for two years and culminates in an exhibition held at the Waltham Windmill site in north Lincolnshire. Our theme for the past two years has been “Making Waves” and we have produced a variety of 2d and 3D pieces with an underwater vibe. This is our first time exhibiting as a group at The Big Textile Show and we are very excited to be bringing our display to Leicester!

email: jackyhopkin46@gmail.com

Rocheberie Schoolhouse Quilters

Rocheberie Schoolhouse Quilters is a patchwork and quilting group which meets in Dunchurch six times a year. Our meetings start at 9.45 and consist of a morning of shopping at sales tables or trader, consumption of cake and coffee and lots of chat! After show and tell and charity raffle, we have a speaker, and finish about 3pm. All this for £6! We welcome anyone interested in textile arts who would like to be inspired and make new friends.

email: lyndahill39@gmail.com

Project Linus

Project Linus is a world-wide charity which provides brand new, handmade quilts for children and young people in need of a hug. All the quilts we make become the property of Leicestershire children for them to keep for ever. We welcome donations of quilts, blocks, fabric and sewing supplies. A free quilt block pattern for every visitor!

 email: lyndahill39@gmail.com

web: https://linusleics.blogspot.com/



12,000 hand stitched hexagons + 2 years = a beautiful quilt.

In 2022, our Quilty Pleasures group was gifted the centre panel and thousands of paper pieced hexagons, when Lolli received her cancer diagnosis.

This labour of love is now complete and we are raffling it in aid of Loros and Cransley hospices.

Please help us to make Lolli’s legacy of love long lasting.

email: dianermiles54@gmail.com


JEUDIS is a group of eight mixed media artists. Each member approaches a new project differently & draws on many years of experience to fulfil the brief.

Our inspiration for Buildings lead us all on many different pathways, through towns, cities and countries, from hidden doorways to knockers to memories of cities long visited. To take a structure and draw out the essence of it, to portray it in many mediums.

emails: elainewinterton@msn.com
website: https://www.facebook.com/jeudis10

Lutterworth Stitchers


We are an independent creative textile group in Leicestershire, with places for up to seventy members. The work on display at the BTS will be from our annual Scintillating Stitches Exhibition, held at Wycliffe Methodist Church, Lutterworth, Tuesday 13th – Saturday 17th August 2024, daily 10am-4pm, Friday 10am-9pm, and illustrates the numerous avenues of stitch explored by our members.

Our monthly activities are many and varied, primarily for our members, but non members are welcome to join us.

Monthly Evening Meetings – when invited speakers provide inspiration from the textile world. Visitors fee £5.

Stitch Days – are held twice a month, working on your own project, a social day where ideas and stitch knowledge can be exchanged in a convivial atmosphere. Cost £5 per person.

Day Workshops – with an invited tutor are held 5 or 6 times during the year for members only, to further their skills.

Outings – on 2 or 3 occasions per year, we hire a coach and visit an Exhibition, Museum, Gallery or Stitching Show.

We look forward to meeting and chatting with you at the BTS!

email: barbaracox944@yahoo.co.uk



Drawn2Stitch was created 10 years ago after members completed the C & G Diploma of Creative Techniques.
We have exhibited at Belvoir Castle,Deene Park and for several years at the NEC Fashion and Embroidery show, also at the Uttoxeter Quilted Stitch Village and The Big Textile Show.

Our theme for this year is ‘Out of the Box ‘. Each individual has produced amazing ideas of interpretation and techniques based on this theme.

email: marilyn.hemsley@btinternet.com

Cosby Quilters

Cosby Quilters is made up of a diverse bunch of ladies who enjoy numerous crafts. It’s not just about patchwork and quilting but lots more besides. Including: printing, stamping, dyeing, embroidery, fabric manipulation, and mixed media – all of which we use to create objects of beauty.

Come along to our stand to see the work of our talented members and find out more about this friendly group, you could even bag yourself a masterpiece!

email: ginagcooke@gmail.com
website: https://cosbyquilters.blogspot.com/

Harborough Morsbags


Come and make a free Morsbag, the bag that money can’t buy! Made from pre-used or preloved fabric, all cut to size and ready to sew. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced sewer, you’ll leave with a beautiful handmade & unique tote/ shopping bag.

website: https://morsbags.com/
email: harboroughmorsbags@gmail.com

Cosby Yarn Bomb

Come and see some of the amazing Yarn Bombs recently featured at the Award Winning Cosby Yarn Bomb!

website: https://www.visitblaby.org.uk/events/cosby-yarn-bomb-2022/

Leicestershire & Rutland Federation of WI


The Leicestershire and Rutland Federation was formed in 1918. We currently have 116 WIs through the two counties. These range from small village WIs with a few members to larger WIs with over 100 members – so whatever your age or interests, there is sure to be a WI not too far away from you waiting to welcome you.

WIs offer fun and friendship and a chance to learn new skills. There is usually a speaker at the monthly meetings, and time to socialise with fellow members. Other activities, such as walks, outings or craft groups feature on the WI calendar depending on the interests of the members. If you are new to an area, it is a wonderful way to make friends.

website: https://leicestershire-and-rutland.thewi.org.uk/
email: wihouse@lrfwi.org

Leicester Machine Knitters

We are a small but welcoming group of both Machine and Hand knitters.

We have a number of different knitting machines that new members can try if they don’t have their own and help and advice are always willingly given.

email: adamscarole223@gmail.com


Art2Stitch textile artists enjoy collaborative working, supporting and encouraging each other to develop their individual practice.

Innovative and experimental pieces, developed and transformed traditional techniques and practical experimentation are important to the Group.

Art2Stitch meet monthly on Mondays and welcome new members who enjoy trying new things and being part of a lively group.

The Group try to exhibit regularly, our last being at Milton Keynes Museum Gallery for a year.

email: sheila.alinkbrunsdon@gmail.com
website: https://www.art2stitch.com/

Textiles in the Yurt

I run a variety of embroidery and tapestry weaving workshops in a traditional Mongolian yurt in my garden. I have a lifelong love of textiles and have a wonderful collection of different examples from my travels in India and other parts of the world. I have taught creative textiles in schools for many years and enjoy using traditional techniques as a starting point in my own work and in my teaching. There will be some lovely examples of textiles and projects completed in the yurt on display.

website: https://www.textilesintheyurt.com/

email: gillgreany@gmail.com

Gateway College

Gateway College is launching a brand new T Level in Fashion and Textiles in September 2023! This will be the first course of its kind in brand new state of the art studios and facilities! Start your fashion textiles career with us!! You can also study fashion with us at level 2, 3 and 4!

website: https://gateway.ac.uk/

email: studentservices@gateway.ac.uk

Wymeswold Threads

‘Wymeswold Threads’ is a group of enthusiastic textile artists who came together 6 years ago to share a passion for textile work.

We have regular focussed workshops – which we maintained all the way through Lockdown in gardens or over zoom – led by our own members who have plenty of skills and ideas to share. We cover a wide range of techniques, both 2D and 3D, using a variety of fabrics, fibres, materials, paints and dyes – all as a basis for creative thread work and stitchery by hand or machine.

The group has given each member the opportunity to extend their individual interests and expertise in Textile Art and now we feel ready to take on the challenge of exhibiting the results. Our title ‘Starting Out’ expresses our first year venturing into the exhibition world!

email: janetdonnell@hotmail.com

Textile and Art Together

We are working in tandem, taking a theme and developing it within our own medium. Carol as a Contemporary Lace maker, combining fibres and coloured copper wire to produce 3D forms. Ida as a Botanical Mixed Media artist combining multiple media. There are no Boundaries between the two disciplines with ideas overlapping and blending.

email: richard_lee40@hotmail.com

Stable House Textiles

Textile workshops are run by Liz Taylor from The Stable House in Great Dalby, Leicestershire.

Liz has gained many years experience running her own textiles business and through teaching Art, Design, Textiles and Fashion to students of all ages and abilities, including those with learning disabilities and dementia.

Liz offers a range of interesting and creative workshops and is also really excited to be embarking on additional collaborative workshops this year at Grange Farm Alpacas close by. From there we will be offering day & half-day textile workshops using beautiful Alpaca fleece produced by the Grange Farm Alpaca and also Glamping Weekend Retreats!

website: http://www.stablehousetextiles.com/

email: liz@stablehousetextiles.com

Leicestershire Quilters

logo quilt

Leicestershire Quilters is a group of people who love quilting and other textile arts and crafts. We have a monthly meeting where we host a speaker, and also hold regular sewing days. Recent speakers include Sarah Hibbert, Wendy Dolan and Pascale Michalski. We also make quilts and fund raise for charity. Our meetings are open to anyone and we look forward to meeting you at the Big Textile Exhibition. To find out more contact Jan on LeicestershireQuilters40@gmail.com or find us on Facebook and Instagram.

Crafty Stitchers Leicestershire

Crafty Stitchers Leicestershire is an Independent group (Affiliated to Embroiderers guild) who share an interest in textiles which includes hand and machine embroidery, quilting and other textile related activities.
We share our knowledge together, through invited speakers and workshops and group led practical sessions.
We meet on the second Saturday of the month at Braunstone West Social Centre, St Mary’s Avenue, off Braunstone Lane, Leicester LE3 3FT 2.00pm for 2.15 start with time to socialise.
Everyone is welcome, we have a varied mix of members of all abilities and interests.

If you would like to find out more please contact Susan Flint Chair 0116 4299458 or Briony Willig Secretary 0116 2872531.

We also have Sew and Chat on alternate Friday’s at Braunstone Civic Centre LE3 3PP

email: susanflint61@talktalk.net

Pascale’s Moral Fibre

Pascale Michalski is 40 years old, and while she’s originally from Luxembourg, she has lived in London/United Kingdom for 20 years now. Since the start of her quilting journey five years ago, she has created many award-winning art quilts, exhibited across Europe and the Middle East, and contributed to many quilt festivals. By getting involved in events, she doesn’t just support her quilting community; she also supports the craft she loves so much. She has been published in books as well as several editions of Art Quilting Studio Magazine. To learn more, visit pascalemichalski.com and follow along on Facebook and Instagram (@pascales_moral_fibre), where she shares her finished work as well as techniques and works in progress.

Website: https://www.pascalemichalski.com/
Email: michalskipascale@gmail.com

Lutterworth Piecemakers

Lutterworth Piecemakers is a patchwork and quilting group which meets in Walcote Memorial Hall, Franks Road, Walcote, Leicestershire on the third Wednesday of every month except December. Our meetings are a mixture of hands-on sessions, projects, demonstrations and speakers. We are active in supporting local and national charities.

Website: https://lutterworthpiecemakers.blogspot.com/

Email: jacquiedurber@gmail.com

The Beadworkers Guild

The Beadworkers Guild encourage members to explore their creativity. We offer opportunities for members to experiment through our workshops, quarterly journal, education modules and website

website: https://beadworkersguild.com/
email: shows@beadworkersguild.co.uk


‘Visualise’ Art Textile group has a regular exhibition programme and aims to celebrate our diverse applications of the textile media. We work with a mentor who engages each member in creative dialogues.

Please see the website for the exhibition programme.

email: sandal.jenkins@btinternet.com
website: https://www.visualise.online/

Leicester Longwool Sheepbreeders Association

Display of woolly product demonstrating the versatility of the Leicester Longwool Fleece

The showteam will be demonstrating various crafting such as peg looming needle felting and spinning throughout the day

There will be some fleece, carded batts, coloured locks and small woolly items for sale.

website: http://www.llsba.co.uk/
email: ashtreeflock@gmail.com