Exhibitors 2017

Exhibitors at the 2017 show

Project Linus


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

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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 Embroiderers’ Guild

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Lutterworth EG is one of several Embroiderers’ Guild Branches in the region.   Our Members are very versatile and produce a wide variety of new work each year.   In 2016 forty-five Members accepted the challenge to work on a group project whilst its subject remained a secret!   This work will be unveiled at our annual Splendour of Stitch exhibition on 16th August – 20th August at Wycliffe Methodist Church, Lutterworth and will also be on displayed at The Big Textile Show.

More details: Ann Rose, tel. 01455 202324.


Gill Green Hazel Brewer Maggie Ready Marilyn Hemsley Suella Postles Sylvia Saunders

Our individual journeys had varied starting points but we have all arrived at this same point as a group of exhibiting mixed media artists.

We all have our personal sources of inspiration but a common love of fabrics and their wonderful diversity and together we explore the potential of both textile and stitch.

Our group was founded with the aim of continuing the close working relationship discovered while working for a City & Guilds Diploma, we enjoyed the mutual encouragement and support working in a group provided and we didn’t want the journey of discovery to end.  There have been a few additions and changes to the group over the years but we continue to inspire one another and our journey continues.

We have exhibited at Belvoir Castle; The Quilting and Stitch Village – Utoxeter and currently we have an exhibition in the house at Deene Park which is there for the whole of the 2016 season. We will be exhibiting at Sewing for Pleasure and Embroidery at the NEC next spring.

We will be bringing our current exhibition “Seahorse to Warhorse” to The Big Textile show. This exhibition is inspired by the Deene Park estate and history. The house has been in the Brudenell family for 500 years, the family emblem is the mythical hippocampus (seahorse). A former member of the family who occupied this estate was the 7th Earl of Cardigan who led the charge of the Light Brigade at the battle of Balaclava which is referenced by our ‘warhorse’.

Group Members

Hazel Brewer, Sue Crooks, Elaine Facer, Gill Green, Marilyn Hemsley, Suella Postles, Maggie Ready, Sylvia Saunders, Anne Spiers, Chris Watkins.

Mentor – Cherrilyn Tyler

Meniscus Textile Artists

Claire Wheat Fran Holmes Julie Tanner Karen Rowe Linda Rudkin 2 Margaret Tippetts

The title of the exhibition is ‘Poetic Licence’, sub-titled ‘Textile Art Inspired by Words’.

The exhibition has been inspired by words from a wide variety of sources. There are wall-mounted pieces based on complete poems such as: ‘The Night Mail’ by W.H.Auden, Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘Penelope’, and ‘The Road Not Taken’ by Robert Frost.

Other pieces relate to song titles or lyrics and include a delicate, transparent wall hanging ‘Thank You For The Music’ which represents the musicianship of just one family; a ‘procession’ of miniature hats inspired by the suffragette song ‘March of the Women’; and more poignantly than could ever have been anticipated, a quilted wall hanging inspired by David Bowie’s ‘Five Years’.

Other pieces are variously inspired by ancient philosophy; ‘Hamlet’; and common phrases or sayings.

It is clear that the artists involved have exercised as much freedom as possible in relation to the phrase ‘Poetic Licence’ in order to produce what they hope will be an intriguing, thought provoking and amusing exhibition of textile art.


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Serendipity are a group of 12 experienced  textile artists mentored by Cherrilyn Tyler. Their  work encompasses  3/d sculptures, quilts, painted and stitched abstract and realistic embroidered  textile panels and hangings and mixed media collages.

They came together, some having completed  City and Guilds embroidery, and others through the world of painting and the love of being creative together.

Being Knitterly

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Exhibition: “Seamless”

Nicki Merrall

Nicki is a crochet and knitwear designer and tutor. Her love of traditional hand knit garments led to experimentation with seamless techniques. The pieces exhibited in “Seamless” include traditional hand knit seamless garments, three-dimensional sculptural pieces knit using fully computerised flat-bed knitting machines and modern seamless accessories, using traditional hand knit techniques, but informed by knowledge of the possibilities of machine knit.

“whatever the medium, craft practice is at the core of the making process. It is a combination of hand, mind and eye – the technical mastery of tools, materials, aesthetic sensibility and design skills.”

Max Fraser, Lab-Craft Curator, 2010.

Nicki Merrall
Being Knitterly
Tel: 0790 443 7858



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.


Jeudis Jeudis Jeudis

JEUDIS is a diverse group of eight mixed media textile artists who work to a common theme.  They hope that this gives their exhibitions a cohesive feel, whilst allowing each member to explore & develop their own individual style.

Fran Holmes

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Fran Holmes is a textile artist working in mixed media with a passion for free machine embroidery.
Fran has recently been working with spun bond / Lutrador in black and white and the work can be viewed at
Fran teaches talks and exhibits all over the UK.
Fran looks forward to meeting you at The Big Textile Show.

Sue Trevor

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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

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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.

Visit us at The Big Textile Show, and on our websites,  and

Karen Lane

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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.

Bakewell spent most of his life experimenting with various farming projects, including Shire horses, the now famous Longhorn Cattle, draining and improving pasture, cabbages and turnips. He pioneered selective breeding and one of the results of his efforts are the sheep we now value as Leicester Longwools.

Ruddington Framework Knitters’ Museum


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‘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.

Museum Website