Monday, 23 November 2015

Her Face Was A Picture

As 2015 heads towards it's final weeks you still have time to take part in one of our creative handstitch workshops before the busyness of Christmas kicks in.
We are currently taking bookings for next Saturday's session if you (and friend?) would like to take part. 
'Portraits in Stitch'  
Saturday 28th November 2015
 10am - 4pm £50 per person
Taking a photograph of a face as our staring point you will create a portrait in fabric using applique techniques and hand stitch. 
Images will be available to use but you might prefer to bring along your own A5 sized photograph or a picture from a magazine to work from. All other materials will be provided. A very absorbing session!  
Intermediate level: Some previous hand sewing experience would be useful.

Trumpet Crossroads nr Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 2RA    

To book your place contact: or call 07971 684573

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

The Sewcial

Only two more Sewcials before Christmas (there, we've said the C word), the next being this Friday 20th November. We have places available on both if you'd like to take part.
For those unfamiliar with The Sewcial it's our regular workshop which has an element of surprise attached to it. Other than knowing it will involve creative handstitch in some form, the surprise is that you never know what we are going to pull out of our battered, brown suitcases and ask you to try. They involve a chance to explore what you can do with creative hand stitch through, for example, sampler pieces or group challenges.
This session requires you to have some previous hand sewing experience, be it from embroidery to mending, and a desire to be challenged in the company of like-minded stitchy souls. People with 'making' experience from other disciplines are also very welcome. 
The Sewcial
Friday 20th November 2015
  Friday 11th December 2015
10am - 1pm
£25 per person. All materials provided
Trumpet Corner nr Ledbury

Friday, 13 November 2015

'Ears' Something You Might Be Interested In...

There are places remaining on tomorrow's 'Glove Ears the Hare' hand stitch brooch making workshop.
Saturday 14th November 2015
£25 per person
All materials provided - including a selection of vintage gloves from which to choose your brooch's ears. 

Union Walk, Commercial Road
Hereford, HR1
A textile treasure trove which sells vintage fabrics, haberdashery & clothes. 

To book your place contact or call 07971 684573 

As an aside, the excellent Hereford Contemporary Craft Fair is also taking place this weekend at the Courtyard Theatre a mere walk away from Rose Tinted Rags. Now you have two good reasons to visit Hereford tomorrow! 

*Apologies for the terrible pun...  

Monday, 14 September 2015

Demanding Daphne

You'll have to excuse us if we're a little quiet on here, Daphne is proving to be a demanding sort of gal and is keeping us very busy in the final weeks leading to the Daphne's Glove exhibition.
If you'd like to read more about this year's Group Gathering project please pop over to our sister website,
You can follow this link to find out how we've been getting on with our project piece

Monday, 3 August 2015

Making Faces

Frida Kahlo via

Here we thought we'd share some progress photo's with you from last month's Sewcial. The theme (or challenge) for the session was portraiture in fabric & stitch. 
Taking the fabulously distinctive face of Frida Kahlo as our starting point, we used an applique technique to piece key 'Frida' features together. Pattern & flowers often feature in photographs or paintings of Frida so part of the challenge was to include patterned fabric in the textile portrait - be it for skin tones & shading or in the background. 
Here's how the group got in the, all-too-brief, three hour session:


Deciding which patterned background is preferable
The next step will be to add features with embroidery

M&B's sample in progress

We're planning to offer this as a full day session later in the year. If this is a topic which you'd be interested in participating in, do let us know so that we can keep you informed about an upcoming date. 


Monday, 29 June 2015

The Marquee of Making

Due to a spot of reshuffling we have two places remaining for this Sunday's workshop, 'Woodland Creatures in a Jar'. The workshop will take place during Blue Ginger Gallery's week long creative festival in the 'Marquee of Making'. Each day a different artist or maker will be sharing their skills with the public through demonstration or hands on workshops. 
On Sunday 5th July we will be sharing the marquee space with Celestine and the Hare creator, Karin Hines - so you can guarantee that there will be woolly fibres, choklit & Norty Weasels running amok in the marquee alongside the milder mannered Silva Populi! You'd be crazy to miss out!
Silva Populi Hibou being cuddled by Emily and The Hare when they met last Autumn
If you'd like to join us to make your own jar dwelling creature, do get in touch. Here are the details:

'Woodland Creatures in a Jar' Sunday 5th July 2015
The workshop will involve working with textiles, found objects & handstitch to create a small, jam-jar dwelling creature based on Kathleen Murphy's series of woodland folk, the Silva Populi.
Materials & jars will be provided but please bring along any small treasures (nut shells, feathers, pebbles, fabric scraps) you wish to personalise your character, along with your needlecase & embroidery scissors.
Intermediate level - some previous hand sewing experience would be useful  
10.00am - 4.00pm £50 per person 
Home End Farm, Stiffords Bridge, Cradley nr Malvern, WorcestershireWR13 5NW

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Still Life in Stitch


"Cabbage..? Pomegranate..? And is that a strawberry I can smell..?"
Yes! These were just a few of the ingredients integral to this month's Sewcial challenge as participants considered form, texture & colour to create samplers based on a still life tableaux. 
Here's a 'flavour' of some of the great results produced.
A macro photo of a pomegranate stalk provided the textural inspiration for this sampler which experiments with loops & knots...
Looped knots & Snipped Pistil stitches
Light & shade falling on a pomegranate captured in tiny tonal patches
Surface stitches add texture to a piece based on a pear

A Trapunto quilted garlic bulb in progress
Here, the pastel interior & papery nature of the garlic bulb have been captured beautifully
Last, but not least, still life with fabric, thread & cake....

Next month's Sewcial will take place on Friday 17th July at Trumpet Corner Art Studios & Tearooms.
You can find out more HERE

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