Monthly Archives: March 2014

Needlework Exhibits in Bexley and Bath

Kaffe Fassett Needlepoint

There are two interesting needlework exhibits to see this summer. The first is an exhibition of quilts in Bexley (south east of London, near Dartford), curated by author Tracy Chevalier. The second is a retrospective fabric artist Kaffe Fassett’s work in Bath. Things We Do in Bed – Quilt Exhibition 1 April – 31 October 2014 Bexley Heritage Trust, Hall Place & Gardens, Bourne Road, Bexley, Kent DA5 1PQ Read more on their website The … Continue reading Needlework Exhibits in Bexley and Bath

The group’s growing!

Another refuge quilt on its way, made from 9-patch blocks in greens and pinks.

We had our biggest ever attendance at Thursday’s meeting: 14 of us. And not everyone on the books was there. The village hall was buzzing with talk about our various projects. The group has become very lively recently, thanks a lot to our new members, and a lot of enthusiasm for learning new skills from each other. Crochet is a great favourite at the moment. As is making children’s quilts for the refuge. Three of … Continue reading The group’s growing!

Unfinished projects

The Unfinishable exhibition in Cirencester

This week I went to New Brewery Arts in Cirencester to visit the Unfinishables exhibition: knitted jumper arms, but no jumper; half-made patchwork quilts; embroideries that never got completed… and the stories behind why these things never got finished. The exhibition is on until the 27th April and is well worth a visit. I thought it might be interesting to have an Unfinishables project of our own. Everybody could provide one or more unfinished projects of … Continue reading Unfinished projects


Adrienne has given us her recipe for the delish flapjacks she contributed to the Retreat weekend. (Look at this post in Read More and you will get the proper paragraph spacing, making the recipe much more readable.)  Flapjack  Ingredients  10 oz oats 6 oz demerera sugar 6 oz butter 4 tbsp golden syrup  Handful sultanas  Handful mixed seeds Method  Melt butter, sugar & golden syrup over a gentle heat Take off heat, add oats, sultanas … Continue reading Flapjacks

Refuge Quilts Day March 12th

We had a busy day yesterday, with lots of people and lots of activity. We have now completed about 10 quilts. I’ll put photos of these on the gallery page. We hope to hand over these quilts [and one blanket]  to a representative from the Refuge at our next meeting. We have been making group quilts based on a hand-pieced 9-square block, with variations. Some of us have also been beavering away at home on machine-stitched quilts … Continue reading Refuge Quilts Day March 12th

Retreat Weekend

Crocheting a beany hat

The Chalford Stitchers [or many of us] have just spent 2 happy days in the village hall sewing, embroidering, appliqueing, quilting, dyeing, crocheting… We gave each other tuition, advised each other on projects, or just got on with it. On Saturday we had a fish and chip lunch and on Sunday lunch was bring and share. The days were warm enough to sit outside for some of the time. I will put some photos of … Continue reading Retreat Weekend

Tracing the Blueprint

Last week I went to the current museum at Stroud Museum in the Park, called Tracing the Blueprint. It is on until Sunday 30 March and definitely worth a visit. It is all about ‘Blaudruck’, the resist printed indigo fabric of Central and Eastern Europe. The cloth is still printed in Hungary, and has also made its way via trade, settlers and the Manchester printers, to Southern Africa, where it is popular. There are photographs, … Continue reading Tracing the Blueprint