Saturday May 12th Lindsay Roberts

Tarts, Textiles and Travels

On her website Lindsay describes herself as ‘The Border Tart’ This does NOT refer to some dubious pursuits but to the fact that she studied textile design in the Scottish Borders.

Scotland and it’s borders are synonymous with wool and all it’s aspects of dyeing, spinning and weaving. Indigo dyeing is synonymous with India, Lindsay brings the two cultures together in her work.

She is now developing these techniques with other natural fibres, from Yak (wool?) to Silk!

Find out about her individual journey at our meeting in May.

Darby and Joan Hall, Finkle Street Cottingham

Saturday May 12th  2:30pm to 4:00pm (Doors open 2:15pm)


Tea/Coffee and Biscuits included.  £1:50 members  £2:50 visitors

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April 14th 2018 Meeting

clawesCatherine Lawes
From here to There and Back Again
Journey in textiles from UK to New Zealand

Catherine is a textile artist originally from New Zealand
I am a painter with fabric and thread. I design and create unique pieces of Art which can hang on your wall or grace your bed. I am inspired by everything around me from patterns in nature to paintings by others or just by the print or colour of a piece of fabric. Playing is the best way to describe my process.

Darby and Joan Hall, Finkle Street, Cottingham.

Saturday 14th April 2:30pm to 4:00pm  (Doors open 2:15pm)

Members £1:50      Visitors £2:50

Tea/Coffee biscuits included.



Vivienne Brown

We use them to say ‘sorry’, ‘thank you’, ‘I love you’ and ‘I will remember you’ , as children we took them for granted, making daisy chains on a summers day, handing the bedraggled mess to teacher or parent as a gift.

Vivienne Brown helped us to really look at flowers  from another perspective.

Her fascinating talk about our relationship with flowers started with a flower burial from 30,000 years ago. Many of the dried plants were still recognisable to us today, common hedgerow flowers.

Vivienne talked about flowers in embroidery as relaying a message to the observer, the meanings would have been understood before books were readily available. Elizabeth 1st used embroidered flowers to show authority and power. Mary Queen of Scots passed secret messages to political sympathisers via the Marigold Octagon.

Finally she spoke about the masses of flowers laid for Princess Diana by the general public in 1997, bringing us right up to date talking about the poppies used in the recent World War 1 memorial displays and art work.

Vivienne’s personal fascination with flowers developed into her taking a botanical art course and using flowers as a springboard for a variety of wonderful embroidery.

The pictures below show some of her work shown by Vivienne at our meeting in February.

Vivienne is a contributing artist at the Bankfield Museum, Halifax, in June.


‘Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution’.

La Robe Francaise My exciting talk includes reproduction 18th Century costumes – they will include;
A very elaborate Pink Silk court dress ‘Robe a La Francaise’ worn with large ornate pompadour wig and accessories,
A “Chemise a la Reine” a simple gown worn by Marie Antoinette herself – worn with a Bergere hat and powdered curled hair.
18th Century Underwear – a beautiful silk boned corset, side panniers and petticoat.

An integral part of my new talk is a comparison between the large elaborate court gown worn by Marie Antoinette for formal court occasions and the Chemise a la Reine which she preferred.’

Julia Soares -McCormick will present her new talk at our next EYES Meeting.

Saturday 10th March  Darby and Joan Hall, Cottingham. 2:30 pm

Doors open 2:15.           £1:50 members  £2:50 visitors              Tea and biscuits inc.

February 10th New Speaker Vivienne Brown

“I am a textile artist stitching fabric, paper and fibres. I use a sewing machine to draw with and to manipulate the materials and often use the computer to digitize my drawings and print them on to fabric. As a botanical illustrator my drawings are accurate and detailed and this is reflected in my textile pieces

I love the many colours and textures of fabric. I manipulate these by machine stitching to achieve dimension and texture and use the sewing machine needle in a drawing process. The computer has also become increasingly important to me as a design tool and I am exploring digital imagery on fabrics often incorporating my own botanical drawings. Such drawings are required to be accurate and to scale and this precision is reflected in much of my textile work.

Underpinning the design process there is always reverence for the long history of the craft of needlework and acknowledgement of the traditional skills of the early workers, both men and women. Recent work has explored themes blending nostalgia for the past with an appreciation of a wider environmental change in our modern world.”

Flowery Treats and Floral tributes.

“A new talk. From the 16th century to the present day. I hope to show how different generations of embroiderers (including some famous names) recorded their love of flowers in stitch and fabric according to the fashion of the day.”

Derby and Joan Hall Cottingham       

 EYES members £1:50     Entry from 2:00 pm          

 Guests                 £2:50       Entry from 2:15pm.

Everyone welcome Tea and biscuits included.


Vivienne is a contributing artist at the Bankfield Museum Halifax  Exhibition Perspectives on Pattern. February 10th through to June 2nd.

She will be presenting Through my Sketchbooks on 17th March 1:30pm to 4:30pm.


A Hand Made Meeting!

Never to be down hearted or down and out a last minute change and the EYES Members came up trumps.

Our January meeting was well attended. We had a change of title ….

Pins or needles, come along and be prepared to be amazed, and we were!

Four of our own members brought sample needles and lots of work examples.  We had quilting, machine needles, curved needles, leather needles, knitting needles and lastly tapestry needles.

Our members work was ‘amazing’ a truly inspiring meeting.


Do you, like me, have a problem finding the right needle for the task in hand?

Then you need to come to our meeting on January 13th 2018.

Needle Know How

John James is a trading name of Entaco, a company famous worldwide for the manufacture of specialised hand sewing needles and tools.

Entaco Limited is a privately owned British company based in Redditch, Worcestershire an area known as the Needle Capital of the World.
John James has ‘a needle for every need’, the speaker will bring a selection of their needles and talk about their manufacture and use.

Darby and Joan Hall , Finkle Street, Cottingham .

EYES members £1:50 Visitors £2:50  2:30 pm to 4:00 pm . Tea/ Coffee and biscuits included.                     (Doors open 2:15pm)

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