Category Archives: Workshops and Outings

Cober Hill residential 2021

After many months of eerie tranquillity Cober Hill was treated to the giddy sight of 22 ladies and their tutor greeting each other for our grand (and much anticipated) residential weekend. A scene not unlike a genteel version of St Trinian’s classic, but for ladies ‘of a certain age’ without the gymslips.

Karen Lane was guiding us through her Art Quilt weekend. Karen is a felting and textile artist from Lincolnshire. Our inspiration for the weekend was based on some beautiful pieces created by Karen, herself inspired by David Hockney’s Tall Trees.

After designing our pieces, we set to work painting our background colours, including Inktense blocks and crayons, transfer paints and acrylic paints. Machine and hand sewing and embroidery completed our pieces.

As usual, the variety of responses to our brief was amazing. Ladies created their own, very personal, works of art, employing a stunning array of colours, textures and techniques.

Karen looked after us with infinite care – giving us patient and friendly advice, as well as sharing lots of new techniques and top tips.

Maggie took care of our every need and ensured we had every comfort – including a delicious afternoon tea. (Just in case we became peckish between the usual ample meals provided by Cober Hill catering.)

It’s been a funny old year and a bit, so it is with huge gratitude we thank Maggie, Karen and the staff of Cober Hill.

This pdf has some pictures of the weekend, and this is the post about it on Karen’s blog.

Some Excursion Ideas for 2020

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NEC  Craft Hobby and Stitch International;  

19th to 22nd March


The British Quilt and Stitch Village – Uttoxeter ; 

Saturday 18th April


Bankfield -From Stitches to Screen;

Sunday 28th June

Fashion Seminar in conjunction with Bronte Parsonage. A range of speakers and costumes from Pride and Prejudice, Poldark, Downton and Victoria.


Bankfield; As Seen on TV

Saturday 15th February to 5th September


 As Seen on TV could be combined with

Shibden Hall Anne Lister’s Birthday Celebration;

Friday 3rd April  (Open until 8pm and serving tea with birthday cake.


For further information contact us via the email or at the monthly meeting.









Trips and Exhibitions Keeping you informed

Coach Trip : Saturday 28th September 2019

Skipton ‘Yarndale’ a creative festival celebrating all things woolly and wonderful

Carshare/Coachtrip: Saturday 19th October 2019

Beck Isle Museum Pickering  (Coach if sufficient numbers show interest)

‘Quilts of Necessity, Quilts of Leisure’ a talk about a range of quilts,dating from the mid 1800s to the 1960s.

Coach Trip: Saturday30th November

Harrogate International Centre

‘The Knitting and Stitching Show’

Carshare:Wednesday 18th December 2019

Burton Agnes Hall   Christmas Craft Wednesdays a guide will demonstrate how to make handmade decorations in the hall.


30th August to 1st  September

Great Yorkshire Showground Harrogate, Great Northern Quilt and Needlecraft Show.

Until 19th September

Royal Pump Room , Harrogate  Wedding Dresses exhibition of over 30 antique and vintage wedding dresses.


Dabble Day 18th May 2019

We had a very eventful day on the  18th May where a number of members all joined together to experiment and learn new skills despite the horrendous weather outside.

Thanks to Chris Hart there was a group who produced a bag, the majority completed in the day and also managed to create a small purse to accompany the bag.  Hazel also led a group in foundation paper piecing and some very fine lighthouses were achieved.  These could be used as part of a bigger project a cushion or even a picture for the wall.  The third group learned the technique of reversible quilt as you go.

It was a long and enjoyable day enjoyed by everyone and we were looked after very well  by Paula and Ann who kept us supplied with drinks and a lovely supply of home baking. Photographs below show some of the work achieved by the group.

Harrogate – Spring Quilt Festival 2019

This was an excellent day out enjoyed by all of those who went, not too taxing on the feet as the venue was The Great Yorkshire Showground in Hall 2 and was not too spread out with plenty of room for us to walk around and enjoy the exhibitions and there were some very interesting ones.  Some examples with variations of the 1817 quilt which were very interesting.  Of course, there was also some retail therapy which we all had to take part in.  Many thanks to Deborah and Jane for their hard work to make this happen and we look forward to our next outing.


Birmingham – The Creative Craft Show

Here we go again, another excellent day out although it was longer we had an early start being picked up at 8:00 am on the Green Cottingham.  We made good time until we came to the turn off for the NEC and then we just joined the queue of traffic to the car parks.  Despite the rain travelling down it had stopped for us to walk into the NEC (although it was not far from the coach).  We had another good day, enjoying the exhibits with a break  for lunch watching a fashion show from some City & Guilds Students.  There was of course the obligatory retail therapy and many interesting purchases were made, some people also appeared to be encouraged to take up sewing again.  Thanks again Deborah and Jane you are doing excellent work to keep us happy.

Phillipa Naylor Workshop 2019

Saturday 2nd February 2019 saw winter arrive for the first time in Cottingham, but we were not going to be daunted by a little snow. Phillipa was to teach us how to make a pineapple block using the technique of paper piecing.

Phillipa’s workshops are always a delight, full of information, useful tips and personal anecdotes. She began by talking about threads and suitable needles before moving on to the pineapple block. This one design can produce a variety of patchwork patterns dependent on colour choices and construction.

Having chosen our colour schemes and cut our fabrics we spent the morning and much of the afternoon stitching our blocks. Phillipa then demonstrated how to complete our blocks with a mitred border.

A very enjoyable and full day, thank you Phillipa.


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Harrogate Knitting Stitching 2018

A coach full of excited members set out on a cold November, morning, full of anticipation for the day ahead, pockets jangling, purses bulging and empty shopping bags. (Except for the obligatory flapjack, banana and flasks to keep the energy levels up and or course the packed lunches).

The day was very successful, upon arrival the members dispersed into the crowds to view the exhibits which were very interesting and varied but also to visit the many stalls.  Whilst walking around you would catch a glimpse of other members in the crowds but no time to talk at length but point them in the right direction if you have found something that is interesting for them to see.

At the end of the day the coach was filled with a group of tired ladies, all  discussing their purchases and wondering why they did not see the wonderful bargain or piece of  beautiful fabric that someone else had managed to bag. Purchase envy as always but there is so much to see it takes more time than we have to get round it all and things are easily missed.

Yet another successful outing with the Society with many thanks to the Organisers for their hard work and we look forward to our next adventure.

Gail Lawther: October 2018

Another wonderfully entertaining and informative afternoon with Gail Lawther as our speaker. Gail brought with her a variety of quilts demonstrating the applique’ and stitching techniques she has developed in her work.

Gail’s workshop on Sunday gave us all an opportunity to try  her methods under her friendly guidance. Her encouragement to ‘have a go’ at ‘scribble stitching’ may have had varying results on our part but Gail continued to smile.

Below are photos of our work with the anticipation that many will be completed to show on the stage in December.IMG_0079

Deborah : Not her Pink Cadillac on this occasion.

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