Workshops & Requirements

Saturday 1st September 2018


Here we are in the middle of August and the first meeting of the Guild’s 40th anniversary year is just over two weeks away! Time flies!

Very soon the programme for the year will be posted on the Guild website, so watch out for that.

In the meantime, points to remember:-
September meeting – Saturday 1st.
– Judith Hollies will have a pop-up shop and will talk to us about scrap-busting.
– Members will be able to pay their membership, book workshops, and – very important, this – book for the Kaffe Fassett lecture and workshop!
– hand in their quilts for…

The first exhibition of the year – Wonderful World of Colour will be in the Curve Gallery, Bangor library in November. Quilt size should be no more than 36″ square. Usual things – hanging sleeve, pole and labelled bag. Mary Walker would like to collect the quilts as early as possible for cataloguing, and would be glad to have any finished quilts at the September meeting, otherwise bring them in October.


Saturday 6th October

The workshops for the October meeting are being given by Jenny Haynes, who is part of Papper, Sax, Sten ( (This is paper, scissors, stone in Swedish.) She has lived in the UK for 18 years studying fashion and textiles. She set up her own label mixing vintage fabrics and modern prints, rich colours with pastels, often using her trademark curves, while remaining faithful to her Scandi roots. Her bespoke quilts and furnishings are recognised for their clean and simple, mid-century modern design. Go to her website or Pinterest to see her designs.

The half-day workshop on Saturday 6th October is on curves and biastape, while the Sunday all-day workshop on 7th October is on machine pieced curves. There will be more information on the Guild website.

Photographs from the Papper, Sax, Sten website.

Saturday  3rd November  2018 

“Not So Standard Angelina” 

Alysn MidgelowMarsden Workshops

Alysn, textile artist, originally from the UK, but is now based in New Zealand, brings a lively and exploratory approach to her work.  textile artist.  She has a blogspot  and a website, both of which need to be explored for you to get a glimpse into this multi-faceted, exciting, highly education and fascinating artist. 

I work primarily in copper, bronze, brass, stainless steel in the form of shim and woven metal, combined with a variety of fabrics, paints and threads. The original surfaces are often altered by burnishing, texturing, printing, patterning and patinating.   Through my experimental and curious nature, this leads to continuously evolving,  changing works investigating new dimensions in textiles and materials.  I am also an author and tutor.

Just one of the exciting talents the NI Patchwork Guild are to enjoy as we prepared to celebrate our 50th year.

Alysn Midgelow’s  Half day workshop Saturday 3rd November 2018 pm

Angelina fibres are known for  their iridescent lustre and simplicity of use. You will make the most of the ‘non bondable’ range of fibres to create a panel for adding to a panel, purse or glasses case etc.   Finished with machine or hand stitch, couched accent threads and a smattering of beads, this could be a pretty, subtle or dramatic panel with ideas to expand your techniques and to use on other projects.


A kit (£7) will be provided on the day.

Non stick baking parchment ( your own travel iron and mat if you have one)

Hand sewing requisites

Sewing machine etc

Embroidery threads, Beads and embellishments of your choice,

Pencils and paper

Sunday 4th November.  Full Day Workshop.

“Crown Jewels Gone Mad”

Alysn MidgelowMarsden Workshops

Description …

Exploit the textured surfaces which can be developed by fusing and melting the Angelina fabric.

Really go for it with bright, lustrous, over the top combinations of Angelina fibre, wires, beads, soldering, burning, hand and machine stitch to develop a wild embroidery by layering and stitching.

Alysn Midgelow 3

Materials …

  • If you are working on particular designs bring these, otherwise if you have images of flowers, lace, underwater scenes such as coral reefs etc. bring these, or work intuitively with what the techniques bring up!
  • Hot Fix Angelina Fibres –minimum 3 x 7g bags (cost approx. £2.25/bag)*
  • Threads in colours you want to use, include some metallic.
  • A selection of beads and sequins
  • Small amounts of coloured craft wires (0.315mm and 0.5 mm are good weights). *
  • Background fabric – velvet is great, handmade papers also work well, fabrics you have created with an embellisher or felting are also interesting choices. It is difficult to know what colour or type of fabric will be best for your individual piece so bring a selection. Max. size approx. 30 x 30cm.
  • Similar size of medium weight sewing Vilene or similar.

 Equipment …

  • A tea-light candle or a heat tool and a heatproof surface.#
  • An old tub or bowl for water.
  • Your sewing machine and normal requisites, including a darning foot if you are free machining.
  • Hand stitch requisites.
  • A soldering iron or incense stick. #
  • Pen and notepaper.

‘*’ denotes materials which are available to buy on the day.

‘#’ denotes materials or equipment which I will have available to use on the day if you do not have your own.

Alysn Midgelow 2


Kaffe Fassett  Lecture in Ulster Museum

Members £ 10.00  Non-members £ 20.00

Kaffe Fassett Workshop  £ 80.00 Non Refundable

Monthly Workshops Costs: 

Paid as deposit and in full the following month. Deposit is non-refundable.

Half Day Workshop  Members  £ 10.00

Non Members £ 20.00

Full Day Workshop  Members £ 20.00

Non-members £ 30.00