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Tyndale Arts Week

Getting ready

I really enjoyed my summer Felt Like It and Colour and Stitch workshops, though they were a little while ago now. Some stunning work was produced as usual. The weather was good, which is helpful for the light-sensitive paint workshop, but it also meant we could sit outside with our lunch and chat about all things textiley.

I had intended to make those the last workshops for this year. But I have a feeling I am being inspired to put on one at the end in October or beginning of  November using a new technique. More details shortly.

At the moment I am occupied with getting ready for the Tyndale Arts Week. The exhibitions on the 6th to the 7th of October are spread over seven sites around Dursley, showcasing an amazing variety of work in all media – well worth a visit!

I’ll be in the Methodist Church, so do drop in and say hello. Plenty of delicious cakes and light lunches to tempt you there.

Have a look at the Tyndale Arts Week website for more details and to find out about the Evening with Sophie Ploeg.


Exhibition Saturday 14th July

I will be taking part in an exhibition of arts arts and crafts produced by local artists at Dursley Methodist Church on Saturday 14th July.

Entry is free, and work on display is available to buy direct from the artists.

Refreshments are available, with proceeds from sales going to the Church funds.




Summer Workshops

The Severn Vale Art Trail is over for another year, and – as usual – it was a really enjoyable time. The Jenner Museum was a lovely place to exhibit. Such a light and airy space. Great to talk to so many people who are interested in textiles.

Thank you to all of you who expressed an interest in coming on a workshop. I’ve organised a few over the summer:

  • Saturday 21st July – Colour and Stitch, exploring light-sensitive techniques (weather permitting).
  • Saturday 4th August – Felt Like It.
  • Saturday 18th August – Colour and Stitch. Gelli plate printing and other lovely colouring techniques.Do get in touch if you would like more details. The content of the Colour and Stitch days will be governed by the interests and experience of people coming, as well as the weather. So, if there is something you would like to have a go at, do let me know.

    The cost of my workshops has stayed the same since I started, but sadly I will have to charge a little more, so each of these workshops will be £40 for the day. As usual, that will include materials and equipment.

    Hope to see some of you over the summer.

Update from the Severn Vale Art Trail

Jenner 1

I’m sitting in the herb garden at the Jenner Museum eating my lunch in the sunshine. This is such a lovely, peaceful spot and the old cider house makes a light and airy exhibition space. I’ve enjoyed, as always, meeting up with those of you who have been on workshops or are past customers. Several people have asked about more workshops, so I am trying to sort out some dates and they will appear soon.
The Trail continues until next Sunday. There’s plenty of variety and a high standard of work.

Jenner 3

Jenner 2

Exhibitions: Severn Vale Art Trail and National Garden Scheme

Green Bowers 2

It’s been a while since I’ve managed to post anything, as the last few months have been quite busy. I have really enjoyed all the workshops I’ve done, and I hope everyone who has been on them has enjoyed them as much. I think from the enthusiasm about their work they must have. They have certainly produced some beautiful results, as you can see from the photos. As always, so much variety and creative ideas.

Last week work went up in the Showcase Exhibition for the Severn Vale Art Trail in the Town Hall in Thornbury. It’s open every day until Saturday 28th. Then the Art Trail itself begins on Friday 4th May. I’m really excited about exhibiting at the Jenner Museum. Judith and Angela, who I’m exhibiting with, are both painters with quite different styles. I think we will complement each other well, and it will be a colourful and varied display.

Yesterday Rita Dee and I put up our work in Amanda’s windows at Green Bowers. This is the stunning house and garden under Stinchcombe hill. The gardens look beautiful, and the panoramic view is breathtaking. Not for the faint hearted or short of breath, though.  I wouldn’t want to be carrying her shopping up! It is on a steep slope, with quite a lot of steps, but worth it when you get to the top. The plan was for visitors to wander around the garden then sit and look at the view while enjoying tea and coffee and cakes. Not sure if the weather is going to allow that, but we’ll see. Visits have to be arranged and numbers are limited. Look on the National Garden Scheme website for details. Put Green Bowers into the search box. Otherwise, contact Amanda Songer on 07791 659932
Green Bowers 1

New year, new workshops!


Thankfully, January is over and done with, so I’ve come out of my winter hibernation and begun thinking about workshops. I’ve planned quite a few, trying to fit in with what people have been requesting. So: several ‘Scarf to Dye For’ workshops! The first one is full up , but hopefully all of you who have been wanting to come and make your own beautiful scarf or cowl will be able to get to one or other. If you can’t, do let me know as I will be doing more later in the year.

The Colour and Stitch workshops may sound familiar, but there will be new ideas and techniques for those who have been before to try out. I will plan the exact content depending on who is coming.

It looks like being a busy year with art trails and other exhibiting opportunities. The one I’m most excited about at the moment is in April. I have been asked to exhibit at Green Bowers: a local garden that is open under the National Garden Scheme from 24th April to 1st May. Rita Dee will also be exhibiting her amazing paintings. It’s a beautiful garden on quite a challenging slope, just under the woods on Stinchcombe Hill. I’m hoping to do some embroideries based on the flowers that grow in the garden ready for that event.

It’s followed very swiftly by the Severn Vale Art Trail. This year I am at the Edward Jenner Museum, a new venue and a different group of artists. Looking forward to that as well.

Later in the year there will be another exhibition at Dursley Methodist Church and the Tyndale Arts Week, but more about those later.

As always, do get in touch if you would like more information or advice.

Christmas Art and Craft Fayre at Bisley WI Village Hall

It was lovely to see lots of familiar faces over the weekend at the Tyndale Arts Week exhibition so thank you for coming and hope you enjoyed the exhibitions at all the venues.  Everyone who spoke to me seemed to be impressed by the quality and variety of the work and really enjoyed the event. I think the same can be said for the exhibitors. Dursley was so busy even on Sunday afternoon with  people walking around the different venues or taking part in the Walking Festival. So, hopefully, it will become an annual event.

My next event is a Christmas Art and Craft Fayre at Bisley. It’s in the Bisley WI Village Hall on Saturday 11 November, 9.30am – 12.30pm. The address is:

Village Hall
Manor Street

A friend is organising it and has asked me to take part. I am so pleased to be able to support her as she is one of the people responsible for pushing me into running workshops for adults. If you’re around that Saturday and need to do some Christmas shopping I’m sure that will be just the place to do it.

I think that will be my only Christmas event this year, although I hope to go to Newark Park as a visitor and customer to enjoy the house and stalls, and, hopefully, a walk in the grounds.

Nuno felt workshop

Nuno felters

It’s been a while since I did a Nuno workshop and I really enjoyed Saturday’s. Everyone made lovely scarves with some stunning colour combinations. In fact, a couple of people made cowls – I think for the first time. Seeing them so pleased with what they had achieved just added to the enjoyment.

Scarves 1Scarves 2