Saturday, 17 September 2016

Forthcoming Events

It's Michaelmas Term and the Guild of St Clare has a busy schedule of events coming up. In addition to our sewing retreat in February, we are also holding the following workshops:

Blouse making, taught by Clare Auty: 19th Nov & 10th Dec 2016.
Vestment mending (an informal session at the home of Lucy Shaw): 15th Oct 2016
Coat making, taught by Daniella Stevens: 28th Jan, 18th Feb & 4th Mar 2017

The blouse making and coat making workshops cost £40 per day, or £20 for children, and take place at the church hall of St Anthony of Padua in Headington, Oxford between 10am and 4pm. Please email Lucy (lucyashaw@gmail.com) for more details or to book a place.










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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Sewing Retreat in Oxfordshire

We are delighted to announce that the Guild of St Clare is holding its first ever sewing retreat on the weekend of the 10th-12th February 2017, at the Carmelite Retreat Centre, Boars Hill, Oxfordshire. Our chaplain is Fr Richard Biggerstaff, who will celebrate the Traditional Mass, and give us spiritual conferences alongside our sewing sessions. Details concerning the schedule and the price will be announced shortly. In the meantime, please email Lucy (lucyashaw@gmail.com) if you would like to book a place.







The Priory at Boar's Hill

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Monday, 1 August 2016

Embroidered Scapulars

The sewing class at the St Catherine's Trust summer school made embroidered scapulars this year. It was a fairly advanced embroidery project, involving trellis stitch, coral stitch, feather stitch, long and short tapestry shading, and - the piece-de-resistance - bullion knot roses, which have been known to reduce students at the Royal School of Needlework to tears. I had in mind the possibility of simplifying the design if it should prove too difficult, but it wasn't necessary - almost everyone completed it within the time available. Well done everyone!





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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Make a Memory Quilt


As membership of the Guild increases, demand for training in a variety of different skills is rising. As part of this we are introducing quilting classes. The first of these will be held on 16th July at our usual venue, the church hall of St Anthony of Padua between 10am and 4pm. We will be experimenting with different methods of piecing, including machine piecing and traditional English paper piecing. This is suitable for beginners, and is an opportunity to use up your scraps for a traditional "memory" quilt.


One young quilter at the St Catherine's Trust Summer School


A block combining Tumbling Blocks and Five Pointed Stars to create an exciting pattern

Clamshell piecing

Hexagonal hand piecing

Strip piecing

This course is suitable for beginners; if you are more advanced, you may not find it so useful, but people of all levels of skill are welcome for an enjoyable day of thrift stitching. You do not need to bring a sewing machine, as we will provide some. However if you have one you may like to bring it. Tea and coffee and cake are provided - please bring your own lunch. The cost of the day is £40, or £20 for children.

Monday, 21 March 2016

Learn to make a skirt

In response to popular demand, we are introducing dressmaking workshops under the supervision of our own in-house expert dressmaker, Clare Auty. The first of these will be spread over two days, the 7th May and 11th June, when we will make a lined skirt with a zip and waistband, and the option of pockets which can be embellished.
Clare making a rose-coloured altar frontal
There is no need to bring a pattern; Clare will bring a skirt block which can be adapted to your size and your preferred shape. If you prefer, you can bring your own pattern, in which case you will need to check with Clare that it is suitable for the course.
Skirt block
Inserting a zip
The cost of the course is £40 per day - £20 for children. Tea, coffee and cake will be provided, and you will need to bring a packed lunch. The venue is the church hall of St Anthony of Padua, Headington, and the sessions will run from 10am till 4pm.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Embroidery Training Day

I'm delighted to announce that we will be holding another embroidery training day with Jacqui Macdonald, the RSN tutor.



On Saturday, 12th March she will be coming to Oxford to teach us. She is happy to teach any of a wide range of embroidery techniques including crewelwork, goldwork, whitework, stumpwork and surface embroidery techniques. 

Jacqui's stumpwork vegetable patch kit, available from her website

This is a very unusual opportunity to study techniques not often taught in day courses. Please email me at lucyashaw@gmail.com if you would like to know more, or to book a place on the course. The price is £80 plus materials, and the course runs from 10am till 4pm. Space is limited so please don't delay!

Jacqui's Tree of Life crewelwork kit, available to buy from her website

Jacqui came to Oxford in February 2013, in October 2014 and again in December 2015 and taught the Guild group a variety of techniques including stumpwork, whitework and silk shading. 

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Embroidery Training Day in December

I'm delighted to announce that we will be holding another embroidery training day with Jacqui Macdonald, the RSN tutor.



On Saturday, 12th December she will be coming to Oxford to teach us. She is happy to teach any of a wide range of embroidery techniques including crewelwork, goldwork, whitework, stumpwork and surface embroidery techniques. 

Jacqui's stumpwork vegetable patch kit, available from her website

This is a very unusual opportunity to study techniques not often taught in day courses. Please email me at lucyashaw@gmail.com if you would like to know more, or to book a place on the course. The price is £80 plus materials, and the course runs from 10am till 4pm. Space is limited so please don't delay!

Jacqui's crewelwork parrot kit, available to buy from her website

Jacqui came to Oxford in February 2013 and again in October 2014 and taught the Guild group a variety of techniques including stumpwork, whitework and silk shading.