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. 

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

New altar frontal

The Guild of St Clare was delighted to be asked to make a new Marian altar frontal for the parish of SS Gregory and Augustine in Oxford. The fabrics were provided by Watts & Co, and the work was undertaken by our expert seamstress Clare Auty. The result was really splendid, and the new frontal was used for the first time on the feast of the Annunciation at Fr John's EF Mass.






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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Goldwork Training Day: report

The second of our Goldwork Training Days took place last Saturday, on the 21st March, and a splendid time was had by all. We are very grateful to Sarah and Sue who came all the way from Warrington to teach us. They brought with them their amazing shop, which is always popular!

Several of the group were working on symbols associated with St Clare, in preparation for making a Guild of St Clare banner: you can see some of them in the pictures below.

An abbess's crook

Lucy with her abbey church design

Amanda with tutor Sarah Rakestraw, and Amanda's Monstrance design: Amanda is learning the Or Nue technique to get perfect points on the Monstrance's rays.

Clare's lily

Dorothea's cat - this one won't be used for the banner! A really commendable first attempt at Goldwork.

Dorothea with tutor Sue

Liz with a stylised heart design

Dorothea's cat