Tuesday 21 May 2024

May 2024 Meeting - Gelli Plates

 At our May meeting we had fun playing with Gelli Plates.  Our Chair, Maggie, led a workshop to demonstrate how to use Gelli Plates to print images onto paper and gave us tips on printing onto fabric too.

We had all brought leaves with us that we had pressed at home and Maggie had also brought some stamps with her that we were able to use to incorporate different shapes.  It was a lot of fun trying out the various techniques to print both negative and positive images.

We left inspired about how to incorporate this technique into our work and looking forward to experimenting some more at home.

Monday 13 May 2024

Cricklade Museum Exhibition


One of the themes of our 2023 Swindon Open Studios exhibition was 'Cricklade'.  Members produced a variety of work in many different styles depicting what Cricklade meant to them.

As part of our research for this we were generously given access to the collection in the Cricklade Museum.  Objects in the Museum collection inspired some of the pieces that were produced.  We also had a lovely day walking around Cricklade and were kindly given access to St Sampson's Church  and St Mary's Catholic ChurchThis gave members lots of food for thought and helped to develop ideas.

This work is now on show in the exhibition 'A Walk Through Cricklade in Stitches' that is on at the Cricklade Museum until 9th November 2024.  Opening times are 10:00 to 12:00 Wednesday and Saturday.  It is a lovely museum and it is well worth having a look around while you are there.

Here is the link to their website:

Cricklade Museum |

Tuesday 9 April 2024

Our meeting today was led by Judy one of our members and we experimented with beading.

We also delivered our pieces of work created last year, illustrating Cricklade to the local Museum in Calcutt Street. The exhibition will be running from Saturday 4th May to Tuesday 12th November 2024.

Judy’s wonderful table of beading examples.

Friday 28 July 2023

Swindon Open Studios 2023


We are very pleased to be taking part in this years Swindon Open Studios.  We will be found at the Jenner Hall in Cricklade ( SN6 6AX) and will be opening only on the first weekend, Saturday 16th September and Sunday 17th September from 11am until 4pm. 

We hope you can come and visit us. there will be refreshments and cake, as well as a warm welcome. There will be individual artists demonstrating  as well as group exhibitions of work. Our members have focussed on different aspects of their chosen textile media, and these will be on display at the Open Studios and will offer you an exciting insight into this fascinating art medium. .  

A river runs through it- Jayne Fleetwood

River and rooftops - Ruth Haymen

Fritillaries - Judy Joiner

Needlelace - Hazel Smith

Red  - Maggie Harris


Thursday 1 June 2023



Apologies to all visitors to this blog, I have been trying to update the meetings calendar, post covid, and Blogspot will not longer allow me to do this. 

I will try and resolve the situation but may have to transfer the platform we use. 

We still meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, except August, in Cricklade, at the United church hall. 

Wednesday 5 May 2021


In January 2020 we decided  we  would create pieces of work using Japan as our inspiration in readiness for an exhibition to celebrate the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020. Unfortunately due to covid the games and the exhibition were cancelled.

Our members completed a lot of work and were delighted to discover the Japan Olympics are taking place in Tokyo 2021. The dates are July 23rd to August 8th. 

However we cannot go ahead with our planned exhibition during the present restrictions.

We are currently approaching businesses with a presence in Cricklade High Street to support us by exhibiting a piece of our Japan Olympics work in their windows, for the duration of the Olympic Games. Please keep an eye out for the work and we will publish a list of businesses taking part. 

Thursday 12 December 2019

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year

A Merry Christmas
A Happy New Year 

 to all our members and friends.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 14th January 2020.