See the blog posts below for news of forthcoming exhibitions, or click on the links to the left for details about individual artists.

07 November 2020

As the nights grow darker, we all like to look back on those lovely summer days.  Here are a couple of new pieces which Sue Giles has recently completed.

Faces with Flowers

Spurn Lighthouse

06 November 2020

 Exhibition Postponed

Our second attempt at hanging the 'East Meets West' exhibition at Burton Constable Hall has had to be postponed due to the new Covid-19 restrictions.  

Hopefully we can reschedule for 2021 with more success!

 Cathy Needham

Sadly we say goodbye to a long standing member of the Group, Cathy Needham.  Cathy's art has taken off  following her recent appearance on 'Home is where the Art is', so she wants to focus on her commissions and upcoming exhibitions.

We thank Cathy for her contribution to the Group both at meetings and in planning several of our exhibitions and we wish her well in her future endeavours.  

If you are a fan of Cathy's work, she now has an online shop www.cathyneedhamtextileshop.co.uk

Cathy at work on' Stream of Blue'

11 September 2020

New Exhibition dates - East Meets West

Sadly Covid-19 has beaten us again and this exhibition will no longer take place - hopefully next year?

After the disappointment of having to postpone our spring exhibition at Burton Constable Hall due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are thrilled to be able to announce that a new date has now been agreed.

11 July 2020

Cathy features on BBC Programme 'Home Is Where the Art Is'

We loved watching our extremely talented member Cathy Needham yesterday on the BBC Programme 'Home Is Where the Art Is'.  For those of you who haven't seen the programme yet, we won't spoil the ending but suffice to say Cathy did a wonderful job of promoting textile art!
(Series 2 Episode 5)

Here are some screenshots of her appearance on the programme

Cathy also featured on the Yorkshire Post on 1st July with a two page spread about her and her work. It was a lovely article all about her background, how she got into textiles and her involvement with the BBC series.  Here is a link to the article https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/arts-and-culture/film-and-tv/working-science-museum-becoming-egyptian-dancer-textile-artist-cathy-needham-now-appearing-tv-2900108

More information and images of the range of work Cathy produces can be found by clicking on her name on the left hand side of the page.  Links to her website and shop can also be found there.

20 March 2020

Coronavirus Update

Given the current situation with Coronavirus, and in line with Government advice, we have reluctantly decided to cancel the Diverse Thread meetings.  The situation will be reviewed again in September 2020.

To ensure the safety of group members, our forthcoming exhibition ‘East meets West’ at Burton Constable from April 2020 will also be postponed.  Further news on this to follow.

These are unprecedented times, please stay healthy and safe out there.

22 February 2020

2020 Exhibition ‘East meets West’ - POSTPONED

February Meeting

A busy meeting today working with our mentor Diane Bates on pieces for the upcoming exhibition at Burton Constable Hall.  There was a definite oriental feel in the room.

We were also pleased to hear from Louise Goult about a new venture which she is involved with; ‘Articentric’ is a community interest company in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Cleveland which works with and for artists providing workshop and gallery space for artists to sell their work.  Further information can be found on their Facebook page.

The York Open Studios 2020 brochure is now available and we are pleased that two of our members, Sarah Jackson and Linda Harvey, are exhibiting this year.  Along with Cathy Needham, Sarah and Linda also have some work currently on display as part of the York Textile Artists ‘Film and Fabric’ exhibition showing at City Screen, York until 16th March.

08 February 2020

Exhibition - 'East Meets West'

Our next exhibition is at Burton Constable Hall, near Hull.  Running from 27th April to 26th May 2020.

Entry to the exhibition is part of the normal admission charges which along with opening times can be found on their website www.burtonconstable.com

Here are some images from pieces being prepared for the exhibition.
Christina Leigh-Howarth

Sue Giles

Jane Hare

07 February 2020

Welcome Our New Members

At our January meeting, we welcomed three new members to the Group.  Each will shortly have their own page but in the meantime, here is a brief introduction.

Linda Harvey

Linda Harvey studied Textiles and Surface Design at University Centre Somerset and is Head of Textiles at a York Secondary School.  Her work is inspired by rustic textures and the ageing process with colour and texture being key elements in her work. Working from photographs, Linda enjoys an expressive and experimental way of working.  She is also a member of York Textile Artists.

Louise Goult

Louise Goult has a City & Guilds in Textile Art and has worked with textiles and hand embroidery for many years.  Alongside her love for history which is beginning to influence her work, Louise enjoys creating conceptual work that is underpinned by research.  

Christina Leigh-Howarth

Christina Leigh-Howarth has a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design and likes to work with print and textiles.  She has been part of the Stitching Together Group at Catterick Garrison, a community funded project commissioned by the Army Welfare Service working with Rural Arts (Thirsk). Christina is currently in the second year of an experimental textile based course at the Lund Gallery.

December 2019 and January 2020 Meetings

The December meeting was our AGM and once again Sandra provided the Group with a delicious lunch.  

In January, the meeting focused on our forthcoming exhibition at Burton Constable Hall which will take place from 27th April 2020 to 26th May 2020.  The title of the exhibition is 'East Meets West'.  Further details to follow shortly.