On Your Marks

Part 1 - Ready, Steady, Go.....

Sue Lancaster


Posted by Sue Lancaster on Apr 26, 2018

Getting ready for an event is not an isolated thing. I have to work in an integrated way. Scientists have recently found that there is some sort of blockage or tangle in the brain connections that mean that multi-tasking is impossible so I have to practise the nearest thing....which I am call 'integrated-tasking'.

Returning to the studio after the Easter break I had to finalise the triangular piece which has now been delivered to be part of a geodesic dome being erected at the Baltic in Gateshead and will be on exhibition until the end of September.


At the same time I have been measuring students at Bailey-Cox Academy for their costumes in 'Truly Scrumptious' dance show which will take place at the end of June. I have trialled and made 3 Can-Can skirts so far and cut out several more for other people to make. Great fun and wonderful to see them being danced in!

This Saturday I am at the Memorial Hall in Hathersage celebrating all the wonderful things to do in our area. Stitched Up and Fleeced will be on stand 25 demonstrating and running 'have a go' ongoing workshops. You will be able to see examples of process from designing, through sampling to finished products. I will be working on creating a surface in machine embroidery and also making a bag.

Machine embroidered drawing by Sue Lancaster 

Jude Shore will be demonstrating wet felt making and giving you the opportunity to make a small piece. 

Handmade felt and embroidery piece inspired by landscape by Jude Shore

Maria Newman will be guiding people through the process of using Derbyshire as an inspiration for decorating fabric and making this into a component for a Community Quilt.

Hand-pieced Quilt by Maria Newman

Please come along, ask questions and have a go.

Open Up Sheffield is coming up on May Bank Holiday and the weekend after, so alongside getting ready for Hathersage Fringe I have also been planning ahead for this next event. Jude, Maria and I will all be demonstrating our own work but will also be available to talk about our future plans for the studio. We are hoping to continue the Community Quilt at Open Up, giving people another chance to join in at the studio in Nether Green. Brochures for Open Up will be available at the event in Hathersage on Saturday.

Our regular activity of teaching courses and workshops at Stitched Up and Fleeced Studio is also part of the integrated-tasking, though there will be a short break next week while we do a little 'housework' and make the studio suitable for visitors.

A previous Open Up at Stitched Up and Fleeced Studio

So, whilst your out and about on Saturday try a bit of 'integrated-tasking' yourself and drop in to see us at the FREE event - you'll find a wealth of activities to take part in and inspiration for your future plans too.