Workshop with Jenny O’Leary

This week we have two days of wonderful experiments with batik using several different techniques. Jenny was a wonderful tutor and enjoyed our interesting venue – a Marquee in Alison’s garden.  It was a bit nippy but we soon warmed up working with Jenny and achieving lots of wonderful works.  Here are some of the pieces we made.  We all enjoyed a wonderful two days.


Last day!

How time flies.  Today is the last opportunity for you to see our exhibition before it closes at 3.00pm. It has been an amazing two weeks and it has been great to meet so many new visitors and others who have returned to see our latest exhibits.  The comments in our visitors book have been so positive and are a great encouragement for us to carry on creating!  We are already booked in to have another Exhibition at the gardens next year.

Only four days to go!

We have had an amazing time at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens with our fourth consecutive exhibition there.

With only four more days to go, we hope that if you haven’t managed to come and see us, you will, before it all comes down on Sunday afternoon!


Group Response to a Kandinsky painting.

The Project: ‘Drawing Threads’

Searching for a piece of art to which we could all respond we found Drawing Threads painted in 1931 by Wassily Kandinsky. Although a painting in oil, we felt the design could easily have become a textile piece.

Kandinsky lived from 1866 to 1944, and was Russian by birth though he lived mainly in Germany and later in France. He was a friend of Paul Klee, and they, with others, were searching for a new concept of art. Kandinsky painted and also wrote extensively.

Drawing Threads dates from 1931 and the piece shows Kandinsky’s particular interest in simple shapes, especially circles, and his liking for a limited palette at that time.

TP1020884The embroidered pieces on display here are all on the same background fabric and have been produced either by hand or by free machining techniques all using the same range of colours. Each piece is the work of one of the group: all are for sale at the end of the Exhibition, and each is priced at £45.

Come and see the village of Pinbury

An interesting joint exhibit at the exhibition – is the village of Pinbury.  In case you have never heard of it here is it’s history and a birds eye view of the village itself!



The little village of Pinbury lies in a quiet corner of Stitchshire. On the banks of the the River Pinn and guarded by Pinbury Castle, this secluded place offers a warm welcome to visitors.

Domesday Book records the name of “Pinnbeorg” (meaning “Pin Hill”) and the village has been associated with pins from earliest times. An extraordinary number of pins were unearthed recently in an archaeological dig recently organised by the local community and the occasional pin is also found from time to time immured in building fabric.

Among its many attractions for visitors, Pinbury boasts its picturesque and well-appointed Ship Inn. A tearoom too has recently opened in the village shop. Those with an interest in the growth and development of the village may like to note Pinbury Mill for the honourable place it occupies in the history of the area’s textile industry. Medieval Pinbury Castle is also well worth a visit, as is the parish church, which is dedicated to St Anne, patron saint of seamstresses.

The village has been shortlisted several times in the Stitchshire competition for Best-Kept Village in the “small village” category. The Ship Inn features in the judges’ commendations, with its abundant summer floral displays, and many householders have followed its example by embellishing their homes in a variety of delightful ways. Victory in the competition would be well deserved. In the opinion of the judges, however, the overall appearance of the village is sadly let down by untidy commercial development on its outskirts around the dilapidated former forge.



Views of the exhibition!

This gallery contains 9 photos.

Hilliers Exhibition 2019

The exhibition opened on Friday 3rd July and we encouraged our first visitor to “Cut the ribbon”.


Our visitors are enjoying this exhibition and we hope you will join us too.  One of the joint projects by the nine Zero Nine Artists is a response to a Kandinsky painting.  Each artist has had the challenge of portraying their work on the same size canvas and we are most grateful to Peter Ashby for constructing such a practical and effective framework to show the pieces.


Louise Wainwright




Louise’s work is very fine and detailed.  Well worth a visit to Hilliers to see her pieces!

Anne Hillyer

Many people know Anne’s work by her lovely seaside scene, but that not all Anne works on. These lovely sheep are an example of her other work.







Kay Ashby

Kay has recently been working on a theme of Music. Her work has ben much admired at the exhibition.









Jane Mayhew


Jane’s work is always intensely hand embroidered and based on the natural world and all it’sP1020876 mystery!






Janet Steer

Janet’s work is often a a blend of print and weaving, although other pieces are one or the other.


Tuesdays artists

Kay Haskin

Kay is a full time teacher so we are delighted she has been able to continue her association with Zero Nine Textile Artists.  Here is one of her exhibits  which is mixed media fishing nets inspired by a children’s book of aerial photos of the earth seen from above.

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Alison Hulme

Many people already know Alison’s work as she frequently exhibits at textile shows all over the UK.  Her Pinnies have gone all over the world but Alison also extends her unique printing with embroidery to create stunning textile pieces.

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Introducing the Zero Nine Artists

Each day we hope to feature two artists and their work:

Today we have work by Caroline Bell and Liz Mullenger

Caroline Bell

Caroline Bell is a textile artist who maintains an ethically and ecologically sound approach to her practice. She works on paper and cloth which she colours and marks with natural substances. These she then works into using often very intensive hand stitching.

Inspiration is often derived from nature and the world around although change, time and the passing of the seasons are also recurrent themes

Caroline was Embroiderers Guild Scholar 2014-5 and her work has been featured in several publications both in the UK and internationally.


Liz Mullenger

My work is very much inspired by our natural world. I often using Ice Dyeing as a technique to create interesting coloured fabric.  I also use Machine embroidery to embellish designs. This year I have used my textile work to express my concerns about the environment and Brexit with *What a load of Rubbish” and “If you can hold your head up high whilst those about you are loosing theirs!”

Thistles and Daisies